No more jpeg’s – I shoot RAW

I recently did one more of my jpeg studys in the post from Salinas in Sicily. I’ve been on and off if I should shoot jpg or RAW, and I’ve been experimenting a lot with the two filetypes. Since I mostly shoot for stock, I thought it would be a good idea to shoot jpeg. I also use Fuji X cameras known for their superb jpg quality. Normally I shoot RAW, and I have been doing that for nearly 10 years. The problem is that RAW files takes up so much space, and my cameras produce 50 mb files. It would be nice to have smaller files with good quality, but my conclusion is that I will stick to shooting RAW.

My decision came after an evening walk at the beach tonight. The light was incredible, and I tried to get most of it right in the camera. Correct exposure, no blown out highlights, definition in the shadows etc. I used all the possibilities I had to adjust these settings in camera. What I noticed was my wife’s hair! She has a “silver” color to her hair, and something strange happened. My X-T20 could not figure out this color when I shot the image in jpg. I got some wierd highlights that was impossible to fix. In RAW it was no problem whatsoever. Take a look at the blownout “stripes” in the image below:

Everything else in this image worked out well, except from the hair. Small problems like this is very annoying and frustrating. Like I said, I shoot mostly for stock, and I want my images to be as good as possible.

So…. I’m going to forget my thoughts about shooting jpg’s once and for all. Nowadays hard drives are so cheap, so space will be no limitation anyway. So, #ishootstock in RAW.
Have a nice one… Finn-b

More abstract beachimages using ICM

I find this technique very fun, and I’m always excited to see the results I get from different kinds of camera movement. This evening we had a stunning sunset here at Rio Jara in spain, and I went down to the beach to take some sunset images, something I normally don’t do. Sunsets are something I don’t photograph very often, but today it was really stunning:

As I stood there, the sun went down below the horizon, and I saw the opportunity to take some more ICM images for my FAA portfolio. I tried different movements to get some variations, and the shoot came out very well:

You can find all the ICM images in my FINE ART SHOP

Correcting colorcast with the LEE bigstopper

Like many photographers I really like from time to time to shoot long exposures. Some years ago I bought a set of LEE filters. I have the LEE Littlestopper, the Bigstopper and I also recently added the Superstopper to my collection. The LEE filters are great, but it’s difficult to get the correct colors. The filters tends to have a blue’ish colorcast that is very hard to correct. The result is that some of the images can look a bit “flat”.

I have tried several ways to correct this problem using graycards, the passport colorchecker etc. etc. without getting the result I was looking for. I also tried a method using a RGB curve adjustment, but still no luck. I was actually looking for a simple way to correct the colorcast. Recently I again did a search for possible ways to correct the problem. I came across a video from Peter Zelinka explaning a method that works really good.

The whole idea is to lock the WB and take a picture against a white wall. This image will be used as the reference image. Next is to add the filters one by one, calculate shutterspeed and use the same WB and settings as the reference image. The result will show the colorcast for the specific filter.

Next step is to take the images into camera raw and adjust WB and tint to get the images taken with filters as close to the reference filter as possible. Adjust the two settings until you are happy with the result. You will then get the correct values for how much you will need to add or subtract on WB and Tint

For my Littlestopper I need to add +950 Kelvin and subtract -3 on the tint. For my Bigstopper i need to add +2100 Kelvin, and add + 3 to he tint. I guess that this values will not be the same depending on the batch from LEE filters, so you will have to do the same calibration for your filters.

So, let’s take a look at the result. Below is the image with no adjustments:

And the corrected one:

ICM – intentional camera movement

In intentional camera movement (ICM), a camera is moved during the exposure for a creative or artistic effect. This causes the image points to move across the recording medium, producing an apparent streaking in the resulting image.

The process involves the selection of an aperture and the use of filters to achieve a suitable shutter speed. Proponents experiment both with the duration of the exposure and the direction and amount of camera movement while the shutter is open. I took these images on the beach of Tarifa, and is my first attempt with this technique. I find the result pretty pleasing and “Zen’ish”.

I was taking the images in bright daylight, and added a LEE Bigstopper to get the shutterspeed (about 4 sec.) I needed to achieve the result I wanted.

New images at Fine Art America

I follow the blog Backyard Silver of photographer Steve Heap, a photographer focusing on stock photography. I have been uploading stockimages for many years, but Mr. Heaps blog has really been an eyeopener. The way we live at the moment as digital nomads and constant travellers, it’s difficult to serve my customers back in Norway. I have been looking for alternative ways to make some income from my photography, and of course stock photography is one of them. The title of this blogpost is about Fine Art America, another way to reach possible customers.

Fine Art America

So what is FAA? FAA is a “print on demand” service. Photographers can make an account for uploading images that they think may be of interest for possible buyers. FAA take care of selling and printing, and the photographer gets payed. How much the photographer gets payed depend of course of how much the image is sold for. FAA offer all kinds of printsizes and materials. With a premium account customers can also buy all kinds of stuff with your print on it. Phone cases, coffeemugs, towels, pillows etc. etc.

I applied for an account back in 2014, but I never uploaded any images to it. After reading Mr. Heaps blog, I noticed that he have som income from his images there. Again, like stock photography, I think regular income will come from a relatively big portfolio of high quality images. However, I have a lot of images that will be nice as wall art, at least in my opinion 🙂

My Plan

Is to upload images I think will work, build a solid portfolio of images. I will do some updates for my followers along the way. If you would like to take a look at my portfolio so far, you can find it here:

My latest additions: