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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography - Roche Diagnostics


THIS CLASS IS FOR ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS EMPLOYEES ONLY - This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$60
When:March 5th, 2015 - March 26th, 2015
Times:5:30-7:30pm
Where:Roche Diagnostics Corp.
9115 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free* Canon Rebel Camera class


If you purchased your Canon Rebel, begin the process of learning how to use your new camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do, and much more. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to use it. This class is FREE to anyone who purchased a Canon Rebel at Roberts. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:February 26th, 2015 - February 26th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free* Nikon D3000's/5000's


If you purchased your Nikon D3100/D3200/D3300/D5100/D5200/D5300, begin the process of learning how to use your new camera to it's fullest potential! Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do, and much more. You paid good money for your camera - now let us teach you how to use it. This class is FREE to anyone who purchased their Nikon DSLR (D3100/D3200/D3300/D5100/D5200/D5300) from Roberts. $30 cost to anyone who did not purchase their camera at Roberts.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:February 23rd, 2015 - February 23rd, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Meredith Reinker

My Adventures at CES...


In case you were not aware, the huge ginormous CES (Consumer Electronics Show) was held last week in Las Vegas.  This is a big deal for a few reasons...the first is that this is the forum for MANY of our vendors to announce their latest and greatest technology that they will focus on for the upcoming year, the second is that people travel from all over the world to attend this show to see this new technology, and the third is that this is the first year that I actually got to go!  For better or for worse - here is my summary of events for last week. (Disclaimer: these are bad iphone photos because we were on the go and tweeting, facebooking and instagraming as fast as we could!)

If I didn't make it clear enough in the first paragraph - CES is a HUGE convention.  To be more specific - this convention covers 2.2 million net square feet of space, more than 3600 exhibitors, over 170,000 attendees and of those, over 45,000 are from outside of the U.S.

CES Entry

As opposed to boring you with every new product announcement - I will highlight some of my favorite things as well as a few themes that I can only believe will continue to grow and elevate the industry.

I have to say (and I may be a bit biased), but I LOVED the Nikon space! Everything from the great speakers to checking out the new D5500 and the new 300mm F/4 to the Nikon 360 photo booth.  This thing was awesome - it took probably 100 Nikon cameras and photographed you at the same time and instantly stitched the photos together to provide one amazing 360 degree image!

Nikon 360

To see how the actual Nikon 360 image turned out - click here: Nikon IMG_2560

The photography industry is right up there with having some of the most innovative companies and there were too many new product announcements to list and picture them all here.  But to see what has been announced in our great industry, you can view our full list here.

So, what are people going to be talking about in 2015?

Unmanned Vehicles (and no, I'm not just talking about the BMW car that parks itself that you saw on the Today show). I'm talking about drones! Drones were everywhere and they can do everything.  Companies like DJI have some of the most innovative technology out there.  While there will be some controversy and the FAA has yet to keep up with this technology, these flying objects are already helping to capture never before seen moments in nature and landscape photography, revamping sports photography, entering wedding photography and much more.  While they are pricey, you are going to be seeing much more of these and their practical applications in the years to come.

Drones

Televisions and 4k Ultra High Definition! If you have not yet purchased an HD television - you might want to wait because apparently UHD (ultra hi-def) is all the rage!  I even heard rumblings of 8K (but I did not see anything using this technology)...I barely know what to do with 4K - so I really have my work cut out for me if we are about to be introduced to 8K.  What I did see was the world's largest (110 inches) 4K UHD Curved Television and it was crystal clear and as life like as you can imagine!

Curved TV

Action cams continued to wow in the photography area, as did connecting and sharing everything and anything that you are doing! We in the photography world are constantly looking for ways that we can share our adventures, our families and our friends with the world.  We require all of our devices to connect with everything and the photography innovators hear you and are continuing to improve the ways that we share and connect with one another.

While my first trip to CES could definitely be characterized by long monorail lines, sprinting from meeting to meeting, huge crowds and way too many TVs - what I took away from it was a little different.  To me, I guess I am still in awe of the people that are constantly improving and constantly striving for change and better technology.  It would be so easy to think that in a world of iPhones and wi-fi on airplanes and drones that we have already accomplished so much in our society.  But here in this space (granted it is a very large space), there are literally thousands of people that know that we can be better and that we can be smarter and that we must continue to grow and learn and change.  These are the people that inspire me.  From the tiny start up companies that I saw to the huge technology giants already out there, everyone there was focused on innovation and providing solutions to improve lives.  CES is not just about driverless cars, 3-D printing and Ultra High Def. It is also about changing lives with technology in everything from health care and medical innovations to home security to government needs.  All in all, I was very impressed.  Thank you CES and to those out there that never stop striving for more! #CES2015

And this is not photography related...but...it's awesome right?

BMW

 

 

 



Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free* Nikon D3100's/5100's/7100's Camera class


If you purchased your Nikon D3100's/D5100's/D7100's, begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera, now let us teach you how to use it. This class is free to anyone who purchased a Nikon D3100,3200,3300/D5100,5200,5300/D7100 from Roberts. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:February 5th, 2015 - February 5th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free* Canon Rebel Camera class


If you purchased your Canon Rebel begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera, now let us teach you how to use it. This class is free to anyone who purchased a Canon Rebel. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:January 28th, 2015 - January 28th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Meredith Reinker

New Year = New Project, Organize Your Photos Now!


The holiday season has ended, the presents have been unwrapped, the New Year is being rung in and the stress of everything that you need to do in 2015 is probably setting in.  If you are like me, one of those things at the top of the your personal list is organizing pictures!  This is something that in theory sounds very easy. It sounds like something that you should be able to keep up with throughout the year.  Just spend one night a month, I tell myself, you will be so organized all year.  But alas...it never happens that way.  The year comes to a close and I have thousands of photos between my camera, cell phone, email and more that I want to consolidate.  With the help of some tips from Promaster, this can (and well...it must) be done in a few easy steps. You can even break these steps up to fit your schedule, like one per week!

1. Consolidate Photos from Your Camera and Smartphone in one easy place like a family computer.

Most of us have multiple cameras, smart phones, USB drives, Facebook, pictures that have been emailed to you, etc, etc.  Accumulate all of these photos on to one computer for the best organizational results.

2. Create a filing system to fit your habits

Many people (including myself) like to create folders and sub-folders to organize your files in a way that makes sense to you so they can be maintained over time.  For example - I have a main file folder of 'Photos' and a sub-folder for each year and then sub-folders within that year for different events, i.e. 'Avery's Birthday.'  There is no "best" way to organize your photos.  It has to make sense to you and fit your lifestyle.
3. The Mass Photo Exodus

This sounds very intimidating and extremely time consuming, but will actually be very fulfilling and stress relieving when you are done! As you sort your pictures into the proper folders, make sure that you are deleting pictures that are duplicates, blurry, too similar to others, or too dark. Because I mean...do you really need 35 pictures of your kids running down the beach?  You can probably capture the memory in about 3 pictures.  This will free up a lot of space on your computer and other storage devices.  Once you have finished the transfer and verified that your pictures were safely moved to your computer, reformat your media card using your camera's format function.  Reformatting your card a few times a year will help maintain the card's efficiency and reliability for future photos.

4. Find Your Favorites:

This step is optional, BUT it is a fun one!  This is a step that many photographers find very helpful in locating specific photos (especially if you are making a book or printing photos later on).  Most image editing programs have a tool for marking favorite images.  Many programs also have facial recognition features which can come in handy because it is a lot less time consuming than tagging each photo individually.

5.  Back Up, Back Up, Back Up!

I cannot stress this step enough.  As someone who has personally paid $350 to have their hard drive on their Mac rebuilt after it crashed - backing up is the most crucial of all the steps.  If you like pictures, you should also like hard drives.  Get a large external hard drive! You can get a ton of space for not a ton of money on Amazon.  You can also copy the images to a DVD-R, but this may require spreading the pictures to multiple discs.  You can also back up your photos to an on-line photo sharing site.  When you are looking at these companies, consider reputation, fee, and make sure you read the policies and FAQ section of the site.  Our friends at Promaster recommend Mylio.com, who offers multi-device backup with or without the cloud.  And, call me old fashion, but you should also consider printing your favorite photos because printed photos don't crash.  Roberts can help you with on-line storage and a huge array of printing options through our lab!  We can even turn those images in your 'Favorites' folder into beautiful canvas prints or photo gifts.

I know that you probably have a million projects on your plate for 2015, but this is one that should not be overlooked.  It is easy to put off, but if something happens to those photos you will be way more devastated than if you still had some old sweaters and shoes that have not been cleaned out of your closet yet!  Happy New Year, and Happy Organizing!

Instagram Organization Tip: Some people think hash tags are stupid #hashtagsarestupid.  And I don't completely disagree in some circumstances.  BUT, they are very helpful for finding all the photos that you and everyone else took of your event.  So, if you are trying to locate all the pictures that guests took at your best friend's wedding - just search the hash tag (I'm sure they had one) to find all your favorite photos from the event! And consider creating some of your own to track the photos you take and everyone else takes at your favorite events during the year.



Marc Lebryk

SoftboxPalooza!


It's not every day you get a phone call asking if you are interested in using a softbox larger than you have ever seen. (20 feet long to be exact).  To a photographer that is all about lighting, it's hard to say no to that; and I didn't. It turns out that a softbox larger than I have ever seen was an understatement. This softbox wouldn't even fit in my two car garage. IT WAS AWESOME.

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So lets back up a bit. The call I got was from Jody at Roberts and it was in regard to an automotive softbox they had built in their classroom to show to prospective clients. Problem was that my hero Dave Black was coming to town for Roberts grand opening and they needed to get the softbox out of there. First however they needed to do something awesome with it. Enter Dandy Horse. Dandy Horse is a bicycle that Robert's Camera's web Guru Derek Martin restored to it's original glory. Beautiful Bike, great subject for such a glorious softbox. The carpet in the Robert's classroom was a bit odd, but I think it actually worked out just fine.

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Setup was the epic softbox which included 6 Dynalite heads and two 1600 watt second packs. Being that these are Dynalite Studio heads, we were able to ramp them all the way up to Full power and Hypersync the camera to them using my Pocket Wizard TT1's and TT5's which was super sweet because it allowed John and I to shoot at a very shallow aperture by adjusting only the shutterspeed and aperture, as opposed to needing to change light power or used ND filters. The hypersync even created somewhat of a dark to light gradient in the photos, which was greatly preferable to the relatively evenly lit shot created by the gigantic softbox. For an automotive shot, I would prefer the shot to be lit very evenly at the 1/250th@F8 settings, but for the size of the object we were shooting, the slight gradient that the Hypersync created was a nice touch.

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The giant softbox is better illustrated in the video on my site as well as there is a breakdown of components all used in the softbox and the shoot. The equipment used was a Nikon D800, various Nikon lenses (70-200F2.8VR2, 24-70F2.8N, 14-24F2.8N ect), Macbook Pro which was powered by one of the new Wescott Encore units, Tethertools Aero table, Tethertools Aero Hard Drive caddy, Tethertools Articulating Arm, Tethertools 50' USB2 Orange cable, Capture One Pro 8, Pocket Wizard TT1's and Pocket Wizard TT5's, and the Automotive Softbox Featuring 6 dynalite heads and two 1600w/s packs. All photos above taken by either myself or John Scott at Roberts. Cheesy music from the video on my site is from a 15 Year old Free play Royalty Free music CD. You're welcome.  View the video here.

Really cool experience, really cool custom product from Roberts. If you're an auto dealership or shoot vehicles inside of a studio space you should consider it a option as I can't think of an easier way to get awesome, magazine quality lighting on a car with very little effort. More Soon.

For more information about ANY of the gear that I use, please visit my gear page.



Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals - Greenwood


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:February 4th, 2015 - February 25th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Strange Brew Coffee house -Greenwood
4800 W. Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals - Downtown


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:February 7th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015
Times:10am-12pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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