Monthly Archives: May 2011

Live From the Inbox – v.2

I get letters from all over!

It’s been a busy year, here at SHP Global Headquarters. And I’ve not been as good as I ought to be about responding to emails. But there are a LOT of them, and frankly it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here’s a sampling, on topics I think might have broad appeal: Questions, and answers, after the jump

Why I love my Gitzo

Not possible with most tripods:

I shoot a lot of small kitchens, and finding the right composition often means putting the camera in some weird places. In this case, it was over the sink.

Now, it might have been possible to collapse the legs, remove the center post, and somehow plant one leg in the sink, extend another out onto the countertop, and let the third one dangle somewhere (perhaps anchoring it with some gaffer’s tape?)…..but it might not have worked, either. That sink isn’t very deep, and I suspect the camera would still have been too high.

Anyway, having the ability to run the center post out horizontally has allowed me to get comps I couldn’t have gotten any other way, save hand-holding the camera (something I’m not averse to doing, but not at shutter speeds of 2 seconds, like I was doing here!).

More from this shoot, with 1Columbia Design, coming soon….


This Week In Photos — May 28, 2011

A day late. Sue me. Yesterday was a long day in which a half day shoot stretched to 7 hours! Oops. Time flies when you’re having fun! Those images will no doubt make their way to this blog in due course.

Meantime, this week’s collection comes entirely from just 3 houses! One of them was a really interesting Curtis Burbick remodel (nope: I’d never heard of him, either), one of them just had spectacular light, and one was just pretty. Photos after the jump!

iPhone Photo of the Day

On location in El Cerrito California, with 1Columbia Design.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a piece…

Scott Hargis Photo

This Week in Photos — May 20

The vast majority of my work this week is embargoed for the short term, but still there are a few images I can share…these images were made in Alameda, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and El Cerrito. See more photos after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

Scott Hargis Photo

iPhone Photo of the Day

Dawn twilight photography. I LOVE getting up at 4:00am. Seriously. No, really, I mean it.

Scott Hargis Photo

iPhone Photo of the Day

(Still) on location with Sotheby’s International in Orinda, California.

Scott Hargis Photo

This Week in Photos — May 14th, 2011

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A day late, but yesterday I took the first photos in a large, multi-day project that’s going to keep me busy for a while. Today we got rained out, so here I am, devoted to my readers, updating the blog. Photos after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

On location with Sotheby’s International in Orinda, California. Much more of this project to come in a few weeks!

Scott Hargis Photo

iPhone Photo of the Day

Fireplace detail I Will Eat You

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This Week In Photos: May 6th, 2011

New feature — and we’ll see how it goes….the concept is to show one or two images from every shoot I do, each week. Can I keep it up, week after week? Hmmm….

A lot of what I shoot is embargoed for a period of weeks or even months (in one case, over a year!) and so I can’t “go public” with them right away. But most of it I can get out here more or less immediately. Here’s ten from this week: See the photos after the jump

Correcting Verticals — Redux

Back in ’09, I was doing a LOT of coaching, working with other photographers to improve their images. I had just wrapped up a string of workshops across the US, and I was about to begin recording seven Online Portfolio Review videos.

And the single most common issue with the beginning photographers I was talking with was verticals. So I recorded a quick tutorial explaining the issue, and showing the Photoshop techniques I was using to correct converging verticals in my photos. Back then I was using Photoshop CS3, and Lightroom 2.x. I was vastly unimpressed with the “Lens Correction Filter” in Photoshop, and Lightroom didn’t address lens corrections and transforms in a serious way at all.

That video went sort of viral, and remains one of the most viewed posts on this blog to this day.

BUT — things have changed. Lightroom 3.0 came out, and with it came much more robust lens corrections tools (a new version of Adobe Camera RAW contained the same tools). These days, many of my images never leave Lightroom, and I rarely resort to the Photoshop transform tools that I featured in the first “Correcting Verticals” video.

So, without further ado — here’s the 2011 version! This is what I’m doing on images that have converging verticals, rotation, and the inherent curvilinear and anamorphic distortion that’s inherent in even the best lenses. Hit the comments with feedback and your own methods!