Before and After

I was asked to show an image before I went in and tweaked it. While this picture itself isn’t technically perfect as you can see the camera (never the photographers fault) locked focus on his guitar strap. The lighting in the room was horrific and I called it urine yellow for lack of a better description. Since I shoot in RAW I could go back in and color correct it for tungsten lighting, use my best friend forever, the histogram to get color balance and then converted it to black and white with minor tweaking from there.  I no longer use fancy third party plug-ins for my black and white conversions.  Instead I use LightRoom and just convert it there.  I found when I used a plug-in I would be all over the map and my images lacked consistency.

What is funny about all this is that these images were shot on a Canon XSi but the saving grace was that I had a 50mm 1.4 that I had invested in.  If you are going to invest in photography skip spending big on the body and using a stock lens.  I would put the money into lenses because you can always just buy a new body later when you need one but your lenses will stay with you for a long time.  I will also come clean now in say that I don’t see a reason to invest in L lenses either.  Sorry, the price difference and performance difference isn’t there from my perspective to warrant the huge price difference from Canon middle of the road lenses.

Blues Man in Color
Canon XSi, Canon 50mm 1.4, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/100
Blues Man Black and White
Canon XSi, Canon 50mm 1.4, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/100

Harmonic

I shot an event what seems like a long time ago but it really wasn’t. I hated how the images came out in the end due to my lack of knowledge of lighting so color correction was a huge issue. I also knew that if they were converted to black and white they would look great. With my now greatly enhanced lighting knowledge I knew that I was shooting under tungsten lights so I white balanced for that. Then using my best friend forever, the histogram I color balanced everything and converted to black and white. I kicked up the contrast, darkened the shadows, lowered the whites and highlights and bumped the blacks up. Enjoy!

Harmonica Player

Kick Up The Bass

I like bass players.  They are often the overlooked member of most bands but are one of the key parts of any band.  There isn’t enough love for the bass player so when I shoot a band I like to get the bass player.  Think about some of the biggest bands in history and their great bass players, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Robert Trujillo, Derek Smalls (points if you know this one without looking it up), Jason Newstead, Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Geezer Butler, Adam Yauch, Sir Paul McCartney, and a whole lot more that I can’t think of right now.  So going through old pictures, here is my humble tribute to the bass player.

Finally I will leave you with the greatest bass song ever written.

Emotional Singing

This is the first event I ever shot for someone and not myself.  Learned a lot from the experience and very grateful for the person for letting me do it.  I had to shoot the crowd and the band and it was a struggle.  I used my recently sold Olympus E-P2 and not so recently sold Canon XSi, neither professional rigs to do this.  All of these images were shot on the Olympus E-P2 with a Olympus 45mm 1.8.  I more or less shot wide open because the lighting was horrible.  The original images given to the person who asked me to shoot it were done in color but I wasn’t happy with the results.  The lighting was, for lack of better terms urine yellow.  It just sucked and made everyone look jaundiced.  My choice to kill hours trying to get the light back to normal or just work with it and bump the colors to combat it.  It didn’t help I was still learning the in’s and out’s of Lightroom so I was struggling to process over 1000 images to get them down to under 400 for final.  It took 3 days and now I could easily do it in 3 hours because practice makes perfect and I know what I want now out of an image.