A bit of back lighting

In class yes­ter­day, we were work­ing with ra­tio (the dif­fer­ence be­tween the true tone of a sub­ject and it’s shad­ow side). Us­ing a re­flec­tor, we filled in the shad­ow par­tial­ly. In this case, I had a scrim in front of the hot light di­rect­ly be­hind and slight­ly above the sub­ject and had light bounce back onto the face of the clock.

A clock and a paint brush.

Tech­ni­cal In­for­ma­tion:

Canon 30D + 17–85 IS. 1/20, f/6.3, ISO 200, f=85mm. Used a Low­el Omni Light with the barn doors wide open and a scrim in front of it. Relec­tor was sil­ver-col­or met­al (maybe alu­minum of some kind).

Big thanks to my “as­sis­tants” for this shot: Beth and Aman­da.

Side lighting

I shot a few shots of wine glass and a liquor bot­tle in class to­day.

Side light­ing with a hard light and closed barn­doors.
Side light with a scrim and a re­flec­tor.

Featured Photo: October 16, 2009

Here, Kei­th Sand of west­ern Wis­con­sin, sits at his maple syrup stand at the Min­neapo­lis Farm­ers Mar­ket in Min­neapo­lis, Minn.


Canon 30D + 28–105mm f/3.5–5.6 (or sim­i­lar) + Canon 580 EX II; 1/250 @ f/18; ISO 400; f=48mm; Flash +1.5 EV: on-cam­era.

Featured Photo: October 15, 2009

Two people walk through the Minneapolis Farmers Market on  Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn. on July 12, 2009.
Two peo­ple walk through the Min­neapo­lis Farm­ers Mar­ket on Lyn­dale Av­enue in Min­neapo­lis, Minn. on July 12, 2009.

Click to en­large.

RAW file. Canon 30D + 28–105mm 3.5–5.6? (or sim­i­lar); 1/160 @ f/5.6; ISO 400; f=105; EV+.5 in Adobe Cam­era Raw.


Associated Collegiate Press’s 26th Annual National College Summer Jounalism Workshops


2:20: I just got done shoot­ing a video. Will try to get that bad boy up on YouTube soon. My part­ner was Jack­ie Cain of the Echo at St. Michael’s Col­lege in Ver­mont.

Ear­li­er I had Burg­er King: dou­ble cheese­burg­er and a straw­ber­ry shake. De­li­cious as al­ways. Nice walk down Wash­ing­ton Av­enue.

10:20: Af­ter a de­li­cious piz­za and wings din­ner last night, An­drea, Ben and I all head­ed out sep­a­rate ways and I am now back at the U of M.

Sit­ting in with Ron John­son again. This time: 10 de­sign tips.



Back with Ron John­son of In­di­ana Uni­ver­si­ty. This time the work­shop is on Fun­da­men­tal News De­sign. Same room (Mur­phy 228) as with Joel Eis­felder.

Hope­ful­ly I’ll learn some good stuff to ap­ply to City Col­lege News.

Ron Johnson on Fundamentals of News Design
Ron John­son on Fun­da­men­tals of News De­sign


Af­ter a de­li­cious lunch at Dairy Queen, I am now sit­ting in on the “Na­tion­al Ad­ver­tis­ing & Your News­pa­per” work­shop with Joel Eis­felder of Cam­pus Me­dia Group.

Joel Eisfelder of Campus Media Group
Joel Eis­felder of Cam­pus Me­dia Group


I’m cur­rent­ly at the “In­De­sign Tips to Im­prove Ty­pog­ra­phy” ses­sion. Speak­er is Ron John­son of In­di­ana Uni­ver­si­ty.

Very in­ter­est­ing so far. Learn­ing a lot and re­in­forc­ing what I al­ready know, or thought I did.Ron Johnson Speaking


David Brauer is speak­ing right now. Very in­ter­est­ing so far.

David Brauer of MinnPost.
David Brauer of Min­nPost.


I got here not that long ago and have reg­is­tered. The Keynote speak­er starts in 15 min­utes. The speak­er is MinnPost’s David Brauer. Will keep you read­ers up­dat­ed as times goes by. Hope­ful­ly I’ll be learn­ing about quite a few things here: Ad­ver­tis­ing, Layout/Graphic De­sign and some “cut­ting edge” audio/video tech­niques.