JimK Photo: Blog http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Jim Kahnweiler/jimkphoto.com jim@jimkphoto.com (JimK Photo) Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:03:00 GMT Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:03:00 GMT http://www.jimkphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u577143811-o88608481-50.jpg JimK Photo: Blog http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog 80 120 Lifetime Learners Lesson 4 review, assignment & Lesson 5 preview http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2018/4/lifetime-learners-lesson-4-review-assignment-lesson-5-preview Thanks for being flexible about the direction of the course. I'm here to help and take what ever direction the class wants to go.

Today we talked about RAW versus JPG and smartphone camera controls. Here're some links you may find helpful:

These are from Emil Pakarklis of the iPhone Photography School.


A tiny sample of camera apps. I haven't mentioned the numerous apps for making adjustments to smartphone camera images. And, new apps constantly are added to the Apple App store and Google Play store.

iPhone Camera Apps (iPhone Photography School)



ProCam 5

Android Camera Apps




Assignment: Please make a series of images using the guidelines I've provided. Photograph what interests you, what beauty or tragedy you see. Post 3 to 6 images to your LLI Google Drive folder. 

Follow these links for a review:




Exposure Control


Joshua Cripps Historgram



Lesson 5: Portraits




Notice how the photographer interacts with his subject--his encouragement and enthusiasm:

Natural Light Portraits by Jim Kahnweiler

P1150598Liz. Photograph by Jim Kahnweiler

_B210630_SMBob. Photograph by Jim Kahnweiler

_7300128-EditNadia. Photograph by Jim Kahnweiler



jim@jimkphoto.com (JimK Photo) http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2018/4/lifetime-learners-lesson-4-review-assignment-lesson-5-preview Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:23:31 GMT
The Rule of Thirds is just a suggestion http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2018/4/the-rule-of-thirds-is-just-a-suggestion I'm privileged to work with great photography. What a joy. One of our contributors at Ziga Media is Kathleen Norris Cook (http://www.kathleennorriscook.com/), a landscape photographer, based in Ouray, Colorado. She kindly allowed me to use her image of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island, NC. When I saw the photo, I knew I had to share it as an example of the Rule of Thirds, because it conformed to the "Rule" so imprecisely. The tower is placed to the right of the vertical guide and the line of the sand is placed below the horizontal guide. Though the line of trees on the horizon could be the guide; the dominant element is the sand because it makes a stark contrast with the trees and sky. In real life the compositions we see seldom match  the rules.

KNCook_41345LTHcapelookoutCape Lookout lighthouse, Harkers Island, NC. Photo by Kathleen Norris Cook.

KNCook_41345LTHcapelookout-ROTCape Lookout lighthouse, Harkers Island, NC. Photo by Kathleen Norris Cook. Rule of Thirds

And Kathleen's image offers three more compositional lessons. 1) leading lines. As you can see, the lines don't need to be literal lines to provide the elements that lead your eye through the image. Actually, the lighthouse itself is such a dominant element, no lines are needed to bring our attention to the center of interest. Because the tower so dominates the composition, the leading lines take our eyes away from the lighthouse along the lines of the grasses. 2) the large expanse of the blue sky gives the photo substantial negative space, forcing our eyes toward the tower.

KNCook_41345LTHcapelookout-linesCape Lookout lighthouse, Harkers Island, NC. Photo by Kathleen Norris Cook. Leading lines

3) note the low camera angle. She would have had to kneel, sit or lay in the sand to make this image. Even though the base of the lighthouse is cut-off by the dune, like cutting a full-length portrait at the ankles--which I don't mind in this case, the low angle gives the image extra impact by emphasizing the sand and grasses.

Light: low afternoon or early morning sun helps emphasise the shapes and textures.

Bravo, Kathleen!

And, I would guess that Kathleen did not really think about all this when she "saw" the lighthouse. She might have walked around a bit before she came upon this alignment of elements and made this photograph. And I would also guess she took several captures, from another angle or two, with exposure bracketts, and made a vertical composition as well.

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Recap from Lifetime Learners Lesson 2 and Assignment 2 http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2018/4/recap-from-lifetime-learners-lesson-2 Recap from Lifetime Learners Lesson 2. Assignment 2. Prepare for Lesson 3.

Hover your mouse over image for caption information and by-line.

I thought of a couple of things I wanted to emphasize when discussing composition and didn't mention.

1) Camera position. This is crucial to framing. An image taken from above the subject or from a worm’s eye view can produce a dynamic image. But, think of Dorothy’s photos of her dogs and how they might be improved if she had kneeled to take the picture at their level. The same with children.

JimK-DSC_0128Bromley. Photo by Jim Kahnweiler  

Follow this link to Minden Pictures for examples of low angle, eye level images of feral rabbits on Okunoshima Island, Japan: https://www.mindenpictures.com/gallery/feature-stories/1058/2682/2203/0/rabbit-island-by-yukihiro-fukuda.html

2) And, I didn’t present a good example of leading lines. These are picture elements, often curves and converging lines that move the viewer’s eye from the foreground into the image toward the horizon.

IMG_0140-2-beforeLeading lines. Before processing. Photo by Jean Jacobson

JeanJacobson_IMG_0140Leading lines. After processing. Photo by Jean Jacobson

Adams_The_Tetons_and_the_Snake_RiverThe Tetons and the Snake River. Photo by Ansel Adams

chateaux_vines-before-afterChateaux Kyserberg. France. Leading lines. Before (L.) and after processing. Photo by Jim Kahnweiler

JoshuaCripps_tuolumne-meadows-winter-yosemite-national-park-largeTuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows in winter, Yosemite National Park. Photo by Joshua Cripps

Also, I should have emphasized framing as a compositional technique. Natural and structural elements can frame the center of interest and help bring the viewer's attention into the image. The center of interest need not be completed surrounded by a literal frame; partial framing works, too.

W.eugeneSmith_A-walk-through-paridise-garden1A Walk Through Paradise Garden. Photo by W. Eugene Smith.

Ansel_Adams_-_National_Archives_79-AA-Q01_restoredTaos Church, New Mexico. Photo by Ansel Adams

PICT2049.2Florence framed by the entrance to the Piti Palace. Photo by Jim Kahnweiler

_JKX9487-EditVineyards in the Valley of the Moon, Santa Rosa, CA. Photography by Jim Kahnweiler

Assignment 2.

Use your a smartphone or regular camera, to make a series of images with intent: decide what you want to photograph--it can be highly specific or broadly defined. If you want, construct a still-life with objects found around your home, or beach, or anywhere; the idea is to build a photograph. Or, find objects and-or people with red, white, blue; or green, white, orange; or red, black, yellow. Or, subjects with clearly defined converging or intersecting lines or curves. Or, reflections, patterns. Abstract. Realistic. What you feel. These are just suggestions. Anything goes, as long as you are deliberate in your selection. Post your best 6 or fewer to Google Drive; remember your logic or inspiration to share during discussion.


Lesson 3: Control the Camera

Exposure: Relation between shutter speed, aperture, ISO

How to evaluate exposure: histogram, clipping warnings, view result

Review this website: https://petapixel.com/2016/06/25/comprehensive-beginners-guide-aperture-shutter-speed-iso/

Feel free to comment on this post

See you Tuesday

jim@jimkphoto.com (JimK Photo) http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2018/4/recap-from-lifetime-learners-lesson-2 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:25:36 GMT
About Light Photography Workshops http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2015/5/about-light-photography-workshops alpw-promo2About Light Photography Workshops promo image

















I'm offering a photo workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, October 4-10, 2015. I'm teaching with Alan Blaustien. See his work here and here. We're planning an intense week of shooting and instruction at several iconic locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town and North Beach. We're also planning a day in the wine country. Alan has lived and worked in the Bay Area for over twenty years and will take us to places tourists seldom go. We'll talk about using the light for landscapes and portraits and demonstrate location lighting techniques. We'll get up early to catch the sunrise and stay out late to watch the sun set. I will share my expertise in post capture processing, so bring your laptop.

jim@jimkphoto.com (JimK Photo) Alan Blaustein California Jim Kahnweiler Lightroom Marin Napa Photoshop San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area Sonoma about instruction light photo photography tutorial workshop http://www.jimkphoto.com/blog/2015/5/about-light-photography-workshops Thu, 14 May 2015 00:52:09 GMT