Separation Anxiety

By Jed Grant

As of today I’m separating my informative photography and photo editing articles from my portfolio/business blog. If you’re interested in photography or editing I suggest going to that blog. That blog covers topics ranging from how to properly expose a picture with camera settings to the post production work of adding a little style and retouching. It contains video tutorials and examples of before and after imagery. In the future I intend to expand it so that it will include tutorials on digital painting or matte painting. Which is where you take a photograph and paint in a mountain or two, waterfalls, a city and other such things.

For a while I wasn’t sure if I should, however, for people who actually want to hire me, all the articles about that kind of stuff only serve to confuse, so I’m taking my wife’s advice and separating them. Oh, and here’s an image I shot Wednesday. Hope you like it 🙂 I’m currently based in Sandy Utah and loving my personal pursuits as a photographer.

My Family in Mill Creek Canyon Utah

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Thanks For Visiting

By Jed Grant

My daughter wanted to thank all of you (4 yesterday =/) for visiting my blog so we took this picture. She took some pictures, but if you want to see those you’ll have to go dig around my Flickr photostream and try to find them. Just wanted to share this image and let those of you who do come by know that I am working on a few things, some of those are tutorial videos for Photoshop and Lightroom that cover the basics for anyone new to photo editing.

Picture of Little Girl Blowing a Kiss

I also have a multi-family shoot this week that I will try to post soon. Hopefully everyone’s going to leave with stellar images and recommendations on their lips! 🙂

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Video Tutorials, Lighting Gear, No More Funds!

By Jed Grant

So I’m always torn about where I want to spend what my budgeted allowance. I have a lot of things I’m interested in. So sometimes it’s hard to choose. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time with this blog the design, function, all the things I’m learning I need to add. Some of those things have come from friends or others who have read this. Which is cool and gives me a reason to add more. I wanted to share a couple of things that are coming.

First, video tutorials. Personally I feel like I can learn a lot more, a lot faster with video. So first on the document will be photoshop basics. Videos that are intended to get people oriented with image editing applications basic functionality related to photography.

Second, more photo stuff. I finally made the jump and bought some more photo stuff, all of it on the economical side. I picked up a boom light stand, backdrop stands, 3 backgrounds (black, white, green) and a second flash. All less than $200. So all told at this point I’ve spent less than $1500, though at this point if you follow my post on basic photography gear you could get it all for less than $1000. Now if it all collapses on me I’ll let you know 🙂 Otherwise I hope to share some pretty sweet pictures here’s in the near future.

Stay tuned for video tutorials and more photography.

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Finding Inspiration and Staying Motivated

By Jed Grant

This article has moved to my editing blog. Go there now.

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My First Photo Shoot

By Jed Grant

Siblings Max and RachelFor a few weeks now I’ve been trying to con someone, anyone, into doing a photo shoot with me. I only had one bite. A co-worker who wanted to get some pictures of her kids. It took a few weeks to line up schedules, but we finally worked it out and were able to get some pictures taken last night around sunset. I was actually pretty worried about a handful of things. Would I be able to get decent pictures? Would I be able to get them to respond favorably, what about poses that actually worked? See all the images and a few before and after images after the break. (more…)

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Learning Photography: Equipment. Settings. Lighting. Post Processing. Oh my!

By Jed Grant

In December of 2009 I finally convinced my wife that we needed to purchase a digital SLR. One of the those fancy camera with more buttons that automagically take wonderful pictures. I started doing my research back in 2007, but decided against buying a camera at the time. I started with Nikon and Canon and quickly realized my limited funds would be depleted by buying the camera body (no lens) alone. So I started looking at Pentax. I read a lot of reviews and talked to some pentax owners. Everyone seemed to really like the cameras (both the K-x and the K-7) and I could get the camera and two lenses for under $600. That’s roughly $300-$500 less than Canon or Nikon without a lens (~$200 value). So I bought a K-x. It has a lot of fancy buttons. I also bought a Metz 48 AF-1 flash on the recommendation of a friend.

I was now going to take amazing pictures. Right? Wrong.

Everything was confusing. I read the manual, lots of online articles, took lots of pictures etc. I was still pretty confused. Even though I understand the barrier to becoming a photographer of any level has been lessened, there’s still some big hurdles initially if you’re doing it on your own.

After a while I just got discouraged. I kept taking pictures but I stopped putting in the necessary effort, or being willing to spend some money. Sure I messed with settings and spun dials, but I wasn’t really getting it. Somewhere along the way things changed and I think I can share what I learned and help other people get there a little faster. I’ll be writing a series of articles that sequentially take you through what you’ll have to have to get some of those pictures you see online, and to be able to do so almost immediately. We all love immediate gratification right?

Stay tuned, we’ll be talking about the bare necessities of gear next.

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