Do you believe that 90% of people have only taken photos on a camera phone versus a camera? In the article I was reading the author said he did not believe the statistic was true. I think his opinion is coming from a very American point of view. The statistic was not referenced so there is no way to know where it came from. However, there are other statistics that are well documented. Like the fact that more than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty barely surviving on less than $1.25 a day. And nearly ½ of the world’s population, more that 3 billion people, live on less that $2.50 a day. Overall 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day. These people are not spending their money on cameras. However, they are spending money on the ability to communicate. More people on earth have access to cell phones than toilets. Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. It has been amazing to watch the increase in mobile phone around the world over the past 15 years. These phones are not iphones with high quality cameras.
Because people don’t have cameras they don’t have printed pictures of themselves. We at MissionFocused know this first hand as we interact with people we are talking photos of. We did not just want to be another bunch of photographers who come into a village and get a kick out of how the kids react when we show a few photo to them on the camera. Our desire is to leave them with a lasting image of themselves.
Here are a few of the women who were thankful for their photos.
The fun is about to begin…Our 6 week Intro to Photo Fun classes are beginning this week, in Rm 353 at the Rock.
All are welcome and classes are FREE!
~Please bring your camera and camera manual to class with you each week.
~A digital camera is preferred, but if all you have is a Polaroid camera, your more than welcome to join us. ‘
~Each week we will be taking photos in class and you will be assigned homework assignments that you will share in class the following class session.
~Be ready to share. The class is meant to be fun and part of the fun is sharing photos we take and learning from each other as we share.
~Before you come this Wednesday, make sure your camera is ready to use and battery is fully charged with a memory card that is ready to use.
This Wednesday we will be talking about the Intro to Fun classes as a whole and what’s expected, and we will be talking about “the Camera.” No camera, no photos. No photos, no photo fun!
All are welcome, even those who don’t consider themselves as beginners. There’s something to learn for everyone.
Any questions, please leave a comment or email us at MISSION.email@example.com
last official photo peeps class of the year this wed nite at the rock church so dont miss it or you will be sad…
photo peeps, this wed nite, 7pm, room 352 at the rock. come and have fun with us!
this will be our last official class, concluding our intro to photography series. now that weve talked about the basics of the camera and photo composition…we will be talking about photo gear and equipment.
it will be a time to talk about cameras, lenses, flahses, tripods and other fun stuff. we will be discussing the pros and cons of buying new vs. used equipment. and whether you should buy locally, like at our friends at nelson photo in little italy, or buy online. and things you should think about before you buy.
photography is fun!
rules are nice, but not set in stone. its fun to break the rules every now and then.
but when it comes to buying gear…if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is! buyer beware!
and just because you spent $5k on a brand new camera and lens package doesnt mean your gonna be the next ansel adams or jim wanglund. learn to use and master what you got, learn to take photos that you like and are happy with…then no matter what you “upgrade” to (a new camera) or “downgrade” to (a pinhole camera), you will have more fun!
we will also be sharing photos from our recent outing to balboa park on saturday nite as well. come and have fun with us this wed nite.
any questions feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org
hope to see yall this wed
Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6: Two-Day Canon Event at All Locations
Free tech advice, hands-on demonstrations and the inside scoop on Canon’s newest releases. Special promotions will also be available — we can’t announce them until right before the event! Offers will be available at our retail locations, through our website and by calling 1.800.CALUMET
The new Canon EOS 60D
With the new EOS 60D DSLR, Canon gives the photo enthusiast a powerful tool fostering creativity, with better image quality, more advanced features and automatic and in-camera technologies for ease-of-use. It features an improved APS-C sized 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, a new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for finer detail and excellent color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities from 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800) for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. The new Multi-control Dial enables users to conveniently operate menus and enter settings with a simple touch. The EOS 60D also features an EOS first: A Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (1,040,000 dots) monitor for easy low- or high-angle viewing. An improved viewfinder, a number of new in-camera creative options and filters, plus HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV all make the EOS 60D invaluable for the evolving photographer. With continuously curved surfaces, user-friendliness and exuding solidity and refinement, the EOS 60D is true digital inspiration!
Canon 8-15 F/4 fisheye lens
I’m not ashamed to admit that I listen to Taylor Swift. In fact, we usually play her, or Carrie, during our Military Monday Shoots. Anyways Sony in their desperate attempt to take me away from Nikon has a new cybershot with Taylor’s autograph engraved on it. Thankfully they were on backorder and I didn’t make the mistake of dishing out $500 plus the costs of memory sticks which would have caused my early death due to my wife strangeling me leaving Hayden an orphan as she spent her life in jail . . .
Anyways the cool marketing behind this camera allows you to shoot Taylor Swift’s face, with the camera, and then she’ll personalize it and autograph it for you, what a sweetheart. Have fun . . .
moo cards are sweet. they make business cards in diff sizes as well as postcards and other types of stationary… i ordered some moo cards 2 months ago and was so impressed with what i got, i ordered more (the discount they had didnt hurt)
they are running another promotion till monday april 12, 25% off 200 pack of moo business cards or 25% off 400 pack of mini moo cards.
if your familiar with moo cards and havent heard about the discount, the code you will want to use at checkout is WRBD9K
for more info about moo cards you can visit their site HERE
i was in our favorite local camera store today, nelson photo, when i came across the OWLEbubo. the rep was showing it off. trevor wants an ipad…but maybe for now, he can get this. its selling for around $120
this is what they say about it….
The simplest and yet most effective feature of the OWLE is that it’s built for to be held just like a standard camera. Taking photo’s and video is as much about the device as it is the subject. The Owle give you the feeling that you can shoot any scene or cover any story with confidence.
In Short the Owle Bubo gives you the ability to film Baseball games, graduations, skydiving, race car driving, tennis, lunch, croquet, walking, feature Rims, short Rims, internet videos, personal videos, not so personal videos, puppies, kittens, weddings, celebrations, children, birthdays, jetskiing, fighter jetting, walking your dog when you get home and cooking, all on a phone that’s no longer lust a phone… Because now it’s an Owle Bubo.
|Anodized Billet Aluminum Unibody|
|37mm .45x wide-angle/macro combination lens|
|High quality fully adjustable Vericorder Microphone|
|Silicone iPhone Case 37mm threading to allow for multiple lens and filter combinations|
|Cold-shoe mount for standard camera add-ons such as flashes, battery and shotgun microphones|
|Tripod threading in 4 locations for maximum versatility|
scottybruce turned me on to this yesterday. its a cut out form for a flash bounce… looks pretty cool! cant wait to try it out.
Canon’s new 1D MK IV. Blazin fast, 16.1 MP, 10 fps, full 1080 HD video… go to Canon’s website for the full scoop!
Photo Class 1
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Are you interested in photography? Do you want to learn more about the art or maybe you just want to take a better family photo? If you answered yes to either of those questions please come join us for our first class. We have already had a great meet and greet session but there is still room for more people. This will be the first of five classes and you can see the rest on the photo class tab at the top of the page. Feel free to come and check us out. For those who would like to participate please see below for a few things to remember to bring to the first class.
• Please read through your manual for your camera and bring it to class. If you are missing a manual you can find it on the manufactures’ website for most models. You don’t need to know it all, just become a little more familiar with your camera.
• Always bring your camera to class if you have one. We may need it to instruct you on a particular technique.
o If you are shooting digital please make sure the battery is charged and that you have a card ready with available space.
o If you are shooting film please make sure that you have fresh batteries and general purpose film ready to go. If you are not sure what to get don’t worry. Just bring your camera and we will help you with getting setup for our next class.
• For our first class please bring your top 5 photos in digital format or on photo paper. We would prefer digital so that it is easier to share with the whole class. We will work with most digital formats including but not limited to: CF, SD, Compact Disc, USB Thumb Drives, and DVD.
o Please make sure the photos are easy to find, preferably in a folder separated from your other photos. If you are unsure of how to do this don’t worry. Just write down the names of the photos on your preferred media on a piece of paper and we will explain how to move the files around during class.
o Please make sure to also note one favorite of the bunch. Just in case we don’t have enough time for everyone to get through five we will have enough time for one photo each.
o It would also be nice to have a little background behind each picture. Just a little something to tell the class what you were thinking and why you took the photo. Accidents are welcome as a good part of photography is timing and sometimes things just happen without you knowing how it was performed. This can lead to some interesting discussions to decipher what made the shot.
• Most important of all is to bring an open mind to others visions and views of the world. We all come from different backgrounds which can make for a great learning experience for us all. A little prayer also can’t hurt and can go a long way toward letting God work in your life.
If you have any questions please let us know: email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you all in class.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. – John 3:21
Here are some quick tech tips for those of you who may be shooting fireworks this Independence Day.
#1 Use a tripod.
#2 Use a tripod (In case you didn’t get it the first time). Also remember to make sure that the location you are shooting at will allow them.
#3 Turn off your flash.
#4 Focus to infinity (or the farthest object away from the camera)
#5 Know your subject locations and try to use a backdrop that will identify your location. Fireworks by themselves are nice but with a city skyline or other landmark they are even better.
#6 Shoot often or use long exposures for your shot.
#7 Get to your location early for setup and to get a good vantage point.
#8 Try different angles to make the shot more interesting.
#9 If you are shooting digital, check your photo for contrast and sharpness during your shoot.
#10 If you are shooting film, try doing a double exposure (more than one shot on the same frame) for an effect that will add more action to the picture. You can duplicate this process using Photoshop or other editor for digital.
If you want to learn more, please stop by the Rock Church (Room 353) on Wednesday 7/1/09 @ 7pm. We will have a class that will go into more detail on how to shoot fireworks and after the class we will be going to Crown Point to test out our new skills. Hope to see you there.
Blessings and good shooting,
George Lepp is coming to the SD Zoo this Saturday. With your paid admission, you can visit relatives in the zoo and try out Canon cameras and lenses… check out the info below
Experience the Elephant Odyssey with Canon at the San Diego Zoo on June 27th from 2pm – 9pm!
Enjoy photographing San Diego’s most picturesque environment! Learn about photography from Canon’s experts throughout the entire San Diego Zoo. Canon representatives on-site will help you with wide angle, macro, and telephoto shots in different areas. Explore your creativity with help from the pros! Whether you are an amateur or professional, there are new tips for everyone. Stop by the Canon booth (before 5pm) to borrow a Canon SLR Digital Camera or other fantastic Canon equipment (while supplies last – restrictions apply).
After a day of shooting your favorite nature and wildlife scenes, see special guest speaker, George Lepp at the Wegeforth Bowl at 7:00pm. George Lepp: Canon Explorer of Light, one of North America’s best-known outdoor and nature photographers.
the rock photographers began guest blog wednesday…with trevors dad graciously posting as our first guest blogger. thansks again dan. you can see his blog HERE. we have spoken with a few folks about guest blogging in upcoming guest blog wednesdays, so stay tuned, were gonna have a nice mix of non photographers sharing their thoughts on LIGHT. goin along with the light theme, if you havent had a chance to see the francis chan video from earlier this week, its humbling and worth a look.
rock academy willy wonka performance was hi-larry-ous fun. for such a small school they always put on big productions. a sign of a great drama and arts program.
things of note from the whirled wide blog o sphere…
scott kelbys 2nd annual worldwide photowalk contines to grow. there are now 3 san diego walks, you can go to his site to read up and join. moose peterson revealed “nikons best kept secret” on his blog. for you folks who shoot nikon, you may want to check this out. go to MOOSE.
the july consumer reports just came out, they do their annual review of digital cameras. they tested 77 point and shoot and digital slrs, giving their picks in various categories. sony cybershot canon g 10
they rate the sony cyber-shot dsc-w300 as the best rated subcompact point n shoot (pns) camera. followed by a canon power shot sd880is elph and a nikon coolpix s610. in the compact pns camera category, they rate the canon powershot g10 best. followed by the canon powershot a1000is, canon powershot a590is, and nikon coolpix p6000. the last pns category, superzoom, the canon powershot sx10is is on top. with the casio high speed exilim ex fh20, and nikon coolpix p80 rounding out the top 3.
canon power shot sx10 is
for digital slrs. in the basic category, the nikon d90 was rated best, followed by the olympus e 30 and pentax k200d. the canon eos rebel xsi and rebel xs were 4th and 5th best in category…
nikon d 90
in the advanced dslr, the nikon d300 was rated best, followed by the canon eos 40d and olympus e3 and canon 50d. if you get a chance to pick up the consumer report july issue, its an interesting read. if you want more info on any of these cameras, dpreview.com is a great source for unbiased info.
nikon d 300
its gonna be another busy weekend of shooting, should be fun. go and shoot!
nikon just rolled out the D5000.
12.3 mp, 720 hd video…late to the dance as usual…Canon beat them to the punch with the EOS Rebel T1i.
the T1i has more megapixels (15.1) and 1080 HD! but thats ok. the nikon is still a nice camera. canon is also offering some really nice rebates right now. you can see whats up by checkin HERE.
Nik software has some pretty cool stuff, ask trevor, and right now with a coupon code you can get 15% off.
the coupon code to use is PV0509 when checking out. you still have 2 days to get in on the discount.
scott kelbys worldwide photowalk has posted another walk in san diego, this time in downtown. i still havent heard back about the walk i want to lead at liberty station….will let yall know if it happens. until then, if you are interested in the photowalk downtown, go check it out. i was talking with driveby jim and hes getting some dates together to lead some photowalks/photohikes this summer. so when he has the dates, we will be posting the info.
the memorial day outreach on monday, was a real blessing. driveby jim was commenting that it reminded him a little of jamaica due to the water. hes right, it was a beautiful setting. you can see pics HERE and on this blog.
on the blogosphere this week:
david du chemin had a great entry on the idea of content vs relationship when it comes to images. im a big fan of davids, and i think its worth the time to check him out. you can read the entry HERE.
scott kelby, creator of the worldwide photowalk, has different folks come in to “guest blog” on wednesdays, hence the name “guest blog wednesdays.” eddie tapp discusses elements of a good photograph. its thought provoking and insightful, it will make you think about the next pic you take. go check out the guest blog on scott kelbys site, or just go HERE.
ive been talkin about this camera for some time, and that the photo peeps were gonna go out and have some fun with this plastic gem of a camera. if your unfamiliar w this camera, just go and google it, and youll be amazed what comes up. there are literally tons of sites dedicated to this camera. it is PLASTIC, it is a medium format FILM camera, and it does LEAK light. thats the beauty of this camera, no 2 holgas are the same, and you can do all kinds of fun and creative stuff with the camera. but the best way to find out is to go get yourself a holga and start playin with it. you can get them at nelson photo in little italy. lets go support the local camera store! we will be doing a photo walk w the holga in june, so go get your holga and start practicing.
lastly, i just started reading crazy love, by francis chan. francis chan at catalyst westcoast
hes the pastor at cornerstone church in simi valley. im really excited about reading this book. will fill yall in as i go. feel free to check out his site.
thats it for now, i think im gonna turn in early for a change…
as i progressed up the ladder of canon cameras, the canon eos 1 was always their flagship camera. i could never afford the latest and greatest, so thats where i learned to buy used gear. i started with the A2 and purchased the eos 1 soon after, the 1V had just come out, so i was 2 versions back. learned that camera, and sold it and bought a 1N. i loved this camera. it was a work-horse camera, rugged and fast. holding the 1N you almost felt invincable. maybe not, but if someone tried to take it from you, the camera weighed in at 4 pounds or so w battery grip. so you could crack someone on the head and make them hurt for sure. on the digital front, the 10D was out, along w the 1D. i couldnt afford the switch, plus i was having too much fun with film.
The Canon 1V
if you want to really strengthen your faith, shoot weddings w film! i guess i was a glutton for punishment, cause thats what i was doing. i finally got the 1V 4 years ago. so i was shooting with the 1N, 1V with the A2 as an emergency backup. i think shooting weddings w film really challenged and grew me as a photographer, more so than with digital. theres tons of pressure when you have 15-20 rolls of 36 exp film to shoot a wedding with. you better get your shot, since you didnt have the luxury you have today of shooting thousands of pics to get it right. you needed to get 150-200 quality money shots to show the couple. so thats, let me think….a very high percentage of pics that need to be bombalicious!
ive long been an advocate of shooting film. it makes you slow down and think. especially when you know you only have a limited amount of frames to shoot. and i believe that if you shoot better pics, the less you have to edit afterwards. which translates into more shooting time. dont get me wrong, digital isnt goin anywhere. ive invested in digital, i love my 5D, it takes beautiful pics. i love my 40D, its super fast, and great for action and sports photography.
i recently had my 1V overhauled, having the whole shutter mechanism replaced, and a full-on deep tissue relaxation spa treatment to keep her happy. the 1V is home and im starting to shoot more film. pete says, digital is for work, film is for fun and creativity. something like that….its like going to the mountains and chillaxin w God. its refreshing to shoot film. and i believe shooting film will make you a better photographer.
so go buy a film camera, and get back to the roots of photography. your family will thank you, the economy will thank you, and your digital camera will thank you!
film is for real!
those who know me, know that i tend to repeat myself, especially when it comes to things im passionate about. one of the things ive been known to say is “a bad picture is a bad picture” and of course “a good picture is a good pictue.” simple, yes. but the rest of the story has to do with your creativity and vision. david du chemin has a saying i totally agree with, he says “gear is good, vision is better.” combine my little statement w his…and i will say give me a disposable film camera, take a picture thats compelling and has emotional power, it moves me…. its worth more than all the latest camera gear and megapixels out there today.
back in the day of wooden tennis rackets, i had a jack kramer autograph model, pro tennis was about skill, intelligence, accuracy, control, and physical ability. the rackets didnt offer much of an advantage over the guy or gal on the other side of the net. you had to rely on the other stuff you brought to the court. today, professional tennis is more about fitness, power, and technology. the rackets have advanced the game of tennis so much that a player w more strength and power + the right racket, can dominate a player w more skill and ability. the perfect example is martina hingis. she dominated tennis w skill, finesse, and cunning, all the way to the world #1 ranking. along comes venus & serena williams. they were bigger and stronger and used very powerful rackets and they literally were able to beat their opponents off the court w their power. hingis couldnt compete w their power. she would would continue to win games & matches against the likes of the williams sisters and others like them w more power. but she no longer would dominate the game and would soon fall from the top of the womens game.
i say all this to illustrate the point that its nice to have cool cameras, lenses, and gear. but in the end, its still about the image!
the masters of photography who have come before us… created countless memorable images using film and gear that many of us today would look down on. i recently read a blog by david du chemin, where he talked about the blurring of the line between professional and amateur photographer. much of that having to do with digital cameras, he says “new cameras are so good practically anyone can now shoot like a pro; a claim that debases our craft and dishonors the work we all put in to be the best visual storytellers we can be.” you can see his full blog entry HERE.
again, its about the image. its not easy to take a picture that has true emotional power. i dont care if you can compose a technically perfect picture, properly exposed and framed, if its boring its boring, who cares. talking to people over the years of being involved w the photoministry at the rock, ive heard stuff like, when i get the right camera, or lens, then i will be able to take better pictures. thats just an excuse. gear is good, but you have to be able to create the pictures that will compel people to action, stir in them emotions of joy, anger, disgust, excitement…the camera aint gonna do that for you!
A Million Little Pictures is a project of art house co-op. its a documentary project that everyone can participate and contribute to. for $18 bucks, they will send you a disposable camera w 24 frames, and your task is to document your life, any way you see fit, and develop and return the prints to the project. there hope it to have 1000 participants all across the country, and to create a documentary of images of all the pics they receive back. it may not total a million, but its a project that has merit and creativity. after-all it is all about the image.
ive been talking about doing a photo outing with disposable cameras for some time now…no time like the present. if your interested in learning more about this documentary project, you can learn more HERE.
Nike or Reebok, Apple or PC, Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood?
Everyday we’re faced with choices. In the Nikon or Canon decision I chose Nikon. Both are powerful tools that have their own advantages and disadvantages. The reason why I chose Nikon was a simple decision, I was starting off in the field and the photographer I worked with used Nikon. As we all know camera equipment isn’t cheap, so having the chance to use someone else’s equipment before I could afford to make the investment was something I couldn’t pass up. So my wife bought me my first DSLR only 3 years ago, the Nikon D50. This was an entry level camera that isn’t available anymore. After a year of shooting every day with my D50 something tragic happened and I was forced with a touigh decision, to revive the camera or pull the plug. I pulled the plug and broke up with my D50. My new love was the new Nikon D300. When this camera hit the shelves there were rave reviews across the board.
I chose the Nikon D300 for a couple of reasons. First I love the high ISO output and 2nd the camera doesn’t have the pre-existing settings which forced me to grow as a photographer. I no longer could just twist the dial to the portrait setting. I do shoot weddings and models so it is pretty embarrassing if you’re standing there staring at the camera trying to figure out what settings you need to use.
I recently purchased the Nikon D90 as a backup camera. I was enticed by the HD video feature on the camera and it was competitively priced.
So Nikon meets the needs of what I shoot, people, weddings, and nature. The high ISO flexibility means I’m no longer carrying around a tripod everywhere I go. Here are some shots I have taken with the D300:
Models / Celebrities
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8
Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye Lens
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight Flash
Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight Flash
Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack for Nikon D30
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
Opteka Wireless Radio Remote Release
Computer / Software
Adobe Creative Suite
NIK Color Efex Pro
NIK Silver Efex Pro
Resources / Books / Inspiration
Colorati Leon Sandoval is the man! http://colorati.com One of the main reason’s I got into wedding photography.
Douglas Kirkland – One of Cinema’s greatest on set photographers! http://www.douglaskirkland.com http://www.amazon.com/Freeze-Frame-Decades-Years-Photographs/dp/0976585197/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242242030&sr=8-10
Vanity Fair – The Portraits http://www.amazon.com/Vanity-Fair-Portraits-Century-Iconic/dp/0810972980/ref=pd_ts_b_6?ie=UTF8&s=books
Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Dramatic-Portrait-Celebrity-Photography/dp/0817442278/ref=pd_ts_b_28?ie=UTF8&s=books
Mark Seliger – my favorite photographer! www.markseliger.com http://www.amazon.com/Physiognomy-Mark-Seliger-Photographs/dp/0821225987/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242242324&sr=1-2