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Online theft: The Negative Effect

The rise of images across the Internet has opened up new questions in the ever-going issues of copyright, in reference to the still world of images.  With over 13 billion WordPress pages viewed each month, the question is something that all photographers should view as a major concern.  This is not taking into account all the other daily content that hits the web ever single day.  With all of this, how can you control your images?

You can expect that a simple copyright placed on your photograph might be a way to slow down the theft of quality images, but then it takes away from your amazing image.  I think one of the best ways is to just search for your images online after they have been compromised.  It’s become pretty easy to search 5 billion images on the Internet.  It’s up to you how you want to move forward after that, legal or just ask that they be removed.  It’s your time and money, so I would think about the process before moving forward.

If you want to check your images to see if your images are being used someplace else on the web, then check out these sites.   Google Images will search the web for your images in a couple of different ways.  I like the easy use of drag and drop that Tineye uses.  It is an image search service that will check your images like a fingerprint.

Good luck and Keep Clicking!

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Danger ©Kent Smith Photo and Video

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

When we play golf, most of us are certainly sure what the target is when we stand on the green, but sometimes we can’t see it because it’s behind the turn. This is when we must have faith in our choices, to see what’s around the corner. I am sure that Tiger Woods can see straight through the trees when he looks down the course. Why? Well, it’s most likely because he has done a ton of research about the course, and he doesn’t take one swing until he knows exactly where he wants to hit the ball.

This is the same thing for us in life and business. We should be looking at the future, and planning the same things out. Nothing comes easy in this life, but with a lot of hard work and faith, we can all make our goals and dreams.

Capturing that great moment in life is not that hard, it takes work and a lot of practice. It’s not just about the frame you make, but rather the 500 or 100,000 other frames that you have taken to get you to the place that everything becomes instinct.

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Eye on the target

Ivan Lendl keeps his eye on the ball. ©Kent Smith Photography

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Are we inches away?

Reach for it!

Are you just inches away?    ©Kent Smith Photography

The world of photography is changing every second.  I went to the local book store, which by the way there only a few out there,  to pick up a book that I was looking for, and decided to make the run at the magazine stand.  I picked up a few of the how to make better pictures magazines to see what was new in them.   I was totally surprised since I have not looked at them in over four years.   The first thing that I noticed was that they are all about Photoshop now. 

Has the photography world just forgotten about how to make a great image in the camera?  Is it all about just getting something in the camera and then fixing it afterwards?  I know for a fact that this would not work for me on many ways.  One, a lot of my clients want the images within seconds of you taking them.  Some images are posted instantly to websites without no color correction, no cropping, and no removal of spots or anything else, so I ask myself why are they not teaching the fundamentals in these magazines.

The next time you get a chance to look at the world of magazines, check for yourself how things are changing.   Keep clicking away until then!

Snow Day!

Snow AngelsWe don’t get many of these days down in the south, but when they do arrive,  it makes for some interesting times.  I couldn’t think of too many things that I would want to shoot in the snow other than people, so I decided to take my  family out and play around in the white stuff with them.

So if your thinking of shooting in the snow, I would think about two things.  The number one thing is to protect your camera from all the elements.  Ice and Snow  which will turn into water are some of the most dangerous things you will ever run into.    The second most important thing is to turn off that automatic mode.  Now, I know you can shoot raw files and do it in post, but why when you don’t have too.

There are a ton of different things on the market that can protect your camera from all the weather.  The difference is that you don’t have time to order something or time to run down to the local camera store, which I highly recommend.  (You want them to stay in business, right.)  If this is not an option, then turn to your good old fashion trash bags.  I have even used them on professional shoots when we didn’t pack our Aquatech gear.  It may not be a fashion statement,  but it will protect your investment in your gear.

Now for the automatic mode on your camera, I know you do it.  Sometimes it is just easy to turn it to the automatic mode.  Easy is good in most cases, but you might want a little more control of the camera.  The problem with this is that the lovely white snow that is everyplace with throw off your meter on your camera.   That meter is what is determining your exposures on your automatic camera settings.  I saw a few people out shooting today with their cameras.  I noticed that most of them kept chipping on the back of the camera, of course we all do it, but in this case they couldn’t get the exposures they wanted.  Most of them would just give up and keep shooting, but when they got back home they will notice that they are under exposed.    I like to shoot in manual mode when possible, so that I can control the aperture and shutter so that I can do what ever I want with the camera.  When shooting on these lovely snow days, I will actually open up the exposure so that I am between  one stop and sometime two stops brighter than what the camera is telling me.  This will help off set what is happening with the extra light that is bouncing back at the camera sensor.

So get back out there and make some more images, but let’s try it on the manual mode or adjust the exposure compensation on the other modes to make sure you get the perfect picture.   Remember:  HAPPY SNAPPING!

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One adjustment makes all the difference!

It’s very often that as photographers, we forget to make adjustments since we move so fast and our time is limited when you have a professional star in front of you even if it’s a rock star, NFL star, or a movie star.  Most shoots with famous people can usually last between one minute up to on average 20 minutes since their time is so limited.  So with all the pressure of the world on your backs, you only get a few moments to make one look with usually a list of looks that your art director, boss, creative team, or magazine editor is looking at for the ad or story.

The same is the case when it comes to sports media days.  You have a full list of items to carry out, so it is really hard to come up with something creative in your short about of time.  In the case with this years, Charlotte Bobcats Media Day,  we had about 15 minutes with each player rolling through, plus a little time to make some group shots.  We had 18 different players rolling through with a shot list of images needed for all the different outlets including the head shots.  In some years, we have done extra set ups, but we had too many shots this year to try to pull it off without adding extra photographers.

To help with adding a more dramatic look and still take all the images on a white seamless, we decided to have a different setup on the same background to help with this look.  This is where the Pocket Wizards Multi Max Transceivers really came into effect.  I just programmed one side of the lights to work in one formula, and then I could make quick adjustments to the lights according to the location of the athlete, plus add some other stuff about lighting without having to move more than two feet away from the subject.  Time is your most important asset at these types of shoots, so adding this to the mix really gives you a great extra look.

Here is one of the images from the shoot.

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Jefferson Count Down

Al Jefferson adds some mystery to his big 6 foot 10 self.

Hitting your spot in Photography

With the invention of digital into photography, the photography world has become a new place of tricks and inventions.  As the technology changes, the one thing that I will say will stay the same is the eye of the taker.  Sure, we can get the latest and greatest cameras made by our favorite camera makers such as Canon, Nikon, or even Mamiya, but they will only be as good as the person taking the image.  The one thing that is going to change is all the software that makes them become something else.   Each week there is another software app for your phone that will make your boring picture look great.  So what is shall become great?  Is it going to be the next image that is totally created in the camera or will it be the next digital image that has some Photoshop adjustment added to it?  I say that both will be around for a long time, but the true image in the camera will have to fight hard with the computer generated image to be technically better in all areas to compete.

Sky Diver

Sky diver falls to the ground before the start of the Carolina Panthers game against the Buffalo Bills.

On Golden Pond

Every once in a while, I will actually get the camera out to look for fun things.  It’s super exciting when you are lucky enough to find cool things that make you look at the object twice.  Making art out of the most normal things is a lot of fun, plus most people don’t even see them when you are standing next to it.  Go make an image today!

Are we looking up or are we looking down?

Are we looking up or are we looking down?

Top 100 Photography Tips: Understand your Camera


One of the things all true professional photographers should understand is they are only as good as how well they know their camera. That might be a simple statement, but it’s really what makes a professional able to concentrate on their subject and take their photography to the next level.

This is the best way to understand your camera.

Read the manual! This is one of the first things I was ever told about photography and it’s stuck with me over the years. I am not saying that you need to use every one of the special functions on your new camera. It’s just a great idea to have a understanding of what your camera will do when you are out on that all important shoot. It’s what you can do with it afterwards that will set you apart from your friends.

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Chris Berman shows that he is a funny guy on set!

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