Lighting photo shoot prep.

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When using Lightroom or Photoshop to ‘correct’ images, we usually think of fixing the exposure, color cast, cropping, elements that cosmetically alter the look and feel of the image.

But, sometimes, Photoshop edits can lead to more subtle changes in mood and aesthetics.

Here, I used several creative filters in Lightroom, and danced around with some lighting and contrast edits, before tweaking the tint and contrast.

My wife, Paula Mak, was caught cleaning the house, and was cool enough to help me get ready for an Environmental Portraiture shoot, later that day.

Thanks! Paula Mak
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Teaching Smart-Phone Photography

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Frame 1: is an example of how you can make a regular iPhone photo more dramatic by applying a Black and White filter

Frame 2: is all about enhancing your smart-phone shot, with some basic color saturation adjustments (and giving the creative filters a rest)

Frame 3: shooting with a smart phone provides an intuitive way to get closer to your subject and make great people shots

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives today! I’ve been a big fan since the first movie came out when I was 10 years old. Can’t wait to see it with my wife and her family next week.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Incredibly easy to use and sophisticated 

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I am a professional photographer by trade, but I teach an smart phone photography class, and my students often ask me what’s the best app for creating photos, and I say Adobe Photoshop Express. It has controllers that are easy to manipulate, and the photos you end up with look really professional. Even the filters are a little better than what I’ve seen out there. It really brings the creative power of a Adobe Photoshop to your camera phone.

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something about macro photography

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So, I’ve been doing some macro shooting in my kitchen niche, with a friend of mine, who’s sharing some of her Paleo/No Glutton recipes with me. She’s making some wonderful inroads to creating a line of healthy but tasty foods.

I am having some fun figuring out how best to shoot the close-up’s of her Spaghetti sauces, Asian stir fries, and ‘raw-diet’ fruit smoothies. I had been using my old school Nikon macro 55mm f/3.5 lens, which has been creating some nice boca effect, but my friend has been pushing me to create even clearer and more vibrant shots.

She’s suggesting that I get the Nikon 105mm Macro f/2.8 G lens, which I am reading really is a premiere lens for shooting close-up food photography; on the Nikon side of things.

In the mean time, I’ve been playing around with the Nikon Macro M2 extension tube to see if I can get a little closer to the subject matter.

I picked it up from a little classic film and audio tape shop in China Town. The lady, who owned the place, was pleased that I bought the pristine lens so she threw in the extension tube at no cost.

And I found a cassette tape of one of my favorite Jazz artists, Something Warm by Oscar Peterson as well.

Teaching Digital Photography

Harajukuk_district_sanz_textLast weekend, something kind of funny happened, I got a call out of the blue, from somebody asking to redeem a gift certificate for one of my digital photo classes.  It’s been like 4-5 years, since I gave those out.

But this gal, said, she’d heard about me, that I came highly recommended, and that I owned a photography studio of my own, in Sausalito. Heep! pretty funny, at least part of that’s true.

But, of course, I told her that I’d redeem the certificate. And, apparently, I had placed a ‘never expires’ on the voucher.  We ended up having a blast last Sunday, in the private lesson, taking photos in downtown Sausalito.

Paula Mak, and I celebrated the day, having some pretty beef burgers & wine at Sausalito Burger, downtown. I’m looking forward to giving a few more classes, as Spring comes along. I’d certainly like to see what kind of new features the iPhone 6 has for taking pictures.
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Ja mata!
Paul Mansfield
Photo Instructor

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For a rich and beautiful ride into a world of European style and elegance, and some very charming character portrayals ta boot, check, out Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Hotel Budapest’

‘Watching E.T. at McCoppin Park last Friday night’

Takoyaki As all San Franciscan residents know, summer comes right at the end, happening in September, and we have the most beautiful days, for a short time. And then the Fall slams in by October, changing the foliage from green into the vibrant colors of New England.

This time of year, it’s best to get out your bbcue pit one more time, and your picnic food, and enjoy the last of the outdoor events, the season will allow. Last night, we went out to support the People of Parkside Sunset, by attending the outdoor showing of the 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, at the McCoppin Movie Night.

For my part in it, my girlfriend, Paula and I made special Japanese Takoyaki, or Octopus balls to bring for some potential new Japanese students.  I’m getting my English Tutoring Service going again, and I hope to have many more opportunities to network and practice speaking Japanese & English . As we got together with all of our new Japanese friends, they loved eating their home food, like going to a Tokyo or Osaka street food fair back home.

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It was a bit chilly watching the movie under the San Francisco night, but seeing the movie in this open air venue, was like going to the drive ins when we were kids.  The movie held up well, all these years later, and was a tear jerker to the end.

All the families in the audience with little ones, seemed to be mesmerized by Steven Spielburg’s childhood tale.

For more information on the film phenomena of E.T. check out Roger Ebert’s movie review

Cheers!

Paul Mansfield
Popzeit Arts & Edu.

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