May 1, 2009
Digital Animation Anyone
This month we are spotlighting Will Carroll who is a member of The Fort Washington Photo and Safari Group and is an organizer of his own group called the Photoshop group where he meets every month to discuss Photoshop tips and tricks to his group members. He joined the Photography group to learn more about his camera he has which has a Nikon D40x camera. He enjoys taking pictures of people, animals, and interior design which interior design is one I like as well.
Another interest Will has is his digital animation. He started animating when he was young when he made his first flipbook in 3rd grade. Will’s digital animation in 3D began when he was in college. It was his freshman year when a friend introduced him to 3D Studio Max but was able to open the program and click on a bunch of buttons. When he reached his senior year of college, Will started to understand how to make digital animation in 3D.
His work on digital animation can be found at http://www.geoill.com where he focuses on digital animation. After you click on the Enter button in the far left of the page; it takes you to another page and if you click on the Reel link it shows a digital animation that I really like.
For his animations, Will uses Maya and After Effects for his digital animations but as his recommends if you are starting out with learning digital animation, try Blender which is found at http://www.blender.org which is free 3D digital animation to use as well.
Will’s Recommendations on 3D books and website
Will’s Recommended website
April 18, 2009
What do you think of the Cherry Blossoms this year? Please take the opportunity to comment.
That was my first time visiting the Chincoteague Island area in Virginia with Luis and his wife Tammy, and course of a guest that came along with me name Padraic Collins. On Saturday, April 11th, it was a day that was cloudy and rainy but still you can take great photos of some Blue Herrons, semi wild ponies, and of course let’s not forget the Egrets.
On our travels, we departed from Virginia around 5:30am in the morning and in about two hours we stopped along the way to have breakfast. The place we went to was called Jimmy’s Grille that was located in Bridgeville, Delaware. The food was really good like it was made down home.
After we left Jimmy’s Grille in Delaware we went on to take some photos of the Blue Heron, the Egrets, and some semi-wild ponies. After taking photos and recording some of the animals in action, we decided to depart and go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where we saw the Atlantic Ocean; and stopped at a restaurant called the Sea Gull Pier restaurant menu. The food was good there as I ordered the fish and chips and I will tell you one thing, that was not an ordinary fish and chips, this was big fish platter that made me feel like two could eat this.
After finishing there, we decided to head back to Virginia after a long day of taking photos and recording the animals in action.
Click here to view the video of the Chincoteague Island of a heron, egret, and of course some ponies.
Also, Luis Lebron posted some nice photos on the meetup site as well, please take a look at those.
March 22, 2009
I am excited to share that we had our first model to take photos for us at the Uphoto in Beltsville, Maryland on Saturday, March 14, 2009. I must say, that I enjoyed being at the Uphoto and understanding for the first time understanding the techinques of using the studio. One such instance was the use of lighting and the gels.
Below you will find our group picture of our model which is Chyna Wooods, an upcoming rap artist . She is in the middle wearing a grey outfit.
March 18, 2009
Renee’ Moore has been with our photography group for some time. She is a digital scrapbooker and joined our group to learn how to take better pictures for her scrapbook pages that she creates. She likes to take pictures of places that she has visited as well as candid shots of people.
Renee’ has a group called DC Digital Scrapbookers which they meet monthly and she as the organizer teach techniques on how to use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to design scrap book pages digitally. However, in the past, Renee’ used to work with paper scrapbooking but find it much easier, cleaner, and the digital supplies can be reused in comparison to the traditional scrapbooking.
When it comes down to taking photos, Renee’ recommends the following pointers:
· Take candid shots of people rather than posed ones. She feels that they are much more interesting when they aren’t focused on the picture being taken.
· Don’t be afraid to crop a picture and get close up on a subject.
· Take pictures of everyday things and everyday life. Sometimes we never pull out our camera until a special occasion but it’s the everyday stuff of life that we should record and means the most, I think.
· Journal your pictures. Don’t make family wonder about the picture you took or who is in the picture. Tell the story behind why you took the picture.
Please check Renee’s blog at http://dcdigitalscrapbooker.wordpress.com/ where some of her works are included as well as some of her video blogs.
December 24, 2008
Hello Fort Washington Shutterbugs,
Below are some more photo opportunities that one of our group members has sent us. Thank you.
Theses spots are free :
Longwood Gardens, Kennet Sq, Pa
Bluebells at Bull Run Park, Manassas, Va. (spring time)
Meadowlark Gardens Spring Safari, Vienna, Va
Outer Banks Lighthouses, Nags Head, NC
Brookside Gardens – Butterflies, Wheaton, Md (May through Sept)
Lilypons, Adamstown, Md.
Birds of Prey, Annandale, Va
National Zoo, Washington DC
Sep 18-19 – NAS Oceana Air Show, Va Beach, Va.
Delaware Water Gap, E. Stroudsburg, Pa
Conowingo Dam Eagles, Harve de Grace, Md.
Please let us know what your thoughts are.
There is a photo opportunity at the Mormom Temple Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights is located at 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Maryland which runs from December 6, 2008 – January 1, 2009 from dusk to 10 p.m. nightly. At the temple, one can view more than 450,000 lights and a live outdoor nativity scene each evening from 6 to 9 p.m. There is also a live musical performances that begins at 7 and 8 p.m. For more information about this event please contact them at (301) 587-0144 or go to the following website at http://dc.about.com/od/hoildaysseasonalevents/a/christmaslights.htm
where this link also gives you a list of all light displays in the area.
December 22, 2008
Fort Washington Shutterbug of the Month
Let’s Welcome Luis Lebron
Luis Lebron has over 30 plus years of experience in photography.
His beginnings started in high school where he was fascinated by photography. In the summer of 1979, he taught basic courses in photography such as film processing in Chicago.
In 1981, he started to include black and white as part of his photography and moving forward in taking wedding photos and travel photography which travel photography was done in Puerto Rico.
From his experience in the processing of film when he began and the use of the digital in the present has been provided such a greater use for better adjustments than film processing.
Luis uses a Nikon D300 and his strong interest is taking pictures of scenery which he finds relaxing and theraputic.
Luis recommends to read magazines such as Shutterbug, Popular Photography Magazine, and other digital photography.
Luis Lebron website can be found at www.lebronphotography.com and at Flickr under lebronphoto. Luis also teaches basic photography classes and I encourage us as a group to contact Luis about the classes that he offers. His basic class in photography includes lessons about lenses, lighting, aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed.
Luis advice for photography is “Have fun, ask questions from our group members, and best all try taking different types of photos”
December 7, 2008
Here are some of the few spots we may try to see in NY :
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The Famous Tree Lights Up Rockefeller Center
Radio City Music Hall
34 St/ Empire State Building
St Patrick’s Cathedral
The all day subway ride is about $7.00
November 26, 2008
Hello Fort Washington Photography Group,
Here is the question:
What type of Thanksgiving photo do you like to take?