BLACK AND WHITE

WHY DO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS LOOK BETTER

Sometimes, the world looks better in black and white. It just does.

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Here are a few reasons for getting a little obsessed with Black and White

Versatility

“I love that it’s a format that suits almost any type of photography. Portraits, landscapes, urban landscapes, architecture. Not only that, it’s a medium that adapts really well to all lighting situations. Whereas color photography often works best on sunny days or in brightly lit studios – low light just makes a black and white image moody.’ – Sol

No Distractions

“I find that colors can be terribly distracting in some images and can take the focus away from your subject. I do portrait work and find that taking the color out of an image lets the subject speak for themselves. Its raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest and it allows you to show the true person.” – Shane

Subtlety of Tones

“I love the subtlety of tones that black and white images can have. In a world that often boasts about how many millions of colors a TV or monitor is able to produce – I love that in ‘Mono’ there is such a variety of what can be achieved in a photo. Black and White sounds so boring – but the fact is that there are so many shades in between – I love the challenge of bringing them all out in an image!” – Jim

Variety

“I find the creative process with black and white images is so… artistic. It’s like molding clay – you can shape it into a myriad of shapes. Black and White images can be strong, high contrast and powerful – or they can be so soft, gentle and subtle.” – Belle

Photo by Brite

THE SELFIE STICK TECHNOLOGY

THE SELFIE STICK

A selfie stick is a mono pod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm.The metal sticks are typically extendable, with a handle on one end and an adjustable clamp on the other end to hold a phone in place.Some have remote or Bluetooth controls, letting the user decide when to take the picture, and models designed for cameras have a mirror behind the view screen so that the shot can be lined up.In contrast to a mono pod for stabilizing a camera on the ground, a selfie stick’s arm is thickest and strongest at the opposite end from the camera in order to provide better grip and balance when held aloft.

HOW TO USE A SELFIE STICK

People attach their cell phone or camera to the end of the selfie stick, raise it in front of themselves and then press a button on the stick handle which is connected to the camera, or press a button on a wireless remote, or use the camera’s built-in timer to take a photo after a number of seconds have elapsed.

Here are photos i took using the selfie stick.
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UNUSUAL CRATFS

Am from the office yesterday rushing to school because i had a Photography exam. I get to the stage and immediately get to the jav (matatu) and before i know it we already on our way. Just as we get to South B all we hear are noises from outside the unusual aircrafts fill the air. Everyone is trying their luck to take a glimpse and am there struggling the hardest, but unlucky i didn’t even see a thing. So i chuk the jav and start walking to school then lucky enough they are there heading to the airport i just couldn’t resist. They were eye catching and i had to just take a picture, but only managed one which is better than nothing.

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GOALS AND AMBITIONS

They say ignoring your passion is slow suicide. So never ignore what your heart pumps for.Mold your career around your lifestyle around your career. I have always had the interest in Journalism and some things just become set backs. Am very afraid when i get to the camera and so over the weekend i decided to work on my fear and shyness… did a  some sort of photo shoot and i must admit the work piece was great to a pont am looking forward to do more with time. This has made me realize that am actually close to my dreams than i thought.

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Photo by: @CyrilCYrax 

SPIFFY GEAR ; LIGHT BLASTER

THE  LIGHT BLASTER

A lighting tool for unique applications – (different versions work with different brands/models of flash – this test was on a Canon flash)

When first handed the Light Blaster, some photographers are a little dubious.  It seems a bit like a kitschy toy not suited for a professional kit.  But, like most things, its usefulness is largely dependent on the person using it and the goals they have in mind.  Once you get your head around the idea, the Light Blaster makes a lot of sense in the creative arsenal of many photographers.

What Is It?
The Light Blaster is a strobe-based slide projector, which uses standard slides or special films from Light Blaster.  On one end, the Light Blaster slides over your strobe. On the other, you mount a lens which is used to focus and project the image. In between, you mount a slide or film which is then projected onto your scene when the strobe fires.

 

Pros

In Camera Imaging the real power of the Light Blaster is the ability to create very interesting effects, in camera, with a strobe. The effects can mimic filters, layers and composites often added in post. The ability to focus the projected image allows it to be adjusted to be very sharp or intentionally hazy.

New uses for slides makes the Light Blaster presents a very interesting new use for old slides and the creation of new ones. You foresee those who embrace the Light Blaster creating their own stock slides to have on hand to create specific effects and develop a signature style.

Less effects work in post by creating these unique images in camera, the photographer can immediately see if their shot captured the desired effect and adjust as needed. They can also play with focus, placement and size of the projected image, which creates more options for consideration in post. By pushing some of the composting to the set/location, the effects work in post is reduced.

 

Cons

Best as an “off camera” strobe , the Light Blaster might work best as an off camera strobe.  When mounted on the camera hot shoe, the angle of the projected image is restricted, which limits its creative application. And, the second lens makes the camera very top heavy.

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KENYA’S RUSH HOUR

STATE OF AFFAIRS IN KENYA’S BUSY SUPER HIGHWAY DURING THE RUSH HOUR.

It takes at most 30 minutes or even less to get to the Nairobi Central Business Area during other hours of the day but during the rush hour we tend to see the people who commute taking even two hours to get to their work places. I have never clearly understood why we always have it but as the name suggests its typically rush hour and almost all of us are victims of the traffic jam. That is Kenya during the rush hour early morning.

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH SMOKE

SHOOTING SMOKE

There are times when a photographer needs some smoke. Want to make a candle look like it’s just gone out? Smoke. How about a steaming cup of coffee? Smoke. Make the cigarette or cigar look realistic? Smoke. Add some magic to a fantasy portrait? Yep. Smoke! Here’s a quick tutorial on making photographs of smoke’s feathery goodness.

Incense

Incense sure does smell good. That’s not how it gets me happy. It  amazing. A single stick of incense is good for several hundred fun, wispy images.

Burning incense is a great source of smoke.

Lighting for smoke

Sidelight is great for photographing smoke. I use a Dynalite studio head with a 40º grid on the reflector. Placed to the side of the camera at 800 watt seconds, it provides enough light to shoot at f/16. F/16 gives a large depth of field so the smoke is sharp even as it moves away from the point of focus. Make sure than none of the light hits the background. A totally black background is critical for “the trick” to work.

The 40º grid keeps light from striking the lens avoiding flare.

After shooting the smoke, move over to Lightroom’s Develop module. Hold down the Option (WIN: Alt) key then click and hold the Blacks slider. Move it to the left until the background is completely black.

The trick

Choose the smoke images you want to lay into an existing photograph. Move them into the photograph in Photoshop. Change the blending mode from Normal to Screen. The black background magically disappears leaving only the smoke behind.

Smoke patterns enhance fantasy portraits.