Here you will find tips, techniques, tutorials, and news items from Prairie Rim Images, a photography studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, specializing in events, real estate, product, fine art, and candid photography by Ben Hollingsworth.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A few of my LEAST favorite things
my favorite pieces of photographic equipment. Those were items that I'd recommend to a friend without any reservation. Of course, I'm not in love with all of my gear. There are some items that I must use frequently, but curse them all the while. While these pieces may work well enough for some, they don't meet my ever-increasing standards, and I'll be replacing them soon.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Small scale DIY light tent
DIY light tent that I made from a plastic storage tub and some printer paper. This time, I demonstrate that the smaller the subject is, the simpler the lighting gets. In this case, the subject is the SD memory card that I bent in two a few days ago.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Why I prefer CompactFlash cards
Sunday, December 11, 2011
A few of my favorite things
Sunday, December 4, 2011
First snow of the season
Today brought the first significant snow of the season to Lincoln. There wasn't a lot -- only about an inch -- but it was enough to turn everything pretty. As luck would have it, this is Saturday, so I was home & available to spend some time outside enjoying it with my camera. It was even relatively warm and calm, which made shooting rather enjoyable despite the continuing precipitation. Read on for a few pointers on cold weather photography.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Choosing your first DSLR
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Old glass: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 (52B) macro
old, manual-focus lenses -- some of which are older than I am. Today marks another installment of my "old glass" series. This time we'll feature the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 (52B) macro lens -- a well-built, well-respected beauty of a lens that works equally well for close-ups and portraits.
Friday, November 4, 2011
One-light pocket watch
For my previous blog post, I wanted a photo of a watch -- and I wanted it quick. My son is the latest owner of an old, well-worn pocket watch that originally belonged to my great-grandfather, and I figured that would be a perfect subject for my shot. I was able to throw together a graphically-simple image using a single flash and some found props to create just the right image straight out of the camera.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Working behind the scenes
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Interview with Khara Plicanic
KaBloom Studios, she has just published her first book, Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love It Back, and she is an avid speaker who loves sharing her passion and workflow techniques with the world. In fact, she and husband Emir are currently in the midst of the [UN]tour, a cross-country bicycle tour on which Khara is presenting two free photography workshops in a handful of cities across the southern United States.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
New camera releases
a few months ago. Today, Lytro finally announced the commercial offering of their new light field camera. Canon also announced a refresh of their flagship DSLR, the 1DX, earlier this week.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Post-shoot culling/rating workflow
Chase Jarvis posted the steps he uses to weed thousands of photos from an extended professional shoot down to just a handful of truly wonderful shots -- in just a matter of hours. In a recent session, he culled 21,000 photos down to just 50-60 keepers in only five hours. Granted, that was an exceptional case given the low hit ratio of the subject matter, but it's still an impressive degree of efficiency. The key, according to Chase, is making multiple high-speed passes through your images and incrementing the star rating of appropriate images with each successive pass.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Black & white photography pointers
Ansel Adams' great photos are in B&W. It wasn't until the late 1930's that color film became readily available. Still, many photographers prefer B&W photography because it produces a simpler image that allows the viewer to concentrate on what the photographer was trying to communicate through the photo.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
DIY light tent + product shot BTS
older, manual focus lenses which I love to use. Because these are relatively small subjects, many of the photos that I take of these lenses can be made in a simple, table top studio made of parts scrounged from around my house and lit with only a single light source.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Old glass: Yashica ML 75-150mm f/4
manual-focus glass on my new DSLR bodies. This is the second in an ongoing series of posts in which I highlight one of these old beauties. This time, the spotlight is on my Yashica ML 75-150mm f/4 zoom lens. It's an uncommon and inexpensive lens, even my my standards, but it still gets lots of use.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
United Way Campaign Kick-Off
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Canon Loyalty Program
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Drinking in the rain
recent blog post, I wanted to create an image of a tray of coffee cups in the rain, preferably being held by me doing my best impression of a drowned rat. I'd had this image in my head for a couple months, since I first conceived of the article. Unfortunately, the shot didn't turn out quite like I'd planned. In this BTS post, I want to discuss how I did what I did and what I should have done differently if I'd had sufficient time and ambition.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Are more pixels always a good thing?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Old glass: Asahi/Pentax SMC & Super-Takumar 50/1.4
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Party lighting with multiple speedlites
Thursday, August 4, 2011
You DO have a backup, right?
As a professional system administrator who has experienced many potentials for data loss both at work and among my extended family, and who has personally lived through a house fire, I have a somewhat uncommon level of expertise when it comes to preparing for the inevitable loss of electronic data, whether it comes from hardware failure, ill-advised modification, theft, or natural disaster. I often hear people mention how lost they would be if something happened to the data on their computer. Sometimes they ask my advice on the subject. More often, I give it without being asked because it's one of my pet peeves.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Welcome home, Grandma
Monday, July 25, 2011
Fair photo competitions
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Increasing head rotation on a Canon 430EX flash
David Hobby. I don't love spending lots of money on equipment, which is why I opted to buy the cheaper Canon Speedlite 430EX flash instead of the bigger, badder 580EX. One of the things I sacrificed with that decision was the ability to rotate the flash head more than 90 degrees to the right. Most flashes will rotate a full 180 degrees to the left, but for some inexplicable reason, both Canon and Nikon limit the right rotation to 90 degrees on most of their flashes. Read on to learn how I remedied the situation and increased the 430EX head rotation from 270 to 340 degrees.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tiny Hands... Big Hearts
Tiny Hands International is an organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska, which works to rescue young women and girls from the sex trafficking industry in Asia. These girls are led from their homes in Nepal and surrounding countries with the promise of a new life and high paying job that will help pull their families from their poverty-stricken lives. Instead, they are sold into slavery at brothels in India. The promise of hope turns into a nightmare more horrible than most of us can imagine.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Three ways to shoot fireworks
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Lytro's new light field camera
Lytro announced recently that it will soon be marketing its new light field cameras to the consumer mass market. I dropped back into my grad student mode to do some digging into this technology, and I'll give my opinions below.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Manual focus lenses: an introduction
|Micro-Nikkor and two Super-Taks|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
|7s, f/11, ISO 100, 17mm, fluorescent|
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Photographing kids at play
Kids move pretty fast in the summer. There's so much playing to cram into 15 short hours of daylight. As parents, we naturally want to remember these fun times, both to relive our own fond memories of childhood and to preserve these memories for our children when they grow older.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Making the money shot
previous blog post about David Hobby's business advice.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Shooting a round of golf
Cross Pointe Innovations charity golf tournament to raise money for P.R.O.M., an organization which provides a senior prom for special needs high school kids who otherwise wouldn't attend a traditional, school-sponsored event. The full gallery has been posted on Prairie Rim Images' commercial site, but I'll give you a little taste of the event below.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Saying goodbye, and other unpleasant events
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 aperture blade cleaning
I once ran across a garage sale selling a Nikon FE body (made 1978-84) with a Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AIS macro lens attached. This is a highly regarded lens which will reach 1:2 natively and 1:1 with a 27.5mm extension tube. Even wide open, it's "so sharp you can cut yourself just by looking at it." Everybody loves it, except that this design has a chronic problem: oil leaks onto the aperture blades, causing them to stick. The lens I bought had already succumbed to this. I was too ignorant at the time to realize this and try to talk the seller down, but I still only paid $75 for a body/lens that, in working condition, could fetch $175 on eBay. It doesn't take much prodding to convince me to take something apart and fix it.
Friday, June 3, 2011
DH on the new world of professional photography
Strobist.com, has been writing and speaking a lot during the past months about his five-year adventure creating the Strobist web site and eventually turning it into his full-time job. His is a pretty inspiring story for anybody who wants to work smarter, not harder. While I do immensely admire DH's skills with a speedlight, I'm even more inspired by the business he has been able to create. His most recent writing occurred just a couple days ago on Scott Kilby's blog, and that prompted me to share with you a few of his other ramblings on the subject.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
A plea for basic photo organization
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
You've stumbled onto the very first post of the new blog for Prairie Rim Images. We're a photography business based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Ben Hollingsworth, the lead photographer (that's me), focuses primarily on fine art, commercial, event, product, real estate, and candid photography. Although I have shot weddings and posed portraits, that's not really my niche. When I said "we" above, it's because my daughter -- a talented artist in her own right -- occasionally lends a hand when necessary.
Who am I? I'm a tinkerer -- a died-in-the-wool engineer. I fix things.
Who am I? I'm a tinkerer -- a died-in-the-wool engineer. I fix things.
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