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.


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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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Friday, June 5, 2020

Two more photography videos released to YouTube

As part of my new short video series, I have released two more videos which will hopefully be of interest to you.

The first video shares one of my favorite Photoshop tricks, showing you how to create a brush out of your logo or signature, and then using those brushes to easily watermark your photos.


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

The second video talks about the importance of shooting photos to both memory card slots in your camera (assuming you have two). Yes, I always shoot RAW files to both memory cards, to make sure that, in the event that one card fails, I still have the photos for myself or my client. Having spent many years of my life in the memory card business, I know many of the things that can go wrong between your camera and your memory card, and want to protect you from catastrophic problems as best I can.


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

I hope that you learn something from the videos and that you all have an enjoyable weekend.


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Purchase prints and support an amazing charity!

I have contributed a print to support NYC SALT's mission to help raise funds to ensure that high school students at NYC Salt continue to receive college guidance and creative development during this pandemic time where the students are isolated and at even more of a disadvantage.

My image for sale at the NYC SALT print event

Please visit https://printsbysalt.com/ to support the cause and browse many of the beautiful prints by professional artists.

NYC salt uses a camera as a tool to build futures. The program combines art education, college preparation, 1:1 mentorship, career exploration, internships, and job placement. It’s a one-stop resource for our students who are immigrants, from low-income families and primarily young women of color who dream to enter the creative industry in NYC. 

It is truly a great cause!!


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Saturday, May 23, 2020

New video: Macro Photography - something you can do at home!

I just released another video tutorial on my YouTube channel. This time the subject is macro photography, with tips on how to create really cool photos right in your own home.

You can click here or you can click on the image below to open the video in YouTube.



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I hope you learn something from the video and go out and shoot something really outstanding during this long weekend.


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Shooting a unique graduation photo and color swapping in Photoshop

Yesterday afternoon I had a request from our neighbor to take their son's graduation photo. He needed one right away since his school was putting something together last minute.

If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you may recognize Jeffrey. He has been my subject for many blog posts, including this one where he walked for the first time without a wheel chair. The following image is still one of my favorite photos ever...


Well...Jeffrey has grown up a lot in the last 8 years, and is graduating high school.

His mom (Becky) asked if we had any caps and gowns at our house (for props) but we did not. Being resourceful, Becky was able to round up what she needed, but only in the color blue. She told me that his school colors were burgundy, but that his real cap and gown would not arrive for another week. Well after the photo deadline.

I told her not to worry.  I figured that I might be able to work my magic and do a color swap in Adobe Photoshop.



Here is the original photo that I took in their front yard. I used my Canon 1D X Mark III with the Canon 70-200mm lens and the Canon 600EX-RT flash.


I took the image with the burgundy (gown) that Becky had sent to me via text and added it to the image so that I could pick my target color from it. 

I went into the Adjustments panel of Photoshop and chose "Replace color". I then selected the target color (the blue from the gown) and the replacement color from the burgundy gown image. And voila... 



It was really simple to do and quite effective.

After doing this, I realized that this may be a common situation right now in this Covid-19 world, and thought that this might be of help to others out there.


I took images of Jeffrey in portrait and landscape and did the same color swap to all images for them.


For all those kids that are graduating right now, I wish you all the best, and I hope that you have great photos to show for it!

Oh - and speaking of portraits, I just released my 2 minute video tutorial on focusing on the eyes. You can watch it here.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

New video on photographing peak of action

When photographing things that are in motion, whether it is kids, athletes, wildlife or other subjects, you want to get the shot with them in the peak of action. Your best bet for capturing this exact moment is to have your camera in a burst mode when shooting. This video explains that and more.

I hope you enjoy it and learn from it as well.


You can click the image above to launch the video in YouTube.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

New video on one of my favorite techniques - Motion panning

I just released the second video in my series of new photography tutorials. This video teaches you how to do one of my favorite photography techniques, motion panning.

For those of you who are not photographers, this is when we slow the shutter speed of the camera and follow our subject to blur everything but what we are focusing on. It is a great way to photograph a subject (a person, a pet, a car, or any moving object) in a much more dynamic way.

Trust me, this creates really cool images that will inspire you to do more.

Check out the new video to learn how to do this yourself.



You can click the image above to launch the video in YouTube.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

The first in my new series of instructional videos: Servo focus vs. fixed focus

I am really excited to release the first in my new series of instructional videos.

Each of these videos is kept short and sweet, trying to give you valuable information in a short amount of time.

This first video explains the difference between fixed focus and servo (or follow) focus in your camera. Knowing how to change these focus modes can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your photos. This video explains why that is the case.



You can click on the image above to watch the video. And, while on the YouTube page, don't forget to subscribe to the channel.

I hope that you enjoy this and the upcoming videos and learn from them as well.

Jeff


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