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Rick Mead
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Husband & Dad, Assistant Technical Director | Highview Baptist Church & Owner | Rick Mead Photography
Husband & Dad, Assistant Technical Director | Highview Baptist Church & Owner | Rick Mead Photography

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Rene and I out this together in memory of our Dad. I know many if you couldnt be in St. louis this weekend so we wanted to share this with you.
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Don't be limited by the camera gear you own

Any camera can take a great picture. The above shot was taken with an iPhone. You can shoot a magazine cover with a mobile phone or an award winning photo on a $10 plastic point and shoot. Never feel inferior to other photographers because they are sporting a $10,000 lens.

When I first started shooting professionally, I shot with an entry-level Canon Rebel and one lens. Early on, I was invited to cover a nature photography workshop in Jackson Hole. Everyone had a giant luggage bag full of the very best gear money could buy, and I was there with my tiny Rebel and a $19 tripod. The other photographers joked about my crappy tripod and the fact that I was shooting a dramatic landscape with a 50mm lens. “You really can’t get nature shots without spending a bajillion dollars on this camera and this lens and this Gitzo carbon fibre tripod. Feel how light it is!”

I felt horrible. I confided about how I felt to +Steve Simon a legendary documentary photographer and one of the mentors at the workshop without a ton of gear. During the workshop, Steve toted around his Nikon and one lens in a small canvas shoulder bag. He didn’t shoot the landscapes, but instead focused on the people taking the photos. He was interested in the faces and the moments, rather than the landscape that had been shot a million times by Ansel Adams. Steve taught me that you don’t have to be limited by your gear, but rather shift your focus to what your gear is best at capturing. If you really need that $2500 70-200mm IS L lens, you can always rent it for $30.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again - Viveza is one of the most fantastic plugins on the planet. This photo is a PERFECT example of U-Point technology. Basic adjustments in Lightroom, and then I dropped it into Viveza to enhance the ground's texture and turn down the suck on the sky. This is a perfect example of making adjustments based on challenging shooting conditions. The sun was bright behind me (facing my subjects - as you can see in the photo) and there was a nice bleak haze / cloud thing behind. I framed the subjects in front of the background I knew I wanted, unfortunately the sky looked like poop on a stick. Enter Viveza - I was able to tint and tweak with the sky and not effect the rest of the image (except where I wanted to). I am so thankful to have tools like this - makes shooting an event a lot less stressful when you know backup is waiting back at the studio.
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Simple... one light, camera positioned low to the ground, 85mm prime lens. Other than a B&W conversion a some contrast tweaks this is out of camera as is. This is one of those photos I looked at on the back of the camera and audibly said "WOW." I knew what I was "shooting" for - but expectations often get lost in execution. Delivering the final images to the clients this weekend - so stoked to relive the day with them!

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1/50 second at f/5.6 ISO 800 | 580EXII Speedlight triggered by Quantum FreeXwire
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This is a nice compilation I made in Lumapix: PhotoFusion from a wedding a few months ago in North Carolina. Shooting in a bowling alley at 11:30 in the morning is kinda... well uninteresting. The light is usually overhead fluorescent and you have different temperature light all over that makes white balance a nightmare. I shared a preset posted by Mat Kloskowski today that really made this set pop.
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I posted some new (free) Lightroom presets on the blog today. These give a photo that Sin City kinda look where everything is desaturated except for the reds (before and after image attached). It's actually from an older set of presets that I did for Lightroom 2, but I went in and updated them for Lightroom 3 so you may want to re-download them if you've already got 'em. Here's the link to download. Enjoy! http://kel.by/oIPfaQ
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Really Diggin Dreamscene on my laptop - I know, I know - dreamscene is SO 2008 but I have found a few backgrounds that I like - most I have run across are too busy though.
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Excited that Skype has finally released an iPad native app. Will make a killer combo with the new notification system in iOS5
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LOVING this new 500GB Hybrid drive. Spent the day hacking through emails post vacation so I didn't really get to stress test the system with that; however, some work in Photoshop this evening is flying compared to my old 7200 RPM drive. If this is the future of drive technology - you have my vote.
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I am torn. I like following people like Leo Laporte, Sarah Lane, Robert Scobal ... However, I hate that they blow up my stream and I miss what my actual friends are saying. Wish there was a circle preference to not show up in your stream by default. I want to go look at their posts every day or so but I don't want to miss the really important things in my world.... Just a thought.
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