these young ladies took part in a TFCD shoot. I would like your input on how I did, and what you think should be changed for next time

Found an article about how to make beautiful night time here :

. I don't know if it is worth sharing but it helped me a bit. Hope it help anyone else. Other tips are also welcomed so please, if you have any tips to improve night time photography please let me know, i will gladly put them in practice.

I wish they had kept the functionality of the RM-1 remote control. It was so simple to use. The phone based Wi-Fi remote is a total PITA. After previously having paired the camera and phone, first the phone has to be turned on then the app selected before it is usable. Then one risks the phone powering down just before the crucial moment for the shot not to mention incoming calls and reminders. I'm now back to using a cable release whereas I previously I used the RM-1 for all tripod shots. Has anyone found a better way?

A Few Birds

by kmont

Haven't been out much lately; life sometimes interferes with photography!
Got these with the E-5, 300/2.8 lens & 2X tc.
Western Meadowlark, female Yellow-headed Blackbird, Upland Sandpiper, Canada Goose.

A photo that I took yesterday, reminded me of a situation that I came across this summer that I wasn't aware of. It is related to shooting with my Olympus E-M1 (I don't use it often with my street work) in Silent Shutter Mode.

I was sitting in a McDonalds here in Guatemala and grabbed a few natural light frames of people sitting there. Immediately I recognized the dark banding on the LCD screen - - - but it actually looked really cool. Like I was firing through blinds of some sort or the subject being lit by light streaming through blinds.

What I experienced earlier in the year when using the same camera at a concert in Ontario, is that one of the artifacts of using an electronic shutter (Silent Mode) in certain types of lighting - is this phenomena of dark lines going across the frame and interfering with the image. Of course when this happened at that time, I wasn't too happy and thought that I had a defective camera.

I soon came to the conclusion that it may be the electronic shutter and so when I went back to the normal shutter, the lines disappeared and the images were fine. I knew about issues with fluorescent and certain other artificial lights from shooting taking pics in hockey arenas in the past. So presumed that was causing the issue with the electronic shutter. SIMPLE SOLUTION - don't use it.

Here is the image that I took yesterday using the Silent Shutter - that reminded me of my previous experience - - - but that actually worked well creatively:

Adobe Lightroom is my primary Image Management and Processing tool. However there are some abilities that are better dealt with in a full fledged editing application like Photoshop.

For reasons of price and speed on my Macbook, I incorporated a relatively new Photoshop Alternative called Affinity Photo a while back even though I have a full version of Photoshop CS6.

In practice so far, I only use Affinity for one thing - and that is cloning out unwanted content and creating content where not is. Yes Photoshop has Content Aware tools - but I really like the Inpainting Brush and Inpainting Fill tools available with Affinity Photo.

I threw together this video where I show real images being drastically improved in only a few seconds. Electric lines are easily replaced with sky, content is created where there was none, and great images of musicians performing are dramatically improved with a touch of the Inpainting Brush.

For some reason I have just never caught on to the content replacement tools in Photoshop. I'm sure the results are similar to what is being accomplished in Affinity Photo. I just find this program to be effortless and gives me a great head start to retouching - - - quickly.

Mind you this Affinity Photo application is Mac only so far. Talk is that a Windows version will be released in the future.

A rainy day in the afternoon today, didn't stop me from heading out onto the streets of Xela, Guatemala - - - - but it did mean getting a little wet and taking a few coffee and sweets breaks here and there.

It also inspired a different approach for me today. Instead of my normal grungy, stylized method of shooting and processing my images - my choice was a cleaner Black and White look with shallower depth of field. The breaking clouds with sun peaking through at times, contributed to some nicely lit images.

My choice of gear then was to use my Olympus E-M1 with the 45mm f1.8 attached, and shoot in Monochrome (Black and White) mode in-camera. One I returned home and Imported the files into Lightroom, about all that I did to get to my final images, was fine tune the crop and tweak the contrast. For focusing I set the camera to Single Focus Point with the 9 Grid and Face and Eye Detect Enabled. I used Silent Shutter.

A Bottle And A Church

by Phinehas

Sept 11 2016 by Lorey Barnum, on Flickr

So many rich textures when walking the streets of Guatemala.