Photo Friday Technology Winner – Lanny


What camera did you use?
I used my Nikon D800

What settings did you use?
My settings were, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 / ISO 100 / f/5 / Shutter Speed 1/250 / Focal length: 70mm. I also had a lighting set up of Elinchrom Quadra Ranger (x 2 light heads) with Beaty Dish to the left at head height + an Elinchrom Snoot directly above them to add a hint of light to the metal of the old camera and highlight the Nikon sticker on the other.

What inspired this shot?
My inspiration was to showcase the vast time difference the photographic journey has taken from the early days of camera technology to it’s present time in our lives. I know that I personally take for granted the easiness of taking an image to how it was 50+ years ago, technology can be so complex and ever evolving that we sometimes forget just how far we have come and what the photographic industry has achieved in such a small period. I made a conscious effort to include my two children Jamarley (4) and Milieka (7) as they represent the future of our industry and they will be the next consumers of this technology in the years to come.

Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program?
The only editing I did was to make it a little contrasty, but that was all. Call me old fashion but I still love trying to get most of what I want to achieve done before I activate the shutter. In saying that I really do love experimenting with software and what it offers but not this time.

Do you have any advice for our community of photographers?
What advice can I offer? I suppose this comment can only be made from the heart, enjoy photography it is a wonderful art and science. Learn to appreciate others work for what it is, not how it came about or what was used to get the shot. We all have to start somewhere in our photographic journeys, if you can only afford to use a point and shoot style camera then learn it’s capabilities not dwell on its limitations. No camera really has limitations or lesser functions, your creative mind is what is limiting your ability to dream big and achieve great images. Competitions are meant to be fun and a great place to put your image out in the world for everyone to see. Just by doing this is developing the yearning to want to better your capabilities as a photographer. If I could just say one last thing, keep the fire burning in your belly to want to learn our craft, enjoy it, embrace it and most of all never stay satisfied, you’re only as good as your last image and setting goals is only really giving you permission to go so far, it should be a journey with no destination.

Where was this photo taken?
The image I took was taken at home in my very little studio/office. I make do with the space I have available, I love having a challenge and to push myself with the cards I am dealt with.

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