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111 Photo Project – One Goal One Hour. One Image

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by Gavin Seim. Spread the word. Because its’ time to raise the bar. I have a challenge to photographers everywhere. One that will teach us all something. I know this because I’ve started doing it. It’s addictive, educational and I plan to do it a lot more. Different expedience levels will accomplish different things, but everyone will learn something new.

When you’re done, come back post a link to your result. For those that would like, email me and I’ll even call you personally to critique and talk about the image for no charge.

The premise is this. Nearly every photographer I know needs to SLOW DOOWWN. I’ve encountered this in everyone from newbies, to some of the most experienced and award winning photographers in the world. We need to stop the clicking and start the thinking. the better image we make in camera the better piece of art we’ll have when we’re done. There I said it. And I’m included. I’ve on a mission to slow down.

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One of my results of slowing down. I spent hours planning this single frame and I learned so much from it. Even the exposure is over 2hrs. Click the image to see the details in my journal.

So many images being are made, but there’s not enough thought about whats happening when we press the shutter. Anyone can take a “pic”. But not anyone can be a craftsman. It’s not to say everyone is making bad images. I just think we need a moment if silence. Silence from the clicking. Making great images is not about how many you take. It’s not about having so many to put on your blog that our eyes bleed when we read. It’s about real quality.

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The 111 challenge is this.
Spend one hour in the field, planning and capturing a single composition. In camera. Planning and making that single scene.You can edit after, but at least one hour making that one image that achieves one goal. It’s not that every image needs to take an hour or more. But if you really do this, you will start thinking more about every image you make. No matter long long it takes.

No matter what genre you work in, you will benefit from this one. Slowing down and learning to see in one area teaches us to do it on others. It’s opened my eyes in every area of my work. You may not be able to execute this project at your next wedding. But will help your next wedding, or anything else.

What do you get? Mainly you get knowledge. Which is extremely valuable. Every time you take on this challenge, or take it further, it will open your eyes to new ideas. Plus you get to display the Pro Photo Show achievement badge on your site along with the resulting frame.

There’s no photographer that this will not help. I speak from experience when I say it’s amazing. Remember not to pick just any subject. You need a subject that’s inspiring. You need a plan and the right light and make it all happen. This will all take far more than an hour, but once you have the goal, spend at least that just composing and planning for the final image.

Once we master this, maybe we’ll plan a day long image setup. Also for anyone that finishes and wants it, email me and I’ll call you and give an honest one on one critique session on the image for no charge. So, do you have the discipline to take this on? I look forward to seeing what you learn… Gav

Some simple guidelines.

  • There’s no deadline. Think about your goal. Plan a trip or event worthy of this image.
  • You can’t spend a random hour. Spend it making the best image you’ve ever made.
  • You can spend MORE than one hour in the field making the image. Just not less.
  • Planning the excursion, subject or post edits do not count towards your hour.
  • Plan one composition. No spending an hour making random images hoping for success.
  • You can make test images, but only to help you refine the one image you’re after.
  • It can be HDR or bracketed if you like, but we just want to see one image in the end.
  • Take your time in post. It’s not part of the hour, but it’s relevant to a great image.
  • Take that one final image and post a link in the comments. Make sure it’s ONE image.

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PPS Reader Deals. Nik Software, Photomatix, & More. Coupon codes.

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There’s some great photo tools and plugins out there and we all hate paying full price. To get you more bang for your buck Pro Photo Show has been arranging deals and discounts for you readers. We’re getting a nice collection of savings compiled in one place. I’ll keep

working on more deals and update this page with the latest. In the meantime you’re welcome to pass these along to your friends and help them save them some money too. PPS also gets credit when you buy using out codes. Know a company you think should be on the deals page. Email us, prophotoshow@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can work out.

 

PPS Discount Codes…

  • Seim Effect Tools. Save 15% Promo code: PPS
    Gavin’s simple and fast editing tools.
  • Topaz Labs. Save 15% Promo code: PROSHOW
    DeNoise, Adjust, Enhance and more.
  • Imagenomics. Save 15% Promo code: PPSIMG
    Portraiture, Noiseware and more.
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    A favorite HDR processing software.

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One Sentence Sunday. Simple Photo Tip #001

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Never lose the heart and the eye’s of a student.

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Gavin Seim.

OnOne Plug-in Suite 4: Straight Dope Review

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The Product: OnOne Plug-in Suite 4 for Photoshop: Overall PPS Rating, 7/10
Includes Six plugins. We’ll review each separately below. Review by Gavin Seim

OnOne has given PPS a 15% off discount for readers. Use Promo Code PRPHTPC

The Hot:

  • Product interfaces have become mostly unified making them easy to work with.
  • When purchased as a suite, it’s a good value. You’ll have plenty to play with.
  • Effects and tools are effective and generally simple to use and customize.
  • Aperture & Lightroom* integration on certain apps

The Not:

  • No auto update makes in version updates a hassle and easy to overlook.
  • When purchased separately there’s STD/PRO options adding confusion and making the prices too high (not unlike many plugin companies. These so called Pro versions do not have enough extra features to warrant the cost. The full suite does include the pro versions where applicable however.

The Bottom Line:
This is a great collection of plugins. If you want to broaden your editing arsenal in one shot, Plugin Suite 4 is a great place to start. While the whole suite is the best value, all plugins can also be purchased separately.

*One thing to note is that Lightroom integration is little more than export plugins and not self contained integration in LR. This is probably due to limitation with Lightrooms support for plugins, but it’s still a  disappointment.

Promo’s and discounts:
OnOne gives PPS some specials as well. Promo code PRPHTSHW is good everyday for 10% off any OnOne product. Also thru Dec 31st, here’s a promo page that will save you $100 on the suite. Note that OnOne has no say in this review, and it contains only my honest opinions.

Individual Product Reviews:

Genuine Fractals 6: Review 9/10
Genuine Fractals is a standard among many photographers when it comes up scaling image resolution. I use it whenever I make large prints. It can quickly take those pixels and make a 300DPI file for whatever print size I need. It can even add sharpening in the same pass (though I usually sharpen separately) GF just gives something more than built in Photoshop up-conversion methods and I really like it.

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Pro Photography Podcast #50 ~ Suprassing Expectations

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Host, Gavin Seim; Seim PhotographySeim Effects

Show notes
Pro Photo Show #50 Forum Discussion
Join the forum discussion of recently announced cameras, DRM, canvas wraps, long exposures, surpassing customer expectations and more. Also see the Should Photographers Be  required to be licensed thread.

-Canon 50D is official plus a new 18-200 EFS 3.5-5.6

-Seim Effects FB fan page. Get free goodies if your an SE fan.

-New Canon Bodies soon! Hopefully the 5D MK2. The Canon Moon ad is a great way to get people talking.

-Nikon D90 is confirmed and has HD video.

-Sony A900 full frame DSLR coming soon. Will they contend with the big boys?

-Adobe CS4 to be announced on Sept 23rd. Do we really want it yet, or is this an Adobe cash cow.

-Blow Up 2.0 is out from Alien Skin is out.

Gallery Wraps. Who do you use? Here’s a guy reviewing then on Flickr.
- Pixel2Canvas
- Collages
- Canvas On Demand

Talking about impressing clients, and surpassing expectations.
The Purple Cow  Pro Photography Podcast #50 ~ Suprassing Expectationsis a great book to help you get ideas on being remarkable in your business.

Photographers Edge photo cards.

Rice studio supply for studio materials.

Pick of the week…
Cable Releases

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PPS Discount on OnOne’s Plugin Suite 4

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I‘ve talked about OnOne products in the past before being a fan of their stuff. We’ve been working out some deals lately, and this one is a great buy. Buying their plugin’s separately can be pretty spendy, but the Plugin Suite has a bunch of the plugins all in one package; including my favorites, Mask Pro, Genuine Fractals, and Photo Frame 4 Pro (included if you use this special). It also includes Photo Tools, Photo Tune, and Focal Point.

We have a special 100.00 coupon for you that is good from Sept 10th – 20th 2008. Just use promo code BTSPRO at checkout to get the discount. Check it out here. This is a pretty sweet deal.

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