Monday, July 27, 2020

NEW VIDEO: Night Photography - Tips and Tricks

One of my favorite times to take photos is after the sun has dropped below the horizon. Not only is it more challenging to shoot during this time, but the images can be really dynamic.  Since so many of you have told me you prefer videos explaining my techniques, I just completed a new video on this subject.

You can click the image above to watch the video


In this new video, I share my tips and tricks with all of you so that you can capture great night shots of your own.

Here are some of my favorite night photos, which are featured in the video...


The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England


Old Town Boston


Cologne, Germany during the blue hour


The Bay Bridge in San Francisco (my home town)


The Sydney Opera House during the VIVID light show


Rolling the zoom during the exposure in New York City (explained in the video)

Again, you can watch the video by clicking this link. Enjoy!!!


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Monday, July 20, 2020

A unique view of the Apple Park "Spaceship" in Cupertino, CA

As we continue living under the cloud of Covid-19, I am getting more and more stir crazy, and looking for new ways to get creative. About a month ago, I had an idea to dust off the DJI Phantom 4 drone, which hasn't been used in forever, and to fly over the new Apple campus.

Normally, this would not be possible, with so many people in the area. But now that this massive campus is basically a ghost town, I thought that it would be interesting to get photos and video capturing this unique perspective.

We had perfect weather this weekend and I decided that it was time to make this happen.



As you can see from this first image, the Apple headquarters (which people have knick-named the "Spaceship") is absolutely massive! But I will get to that a little later. Before I do that, I wanted to show you some images I captured back in 2015 and 2016 as they were building this structure.


This was 5 years ago when this was a giant construction zone.



In 2016, I went back with my Phantom 3 drone and captured these images of the building midway through construction.




And as I mentioned, this weekend was the perfect time to take photos and videos of Apple Park. I flew the Phantom 4 around the campus for at least 20 minutes and had a great time collecting really exciting video.

I got home and started going through the video clips to build a short film of what I had seen. As I was putting together the different clips in Adobe Premier Pro, I realized that it would be really cool to go back through the old footage to combine those into this short piece. I also researched some of the amazing facts about this campus and added those to the film.

I hope that you take a look at the new video and be awe inspired for yourself. This is like no other building you have ever seen.


 You can click the image above to view the video.



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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NEW VIDEO - Leading Lines and Repeating Patterns in Photography

In this new video, I talk about the use of leading lines and repeating patterns in the composition of photos. It is a simple technique, but one that can add a lot of drama to an otherwise plain image. I hope that, after watching this video, you will search out interesting leading lines and patterns to make your photos that much better.



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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NEW VIDEO: My favorite lens of all time!

People always ask me which lens is my favorite and why. Today I tell you why the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens is my "go-to" lens for almost all portraits and events in the last 15 years.

I would tell you more...but...just watch the short video and it will explain it all.



You can click on the image above to watch the video.


To get more information on this lens, or to purchase one for yourself, click HERE.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

A tribute to Charlie Daniels - my photographs of him from the Grand Ole Opry House

It was back in the summer of 2011 when I made my one and only visit to the Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee. I was there with a couple of other photographers / videographers for a project and we happened to squeeze in time for a show.

We had no idea who would be on the lineup that evening, and were treated to a performance by Charlie Daniels.

I was sad today to see that he passed away at the age of 83.





I can tell you this, even at the age of 74, that man knew how to put on a show!


During his performance of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" he was tearing up his bow.



Even though I am not hugely knowledgeable about the old time country music stars, I knew about Charlie Daniels. I loved the "Devil Goes Down..." song and it was such a blast to be there to experience his performance live and right up front of the stage.


I am sure that his legend will live on for quite some time! 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NEW VIDEO: Creating time saving actions and buttons in Photoshop

It is another week and time to roll out another video. With this seemingly never ending shelter-in-place happening, I seem to have a lot more time than I ever have in the past. But even with that free time, it is still great to find simple and efficient ways to help save time in the photographic workflow.

Today's video is all about creating actions in Adobe Photoshop AND turning them into buttons, making them even faster and easier.


I have created my own actions in Photoshop for a really long time, but I remember the moment I learned about "button mode". I was on a press bus at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver back in 2008 and I saw another photographer invoking his actions with buttons and I just had to interrupt him to find out how he did that. He was kind enough to show me the simple way to make this change in Photoshop and I have never looked back since.


To watch the video, just click on the image above.

I hope that you find this trick as useful as I have!

I would love to know what you think of this tip. Have you been using buttons yourself? Did you just learn this and think "That's super cool!! Why didn't I know this before?"  Leave a comment here and let me know.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

NEW VIDEO: How to photograph a swim meet - camera settings and tips

Years ago, I wrote a blog post giving instructions on how to photograph a swim meet. Even with many years passing since I wrote that, it is still one of my most read blog posts. Since I have been creating short tutorial videos, I decided to create a video that takes that information and more and brings it to YouTube.




You can click on the image above to watch the video.

I hope that the recommended camera settings and tips in this video help you take better photos at your next swim meet.



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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A super fun photo project for you to try at home - photographing water drops!

We are currently in day 93 of the shelter-in-place here in Northern California and I don't know about you, but I am going stir crazy. Two days ago, I decided that I needed to challenge myself with a photo project here at the house. A couple of ideas came to mind, but the one that I was most excited about was photographing water drops. I had done this for the first time about 10 years ago, and then again 6 years ago, but my photography skills have gotten better and I thought it was time to try it once again.

The whole setup only took about 15 minutes (with a frying pan, a ziplock bag, water, my camera and flash) and it was surprisingly easy to get photos like these. It was so easy that I thought "This would make a great video to show you all how to do this at your house." So yesterday I shot and edited a "How-to" video to share with you.





If you like these photos, you need to try it yourself.




I kept changing the objects in the background to get different reflections in the water and drops.



It is fun to shoot images and different points of the water drop.





You might be wondering how I got these colors reflecting in the pan of water. You will have to watch the video to see how I achieved this.





Click on the video above to watch how to create images like these for yourself. 

Ok - the challenge is on for you, your family and friends! I hope that you capture some awesome photos. Post them to social media and amaze your friends. Oh, and make to tag me (@jeffcablephotography) so I can see them as well. Haver fun!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Zoom call with special guest, Terrell Lloyd, this Thursday



I am doing another Zoom get together this Thursday at 11am PST, with special guest, Terrell Lloyd. He is the team photographer for the 49ers and an all around great guy. If you have not signed up to be on the Zoom invite list, you can do so HERE.

We would love to have you join us.

Come with questions about sports photography, the NFL, the team or whatever else you might be curious about.

See you there!


Saturday, June 13, 2020

New photography video: Get out of automatic mode

I just released another photography video to my YouTube channel. This video is aimed at the novice camera owner who still has their DSLR camera in automatic mode. Believe it or not, most people who own DSLR cameras do not know how to get the most out of them. A high percentage of those camera owners leave the DSLR in automatic mode, which does not help them get great photos. In this video, I encourage those people to get out of automatic mode, explain why this is better, and help them take control of their cameras. This will help those people get better photos and have a lot more fun taking them!


You can click on the image above to launch the video.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Keep busy during this pandemic - capturing senior / graduation portraits

If you had asked me back at the beginning of March if I would be bored during this time of year, I would have laughed at you. I had most weekends booked with events, photo tours to Costa Rica, Scotland and Ireland. Oh, and we can't forget the Olympics which was supposed to be starting next month.

But with the pandemic, all of that changed!

I have to admit, when all this shelter-in-place started, I took it in stride and welcomed the down time. I figured that this would be a short-term issue and that we would be back to normal within a month or two. As things progressed, it became obvious that this would not be the case. Now, months later, I have to admit that I am not always my normal happy-go-lucky self. It seems that every morning I wake up to another event postponement or client asking about our future photo tours. But I think the hardest thing to deal with is the lack of client interaction and the lack of creating images for those clients. Basically, I want to get back out and be creative again!

The good news is that, with the shelter-in-place loosening up a little and graduation season in full swing, it has given me a chance to get out and capture images for my clients (while maintaining a safe distance). And boy does it feel good to shoot, download, build galleries and retouch again!

I thought I would share some of those images (with camera settings) with all of you.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 150mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/125th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

This photo was taken about 3 weeks ago and it was the first time I had gotten out with my camera since March 7th. I photographed Allie in her front and back yards and it felt great to get back on the horse!

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 105mm, ISO 160, f/4.5, 1/200th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

A week and a half ago, I was asked to photograph a graduation party in one of my client's backyard.

(Canon 5D MK IV, 24-70mm 2.8 lens at 35mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/320th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

They did an awesome job of throwing a grad party with each family having their own table 10 feet from the next. We had to do a group photo of the boys with their masks on, as it tells the story of the time.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 135mm, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/100th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

Last weekend I photographed for another client in front of their house.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 95mm, ISO 250, f/3.2, 1/250th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

Sarah was graduating that afternoon, but we got together in the morning to capturing these photos of her. For almost all of these photos, I used the Canon 1D X Mark III, Canon 70-200mm lens, and Canon 600-EX-RT flash.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 70mm, ISO 1600, f/5, 1/000th sec)

This photo really cracks me up. Her family wanted to a jumping shot in front of the house. I put the Canon 1D X Mark III into high speed burst mode and captured many images of them jumping. After we took their photos, I asked them if they could get their dog to jump as well. Knowing where the family was placed in the previous photos, I had them get the dog over to the right side of the front door for his jump. I then composited the images (one for the men on the left, one for the ladies on the right, and one for the dog) in Adobe Photoshop CC for this final image.

(Canon 5D MKIV, 24-70mm 2.8 lens at 59mm, ISO 250, f/4, 1/160th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

In a recent blog post, you saw the image I took of our neighbor Jeffrey, who graduated from high school. His family threw him a graduation party on his driveway, where many friends drove by and celebrated with him from a distance.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 135mm, ISO 160, f/5, 1/80th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Rachael for her graduation photos. The last time I photographed her was 5 years ago for her Bat Mitzvah.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 142mm, ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/200th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

We met at a local park to get these photos of her.

(Canon 1D X MKIII, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 160mm, ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/160th sec, Canon 600EX-RT flash at -1)

This was one of the last photos we took of her. She reached up to reposition her cap, and I liked the pose. I asked her to hold that for a second and captured this photo, with that big smile. Just being able to shoot again and socialize put a smile just as big on my face.


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