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Metering Vs. Chimping

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, September 28th, 2015

I first saw the term “chimping” while browsing through the Strobist blog (a very good blog on studio lighting that I recommend checking out – it’s at www.strobist.com). At first I was baffled and then worried that I was unaware of some critical lighting procedure called chimping. I asked a photojournalist friend of mine, Christopher Morris, he just laughed and explained it’s a term sometimes used by sports photographers who are often in a position where they cannot control the lighting and environment. So they keep adjusting their cameras until they find the sweet spot – the term “chimping” describes their expressions as they get progressively more excited by the results. For a day or two, chimping became my favourite term ever – that said, I will never chimp in front of another person (or on my own for that matter).

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Defeating Creative Block

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, September 21st, 2015

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close. The words of a veteran! I love this quote, but I certainly don’t adhere to it – inspiration is important to me and I always keep my eyes open for work that I love.

I’ve decided to make this post on both the creative process and artistic blocks as the two are intertwined. Where do we get our ideas from and what do we do when ideas seem few and far between? This is an enormously important topic for photographers as well as other artists. I’ll be giving a condensed discussion of the ideation process in this blog post, but I will soon be doing a much more in-depth free business tutorial on the subject in the near future.

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Try a free members tutorial!

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Image Tutorials are for the “members only” section of Bluesky. These tutorials break down exactly how an image was created from concept development, to lighting & production and finally to post-production. Where the Lighting Theory section looks at the physics of lighting in a holistic manner, and the lighting techniques section takes a broad look at lighting, the Image Tutorials are an inch wide and a mile deep. These tutorials look at both lighting theory and lighting techniques from an entirely applied perspective – for photographers, each image is a whole new ballgame! You can view the tutorial here.

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Lighting to stump other photographers

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, September 7th, 2015

I love it when photographers shoot for other photographers by subtly altering a shot in a way that makes you do a double take. If you’re like me, the first thing I do when I look at another photographer’s shot is decide whether I like it or not – the second thing I do is try to figure out how I think the shot was lit. In order to do this, I look for all the usual clues 1) the size, shape and intensity of a specular highlight 2) the sharpness and quality of a cast shadow 3) light fall off on the subject 4) direction(s) of the lighting, etc. But sometimes photographers can manipulate a shot in a subtle way that no longer follows the rules of physics. The shot I took below of Billy is an example of this.

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