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.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
DIY variable size light tent
Monday, December 10, 2012
Oh, he's not dead. Not yet.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
1941 Chevy portraits BTS
my previous post, I presented a number of photos that I've taken over the years of my uncle's first car, a 1941 Chevy Master Deluxe Business Coupe. The last of those images were taken on my final day with this rusty, old antique. While most of the earlier photos were taken in natural light, these were artificially lit and composed against a black background, giving a decidedly "portrait" feel to the images. Today, I want to go into some detail on how these photos were created.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
1941 Chevy Master Deluxe Business Coupe, RIP
|Bill and his first wheels, one last time|
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This shoot was for the birds
Joel Sartore's "Photo Ark" project, wherein he photographs simple portraits on black or white of endangered animals. When I as asked to shoot images of some birds for the web site of a local parrot rescue organization, the Photo Ark was the first concept that popped into my head. I had never made serious portraits of animals before, so I did a test run with a friend and her cockatiels. The goal was to photograph her birds on black and white backdrops, sometimes posing with her family. Kids? Animals? Flaky equipment? What could possibly go wrong with that trio?
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updating the Canon 7D firmware
7D body, upgrading it from 1.2.5 to 2.0.0. This was followed a few weeks later with version 2.0.3, which fixed a few minor bugs. The v2 firmware added a number of relatively major features to the 7D, and provided an uncommonly significant upgrade to a body that is over two years old. After waiting a month for other people to beta test the new firmware (a good idea, as evidenced by the release of v2.0.3), I finally upgraded my own 7D from version 1.2.5.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
New full-frame DSLR's: are they right for you?
Photokina trade show, Canon, Nikon, and Sony have all released new DSLR bodies which offer full frame (35mm-sized) sensors at a really low price point (US$2000-3000). I don't typically review brand new gear in the Prairie Rim Images blog, but I've been asked by a few people what I think of these, so I wanted to share my opinions publicly. The specific models in question are the Canon 6D, the Nikon D600, and the Sony SLT-A99.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Canon product service life expectancy
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Railroad photography and Operation Lifesaver
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fashionable camera bags
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Skating at sunset
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Brenden Stai Golf Classic, round 3
Tiny Hands International. A handful of other Husker celebs partner up with each foursome on the course, and a dinner & silent auction take place the preceding evening. This summer marked the fourth year of the tournament, and the third year that I've been its official photographer.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Shooting youth soccer
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Err 30 on my Canon 7D
Monday, July 2, 2012
Rained out... almost
Cross Pointe Innovations charity golf tournament. It's been a dry summer, and we hadn't seen any significant precipitation for six weeks prior to the event. Of course, that meant that we experienced torrential thunderstorms for a solid twelve hours prior to tee time. It made for an interesting day.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
New Powerex Imedion batteries
Imedion by PowerEx (Maha). I've only used them briefly so far, but I'm definitely pleased with them.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Canon Professional Services
a previous post. I recently learned that (not surprisingly) Canon has a special program called Canon Professional Services that caters to professional shooters who use Canon gear. It's a cool program, and anybody who makes money with their Canon camera equipment should seriously look into it.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Remembering war photographers
|Rosenthal's Iwo Jima flag raising|
Friday, May 25, 2012
They said it best
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Postprocessing software for Linux
Monday, April 30, 2012
Old glass: Nikon Nikkor-S.C Auto 55mm f/1.2
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I'm not dead (yet)
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Shooting hoops with the kids
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DIY SBIII Soft Box
LumiQuest SBIII soft box for a while now. The SBIII is a great size for close-in work. It's about as large as you can get and still use it with the speedlight flash mounted on your camera's hot shoe. It's big enough to soften the light for tight portraits or product shots. It collapses down small enough to fit into large camera bags or laptop bags. It also only costs about $40 online. Alas, it costs considerably more at our only local camera shop. When I found myself needing a softbox just like that on short notice, I decided to make my own for a few pennies. Here's how I did it.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Why format your camera's memory card?
One topic that I've seen come up periodically is how to clear out all the photos from your camera's memory card. Some say that it's better to simply erase the photos, while others say it's better to completely reformat the card. I'm a firm believer that unnecessarily reformatting a flash card is a bad idea. Here's why...
Monday, March 5, 2012
Installing a split image focusing screen
If you play much with manual focus lenses -- or even if you like to manually focus your AF lenses (for macro photography, for instance), you'll realize that the factory focusing screen in new DSLR's really wasn't designed to make this easy. They're small, dim, and have no focusing aids. By contrast, older, mechanical cameras have glorious picture window viewfinders, usually with a split image focusing circle surrounded by a microprism ring to help you know when your subject is in focus. I've installed aftermarket focusing screens in all three of my Canon DSLR bodies, and I've illustrated below how to do so in an 50D.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Old glass: Nikkor non-AI, AI, and AI-S lens differences
Monday, February 20, 2012
Image resolution for digital photography
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Experiences with Canon Factory Service
Canon Factory Service in fine shape, I wanted to give a thumbs up to the folks who work there. This is the fifth time I've had to deal with them, and the experience has always been as pleasant as you could hope for, given the circumstances of having a broken camera.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
How to use a histogram
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Adding a miniphone sync port to a Sunpak 544
David Hobby. One of the things that David is constantly promoting is his preference for using 1/8" (3.5mm) miniphone audio cords instead of the older, standard PC-sync cords for syncing flashes. PC jacks are notoriously unreliable as well as ludicrously expensive. Miniphone jacks are both more reliable and dirt cheap. Even better, the Cactus V4 radio triggers that I use come with 1/8" sync ports built in. Unfortunately, none of my flashes came with them. My old Sunpak Auto 544 "potato masher" flash came with a proprietary jack, but when that jack started to flake out on me, I figured it was time to add a miniphone plug to it.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
99 cent flash diffuser
On-camera speedlights are great. You can angle them numerous directions to bounce your light to your subject while still having the ease of use of TTL lighting. Alas, if you don't have a bright, neutral surface against which to bounce your light, the shadows resulting from direct flash can be pretty harsh. I got around this problem recently by using a dollar's worth of materials to make a great, portable diffuser for my on-camera flash.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Christmas party corporate head shots
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