tHe PoWeR oF cOloR......

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 04:15PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , | Comments1 Comment | References3 References

"Colors have been the greatest inspiration and influence in human sociology and psychology. It can effect our moods, inspire us or even set a trend or a particular fashion" ~ Shaun Alexander.

First link today is from a blog post on Fashion Photography Blog entiteled:The Colors of the Rainbow are all around us.

Photographers have discussed their prefrences for color vs B/W since the birth of color film. I love both and one of them will always work better then the other. One of the greatest things about digital photography is how it gives you the oppertunity to decide later. I remember the days too well, when many of us would have 3-4 backs with different films for our medium format cameras or/and use multiple cameras. 

COLOR THERAPY: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HOME DECORATING is the name of the next blog post that deals more directly with the theraphy effect of colors, enjoy.

Third, we are going to look at a great illustration about the psychology of color. Here is a link if you wish to see it larger, I sure prefer that.

Fourth and last is a link to my Pinterst board called Color (good use of it, inspiring...)

On the board/gallery you will find about 150 images most of them with great links to blogs and articles on color. Just click on the images. I sure love colors and I hope you do to. This board/gallery is where I keep my inspiration from color images and also lots of educational info. The 3 images used in this blog is picked out from among the many images in that gallery.

Photographing Dr. Stephen R. Covey

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 02:51PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent lots of time responding to almost 400 greetings on FB. It gave me time to reflect on how much so many friends have influenced and guided me. It was a great day.

In the afternoon my wife MaryLyn came home and told me Dr. Steven R. Covey had died. One of the most influential people on earth. When I was at his house to photograph him for the cover story of Utah Valley magazine in 2009 I had a wonderful experience photographing him. 


When we where done and packing up the equipment, Dr. Covey asked if he could help us carry some equipment to the car!!!! It blew my mind, he was 75 and a super star, but he wanted to help me carry stuff. One of the things I remember him telling me while we where there was how he recently had been to India to train their government leaders on how to work together. India got more then 1.2 billion people, this is just one example of the influence he had on leaders of nations and so many more. His best selling book " 7 habits of highly effective people" has sold more then 20 mill copies!!! Who knows how many his other books have sold.


In the last 15 years or so I have started to take what I call mental pictures, photographing with my mind special situations I want to remember. That day at the Covey's house the picture I took to keep in my mind was very powerful and special. When we where about to leave Dr. Covey's wife Sandra came to say hello. She was in a wheelchair due to an accident. While we talked ( I had photographed Mrs. Sandra Covey a few years earlier in their home.) He was standing close to the wheel chair, then I saw something beautiful, they where holding hands in the most beautiful way, so much closeness and love. One part of me wanted to take out a camera, the other side of me made a better choice to engrave an image on my mind.


I been reflecting on what made me want to take this balcony picture while I was there. The one thing is how they love the view of the Provo LDS Temple. Looking at it again this week I think this is mayby what it was? In Norway the king and his family every independence day May 17th stay on a balcony at the castle and wave to all the people in the parade going bye. So here is my thoughts. Dr. Covey was an absolute king of his profession so her he is a kind of a king on the balcony.
 

I want to end this blog post with my favorite image from the shoot. Dr. Covey really have the personality coming though in his kind eyes, you can see his good sense of humor. So for an image of Dr. Covey I think I got him here? I converted the image to black and white to see how it worked? I did not like it as well, maybe because he was such a colorful warm person. The second image here I made in B/W to give you an idea of what I think.
Later on reflecting on the shoot, which probably was about 20 min long. I remember thinking and telling a friend. Can you believe I got 20 minutes of Stephen Covey's life!

Thank you Dr. Stephen R. Covey for being such a great and positive influence to mankind, but even a better a fantastic father, grandpa,  great grandpa and husband leaving a great heritage.

I'm so grateful for all you people that I have met and left me with great memories and joy.

I believe in eternal life and that we can be together again some day. Dr. Covey's also believe so and that faith must be the best comfort the family can have during such a hard time.

 
RIP Dr. Stephen R. Covey

PS. Forgive my english, it's my second language :-)

Photoshop CS6 Links to Tutorials and More

It's an exiting time with the new Adobe Photoshop CS6 released, so much to learn. I have gathered links to tutorials, books, articles here. I will continue to update this daily so please check back. Hope this will be to help for you. The intention is to make it faster and easier then to Google it with the many different search words it takes. If you know of good tutorials, blogs, articles and websites I missed please let me know.

PS. Remember Norwegian is my first language so please bare with me.

        

Links to tutorials: 

Photoshop CS6 Tutorials: 30+ New Tips And Tricks - designrfix.com

20 Useful Techniques and Tutorials of Photoshop CS6 - Lava360

Quickly Change the Appearance of Photoshop CS6 - Psdtuts+

graphicmania.com Phooshop Tutorials

Tutorials - Planet Photoshop

The Tech Game - Iris Blur Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

Photoshop CS6 Tutorials - YouTube

What's New in Photoshop CS6 Tutorials with Mark S. Johnson

Photoshop.com - Tips and tutorials + much more

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial - lynda.com

Photoshop CS6 Tutorials: Create Oil Painting Photo Effects - AnimHuT

digitalarts.co.uk article and many links to tutorial and articles

Photoshop CS6: What's New? / KelbyTraining.com

NAPP Adobe Photoshop CS6 Launch Center 

Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers-Course w/ Tim Gray video2brain.com

Adobe CS6 software training videos from Angoe Taylor and video2brainAngie Taylor

Learn Adobe Audition CS6 (download), Larry Jordan & Associates

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training/Video Tutorial from lynda.com

Image Resource Pack for Photoshop CS6 iBook - MarkGaler.com

Software Cinema- Training: Colin Smith CS6 for Digital Photographers

First Look: Photoshop CS6 Beat is dark, swif, and content aware - Macworld

Photoshop CS6 Tutroials: Create Oil Painting Photo Effects - AnimHuT

 

New Adobe Photoshop CS6 | adobe.com

Adobe Photo Labs

Adobe PSCS6 FAQ

Adobe Creative Cloud

 

To find and buy books on CS6

Photoshop CS6 books on Amazon.com

 

To join Photoshop Association:

National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Join NAPP  today and get a free bonus DVD

NPPA was founded by Scott Kelby and have more then 75 000 members worldwide.


To Buy Adobe CS6 Products:

Link to buy Adobe Photoshop CS6 Products

Link to upgrades from previous versions, only available from Adobe's web site until Dec 31, 2012

GoldenEye 007 and PTO 2012

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 02:32PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge | Comments2 Comments

In 1995 I had the great fortune to spend a week on the filming of James Bond movie GoldenEye 007. It was fantastic to watch close up how this super professional people work. I was with the second unite who films the most complcated stunts. Thanks Kodak for the trip. Besides observing I also got to be and extra. (See pictures from it under video :-)

A few weeks ago I was teaching for PTO Phtotraing Overseas in Tunisia. They made short video clips for the introduction of the speakers. With me they picked  007, hope you will enjoy the clip it is only 1 min 24sec and fast paced. 

I strongly recoomend you click on full screen in the bottom rigth of the movie screen. I had nothing to do with choice of theme or text in this video, but thanks PTO for the kind words :-)

 I sure had a good and cold time in St.Petersbourg, Russia, what a great city, arts, ballet ....

 Thanks for spending some of your valuable time here on my blog.

5 Olympic Gold Medalists Session Part 1 of 3

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:05AM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , | Comments2 Comments | References2 References

Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 48mm and f.14. 400 ISO.

This was one of the most challenging and fun shoots that I have ever been asked to do as a photographer. Photograph 5 very historic olympic gold medalists in one shot. Between all of them they have won 14 olympic gold medals. Here are their names from the left: Bart Connor, Nadia Comaneci, Dan Jansen, Mike Eruzione and Bonnie Blair. I have posted some good links to learn more about them at the end of this blog post. Since this is a photographic blog, I will mainly focus on how I did the shoot.

Did a job like this make me nervous? (Alll 5 flew into Utah just for this shoot!) Yes, but every shoot does. They were so professional, no phones going off, or phonecalls made, full focus on the shoot. 

The shoot took place on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I rented 5 Profoto D1 500 Air lamps to have in addition to all my Elinchroms. We test shot on the Saturday before. I rented extra lamps so I could have 2 lighting set ups ready to go and be max effective. As I usually do when I mix brands of lamps, like in this shot, I use one brand for the lights in front of the subjects and another behind them.

My fill light is an Elinchrom 1000ws bounced of my wall/cealing that is painted in neutral grey. Studios are mostly white but many commercial photographers like black walls. I got the idea of neutral grey from Elinchrom's own studio. The main light is an Elinchrom 600ws in an Elinchrom Octa. The placement of this light is extremly esential in this case, where I need to get an even light across a large area. The key is to use the edge of the light, the lamp is almost pointing away from them; this way I only get about 1/2 an f stop difference from side to side. The first person just gets lit by the very edge, while the person the furthest away gets lit by more of the middle of the lamp. I hope I've explained this well enough. It is an awesome way to light large areas. There is about 1 f stop difference between the fill and the main light. The image underneath shows the back lighting. All three overview shots are thanks to my friend Pete Stott who also assisted on this shoot.

We used two Profoto D1 500 Air's with strip light soft boxes from behind. They needed to be pretty far out on the sides since I used wide angle in many of the shots. Also, I had to be careful to not get light spill from them on the background. In this shot you can see pretty well how the main light almost point away from them.

Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 25mm and f.11. 400 ISO.

This is my favorite shot of them all. I also photographed them individually along with Bart and Nadia (married) together (Nadia was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10!). I will post 2 more blog posts one from Bart and Nadia's shoot and one with the 3 skaters.

As you can see in this overview, I'm laying on the floor shooting with the 24-70mm @ 25mm. It is very important to keep the subjects lined up on the same plane. I also have them lean towards me a bit to avoid too much distortion ( see how Bonnie Blair to the right in coming forward in this overview :-)  Shooting low and involving the floor gives a cool effect, but it sure takes a studio with a large background which I'm glad I have.

If you are interested in studio photography, then I recommend you follow my studio FB page: InStudio Photographics 

Here are some links if you want to read some of their amazing stories:

Bonnie Blair:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Blair 

Nadia Comaneci:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Comaneci

Bart Connor:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_Conner

Dan Jansen:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jansen

Mike Eruzione: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Eruzione

Movies:

Bonnie Blair: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2089667/

Nadia Comaneci:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0173536/

Bart Connor: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0175123/

Dan Jansen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1139045/

Mike Eruzione: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0259942/