Thank you and a question for you…

I want to thank you all for the wonderful feedback I have been given on the “Re-Purposing” of this Blog. I am so encouraged and driven to continue posting on topics that you find useful. Based on your comments, tweets, facebook messages and emails, I have quite an idea palette to choose from for future posts. I humbly ask you to continue to visit and share with friends and family that may find this site useful.

I thought that this would be a great time to ask you to share as well. We all have something to offer one another, so why not start now ;-)? This one is easy. Here is my question to you.

What are your favorite photography websites to visit?

Preferably sites that not only inspire you but educate you as well. I think it is such a blessing for all of us eager to learn more about our craft, when we can share the work and insights of great photographers/teachers. Hopefully by you all sharing some of your favorites we will all pick up a few new educational sites to learn from.

So if you would be so kind as to leave a comment, tweet, facebook message or an email with some of your favorites, it would be greatly appreciated. I will put together a list and create a resource page on this site with links to all that are submitted. Thanks in advance!

On a final note, I want to share two images that I made recently while doing a fall family session.

Both images are portraits made in Open Shade with the objective to get Good Light in the Eyes:
Image 1
Available Light Portrait
Nikon D3
85 1.4 @ 2.8
1/250
ISO 400

Post-Process
Camera Profile Nikon Standard
Strong Contrast Curve
Enhanced Brightness/Contrast of Iris
Standard Sharpening Applied

Image 2
Available Light Portrait
Nikon D3
85 1.4 @ 3.2
1/200
ISO 400

Post-Process
Camera Profile Nikon Vivid
Medium Contrast Curve
Enhanced Brightness/Contrast of Iris
Standard Sharpening Applied

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  1. Lots of great info Thanks! Im a Noob, an old dog trying to learn new tricks and your blog is awelcome blessing. I like the way you share the technical info of your post process. Lots of photogs dont do that. I shoot Nikon and contemplated switching to canon because well it seemed like almost every pro photo i came across used a Canon. But by reading your blog Im glad Ill be staying with Nikon I started with a D60 Upgraded to a D90 and Hope one day to be shooting a D3. Zack Arias website is the website i follow, lots of good info I hope to shoot with one light soon. Thanks and I look forward to your blog updates.

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      Hey Noel,
      Great to see you posting. Thank you. Both Canon and Nikon make great equipment, it is all in what works for you. The D90 is an amazing camera and it is super light! I have used it and am totally blown away by the performance of it. You are on the right track following Zack. He has been a huge inspiration to me both photographically and personally. I shoot with one light sometimes but have yet to make it sing like Zack does. It keeps me motivated to continue working on it though. Keep it up!

  2. Along with specific sites mentioned, don’t forget Google. You can find a tutorial or video on just about anything you want to learn. Also, I know it’s “old school” but the library is a great resource for inspiration. Ours has the ability to reserve materials from libraries throughout Ohio and get them delivered to our local branch (for FREE!) There are so many art and photography books out there that provide incredible inspiration. Thanks for the great tips David ~ keep ’em coming!

  3. Forgot to ask something: how did you get the shot of the little girl with an 85mm lens? Were you standing on something? I’m so spoiled (or lazy may be a better word) with my zooms. I have a 50mm 1.4 that I’m trying to force myself to use. I LOVE the quality of the images I get, but I feel like I’m missing shots because I’m either too close or too far away when the moment occurs. I know I need to use my feet to “zoom” but I feel like I’m missing things that I could have captured if I’d had a zoom lens on. Any thoughts?

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    Thanks for all of the comments and recommendations all! Keep them coming. I have built a resource page that I will publish. There are a lot of good links on there.

    Missi- about the shot. Yes I had the 85 1.4 on my camera. 95% of the time I am using primes. I love the sharpness, colors and contrast that come straight out of the camera. I also love the light weight. I am going to post on primes vs. zooms.

    Thanks!

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  5. Hey David,

    I certainly like checking up on your blog from time to time, but additionally I also love this photographer couple:

    http://www.hotmetalstudio.com — I’m addicted to check up on their frequent photo shoot posts.

    I also the strobist website, of course, as I’m trying to use off-camera lighting more and more.

    Michel

  6. Your photos and blog are just beautiful. As a wedding and portrait photographer in San Jose, I know that it’s challenging photographing outstanding pictures. I’ll definitely comeback to keep checking your site.

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