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In this video I take a few travel photographs from “The Digital Photo Workshops” and discuss what I like about them and why I think they work as Photographs. You should get a few tip about where to go and how I photographed that image.

1514-0075As an architectural photographer I don’t always get to see how my clients use my photography once I deliver the images to them, but once in a while I do get a chance to see how they are used. My wife is an interior designer and receives email promotions from many different companies for their products and services and the other day she received one from “Big Ass Fans”. I had photographed a new restaurant in Brandon Florida that used these fans in their restaurant. The restaurant “Wow! That’s Fresh” is a new franchise and this was their first restaurant they had built.

This job presented some unique challenges in photographing both the fans and the architectural aspects of the restaurant. The first challenge was that all the photographs had to emphasize the fans, not that big of a problem since the fans are big ass.

Another challenge was for one of the shots to be of all four fans, the restaurant was not that large and the fans were in the four corners and I was informed that I needed to keep distortion of the fans to minimum. We had talked on the phone about a shot they would like, but when I set up the camera there was no way that that shot would work, so I had to come up with a new angle that I think it worked out quite well from them.

The last challenge was time. I was told that I could start at the restaurant at 8 o’clock in the morning and had to be out by 11 AM. This meant that I was not going to be able to use any lighting and I was not to have much time for each shot. I was contracted to photograph for different views, but as you can see I always try to get the client a little bit more if I can especially when this is the first job for me with them. The problem with that timeframe was that at 10:15 AM the fans all turned on and are controlled by the corporate office through a satellite connection and cannot be overridden by the restaurant, so I photographed all the shots in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Here is the link to big ass fans webpage and what they said about the restaurants and how they use the photographs: Big Ass Fans

MCPJ_2-300x190I am flying back from speaking at the “MadCity Photo Jam” in Wisconsin an don’t have a new video ready. Will have one next week and if you want to have an idea or something you would like me to do, please drop me an email and I will try to make a video from your suggestions.

Trying to make an HDR image the realistic is actually easy when you use a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom. In this video you’ll see how to put together an HDR image in Photoshop and then bring it into Lightroom to create a very realistic photograph. You will see how to develop the image in Lightroom using the paintbrush tool, graduate filter and the belt mode to make your image really come alive.

HDR Landscape with Photoshop & Lightroom from Randy Van Duinen on Vimeo.

IMG_1095I just got back from Imaging USA in Nashville and had a great time with my wife Lynn who accompanying me for the first time. We started out staying downtown for the first two nights and where able to hear some great music at quite a few Honky Tonks. I decided to only bring my Sony a7r camera with one lens, the 24-70mm. I took this camera because of its size and I really wanted to work with it, it worked great.

Then it was on to Imaging USA and where I was up for an IPC Grand Imaging Award. The past two years I took 1st and 2nd and this year I did not. I am still one of the Top Ten Commercial images this year; I will have to work harder for next year. It was great connected with my friend from my Grand Rapids Junior Collage days Ruth and another friend from Photoshop World that I had not seen for many years Cheryl Mcnabb.

I was also there to receive my “Master of Photography” degree form PPA. This is one of the greatest honors I have been a part of and I had my wife placing the ribbon and medallion around my neck. I would like to thank all the people that have helped me get to this place and hope I can help others do the same.

Here some images form Nashville:

When you are taking photographs in any location that is popular you will be encountering large groups of tourist. There are a few ways to remove them from you image, one is to wait and hope you get a break from the hordes of people that are around. Another way is to be there when the tourist are not, this means late at night or before they are up in the mourning. The way I am going to show you is to use a tripod and photograph many photos and then remove the people in Photoshop.

Takeing People out from Randy Van Duinen on Vimeo.