Monthly Archives: June 2011

Spin Cycle 24/52


Quick cell photo snap of Andrew‘s niece spinning on the floor.  I brought the photo into onOne Software’s PhotoTools and applied the 1974 preset.  The preset, designed by RC at NAPP, brought out the color from her shirt and added the funky border.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

During my recent outing with some of the guys we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for some night-time (DAYTIME!) and sunset shooting in Dumbo (facing Manhattan). While walking across the bridge, Bob Lussier and I got separated from the group and wound up on the Brooklyn side of the bridge by ourselves. We hung out for a while, finding different things to shoot. I noticed that Bob was taking a shot from this angle so I decided to steal his shot. Hey, that’s what friends are for, right?

Now here is the fun part. I know that Bob was shooting in this direction and what his goal was (because we talked about it), but I didn’t see his results. With that said, I have no clue whatsoever how Bob’s photo will look. That, my friends, is what makes this fun and exciting. Knowing that two photographers photographed the same place, same time and from the same angle, and not know that the two results have a chance of being identical or completely different.

Makes you want to see Bob’s result, doesn’t it?

The photo consists of 5 Brackets. I used Photomatix to create the HDR, onOne Software‘s Focal Point for the Tilt/Shift effect because I was shooting with a 24-70 lens.  I finished up with onOne Software’s PhotoTools.  If you interested in purchasing any of these products, I have discount codes available to save you some cash.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


Side note: I had no idea that Brooklyn had a sense of humor, but Brian told me about the welcome and leaving signs.  When entering Brooklyn the sign says “How Sweet It Is” and when you leave “Fuhgeddaboudit”.

Crowdsourcing A Photography Presentation Title

I will be presenting to the Ridgewood Camera Club (New Jersey) in September. I am asking for your help to create the title of the presentation. If your suggested title is picked, your name will be given credit in the presentation. In addition, the presentation will be transformed into an eBook which means your name will be given credit there as well.

What Is Crowdsourcing?

“Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call.” -Wikipedia

Topic of Presentation

Breaking photography the rules.

Description of Presentation

Once you know what to do and not to do, you must put the rules aside and explore your own creative vision.

How To Suggest A Title

Easy, you can submit a title suggestion by commenting below.

Thanks for reading and happy Crowdsourcing,


No Sleep ‘Til

Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo

Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo

This is the first photograph I processed from my recent outing with a bunch of friends. Remember when I mentioned Bob coming down from the Boston area.

The sun was setting and fast so I found my spot between the bushes. I captured my first set of brackets at f/8 and then decided to close up for longer exposures. So I closed to f/22 and all of a sudden my Promote Control stopped working. Opened back up to f/8 and it worked again. Not sure what that meant, but I had to get my shots in.

I quickly put the camera on self timer, closed up to f/22 and captured the brackets the manual way.

This photograph was processed in Photomatix and then I used DFine for noise reduction and finished up in PhotoTools.

As a side note, remember that shot I posted a while back called A Bridge Between Friends? It was the Manhattan Bridge, just to the right of what you’re seeing here.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


The Downside To Seamless Background Paper


Seamless paper is a fantastic product because it is easy to light and inexpensive. The only two problems I have with using seamless background paper, is how quick it gets dirty and how easily it can puncture or tear, creating ugly holes.

So why is this bad? During a photo shoot, many times you are in a time constraint. Having to cut the dirty spot off, and readjust the background and re-tape it down, takes about 10 minutes or so.


However, seamless background paper has many positive aspects. A few of which I listed above.

If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you know that I try not to write the same tutorials that are already on the internet. But if I did, it is because I did not see the other tutorial. With that said, Zack Arias has a free White Seamless Tutorial which starts with Gear and Space. Zack is a fantastic photographer and extremely knowledgeable and educator. So If you’re still interested in shooting with Seamless paper after reading rant and seeing my snapshot, please visit Zack’s tutorial and see how great it really can be.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


Compact Flash Card Reader for the iPad


The M.I.C Store is a company offering a wide range of Made-in-China gadgets. They test and pick the best items from China but do not provide knockoff products. Their store includes exclusive items such as the phenomenal Steve Jobs action figure, fabricated travel sleeve cases for iPhone 4 and iPad.

Not long ago, the M.I.C Store announced and released a CF Card Reader for the iPad. This is huge for professional photographers because they can now purchase a product to transfer photographs straight to their iPad, without tethering the camera.

The Exclusive CF Card Reader for the iPad and iPad2 is similar to Apple’s iPad camera connection kit as it is a 2-in-1: Compact Flash Card and USB. It’s backward compatible with iPad, supports up to 600X speed. Only available for sale in M.I.C Store and nowhere else.

So without further ado, I want to share my video review of the new CF Card Reader for the iPad and iPad2. The product is just $29.90 at the time I write this, so if you’re interested just hop on over to M.I.C Store and pick it up. I make no commission off of the sale, I just believe this simple product is worth it.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Review: 100 Cameras in 1 for iPad

100-cameras-in-1100 Cameras in 1 for iPad is a new camera app for the iPad (also available as an iPhone app and soon Android) made by Trey and his crew at Stuck in Customs.  The app is designed to be unique, fast, and fun. Trey says that he hopes “it unleashes a creative side of you that’s been lurking about!”

My take.  He is right.  It is a lot of fun.  100 Cameras in 1 is not like other mobile camera apps as the effects are endless.  The image sizes are quite large and the editing bar is one of a kind.

Why do I like 100 Camera in 1 for iPad?

  • Fast, fun and different.
  • Always something new to see.
  • Big photos!
  • Crazy colors and textures
  • Trey is behind it, so it can only keep getting better
  • Ying
  • Yang


100 Cameras in 1 Features

  • Fast, simple, and light.
  • Designed for speed and ease-of-use
  • Use your existing library
  • Take new photos (iPad 2+ only)
  • 100 different effects that use mixes of hardlight, overlay, and more with textures
  • Swipe to change effects
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, SmugMug and Flickr
  • Hi-res effects at 2000×2000 pixels.
  • Poetic names for a feel of the effect
  • “Explore” area with helpful hints, good links
  • Predictive algorithm to guess which way you will “swipe” the image next so that the upcoming effects load instantly

iPhone Version
100 Cameras in 1 - Stuck In Customs
iPad Version
100 Cameras in 1 for iPad - Stuck In Customs

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Reduce Photoshop Time with Perfect Layers

Less Photoshop, Faster Workflow

Working in Photoshop can be a drag sometimes. The software is a resource hog and at times, way more than what is needed. onOne Software has created Perfect Layers as a way for photographers to spend less time trying to navigate the complex Photoshop software and more time editing. OnOne Software’s Perfect Layers if ast and efficient. I wrote about the release just a short while ago in the article, Layers in Adobe Lightroom.

So with that said, I decided to record a screencast showing you Perfect Layers. Keep in mind that it is new and can and will only get better. onOne Software’s goal is to make working with layers quick and painless so you can keep on editing.

A Quick Walkthrough of Perfect Layers

I recommend picking Perfect Layers up as it might keep you out of Photoshop even more! If you’re reading this after the pre-order period ends, make sure you enter the coupon code scottwyden to save 15% off the purchase!

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Layers for Photographers

Meet Bob 23/52


Bob Lussier

My friend Bob Lussier is a photographer living in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He came down to New York City this weekend for some shooting. Yesterday after work I hopped on a train to meetup with Bob, Steve, Brian, Brian, Jesse and Chris. We walked across the Brooklyn bridge and captures loads of shots. I wanted to share this with you as a preview of some of the fun shots that we captured along the walk. I will also leave you with an extra tidbit of fun information. For half of the walk, Bob had his fisheye attached to his D700. Oh yes, a fisheye on the Brooklyn bridge.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


Headless Ladderman

I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is going on there. I wish I had an answer! Ok, I’m just kidding. There is a story, but not a great one. So if you would like to make one up that is funny then please go ahead.

Real Story: Set used for a clothing shoot. (Not my idea)

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,