Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and...

The details: the equipment, the technique, and the processing.

Hello all! Just so that everyone has a baseline idea of what I do and how I do it, I’m making this journal entry to explain and list what I use and what I don’t use. Here’s the gear:

I have a Nikon D80 with a “stock” (“kit”, or the stuff that comes with the camera) Nikkor 18 – 55MM lens and a Nikkor 70 – 300MM telephoto lens. My D80 was defective when I purchased it so I’d suggest you open your new camera up IN THE STORE, set it for DEMO, and take a series of at least 20 shots immediately before doing the same thing with the store’s demonstration camera. If the speed isn’t the same, insist upon getting a different camera, one that matches the speed of the store’s gear. Mine didn’t and it took a year for me to notice it because I was told it was because of my cheapo memory cards. Not so and that’s easy to find out with a brand new camera set for DEMO.

My “pocket rocket” is a Olympus IR-500. This was probably one of the best designs for a n inexpensive pocket camera ever made because if literally folds up and protects its lens and 3" viewscreen with its metal shell. Of course, they are out-of-production so screaming at Olympus to bring it back is about the only way you can get one aside from 2nd hand somewhere like eBay. I use this camera for my “true” macro photography (as opposed to my telephoto “macro” that isn’t macro at all but close-ups from a distance away). This camera, like most pocket rockets, does my video clips and creates reference shots to help in processing if I’m not sure I had the Nikon set correctly when I took a shot that was REALLY important to me.

I process images with a trio of programs because I find that, like cameras, all programs do something better and worse than other programs. My freeware resizes 1000 times faster than my $100 programs. That freeware is ArcSoft PhotoImpression 3. The serious editing is usually done with Corel’s PaintShopPro Photo XI ($100). This program is extremely easy to use and the detailed help section is almost unneeded because the program has a “Help” pallet as part of the options for the main work area. And my really serious (and rarely used) software is Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. This is one powerful program but it’s a bear to use and doesn’t allow a beginner to create customized workspaces to aid in the editing learning curve. However, PhotoShop products are the premier editing tools because they offer extremely complicated editing options tho their pricing is scary-bad for a beginner to digital photography.

I have a couple tripods, and remote for the Nikon, and numerous help books I usually take into the field in a large camera-dedicated backpack. The pouches and resizable sections assure you of being able to upgrade your gear for a long time before needing a new pack. It also has a place for a laptop, something I will have soon because saving 1000 shots at a time while 100 miles from a computer is a nightmare. I have 8GB of SD cards with me at all times but I’d much rather have a dump option in case I fill up a couple cards just trying to get “The Shot”. With a laptop, you’ll be able to take many, many streams of shots where a single shot or two makes the time spent all worthwhile.

OK, that’s about it for now. If I upgrade anything I’ll post it here. If I dump anything (not likely!) I’ll note it as well.

Hope to see your work soon!

Be well.
Lenny

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