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5 Things You Should Never Do to Family Photos

July 15, 2011

You can admire them, share them and even laugh at them but there are some things you should never do to family photos. If you’re considering how to store and showcase the pictures you’ve collected through the years, you’ll learn a few important things in this article that can make the difference between deterioration and lasting memories.

Preserving family photos is all about protecting them from the environment and handling them properly. Think of how a museum cares for its artifacts and other treasures. Display and storage temperature, humidity and light remain within specific parameters and touching the exhibits is usually forbidden. Eating, drinking and smoking in galleries or storage areas is typically prohibited as well. In addition, pieces are usually kept in climate-controlled storage the majority of the time and are shown for just weeks or a few months.

Your home is not a museum and your photos are not artifacts, but those images are family treasures. How do you protect their worth?

5. Never store family photos in the basement, attic, or garage.

4. Avoid storing good photos in the same box with bad ones.

3. Give them some space.

2. Don’t eat or drink near family photos.

1. Never use polyvinyl album pages or black paper albums.

Read the full article HERE.


More belly shots…

July 12, 2011

Belly Shots-Part Two

While original shots are priceless manipulating the original gives additional character when desired.  Enjoy the updates…

Take a look at Stacy as she relaxes up against this tree.  Here I added an outside glow and filled in the base with a sepia technique.  Gives the shot a relaxed aged look.

Now here is a tummy shot in high light so the background would disappear.  Through photo manipulation I started with a black and white image.  To showcase the “Allen” name I brought back the original color to the blocks.

Make sure to follow my FaceBook page for updates as well.

The iPhone SLR Mount

July 12, 2011

The iPhone SLR Mount-Yes, it’s really real.

Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it’s aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR. Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing and faux filters.

Faux no more. The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. It’ll set your phone photos apart from everyone else’s on Instagram in an unprecedented way (#nofilter)!

This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.

Go to Photojojo for more details.

Mama-To-Be Photo Shoot

July 8, 2011

I Had the opportunity to capture a good friend’s late-term pregnancy during a photo shoot.  Stacy was a trooper not knowing I’d take over 200 shots and three hours later I’d let her off the hook.  I will share her full glow in the next article.

More to come…

The BEST Canon EOS Lenses

June 17, 2011

For all you Canon users…I ran into this article a while back and I was very impressed with the thorough evaluation of which SLR lenses are best suited for Canon’s EOS body.  Now that I have a blog I felt it was worth sharing.

Here is a list of the best lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina as determined by user opinions from the “Lensplay” website. Of course there are many criteria for what’s the best lens but here there are three sets of “best lens” data sorted by both price and overall rating. Just because a lens doesn’t appear on the “best lens” list doesn’t mean it’s not a good lens of course. For example less popular lenses may not appear because they have not received enough ratings to qualify (at least 10 are needed before a lens will be rated as a “best lens”).

Over at there is an experimental database of lenses for Canon EOS bodies. Readers of the site were invited to give their own ratings on lenses on a scale of 5 to 10 which is fully explained on the Lensplay Ratings page. Briefly they are:

  • 10 – Outstanding
  • 9 – Very good
  • 8 – Good
  • 7 – Above average
  • 6 – Average
  • 5 – Below average

Rating below a 5 are reserved for me to assign to really bad lenses, though I haven’t yet really found anything worth less than a 5 in a modern lens. I restricted users from giving anything less than a 5 rating to a lens because no lens in the database is that bad and ratings below a 5 would probably represent some sort of grudge that the user had against the lens maker (or maybe me!), or a deliberate attempt to skew the ratings, not the true quality of the lens.


Dance Pose Manipulation

June 1, 2011

I love taking character photos of family and friends on the spot.  Take a look at the original pose below and see how boring the background shows.  I completely fell in love with the pose but I really disliked the background.  What shall I do…

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Track and Field Slide Presentation

May 20, 2011

I was taking pictures of my Daughter Mia during a track and field event for Franklin Elementary School.  The local event was a bit under the weather but all in all it was a success.

Here is an example of a photo shoot action clip.  On your mark, get set, go!!!!

Look me up on FaceBook when the time comes where a service like this is needed.  Keep in mind; I’m open to discuss ideas and the unique feature of the “one of a kind” presentation.

Thanks again for the support and following.

Jon aka SkyGuy5