I believe I can fly…

Last month was the Paris Air Show.
You may have read my article on the subject. It was a great experience. I had so much fun taking pictures with LEGO minifigures in the middle of airplanes.

And because last month’s word was craftsmanship, I thought it would be a good idea to take one of those picture and describe the crafts I used to achieve the initial vision. Let me drive fly you through the whole process Continue reading “I believe I can fly…”

Forget. Relearn. Repeat.

Initially this blog post was intended to be a successful report about my approach to the topic of last month´s word, craftsmanship.

Many moons ago in an earlier life I used to be carpenter, so the idea of craft is nothing new to me. To master a craft one has to be curious; eager to learn new things; (sometimes) willing to release the inner child and let it push all the buttons there are just to see what happens. Easy as pie. Or at least that´s what it should be. Especially when you´re an AFOL playing  working with a toy that proverbially screams for being played and explored with and bending the rules (Rules? What rules?) : the LEGO brick.

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Focus Stacking

I wrote before about the dilemma I easily experience when selecting photos with the appropriate depth of field and bokeh while post-processing them. But the craftsmanship technique I’ve really been experimenting as of lately is focus stacking and compositing.

I’m usually not interested in a very short depth of field. What I’m rather looking for is a strongly blurred background and this never works without a short depth of field. Most of the time it’s not a problem as just having the face of my subject in focus is enough. But this can be difficult to achieve when working with multiple figures. Continue reading “Focus Stacking”

Aperture, depth of field and bokeh

The place where I’ve practiced the most Craftmanship during the past year is definitely in front of my computer rather than in front of my camera.

I’ve reached a point where I don’t think too much about technique when I take pictures. I’ve learned a few things about how light and exposure work and that’s usually enough. For the rest I let my camera do its magic. For that, I often rely on bracketing. Automatic exposure bracketing, so I can choose which exposure works best later, or even go to HDR if none works. But I also use manual bracketing for the aperture setting so I can choose later which depth of field works best for me. Continue reading “Aperture, depth of field and bokeh”

Wonder Woman’s Lipstick

This month’s word is craftsmanship and the crew is having some great discussions behind the screen on where to take the craftsmanship.

When selecting this month’s word one of the influences came from Maelick comment or should I say “ask” in one of the social channels on how much you clean up your images, and I can tell you it is one of my basic skills I almost always apply. I use the lipstick to clean up the major flaws of LEGO prints, dust and the non-authentic scars of age. I do post correct, and I can tell you, the one single reason why I cannot abandon Adobe Photoshop for just Lightroom is the magic properties of the Healing Brush and it’s Hogwarts magical properties of healing. It is subtle, yet so amazingly powerful. Continue reading “Wonder Woman’s Lipstick”

Craftsmanship

craftsmanship
ˈkrɑːf(t)smənʃɪp/
noun, mastering the craft of the lightsaber 
the new word of this month

Not Battlestar Galactica.
No RMS Titanic.
No Enterprise NX-001.
No Death Star.
No Black Pearl.
Just a ship called Craft. Craftmanship.

There are plenty of discussion on the internet exploring if photography is an art or a craft, but we like to stay far away from that one (at least for today).

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