Light Tent

Picked up an Inspiron 36″ light tent last night, here’s one of the first test shots. I have 2 45W 5500K 120V lights as well – not sure if I need more or what. I’m shooting from the front with the front piece on – I’ll have to upload a setup picture later if I can.

I adjusted curves and levels on this as well… It also came with 4 colored backs – white, black, red and blue – can I iron these to get rid of fold and wrinkle creases?

Anyone have any pointers or tips?

.tilt-shift

I hadn’t realized when I set out to write this tilt-shift post that I’d written one almost exactly a year ago! I’ve always loved the Tilt-Shift Miniature look, and lately have come across some excellent Tilt-Shift videos.

Here’s a couple links to check out:

If only Tilt-shift lenses weren’t so expensive… /sigh. Be sure to check out this tutorial as well on how to fake tilt-shift in Photoshop.

10 Shots, 10 Portraits, 1 Focal Length: Take this Photography Challenge

I’ve been following the blogs and forums over at DPS for a couple years now – it’s definitely a GREAT resource for photographers. I think the one thing I love the most about DPS (aside from the friendly and helpful nature of all the people over there) is the fact that they are always trying to keep photographers motivated and give the readers more ideas to attempt. I love the idea of the latest challenge.

Over the next few days set yourself this little challenge.

  1. Choose a single focal length. If you have a prime lens use it – if you don’t choose a zoom lens and commit to only using it at one end of its range.
  2. Photograph 10 people – with each person only take a single shot.
  3. Share your 10 shots with us. The easiest way is probably to upload your 10 shots to a Flickr account (or some other photo sharing site) and then group them all together into one group – share the link to that group in comments below.

Read the full challenge over at DPS!

.brandon and lena

Had the pleasure of heading out to the Alberta Legislature grounds and area today with Brandon and Lena to shoot their engagement photos for their upcoming wedding in September. Looked like it was going to rain, then the beautiful pools and fountains at the grounds were fenced off for maintenance. However, all turned out very well – the rain held off and there were more than enough places to shoot in the area. Can’t wait to shoot their wedding, a truly fun and genuine couple! Will post more pictures as they’re processed.

.edmonton photo walk update

Just a quick update for everyone that has signed up – or is interested in – the 2nd group for the Edmonton leg of Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk on July 18. First off we have 16 people signed up so far! That means between the two groups we have 68 people (including Steve and myself as leaders).

Here’s a few links for you:

As well, there’s a great new blog post on the Worldwide Photo Walk site with guest blogger Laurie Excell with some great tips for the upcoming event!

.photowalk!

Photo Walk? What the heck is that?

It’s a social photography event where photographers get together, usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town, to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers.

This year on July 18, Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual Photo Walk takes place. Groups in cities around the world will be taking place for a 2 hour walk on this date. The response in Edmonton has been excellent so far with the first group filling up in about a week. So I’ve gone ahead and registered Edmonton’s 2nd Worldwide Photo Walk group! We’ve received a great response from our Flickr groups, hoping to find people outside of Flickr as well. We welcome photographers of all levels – amateur and professional – with any type of gear – P&S, SLR, dSLR, film, anything!

The anticipated start time for this walk will be 11:00am and will end at 1:00pm to keep within the 2 hour time format of the Photo Walk. I’ll be scouting out locations that will have enough room for us all to “invade” after the walk to chat more and get to know each other.

The planned starting location for this walk will be at the Shaw Conference Centre but could change so watch this space for updates. I’m planning a walk throughout the downtown area starting at the core and heading up Jasper Ave a bit and back down further west. If anyone has a better idea, let me know!

Want to join in? Make sure you sign up on the Photo Walk site before it’s too late!

.blossoms

Seems to be the season these are finally out in full bloom! There are a few spots in the city that have an abundance of these, noticed a few just outside my office so I snagged a few shots at lunch.

According to Wikipedia:

A cherry blossom is the name for the flower of cherry trees known as Sakura (Japanese kanji : æ¡œ or æ«»; hiragana: さくら) in Japanese. In English, the word “sakura” is equivalent to the Japanese flowering cherry.[1][2] Cherry fruit (known in Japanese as sakuranbo) comes from another species of tree.

However, this could also be of the ornamental flowering crab apple variety. I can’t tell – can you?

.new look

If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice a fresh and exciting new look for pixelens.com! If not – welcome to the site!

Although we’ve been using WordPress for the site for a couple years now, we’ve never really been happy with the out of the box themes and often end up customizing one to work for us. Recently we came across the great AutoFocus theme developed by Allan Cole and knew we’d hit the jackpot. Of course, as always, we’ve tailored the theme to suit our needs and with that present the new look for the site.

Many factors weighed in on the decision to redesign the site. We were looking for something cleaner, easy on the eyes, and of course would display and focus on the images themselves. As well, this new theme will force posts with images, and we’re hoping entice us to post more often. With that in mind, stay tuned for better, meatier posts – both of recent work and also tips, tricks and techniques to assist you with your photographic growth.

pixelens photography is currently focusing on wedding, maternity and concert photography, if you have an event planned feel free to contact us for a custom quote based on your specific needs. In addition to successful bands or groups, we are interested in up and comers and all venues – give us a shout if you are in the area and require a photographer. As always, we’re up for any type of photography shoot so don’t let our current focus discourage you from contacting us if you require photographic services.

Let us know what you think of the new look – and of course any issues you may encounter!

110+ Photoshop Actions for Photo editing

Although I love to set my own processes, you can’t argue with a process someone else has set up that already does what you want. Hence my love for Photoshop Actions.

I came across a link today over at DesignM.ag for 20+ Photoshop Actions for Photo Editing; a couple more links within the article lead to another 60 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-Ups and Enhancements and another 30 Photoshop Actions for Touch Ups and Enhancements – Part 2.

Looks like some good actions in there, I’ll be sure to check some of them out!

.bandit

This is a shot from 2002 taken with a PowerShot A20 – still one of my favorite cat shots… boosted the color and clarity a bit, much improved over the unedited version.