Michael Payton Stewart Contact
- United States
- I am an OTR trucker in USA and Canada, and doing this over the last 4 years and do not have much time for photography now, but most of the photos were taken years ago.
I am here to learn about the earth and photography.
My critique scoring.
MASTERPIECE = 10+ . Excellent = 9+ to 10. Outstanding = 7+ to 9. Good = 5+ to 7. Fair = 3+ to 5. Poor = 3.
NPP means no post-processing on photograph.
CPP means cropping only post-processing on photograph.
2. Jah Thunda! No PP
I have to be open and transparent with you my Trek Family. This Jah Thunda! No PP, is selling a book with the name "LAMB in fox's clothing" that I am writing, about not post-processing my photographs as a semi-professional selling images on the internet. My images have been there for several
years, and the sales have stopped, because my competition use photoshop to fix all the images, that they present as photographs, but are not, only digital art.
I believe there should be a similar standard set up for ONLY Nature Photographs that are SOLD, as there is one for movies, such as “R” means Restricted “PG” Parental Guidance, with “NPP” means no post-processing and “CPP” means cropping only post-processing.
The definition of a Photograph has changed in most people’s mind, due to photoshop, and I believe we can restore the confidence to those that BUY nature photographs, that some are real photographs from the CAMERA and not from photoshop. This would only apply to those that BUY or SELL photographs. This is a tall order, but we can prevail, because we love nature and photography.
This book "LAMB in fox's clothing" will be out as iBooks Author written and produced by me, with professional editing, and I ask that you support my cause by getting your FREE copy in the first 7 days, August 15th, 2014 to help generate hits on this new book in iTunes.
This is a sample of the chapters coming out in the book, My Intro, Jah Thunda! No PP, OTR trucking, Faith vs Religion, Energy Management, Reggae DJ.
Thank you for critiquing my photographs and God bless you all.
1. My Intro
When I am traveling over the roads of USA and Canada, I miss my family very much, and now there is a new family, Trek which I love very much.
This love that I have for Trek websites with warm and friendly members, is intense, in that I am checking in what is happening there all through the day and night when I have some free time.
I spend a few weeks on the roads working, before going home for a few days, and this has been the cycle for the last three years, and it is very difficult to be alone all the time, except now, I have a family in my pocket with me all the time, as close as my iPhone, iPad or laptop.
The down time waiting to getting shipments or delivering, is a joy now, because I have time to check on what is happing at Trek websites with new gallery photos or getting new critiques on my photos or me critiquing new photos, no time for boredom any more.
I believe most of the members at Trek like me very much, and a few don't because I don’t PP pardon the expression, I mean post-process, and wished I would be like them, but I like to think outside the box, and be different and try to be like a Steve Jobs in a positive way.
Let me tell you what I mean by thinking outside the box, where photography is concerned, by me spending more than $4,500 US on a new camera, and told by sales person that I will need new software which at that time cost several hundred dollars to fix the photograph which came out of this very expensive camera. I could not believe that should be the case, since I have been shooting slides for many years, with cameras that cost a lot less.
Although I would need to buy film and spend on processing, and also converting the slides to digital files to show on the computer, this seemed outrageous.
The reason I was thinking of spending that much money on photography is that I met a photographer name Stan who is a professional who lives outside of the state of Florida. We met at Wings of Asia aviary in Miami, and he told me a lot about being a professional stock photographer, and he made a living by shooting about 20,000 rolls of slide film a year, and some of his photographs were sold to magazine companies that paid him several thousands of dollars to use photos on the cover for a few months. He would travel to South Florida each winter to do a lot of his shooting, at the aviary, Everglades National Park and other places in Florida.
The dream of being a professional photographer got to me, since I was Mr. Mom now, taking care of my children at home, while my wife went out to work as an accountant and was earning much more than $8 a hour that I was making, while she stayed home with the children. I was working as a maintenance mechanic at TBN Broadcasting Trailer Park. My job required me to cut the lawn, clean the swimming pool and restrooms, also repair equipment on campus.
After dropping my children off to school and before picking them up after school, I had a lot of time, so I would shoot photos at the Wings of Asia aviary and Everglades.
I did buy that expensive camera, and Photoshop CS2 software and treated it as a film camera, in that I would try to be proactive and put more light on the subject at all times, as I did with my film cameras.
This being the case I did not need to post-process my images before posting them on line, and this turned out great after all since no money was spent on film anymore, so I am a head now cost wise, and the Photoshop software was used to watermark my photographs.
I am telling you all this now because you are family now, and I like to talk to my family, and the family would listen to me, so not to make me feel bad, even when I am long and boring.
Thank you all for critiquing my photographs and God bless you all.
Processed slides are photographs which need no post-processing.
When processed slides are converted to digital files, there is no need to post-process these files.
If these files are post-processed other than cropping, then this changes the file from photography to digital art.
National Geographic: Some rules for summiting photographs to enter contest.
Photographs may be taken with any type and brand of camera.
Photographs may not be entered that previously have won an award in a
National Geographic sponsored photography contest.
Only submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real. Do not digitally
enhance or alter your photographs (beyond the basics needed to achieve
realistic color balance and sharpness). Cropping is acceptable. If you have
digitally added or removed anything, please don't submit the shot. Every photo
will be reviewed to see if it's authentic, and if we find that yours in any way is
not, it will be disqualified. In case of the winners, RAW files will be
requested, to be submitted for review. Please do not submit images showing
product branding, logos, and trademarks.
(Copied from National Geographic website)
I know I am in the 1% crowd, and most do not like the fact I chose not to post-process. The reason I do not post-process is it can become a slippery slope, where, how much do I post-process and when do I stop?
Tips on bird portraits
Tips on shooting bird portraits with a shoestring budget as I have done.
Digital camera and 18-70mm lens, about $900.00 US, 80-400mm zoom VR lens, about $1,800.00 US, flash about $325.00 US. These cost about $3,000 US new 8 years ago.
The vibration reduction feature on this lens is very important, in that you can shoot most subjects in low light without a tripod.
Set up of equipment
Set camera to RAW, because this provides the reference in the event that you got a great photograph, you can enter it in a photographic contest such as National Geographic Magazine. Use autofocus, spot metering, aperture priority wide open, and have the flash on all the time.
Plan to stay out shooting 4 to 5 hours at a time in the morning or afternoon, and this is very important for piece of mind, you can’t be in a rush to get the job done.
Go the places where the birds frequent for food and the background is not cluttered.
The cost of shooting slide film was very high, so I tried not to waste my film, by not shooting subjects that had cluttered backgrounds, because the background is very important in the quality of the photograph.
Shoot with the flash on all the time, this makes the photograph much brighter and provide that all important catchlight in the birds eye.
The goal is to get the subject appear larger than one third in the frame for portraits, or then it will be better to shoot in the landscape frame.
I had a little income when I started shooting several years ago, so I had to learn to conserve by not shooting subjects that were not attractive or had bad backgrounds.
Since going all digital, I take many more shots now, and view them in the field, and delete the bad ones in the field, to save space for the better ones.
I have shot tens of thousands of photographs, and will say about 93% are not good, so I only show the better ones.
I hope by telling you my experience in this field of photography which I love greatly, you will not make as many mistakes as I did when I got started.
God bless you,
Nature and Wildlife Photography
No Post-processing vs Photoshop
The definition of a photograph have been changed in most people's minds, due to the emergence of Photoshop. In the past, about ten years ago, most people would believe a photograph was a true representation of the image captured, but today most people believe all images captured are Photoshop manipulated to make the images look much better than a true photograph, and that is true in some cases, except a few photographers who chose to present their images without Photoshop or any post-processing done by the photographer except cropping.
The time has come to separate no post-processing images from Photoshop processed images, by informing the viewer the difference between NO POST-processing and Photoshop processed images. (NPP vs PP)
Before the digital age took over photography, images of nature and wildlife were mostly captured on slide film, and were projected or printed without any change from the original slide, which was the proof of the image. The cost to capture good images was very high, due to buying the film, processing the film and then converting the images to-digital files to display them on the computer. The images that were captured which were not good were discarded or put in a drawer some place, never to be seen again.
With the emergence of Photoshop some photographers have gone back to those poor images and FIX them in photoshop and present them as good photographs, but these are not photographs now, but DIGITAL art and should be called so. The main reason for shooting RAW is to use these files as reference as slide film is used.
The reason for stating that there is no post-processing done on images is to present a clear difference to the viewer who may want to see images without, as a change from most with post-processing by the photographers.
I believe most photographers would welcome this opportunity to present their images digitally with this category designation. (NPP)
Treknature is a wonderful site to post your photographs and everyone there offer great support.
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- Nikon D 70, Nikon D2X, Nikon D7000 SLR, Nikon F100, Nikon F5 film SLR
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