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18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

Shooting With Zoom for Portraits

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In my little photography experience I have found that shooting with a zoom lens greatly improves my portrait shoots.  The closer I get to my subject, say, using a wide angle lens, the more distortion and stretching of their face I’m going to get.  Their nose is going to get enlarged, the sides of their face stretched back – in short, they’re going to look horrible, or at best, like a clown.  Using a zoom or higher millimeter lens (a 55mm instead of a 18mm,) I can get a much more accurate portrait of my subject.

Below you can see the difference between  lens angle of 18mm and 55mm:

18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

By being able to stand further away from the subject I create a sense of isolation and comfort for the subject, allowing them to act naturally.  Getting too close to the model’s face makes them become self-conscious and stiff.

So not only does using a zoom lens, or a lens in the 55mm+ range – help tremendously to create a pleasant portrait of your subject, but it also allows your client to be able to relax and be natural.  Ultimately, using the appropriate distance+zoom equals the best portraits you could imagine.

And that’s all, folks.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Basic Image Scaling in GIMP

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And once again, another tutorial on how to use GIMP.  Grasp the quick-n-easy way of downsizing your image to a smaller resolution, using the completely free, open source GNU Image Manipulation program.

Working at Sheetz now.  Just finished day 8 of work.  It’s going well – there’s a lot to learn and get the knack of doing (Sheetz Bro’s Coffee mixes, including mochas, cappuccino, smoothies, the Red Alert, and so forth.  Then there’s all the sandwich making, and of course sweeping, mopping, swiping, washing, taking out the garbage… but on the bright side, you get free self-serve coffee!  …Yipee!)

Anyway.  Figuring out life.  If you get the hang of it, lemme know and we’ll take a walk in the spring forests and talk it over.  ‘Twould be nice to go on a hike… such chill, lovely weather.

Video Tutorial: Converting Image File Types in GIMP

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I’ve been making video tutorials on basic GIMP usage recently, and this one is about how to convert image file types quickly and easily.  Enjoy!

And oh, it’s my first day on the new job tomorrow!  Will be doing 5 hours of training at Sheetz.

New Tutorial: “Photo Cropping In GIMP”

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Recently I have been recording tutorials for a new series, called “GIMP Basics,” which, surprisingly enough, will cover the fundamentals of how to edit an image in the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, or as it’s also known: GIMP.

Please enjoy this first tutorial, on Photo Cropping – and if you find it useful, feel free to pass the link around!

Intro to Indirect Lighting

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Well, once again I have stayed up really late.  Last night I didn’t even go to sleep.  I stayed up, recorded a video tutorial, got it uploading, and then went to church in the morning.  I nodded out a few times during the sermon, and when I got home and had eaten my lunch, I took a LOOOONG nap. :)   Now I’m doing it again – except this time I plan on going to sleep eventually.

Anyway, enough with my fake-insomnia.  Time for my first and second video tutorials for Blender 2.5 Alpha 2! W00t! I recorded another tutorial tonight and so here it is!

Here is the second tutorial first. I made this video to streamline the concept being taught.

Intro to Indirect Lighting from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

And my very first video tutorial! I made this in hopes of enlightening my viewers on the use of indirect lighting, but ended up teaching how to setup a whole scene with mesh lights and a simple node setup. Anyhow, it’s good too, so enjoy!

Indirect Lighting in Blender 2.5 Alpha 2 from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

God bless and have wonderful sleep! I mean, a wonderful day!

I have my music theory homework done, but I really need to practice my voice. I am so unprepared for my lesson this Wednesday – oh wait, I may go to Cleveland over that time! Sweet! Anyhow, as you can tell, I’m quite zany at this hour of the night and I believe it’s time I took a bow and chortled my way to sleep.

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