This blog is my attempt to keep track of some of the things I learn along the way, with my Canon 7D, G12 and accessories. All images copyright Brad Calkins, not to be used without permission (or purchase). I do not attempt to monetize my blog, other than to promote my stock photo portfolio on Dreamstime.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

White Balance

I mentioned a while back that I had purchased a Robin Myers grey card. Here is an example of a RAW conversion using the 'As Shot' white balance obtained with the card. I'm really happy with the colors on this. Without the card I was a long way off.

In this case I shot my Canon 580EX through a shoot through umbrella located at camera left. In behind I used my reflector still in the black/silver case with the black side facing the camera. With the flash diffused, but so close to the background, I had to reduce the black a bit to get the background not looking slightly grey. It is a bit of a cliche shot, but I'm developing skills here!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Nik Software - Viveza

It seems to be a non-event on the photo websites, but I think this is a pretty cool product. I love things like this that move you to a new way of thinking about your pictures. I downloaded a trial and gave it a try - it is great for certain types of pictures.
Sounds like Nikon has been using the U-POINT technology for a while - maybe it is just Canon owners that are getting to catch up?