Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas And A Last Minute Gift Idea

Last Minute Photography Gift Idea

If you live in the Hudson, Ohio area and want to improve your action photography or have someone in your family or friends circle with similar interests, there's a new class offered by HCER (Hudson Community Education & Recreation) starting this January focused on improving sports, action and event photography.  The course is intended to help you shoot great action photos and is taught by me.  It's inexpensive at only $35 and will make a terrific Christmas gift, particularly if you or someone you know are involved in a camera gift this year.

You can find more details on the recently published Winter catalog of HCER courses, click here.  The course description is on page 23.  I devote an entire blog post to some examples and other details of the course in the next day or so but I wanted to let you all know about this as soon as I could.  I'm excited about it and very happy the HCER folks put the course in the Winter program this year.

UPDATE.  Ok, I got some questions about this course pretty quick after I published this post so here's a quick update.  I shoot thousands of photos each sports season and share them with my kids' teammates and their families.  The purpose of this course is to help you or someone you know shoot better and more consistent action photos, regardless of sport or event.  We'll walk through each step of my workflow, the process I follow after every game, match or competition and the stuff I do and think about each and every time.  And you'll soon be shooting lots of photos like this one!

Merry Christmas Trees in Akron

Every year the John S. Knight Center in Akron hosts a Christmas Tree event for charity.  Various groups around the area decorate the donate Christmas trees which are then sold to benefit Akron Children's Hospital.  There are tons of trees and lots of people come to walk but and look at them.  There's everything from Dr. Seuss trees (quite a few of them) to traditional lights and bulbs to entirely new concepts like trees made of nothing but recycled material.  I'm more of a traditionalist myself but some of the concepts were really creating and very well done.

Here's just one of dozens of photos I took walking around looking at the trees.  The room is dimly lit and full of people walking past the trees so using a flash doesn't feel right to me, it's too intrusive.  So I shot hand help, high ISO and did a bit of post processing to clean up noise and brighten the image a bit.  To help balance the high ISO noise and image quality I shot underexposed a bit.

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