Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photographer #260: Elise Boularan

Elise Boularan, 1984, France, works with polaroids to create her dreamy and sometimes estranged images. Her work is based on a particular perception of photography of which elliptic narration, silence and quietness are key-words in her research. She strives to retrieve something muted and undefinable in her work. Her photographs are both sharp and blurred and contains the saturated colours and haze of the polaroids. In recent years Elise has been published in numerous magazines world wide and exhibited her work mainly in France but also in various European countries and the US.The following images come from the series FEmâle, Lapsus Prompta and her portfolio Portrait / Musique.


"Stormy Love"

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"Stormy Love"
©David A. Ziser

Here is another image I made during my Wedding Shootout on Tuesday. I tell ya’, the weather has not been the best so far this week here in Orlando.  It rained most of the day before, and I was really worried about being able to get outside to shoot on Tuesday.
The good news was that the weather let up slightly later in the afternoon, and the sun even tried to peek through the clouds.  The class and I took that opportunity to try to get a fairly dramatic image of the bride against the parting storm clouds.
The church grounds were not the best to get a great bridal image – too many telephone poles and power lines in the distance, but we still pulled it off – with the help of Photoshop’s “Content Aware Fill” tool.
My light was actually in the top right corner of the image but with a little “content aware fill” magic and it was removed instantly.  Why was the light in the image – because I needed to get my light source close enough to the bride to overcome the very bright ambient light we were dealing with. Check out camera specs below to see what I ‘m talking about.. I always say, “If you need to have your gear in the shot, be sure it is in a ‘Photoshopable’ area so that it can easily be removed later”.
Notice, too, with the light so close, it created a spotlight effect on the bride which I think adds to the dramatic feel of the image. A low camera angle and wide angle lens did the rest to help create a pretty decent image of my lovely bride.
Camera specs:  Canon 7D fitted with Sigma 8-16mm wide angle lens at 8mm, F16 @ 1/320 second, ISO 200.  Enjoy!  -David

Crazy At Photoshop World

Good Morning Everybody,
Posting here at Photoshop is always a challenge – early morning wakeup calls and late evenings make it hard to post on a regular schedule.  Anyway, I'll still give it my best shot.
My LR3 Program For Wedding/Portrait Went Great!
I had a great crowd at my program last evening – thanks to all for the very nice remarks.  My program centered around how Lightroom can be best used for Wedding and Portrait photographers.  While not ALL Lightroom’s features are a good fit for weddings/portraits, some are absolutely wonderful.
DAZ LR3 ProgramI showed a few retouching tips and tricks along with several image enhancing features too.  We even talked about “jail breaking” Lightroom to work on a network too. I thought the program went well – it seemed the audience like it too.
BEC1Rockin’ On At B.B. Kings
My late program made us late for the Peachpit party, but right on time for the After Hours party held at B.B. Kings, which started at 8:00 p.m.
The Big Electric Cat band brought down the house once again with Scott Kelby and his wife, Kelebra, rockin’ on with TBEC3ony, Felix, and Mike.  The sad news - I hear that last night was the band’s last performance – we’ll have to see in Las Vegas in the Fall.
Interviewing Bert Monroy Today
If you haven’t heard, Bert Monroy completed his opus digital painting, “Times Square” this year.  It is on display in the Tech Expo here in Orlando.  His masterpiece is an astonishing accomplishment. Click on the image or right here for the complete background story.

Times Square Bert
This is the largest image Bert have ever created, pushing the boundaries of the software and hardware as far as they can go. It was unveiled at the Photo Plus Expo in New York on October 28, 2010 as a work in progress. A 25 foot light box was constructed to display the piece that has been printed on a new material being introduced by Epson.

• The image size is 60 inches by 300 inches.
• The flattened file weighs in at 6.52 Gigabytes.
• It took four years to create.
• The painting is comprised of almost three thousand individual Photoshop and Illustrator files.
• Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 500,000 layers.


Burt has agreed to meet with me at noon to discuss the process and evolution of the finished work.  It should be a fascinating  visit.  He has agreed to let me video the interview, too – I hope I can get it up on DPT tomorrow.
Hey gang, that’s it for me today.  I've got to run – I hooking up with Bert in about an hour.  Hope to see you tomorrow with the interview.

See ya’ then,  David

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Fairy Wedding Tale

Hello! Finally, my second wedding to be uploaded. Hope you guys will love it just as much as the one before**ENJOY

PS. Look on my Facebook page for regular sneak peeks...

Photographer #259: Nathalie Daoust

Nathalie Daoust, 1977, Canada, concentrates in her photographic work on unveiling the secrets hidden beneath the apparent stability of life. Daoust first got recognized in 1997 with her project New York Hotel Story which was published as a book. Since then she traveled the world to Japan, Brazil and Switzerland amongst other places to create conceptual projects. In her series Tokyo Hotel Story she explores female sexuality and subversion of gender stereotypes. She spend several months in one of the biggest S&M 'love hotels' in order to show the "universal desire to escape reality and create fantasy worlds that often oscillate between dream, reality and perversion." The following images come from the series Tokyo Hotel Story, Frozen in Time, Switzerland and Entre Quatre Murs, Berlin.

(Video in French)

"Love Lines"

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"Love Lines"
©David A. Ziser

This is one of my favorite images from yesterday’s shoot.  It’s a simple backlit photograph but what really made the image interesting is how the vertical rails of the balcony railing caught the light.  The railing was curved in shape and as such gave me reflections on the vertical elements that created a wonderful upwardly curved feature.

Notice how all the curved elements in this image all seem to converge at the bride and groom leading the viewer’s eye directly to them.  The backlighting certainly helps too. 

The monochromatic nature of the scene – blacks, greys, and whites compliment the overall composition of the scene. It’s sort of a black and white image but really in full color – kind of cool.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm lens at 60mm, F8.0 @ 1/320 second, ISO 800.  Enjoy!  -David

Photoshop World Off To Great Start; Shooting Wirelessly; Dave Cross Opens Training Center; and More

Good Afternoon Everybody,

We had a great time yesterday at my Photoshop World Wedding Shootout.  I tried a few new techniques that really worked out well.  Keep an eye on DPT this week – I’ll be featuring some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Photoshop World Kicked Off This Morning - Great Fun

This morning Photoshop World kicked off with lots of fun and fanfare.  Remember a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had flown down to Oldsmar, FL for a special project at NAPP World Headquarters.  I can now tell you what that "secret project" entailed. 

DAZ and JulianneThe opening Keynote this year centered around the Project Runway show. I can now tell you that I had the honor of being part of the opening festivities.  Julieanne Kost played the Heidi Klum character, and yours truly played the Tim Gunn, eh - Tim Gamma role.  Scott, Matt, R.C., Corey, Brad, Dave, the entire NAPP team were the Photoshop designers, Jay Maisel, Fay Sirkis, Terry White were the judges. 

It was a lot of fun to see how it all came together.  The team at PSW won't have it on-line till after the Fall PSW Las Vegas Convention in September.  I'll see if I can get a few snippets up for you to see before then.  It was all really entertaining, funny and full of Photoshop jokes.

Shooting Wirelessly Worked Like A Charm Yesterday

I can’t tell you how cool is was to shoot wirelessly during my Wedding Shootout yesterday.  My Ace #1 technical assistant, Damien Tepe, spent a few hours the night before getting things up and running smoothly, with "smoothly" being the operative word when time is limited and you have a full class of 50+ attendees.

The class loved the fact that as I photographed my bride and groom, the images popped up effortlessly on the iPad 2 as we projected onto a light colored wall in the sanctuary of the church.  We used the HDMI adapter to connect the iPad 2 to my BenQ projector.  The BenQ has not only VGA and Composite inputs, it also has 2 HDMI inputs as well.

iPad2 to proj

All worked like a charm.  Damien and I are next trying to see if we can have the Canon wireless transmitter broadcast to more that one device.  If it works like we hope it will, it should be about the coolest training tool ever!  I may have further news later this week on our experiments.

Our wireless set up was the talk of the show among the other instructors.  Rick Salmon stopped us this morning to ask more about what we were doing.  Damien fired up his iPad2 and I fired up the Canon and in a matter of 30 seconds made a quick exposure and  2 seconds later it popped up on Damien's iPad2.  Rick was impressed.  Even Terry White mentioned it in his blog post today - here is the link right here.

Anyway, lots of cool stuff - more later.

Dave Cross Announces Hands-on Photoshop and Photography Workshops

My good buddy and one of the Photoshop Guys, Dave Cross, has just announced the opening of his new training center in Tampa, Florida. Workshops will be taught by Dave Cross himself and guest instructors such as Scott Kelby, Mike Fulton, Jason Groupp, Matt Kloskowski, David Ziser, Joel Grimes and many more.

I’m honored to have been asked and can’t wait to get on the schedule.  Here is the link to all the info.

There's a New Photo Blog In Town

Terry DeglauTerry Deglau and I have been friends for many, many years.  Terry was one of the top photographers working in the Pittsburgh, PA several years ago.  Early in his career he went to work for the Eastman Kodak company and rose to the top of their ranks.  Our paths crossed many times over those years. 

Terry retired a several year ago and has so much information just waiting to be unleashed from his creative mind.  Terry and I have been talking frequently over the last two weeks.  In those conversations I've been encouraging Terry to begin a blog and share his stories, his experiences, and his photography.

I just received an email this morning pointing me to his first post entitled, "A Creative Mind Is a Moving Target".  It's a great read into a very creative mind.  I invite you to give it a read right here.  Thanks Terry, we all look forward to many more posts.

Don't Forget About Our Fusion Webcast Next Week

Register-Now-LR15That's right, seats are filling up fast so please REGISTER HERE you won't want to miss out.

Below is a brief over view of the presentation;

Want to learn how to rise above the competition in a tough photography market? will be hosting Ariane Fisher of Storymix Media in a free webinar on April 7th.

The photography business has been transformed over the last 20 years from medium format to DSLR; from large studios to independent photographers. Keep on top of the competition by offering products your customers want, with a workflow you can maintain.

Learn how to get started in producing, marketing and selling fusion photography. There are many fantastic workshops and books which teach the technical aspects of shooting (we'll provide links); with this workshop you can learn the business and storytelling aspects.

Learn how to:

  • begin marketing and selling
  • storyboard your movie - before you shoot
  • get started shooting fusion - even with a point and shoot

StorymixTake Advantage: For ongoing fusion education, check out our new blog at

Thanks Ariane, we are looking forward to it.


Hey gang, that's it for me today. I'm doing a Presentation at the Peachpit booth at 4:00 p.m. today and then at 6:15 p.m. this evening I’m presenting my program, Lightroom For Wedding and Portrait Photographers.  If you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll come up and say HI.

Adios, David 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photographer #258: Kanako Sasaki

Kanako Sasaki, 1976, Japan, is a conceptual photographer who also uses video for her projects. She travels all over the world to work on her photographic stories. She often uses herself as an actor in her photographs. Since 2001 she has exhibited throughout the world. In her series Walking in the Jungle, which was created after she read the Diary of Anne Frank, she recreates historical events and mixes them with her own memories and imagination. In this way she creates situations that are not fiction, yet they are not non-fiction either. In the series Wanderlust she explored her own imaginative world, influenced by Japanese novels, her own memories and Ukiyo-e paintings. The following images come from the series Walking in the Jungle, Ukiyo 1 - The World of Groping and Wanderlust.


"Sarasota, Saying Goodbye"

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"Sarasota, Saying Goodbye"
©David A. Ziser

This was one of the last final images I took from our hotel room yesterday before heading over to Orlando, FL for Photoshop World.  It was really storming all night long with the lightning and thunder really putting on a fabulous show of nature’s intensity.

Things began to settle down early in the morning and by 7:00 a.m. the storm began clearing.  I took a few shots earlier which I thought captured the harbor, the Ritz-Carlton in the distance, and the overall scene very well.  After about another 1/2 hour LaDawn noticed that there was even more vibrancy in the sky as the storm continued to clear. 

I grabbed the camera and made a few more images right before 8:00 a.m.  I think this one is one of the best.  The textures of the clouds, the luminosity of the sky, and the color just starting to penetrate the cloud cover all made for one very dramatic view from our balcony.

Yes, I did add just a tweak or two of color in Lightroom, but I think it was an appropriate amount to accentuate this wonderful view. Hope you like it.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with Sigma 8-16mm lens at 8mm, F5.0 @ 1/800 second, ISO 2000.  Enjoy!  -David

Wireless Shooting To iPad–Wow! Flash Card Reader Coming For iPad2, and More!

Good Morning Everybody,

I’m am really on a roll this morning with just a few minutes to get the picture post and give you a quick update on what happening today.

Lexjet Tour

Yesterday before heading out of Sarasota, we finally made it over to Lexjet to see the new World Headquarters – what can I say, the folks working at Lexjet are pretty darn lucky to be working in their new digs.  Lexjet1IMG_1645The new offices are on the fourth floor of the Bank of America building in downtown Sarasota. 

My buddy Tom Gruss surprised us with our names on the welcome board and then gave LaDawn and I the quick tour.  I’ll tell you Lexjet is one of the most polished, well run companies I have seen.  Lexjet2IMG_1651I’m sure glad I have them on my side when it comes to all things inkjet.  Hey, they still have 17 more iPads to give away with a new 44” inkjet printer purchase – don’t snooze on this one.

Shooting Wireless To iPad2

Damien testIMG_1683First the REALLY BIG NEWS – my buddy and right hand IT guy, Damien Tepe, called me this morning with terrific news.  I gave him my Canon 7D fitted with the wireless transmitter and asked if he could get it “talking” to Shuttersnitch on his iPad2.  At 8:30 a.m. he called with the good news that after working on it till the wee hours of the morning, that he had it working!!!!  That’s Damien in the distance proving that we have connectivity at least up to a tested ranger of over 100ft. !

This is like so cool – we’re going to use the Wireless to iPad2 to data projector via HDMI cable for my Pre-Con Wedding Shootout today.  I can’t wait.  It should be the coolest pre-con happening at Photoshop World today with our little geek technique boost ;~)

The details are quite involved, but Damien and I are going to get everything locked down tight and then we’ll share the secret code with you.  You are going to love it – so many possibilities!!!!

Finally A Flash Card Reader For the iPad2

MIC StoreI just got this email early this morning from Phil Guyton, Jr., one of our loyal DPT readers.  He mentioned a story he saw over at that MIC Store [link] is coming out with a Flash Card reader for the iPad2 next month – finally.  The iPad 2 DID NOT fix the problem with the iOS upgrade earlier this year which neutered Flash Card readers use on the iPad and iPad2. I wonder if Apple will neuter that one too – I hope not.  Here is the link to all the info.


Hey, gang, that’s it for me today.  I’ve got to fly out of here and get to my Pre-Con.  I’ll have more tomorrow. 

See ya’ then,  David