Mac Edition Radio Interview with C. David Tobie & David Saffir

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Harris Fogel  caught up with David Saffir and myself at PhotoPlus Expo, and spent an evening discussing color management, as it relates to photography, mobile, and video. Here’s a MacEditionRadio.com audio interview that captures some of that conversation. Thanks, Harris, for an interesting evening, and a very professional interview!

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WEBINAR: Exploring Architectural Photography, Today 3PM EDT

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This webinar will be an unscripted discussion of the concepts and techniques used in architectural photography, sponsored by Datacolor. David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating architectural concepts and the techniques used to shoot them. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this very challenging theme. And stay tuned, as there will be a Datacolor Spyder product given away to one attendee at the end of the session, plus some excellent discounts for all attendees.

Sign up now at : https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/268882242

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

WEBINAR: Artistic Techniques in Phone Photography, Today 3PM EST

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This webinar will be a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of phone cameras, and ways to utilize them effectively, including add-on lenses and editing applications. This webinar is sponsored by Datacolor . David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating phone photography methods and techniques. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this hot topic. And stay tuned, as there will be a photography product given away to one attendee at the end of the session.

Sign up now, we’re hoping to see you at today’s webinar.

A recorded version of this webinar will be made available at a later date

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

Comparison: How Using a Lensbaby Affects Photography

I recently had the opportunity to shoot with my long-distance friend David Saffir. We are usually thousands of miles apart, so this was a great chance to work side-by-side. One of the goals of the shoot was for David to experience Lensbaby’s lenses and macro attachments, and since the upcoming webinar Datacolor is co-sponsoring with Lensbaby is on floral photography, we went to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, as a prime location for shooting native California flowers, as well as landscapes.

When reviewing images after the shoot, I was struck by a pair of shots of the same view across Mission Canyon. David Saffir’s image was taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. Mine was shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll, with a Lensbaby Composer lens. Comparing the two images is a good opportunity to analyze Lensbaby photography; highlighting some of its unique features.

Final Image by David Saffir

Final Image by David Saffir

Lets start with the “straight” photo, shot with the X-Pro1. David cropped this image to what he felt was the best composition. The slightly hazy air, and its effect on the shaded portion on the opposite canyon wall was part of what had drawn his attention to this scene, along with the powerful silhouetting of the foreground tree trunks, and their dramatically lit leaves. Here the eye moves around the composition, following the dark lines created by the tree trunks and limbs, and settles on the leaves, and finally on the little vignette of the trees on the far side later in the examination of the image. This is how traditional landscape photography controls the eye of the viewer to draw it to the areas of interest.

Final Lensbaby image, by CDTobie

Final Lensbaby image, by CDTobie

Now, lets compare this to the Lensbaby shot. Here the branch with the orange leaves has been placed in the center of the image, where the sharp focal zone occurs, making it a more important part of the composition. And the sun has been placed where it will shine through the trees, producing a dazzling effect. So, even standing side-by-side, the intended compositions are somewhat different. But in both images the small story of the delicate tracery of branches on the far wall of the canyon is important. However, with the Lensbaby image, further emphasis is placed on this scene, as well as on the branch of orange leaves in front of it, by the selective focus of the Lensbaby lens.

Center Detail, David Saffir's Image

Center Detail, David Saffir’s Image

Center Detail, CDTobie's Lensbaby Image

Center Detail, CDTobie’s Lensbaby Image

The outer regions of the “standard” image are as sharply focused as the central area, allowing the eye to move into and out of them at the same tempo as the center of the image, with only the content to control the eye movement. But in the Lensbaby shot, increasingly less focus, and more distortion, occurs in areas farther from the focal center. This creates an artistic blur effect that mimics the way the eye sees, making this image look “right” when the viewer is in the right range of distances from the image, and looking at the center of focus. To look elsewhere in the image is to view the blur that can’t usually be examined, as the focus of the eye moves as the viewer attempts to view these regions, bringing them into sharp focus as well. Here that does not happen, allowing the viewer to examine the peripheral regions, examining the blur and the stretching of the elements further out from the image center, which have a beauty all their own.

Off-Center Detail, David Saffir Image

Off-Center Detail, David Saffir Image

Off-Center Detail, CDTobie Lensbaby Image

Off-Center Detail, CDTobie Lensbaby Image

Both images are good compositions, and interesting images. The less literal and more poetic feel of the second image is caused almost entirely by the use of the Lensbaby lens. Not all viewers will be comfortable with this different way of seeing, but those with a more artistic view will immediately see the beauty of the Lensbaby version of the scene.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

WEBINAR: Exploring Photographic Composition in Landscape and Still Life, Today 3PM EST

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Tuscan Window

This webinar will be an unscripted discussion of composition, gesture, and other factors that make images work, co-sponsored by Datacolor and Digital Silver Imaging. David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating compositional features, and in some instances, chosen for defying easy analysis. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this very interesting theme. And stay tuned, as there will be a Datacolor Spyder product given away to one attendee at the end of the session, plus some excellent discounts for all attendees.

The recorded version of this webinar is now available here.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

WEBINAR: Getting the Most Out of Your Your Holiday Photography, Wed Dec 12 3-4 EST

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Please join David Saffir and myself for a casual chat about improving your holiday photos. This will include tips for photographers at all levels. You can register for this webinar here. This will be at 3pm today (Dec 12) on the East Coast of the US, Noon on the West Coast. Your local time may vary…

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a participant at each webinar (no reindeer required, we’ll ship it to you), and there are sure to be some excellent specials offered as well. We’ve put a good deal of time and thought into the ideas and examples in this webinar, so we hope you’ll attend; and enjoy the holiday spirit, as well as the photographer’s comradery.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

WEBINAR: Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Wed Nov 28 3-4 EST

Please join David Saffir and myself for a fireside chat about those gifts we feel would most please photographers this holiday season. As the Stocking Stuffer title implies, we will try to focus on more affordable items, but this is photography, so you just KNOW that we’ll sneak in some of the more expensive spread…

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a participant at each webinar (no reindeer required, we’ll ship it to you), and there are sure to be some excellent specials offered as well. Think about that, specials, stocking stuffers, you might want to attend and put  some of this information on that gift list you hung on the refrigerator, to be sure the elves are effective this year.

Please sign up for this webinar today, before the holiday distractions undermine your short-term memory. I’m looking forward to the more festive and less formal format of this webinar, I hope you’ll join us.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page