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!!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Realizations

Realizations

Pulse UWO
The gym Pulse will occupy tomorrow.

Today I realized two things that are ironically related. The first is that I haven't written a blog post since January 20th, when I posted about photographing the Pulse Movement event in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin.

The second is that I have arrived. I'm here in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, photographing the largest student-led movement on an American university campus this year. But more than that, I set out many years ago, trippingly, falteringly, often blindly, to change the shape of Christian media.

Tonight I realize that I have arrived. Not in the sense of completion, or of complacency, but as I look around me tonight, I realize that I am on that leading edge, changing the way Christian ministries handle media.

In the van today I talked with the logistics coordinator for the US branch of the Lausanne Movement, who told me his media dreams for the upcoming conference in Orlando with the statement, "I don't even know if we can do this..." And we are doing it for him.

Tomorrow I will call the Rebelution Tour again to continue working out the details of the media presence for their upcoming tour this summer.

The task is massive. The tools are ever changing. I'm not rich. I'm not even famous. Tonight I am where I want to be, and I am doing what I want to be doing.

Check out what's going on. Follow the event at Pulse tomorrow by tracking the Twitter hash tag #pulseuwo. Look for images of the event on Facebook late tomorrow night or early Sunday morning. Then go do something yourself. The body of Christ isn't all hands and feet, some of us need to be the eyes and ears as well.

R

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photographing Pulse, Superchick and Skillet

Photographing Pulse, Superchick and Skillet



So, Jocelyn and I just confirmed a day photographing for Pulse Movement in Oshkosh, WI on March 4. Pulse is a pretty sweet organization, hosting student-led evangelistic concerts at college campuses all over the upper midwest. This event features evangelist Nick Hall and the bands Superchick and Skillet. It's going to be a crazy day, made even more awesome by the fact that we get to work with the illustrious Carl Larsen of Telescope Media Group.

We're looking for two photographers to come intern with us at the event. It means you'll get to work with us, and shoot on your own, get an all-access pass to the concerts, photograph student leaders as they work to spread the gospel on their campus, and study with me and Jocelyn for an awesome day!

Learn more about this sweet opportunity at: http://prizewinningphotography.com/pulse

Learn more about Pulse here: http://www.pulsemovement.com/events/oshkosh-pulse/

R

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Flight Home

The Flight Home

Canyon

Today I flew home, Phoenix to Portland, and had some pretty cool views. These were all shot out the window with my Canon PowerShot G11 on aperture priority mode and ISO 80. Enjoy!

Canyon

Canyon

Canyon

Canyon

Canyon

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Mount Hood


R

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photo Tour of Italy

Photo Tour of Italy

I know... I haven't posted here for, well, about a month, but I have good reason for it! Christmas is busy, of course, and well... New Years is all about figuring out what's going to happen this next year. That's what I did, and I'm going to Italy. And you're invited!! :-)

Today we're announcing PhotoEx:Italy, a 12-day photo tour of the best sights of Italy with Yours Truly as your tour guide! Click on the photo to check out the info and sign up soon... there's only 14 spots left!!

Manarola at dusk.