It’s fall so that means it’s fundraiser calendar time! From spring to summer I shoot the photos for the Kewanee Animal Shelter’s calendar. This is my 4th calendar that I have done by myself and the 5th one that I’ve worked on.Read More
Recently I found a great new app for scanning old printed photographs. Have you ever gone to take a picture of an old photo to share on Facebook or just to have a digital copy of it? Then you realize there is a bad glare on it or it’s too dark well Google’s new app Photo Scan might be a solution for you. I happened across a story about this app and thought I would give it a try, turns out it works pretty well.
If you’ve made this far in the blog post well you're in luck because I used the app to take some photos of some old photos of me and my family. So lets start the fun and I will give you my opinions on the app and how the photos came out.
First up is me playing in a couple of cloths baskets, funny thing is I remember playing in the baskets when I was a kid. I think I was about 3 years old when this was taken so it would have been about 1982. That makes this print about 34 years old and it has held up pretty good; and the app worked real well for this photo. There are no glares on the photo and the colors reproduced very well. The biggest tip I can give for using this app is to take the photo in a dimmer area and not under direct light; the app uses the flash to light the photo and it does a lot better than I thought it would.
The app is pretty simple to use, just center the photo in the frame and move your phone to line up the 4 circles. The app takes 4 photos of your photo than stiches it together to make a glare free picture.
My next photo I used was me when I was about 5…I think, honestly most of the photos have dates on them but I’m sitting on the couch and don’t feel like getting up and looking at them so I will just guess. As you can see this photo does have a slight glare on it and this is because I took the photo in my kitchen underneath the light. I thought taking the photo under light would be better but turns out that just hurts the quality.
This photo of my brother turned out pretty well. He was probably 1 or 2 in this photo and I’m sure he’s real happy that I’m sharing this. This one was also taken in a little dimmer light so there was no glare on it.
How about this Polaroid of my dad holding me when I was a newborn? The reproduction came out great!
The problem I’ve found with the app is if a photo is already not exposed right like this photo where our shirts are a little blown out when you use the app it uses your flash which will make things like blown highlights (over exposed areas) a little worse because your shinning a light on it. I haven’t tried scanning a photo while it’s still in the frame but I’m sure there would be a pretty bad glare on it because of the glass.
In all I think this app is pretty great as long as you use it properly. Be sure to not use it under direct light and you will be ok; as you play with it you will find out what the best lighting conditions are to get a great reproduction. PhotoScan is perfect to use while visiting family because you can save some of your old family photos without having to go to a lot of trouble setting up a scanner but still being able to get copies of grandma’s old photos that you want to make sure stay around for a long time.
PhotoScan is a solution for digitizing small numbers of photos in my opinion but if you are serious about digitizing a large number of photos you may want to consider a scanning service such as ScanMyPhotos.com. If you have hundreds or thousands of photos you want to digitize the PhotoScan app is going to take a long time to do because it takes 4 photos of each picture so you would have a considerable amount of time invested into a large number of photos. But if you do it yourself you can also insure that nothing will happen to the photos unlike if you ship them off somewhere so keep that in mind too. I’ve never used ScanMyPhotos.com personally so this is not an endorsement just one service that I know about please do your own research when deciding on a scanning service; personally if I had a large number of photos to scan I would try and stay local because I would be very nervous shipping priceless irreplaceable memories. A camera store like Camera Corner would be a good place to check out or any place that still has a photo lab.
I hope you enjoyed this review and find some use in it. Here are a few more old photos I scanned with PhotoScan.
I wanted to take a minute and put up the photos from the Peoria Humane Society's "Bark in the Park". If you were in photo group A (the farthest booth from the entrance) your photos are ready. The shelter will mail out the photos at the end of October but the digital photos are ready.
As my gift of appreciation for all of the participants who support this great event I have left the watermarks off the photos so you can download them at full resolution to be printed. This way if you would like a larger or extra print you can easily get one. Photos can also be ordered through my site if you would like.
I will make a more formal post about the event soon but I really wanted to get the photos out. The link to the gallery is below.
Wow I'm horrible at keeping up on my blog. Writing is not my strong suit so I'm sure thats why I don't do as much with it as I should.
This year it is Alfie's turn to be the subject of my 52 week project. The 52 week project is pretty much as it sound, I do 1 photo every week of Alfie for 52 weeks. I'm part of a great group in Flickr called 52 weeks for dogs and there is some very inspiring photos in this group. I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite Alfie photos from what I've done so far.
Here is Alfie's week 2 photo. And I must say I really love it. It wasn't what I originally thought I wanted but in the end I really like it and it made it to Flickr Explore group which is pretty cool. I can see this photo being used for a winter month for the Henry County Humane Society calendar in the future. Since we didn't get much snow this year it was one of the few times I had a chance to shoot in it. I like snow photos but sometimes I'm guilty of not doing enough of it because...well it's cold.
Here's a little slice of life shot, I think the picture says it all and this is something that happens on a daily basis. Alfie is just tall enough to get a look but just short enough that he can't get what his belly desires. I like this because it's so honest and true to life.
Week 9 was what I call a slow pitch. I know if I stand at the end of the stairs they will eventually come back to the edge to see what I'm doing, so I just have to be ready for the moment. I like how Alfie looks all innocent an Miles is giving me some attitude.
This really draws me in, Alfie looks so somber and the dark tones of the couch just really makes me like it. It feels so in the moment and maybe it was but I would bet I had a little work to do to pull this off.
Week 12 were still being lazy. This is kinda another easy shot for me because if I let everyone relax enough Alfie will end up on the bed and when he is sleepy then I can take all the photos of him I want. Week 12 is also where I used a film camera (Mamyia 645 Pro TL) to capture almost the same image. I used my Fuji camera to capture this one then copied the settings from that shot to take the next shot on film as I don't have a light meter.
I really like the look of medium format film. This shot came out so much better than I thought it would mainly because I don't have a lot of experience with film. This was by far the best shot off that roll of film and let me tell you the print version is far better than seeing it on a screen, but almost all photos are.
Umm Dad, I can't reach the peddles. Here it's spring and I had just done the first mow of the year. I had a different vision for this and I'm going to try it again but I still think this one came out pretty good but nothing too special just a way to represented the changing of seasons.
The last one I will share is his week 24. I did this with a 60's era Polaroid Land Camera. I don't know what it is about instant film but I like it. It's not the best choice when working with dogs because they move so much and I have wasted plenty of film trying. Since Alfie seemed pretty still when I decided to grab a photo I thought I would give the old Land Camera a shot, and hey it worked.
I think I will stop there and save some more of the photos for a future blog. I've done 52 week projects with Miles and Pete so this time I decided to use Alfie. I like the 1 on 1 time it gives me with him and sometimes he even gets to go on a special trip for a photo shoot. Next year it will be Scouts turn which will be good because she can be difficult to photograph and I haven't done enough photos of her.
Keep in mind fall is here! If you are looking to get a photoshoot during the fall now is the time to book because winter will be here in the blink of an eye. Only 6 more weekends before November hits us then it's all down hill.
“Faces of Furever” is a photographic art project with a focus on documenting families of adopted dogs. We want to show the world what Furever looks like and encourage more families to adopted abandoned dogs. We want to honor these people and tell their stories to the world so that others will consider rescuing instead of buying.
We will partner with rescues, shelters and businesses to bring this project to as many people as we can. Shelters and rescues will have one more resource to raise funds and promote their adoptable animals while businesses can show their customers how dedicated they are to ending the homeless animal problem.
I am happy to announce that my new photo project "Faces of Furever" is about to launch with it's first event.
June 11, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at Pitties in Need of Kennels office in Kewanee IL 113 W 3rd Street.
PINK is our first organization that we have teamed up with to make this project possible.
"So what is this"? This project is my way of putting a face or faces to the word Furever and show the world who is stepping up and adopting instead of shopping. We will be doing professional portraits of families with their adopted dog(s). Those photos will be displayed through multiple mediums as a tribute to everyone who is doing their part in stopping the homeless dog epidemic.
We will be taking a $10.00 donation that will go to P.I.N.K to help them with their operation costs so they can continue their work. With that donation you will get your portrait taken with you adopted dog and family. To be apart of this project we do ask that at least one of your dogs be adopted from a shelter, rescue, ect.
Your photo will be available to download from my Facebook site or my website. You will be able to take your photo and have it printed wherever you like. To be clear we will not be printing photos on site you will be responsible for having your photos printed if you would like.
I am volunteering my time and talent for this project and am receiving no compensation for this event. But if you would like to help keep this project going you will be able to purchase your prints through my website. If you decide to purchase prints from my site that will help move this project forward and cover my costs for doing it. The sales from the prints will help me bring this project to more shelters and more families. You are not required to purchase a print and I will never try to sell you one later it is completely up to you.
So bring your family and your fury family out on June 11th from 10am-2pm to help support P.I.N.K and help me get this project off the ground.
All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and be able to get along with other dogs. They must also be leashed. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet and keeping your pet under control. There will be many dogs at this event so please keep that in mind when considering attending. Due to the limited space we will have you may need to wait in your car or wait outside so that we can give the dogs the space they need.
All participants will be required to sign a model release form for adults and minors. These photos may be posted on my website, facebook, twitter or used for promotional use. They could also be posted to other websites than the ones I've listed.
It's that time of year again it's time to start lining up our calendar models. As always all proceeds from the months sold go directly to help cover the cost of printing the calendar. I donate my time to help keep the shelters cost of creating this calendar as low as possible.
The cost for sponsoring a month is $75.00. You may have more than one pet in the photo if your pets will cooperate together. The photo session will take about an hour.
Sponsoring a month is on a first come basis and anyone who wants in but is too late will be put on a alternate list.
If you would like a spot in the 2017 HCHS-K calendar please e-mail your name, pets name and type of pet to email@example.com . Please do not send messages directly to the shelter as I may not receive them or it may delay you getting a spot.
I'm really looking forward to meeting some new furry friends this year and raising money for our local no-kill shelter.
Last weekend I decided to stop by my grandparents house for a visit after work. When I pulled up to their house I seen a firetruck blocking the driveway. My heart sunk OMG what happened I thought. I parked a little ways away to be sure not to block any emergency vehicles coming or going and walked up to the firetruck. As I was walking to the truck I seen police cars out back behind the shed and seen smoke. Given the location of the smoke I started to figure out what had happened .
It was a beautiful day on Saturday and my grandfather decided that he would take advantage of the good weather and burn a little yard waste he had. I can't blame him I would of done the same thing but it didn't go as planned.
The fire spread to some dead prairie grass and after some trying with their hose my grandparents had to call in the Coyne Center Fire Department.
In an ironic twist the fire department set additional fires to burn off the rest of the grass and eliminate the threat of future fires.
This is my favorite image from the day. Grandpa was rolling up his hose since it was no longer needed.
Making sure the post pile is safe.
Things are kinda winding down here and grandma is checking to make sure they did it right.
Notice the three county deputies hanging out enjoying the nice weather. Here's grandpa reviewing the afternoons events with the firefighter.
I made a panoramic photo with my Fuji XT1 and was very happy with the results. This is the aftermath. Nothing was damaged and the fire was contained to a small area. Afterwards we went and had lunch as planned. Then grandpa and I went and burned another section of grass to finish the job.
Wow the beginning of November can get cold. We did Nick's Senior photos the second weekend of November and it was windy and cold but Nick was a good sport and I didn't whine to much. You might remember Nick from the Dumb and Dumber prom photos from the spring.Read More
Funny story I wrote this blog a few weeks ago but forgot to save it and something happened to make it disappear, good thing I'm not a good blogger so it's not like I lost some literary gold.
At the beginning of November I photographed a wedding (you can see that here) and the maid of honor was a lady named Sara. About a week after the wedding I got a message from Sara asking if I would be interested in photographing her children's adoption proceedings at the Scott County Courthouse. My first thought was heck yeah, I mean this is a happy event and I had already met the kids and they were great so it was a no brainer.Read More