Monthly Archives: April 2012

A few comments from the Lighting Demystified workshop

Shiv – I really enjoyed your workshop today. I will definitely save countless hours behind the computer fixing images after your lesson. I’m really excited to blend these techniques in with my stile of photography. I will look forward to other future workshops. Thank You, Pete Blanco

was VERY pleasantly surprised to learn far MORE than expected!!!

It was just right for one day. But I realized there was more to learn….which would absolutely require another day!

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Review of the Feisol Carbon Fiber Tripod and Ball-Head

I was provided a Feisol Carbon Fiber Tripod and a Carbon Fiber Tripod to do a review.  The review may be read/downloaded by clicking on the link: Feisol Review

I highly recommend both products.

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NiK Silver Efex Pro 2 Workshop by Janice Wendt

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 is the most powerful plug-in available for creating superb black & white images. Digital Silver Imaging is hosting this workshop featuring instructor Janice Wendt, Nik Software’s Education and Training Manager. Janice has been called the “Image Whisperer” for her ability to use Nik Software to bring life and emotion into an image. Janice will focus on utilizing Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 in your post production workflow. Janice will demonstrate how you can save time and achieve amazing results in black and white.

Who should attend? Any photographer or visual artist that has an interest in improving their black & white imagery. Anyone using or interested in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

What to bring? This workshop is primarily instruction so only note taking material is required.

When and Where? May 5, 10 am – 1 pm, 2012, at Digital Silver Imaging, 11 Brighton Street, Belmont MA 02478 (617) 489-0035

How much does it cost? The cost of the workshop is $49, plus you will receive a $25 discount coupon for Nik Software or Printing Services from Digital Silver Imaging.

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A few comments from yesterday’s lighting workshop.

Shiv opened his home and provided a relaxed informal atmosphere which brought an energy to the group. His willingness to make sure all were on board before moving forward was appreciated by all. His clear, concise and direct approach to learning what “light” actually is will help in every venue of shooting (not just where to direct it but also how to capture it). Highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn a totally different approach to capturing light….and IT WORKS!

I was VERY pleasantly surprised to learn far MORE than expected!!!

4/25/2012 12:14 AM

really went beyond my expectations. i was very pleased with what was covered. thank you!

4/23/2012 9:32 AM

The session was very helpful for me. I look forward to attending future sessions.

4/23/2012 2:42 PM

I really enjoyed this workshop. It gave me a great insight into the concepts of lighting, which of course is what photography is all about. Shiv is a great teacher and was willing to explain ideas until everyone “got” it. It was well worth coming to. I would recommend it to all who are seriously interested in photography.

4/23/2012 9:39 AM

Excellent seminar to learn about light and lighting. Shiv is very good at sharing his knowledge and ensuring that no one was left behind. Great combination of theory and hands on. Thanks Shiv!  Judy – Somerville

4/23/2012 9:32 AM

This is the second seminar I have taken with Shiv-they are informative in his application of useful DIY items as well as instructive in technique. I looked forward to his future seminars.

4/23/2012 6:07 AM

I had a great experience at your Lighting workshop. I am looking forward to taking more in the future. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of photography through your workshop.

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Feisol Carbon Fiber Tripods, Ballheads and accessories

I have been following the Feisol product line for some time now and have been very impressed with their products.  Their carbon fiber tripods and carbon fiber (yes carbon fiber) ballheads are well constructed, strong and will withstand the most adverse conditions.  I have finished a review of their Tournament Tripod Model CT-3442, a light folding 4 section tripod and their Arca Swiss compatible Carbon Fiber Ball-head Model CB50DC and will be posting this tomorrow.

I will happily recommend these products to any photographer longing to buy a good tripod, upgrade their existing tripod or head or just get another one.

I feel strongly enough to endorse their products and have become a Feisol affiliate.  There is a permanent affiliate link on my “Products and Discounts” page.

If you wish to see more on Feisol products or to purchase, please click on the banner below to be directed to their site.

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Parrot Tulip

Had an awesome group at today’s lighting workshop.  Sitting at my computer after a full day, I decided to finish cropping an image I captured last evening.

Parrot Tulip

Canon 7D, 100mm f2.8 macro lens.  Exposure triad  f8 1/6 second ISO 100.  Lighting: Four lights – one to back light the flower two front and side with a 2:1 ratio and one light from below (front) with a snoot for concentration.

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New Tip – Star Trail Imagery

Going through some of my notes and articles if found one ideal for tonight.  This is on capturing star trails. Click here for the tip.

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Two Additional May 2012 Workshops

Stacked Image of a Black Eye Susan

Based on a number of requests I am doing another Macro and Close-up Photography workshop on May 12.  This workshop fills up very fast so please reserve your spot at the earliest.  Click Here for Details

Outgoing Tide and Marsh Grass

As the May 2 Cape Cod workshop is over subscribed I am doing a new weekend “Light of Cape Cod” workshop May 18 to May 20.  Great room rates have been established for this workshop.  Click Here for Details

Here are some comments form the Macro workshop attendees:

I knew a lot of theory of Macro photography prior to the workshop, however I lacked the experience of actually taking images. Shiv’s workshop gave me a lot of that experience. I had tried Helicon Focus about five years ago when it first came out. This workshop brought me up to date about Helicon Remote which automates much of the process of actually taking the multiple photos. This minimizes much of the manual frustrating work.

Shiv is truly a fantastic workshop leader. He shares all of his information with you freely rather than holding back “tricks of the trade”. He is knowledgable and has come up with some ingenious ways of making your photography dollars stretch by making your own equipment rather than buying expensive gadgets. I look forward to taking another workshop with him in the very near future.

If you want to know more about macro and learn focus stacking this is a great workshop. The first part of the day is a comprehensive overview of different macro subject matter, as well as your “shopping list” and tips on saving money on the things you will need. The afternoon hands on part of the workshop has plenty of set-ups and items you can move around so you can shoot what interests you. Shiv is very patient and helpful, and will instruct on anything you ask to make sure you have a great experience.

Here are some comments from the “Light of Cape Cod” attendees:

I learned a lot about digital photography from this hands-on, highly flexible workshop, and met a great network of people with a shared interest in becoming better photographers.

The Cape Cod Light workshop was such an incredible learning experience. The sites selected to photograph the sunsets were just beautifiul. The entire group was so much fun and great to photograph with. I would like to thank Shiv and Monica for a fun filled weekend and am looking forward to my next workshop wiith them. Gail Shiv is a great instructor and a great time was had by all

It was a wonderful experience to be around the two of you. We learned so much. Both technically as well as rushing up our concepts. We also really value the personal touch. Thank you.


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Cape Cod in April

As the days get longer and the relative position of the sun edges north the light on Cape Cod takes on a some beautiful tones.  Spring and Fall are gorgeous along the shores of the Cape.  Watching the tides and the patterns they create are spectacular, each beach has its own charm.  To capture the light of the setting sun the bay is the best.  Be patient, it will change, it is never the same twice.

Cape Cod 33


April Sunset

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The Use of Negative Space – Making Great Images

A few weeks ago I posted an image of a Red Wing Blackbird with a fair amount of negative space.  I have been asked a lot about the “negative space” so have posted a brief in my “Tips” section.  Negative space and its use is not new to art.  Centuries ago Asian art used negative space to define the primary subject and to draw emotional responses.

So what is “Negative Space” – it is that area or space between objects or around an object but it is not a part of the object.  It could be considered that which defines the outline or the border of the object.  Yet it may or may not be the subject of your images.



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