Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I Tricked iTunes

I Tricked iTunes

There is a nerd living inside me, and sometimes I'm not afraid to admit it. Today I tricked iTunes into doing what I really wanted, and I'm pretty proud of myself.

Here's the problem, Apple doesn't give you an option as to where to backup your iPhone. I don't want it on my C: drive... I want it elsewhere.

So... I used a nifty little app from Microsoft called Junction to create a secret link from the default location to where I wanted it on my D drive. And it works.

Junction works from the command line, so you'll have to type in a command something like this: [junction "C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\Apple\Backup"] Before you run this command you'll have to DELETE the original backup folder and CREATE the targeted backup folder.

Happy redirecting! Oh... and this is my 100th blog post. :-)

R

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Love This Man

I Love This Man

On Friday I had the opportunity to photograph the graduation ceremony for Summit Ministries' Student Session 8 in Manitou Springs, CO. This was a very special occasion because it was found Dr. David Noebel's last graduation ceremony. This man has changed my world, the little personal one I live in, and the big one in which we all live. I am privileged to know him, and very honored to have been asked to create these images.

R

Dr. David Noebel

Drs. Jeff Myers and David Noebel


Dr. David Noebel

Dr. David Noebel

Dr. David Noebel

Friday, September 09, 2011

Highest Honors

Highest Honors

Yesterday I received the greatest honor of my photographic career--I was asked to photograph the final Summit graduation presided over by Dr. David Noebel. This man has changed the face of Christianity in the United States by persuading us that Ideas Have Consequences.

Tonight he completes his 50-year career, and I will be the teary eyed photographer in the back trying to see through my lens.

R

Friday, August 26, 2011

More Light at Weddings

More Light at Weddings

A friend emailed me this question and I thought it was worth posting, with my answer, here on the blog:

I recently did a wedding photo shoot. My camera is a NIKON D80 AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED. The church lighting was very very dim that day. It was more like a catholic church, and candles were the only illumination.

The biggest f/stop I could get was f 3.5, and when I zoomed in for close ups, the f/stop lowered, making my pictures darker. I couldn't get the shutter speed lower than 100, because the motions would blur. So I was kind of trapped and didn't know what to do. I couldn't raise my ISO any higher than 800 because of noise. And my EV was already like +5.0.

Um, So, what do you usually do if you have so little illumination at a wedding? Do you think I should have bought a wider angle lens to enhance my f/stops? Tripods? (but I don't know how I can use a tripod and still move around at a wedding.) Flash? But I also remember you didn't use a flash at Faith's wedding. Did you just use lens that had bigger f/stops? Like f1.8???????

I also remember that at Faith's reception the lights were pretty low, too. So, I'm just curious how you managed there? Was it because of the reflector that Jocelyn was holding? Or was it also a wide angle lens??????


I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you’re having, but you are asking the right questions and dealing with the right issues. There are three ways to improve the situation you’re dealing with:
• Use a flash – no one likes this.
• Get brighter lenses – I don’t shoot with anything darker than f/2.8 and have a 50mm f/1.4 if needed. Having brighter lenses lets you open up wider and create good imagery even in dark situations. These lenses are often really expensive to own but can be rented for pretty cheap. See if it would be possible to rent a lens in the future…
• Use higher ISOs – Yes. ISO noise is evil. Dark, blurry photos are MORE evil. I will shoot weddings at ISO 1600, 3200 or even higher if that’s what is needed to create a good image. I would much rather have a sharp picture with adequate light and a bunch of noise than a nice smooth image that’s way too dark. Shoot in RAW. Do your own processing. The newer the camera the better the noise levels will be.

During a wedding there are some events that you don’t have any control of, but there are a lot of photo ops where you can move the bride and groom into better lighting. Take the initiative to find good light and use it.

A bride prepares to walk down the aisle.
This bride didn't just happen to be standing in the only window light in a dark hallway. I asked her to stand there. [ISO 3200, 15mm, f/2.8, 1/40s]

Hope this helps!

R

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Portraits, Best of...

Portraits, Best of...

I've been going through lots of photos from 2007 in the past few weeks to get some collections ready for sale as stock. Here are some of my all time favorite street portraits, photographed in a single afternoon in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman and child in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a man in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a woman in Bangladesh.

Portrait of a man in Bangladesh.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Images of Bangladesh

Images of Bangladesh

A woman in the slums of Sylhet, Bangladesh.
A woman standing in front of her home in the slums of Sylhet, Bangladesh

I've been working hard this week to get a collection of my Bangladesh images ready for sale as stock. Since they are all pretty and ready to go, I thought I'd share them with you all too...

R

A child cries in the slums of Sylhet, Bangladesh.
This little boy is crying in the street in the slum where lives in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

These Bangladeshi people are unloading a barge of sand
These Bangladeshi people are unloading a barge of sand, basketload by basketload. Every time they dump their basket on top of the growing sandpile they receive a coin from the paymaster. The ambitious ones run back to the barge for their next load. This photo was taken during Ramadan, when Muslims fast from food and water during the day, only eating at night.

This is what it looks like when you open the door of your car in Bangladesh.
This is what it looks like when you open the door of your car in Bangladesh. Everywhere you go it seems that everyone is watching you. In Bangladesh it's true.

A woman in the slums of Sylhet, Bangladesh.
A woman in the slums of Sylhet, Bangladesh.

A river boatman on the Surma River, near Sylhet, Bangladesh
A river boatman on the Surma River, near Sylhet, Bangladesh

This man is begging inside a hospital
This man is begging inside a hospital

Photography Workshop Atlanta

Photography Workshop Atlanta

Christian Photography

Just wanted to remind everyone that the early registration deadline is coming up soon for our Prizewinning Photography workshop in Atlanta, GA in May. Don't miss out on your chance to save $100!

Register now at: http://prizewinningphotography.com/workshops/prizewinning-photography/atlanta-ga

R

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Little Rojo has a New Logo!

A Little Rojo has a New Logo!

It's true. It's new. It's awesome. Check out the new logo for A Little Rojo!!