As the consummate student of this great craft, I purchased Ming Thein’s Introduction to Photoshop Workflow DVD($60). A review is forthcoming. Some of you out there may have had the same expectations as I had, so I think its useful to share my opinion. In the meantime, I used some of the techniques I learned on the video to process this Ricoh GR image, but stay tuned for a more in depth review of this dvd this coming in August. On other news, I’m slowly setting up my portfolio and galleries with The Turning Gate software and you’ll soon get a screen grab on how its coming along.
Last Thursday the Miami Heat went ahead to win double back NBA Championships and I was hired to shoot an event at one of Miami’s most exclusive night clubs ― the majestic FIFTY Ultra Lounge Miami at Viceroy. Like any other job, I went ready with all the guns ready to shoot. A Ricoh GR, a Pentax K5 IIs, and a Nikon dslr/zoom & SB 910 combo. The shots below are all the from the best compact in the world bar none ― the Ricoh GR. Once I reiterate, stop stereotyping the GR as a street photography compact, its not, its an all around camera that can do it all and I hope its evident from the images that grace this blog. Long live the GR! Stay tuned for this weekend, as I’ll be sharing 42 images that I think capture the spirit of this crazy night, but wait, here’s a teaser ― I added a new app to my workflow that will blow your sucks off, watch out True Grain because this is one …
Here’s a shot from an event I shot at Fifty, one of my Miami’s most exclusive lounges, located at the Viceroy Hotel.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page ― Saint Augustine If you ever travel to Miami then I highly recommend you visit Newsstand and better yet Books & Books in Coral Gables.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ok, I’m going to be the one to say it. The new aps-c Ricoh GR is NOT only a street photography camera folks. This new camera can do it all. Documentary, portrait & candids, abstract, and yes, the infamous street photography, it can do it all, so please folks open your imagination and step out of the box. I just hate encasing this little jewel as a one type of genre camera. This is flat out silly. I respect everyone’s perspective but saying that this camera is one type of camera is simply not true. As time permits, I’ll be doing some more extensive strobist work with the GR (pocket wizards are very top heavy, I have another solution coming soon) to show you what this camera can do.
When I processed film back in circa ’94 printing some those frames was almost like a magical experience. These days now in digital getting the correct film grain has been kind of a hit and miss with certain applications. As usual some work better than others, but in my opinion True Grain is in a class of its own. At the suggestion of one my readers I downloaded “True Grain” from Grubbasoftware and I couldn’t be happier. Keep in mind that True Grain’s “raison d’etre” is as they mention on their own site to: accurately recapture the aesthetics of particular film stocks—including “lost” films—while retaining an all-digital workflow. The attention to detail of this application is simply outstanding ― a full review is forthcoming in the next few weeks. Is it better than Silver Efex? I like it better. How does it compare to VSCO Films grain feature? It was nice meeting you VSCO, see you around. I’ve processed about 10 images already and I’m blown away with the results. The application is affordable, allows you to …
Daido Moriyama once said “when I go out into the city I have no plan. I walk down one street, and when I am drawn to turn the corner into another, I do. Really I am like a dog. I decide where to go by the smell of things, and when I am tired, I stop.” Talk about simplifying things, it’s really that simple – trust your instincts, simplify your gear, and enjoy your photography. Some of my Favorite Ricoh GR articles Ricoh GR: Storytelling at its best Ricoh GR: Tribute to Daido Moriyama Ricoh GR: Love Letter to the GR Daido Moriyama uses the Ricoh GR Ricoh GR: My first gallery Ricoh GR: Street Photography Tutorial