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Willowmourn Photography
A geek with a camera...
A geek with a camera...


I am tentatively planning on being out at Ren Fest this coming Saturday, Oct 4 and I'll be taking pictures like a fiend. If you'd like me to shoot you, be sure to flag me down!

I'm about halfway through my Ren Fest images and I'm booked tomorrow and tomorrow night.  It's unlikely that I'll get any more posted before Thursday.  Especially if I gave you a business card and you don't see your image here, please keep checking back!

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Some shots from my day at The Faire, more coming soon!

These images are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.  For more information, see

Please note that unless you are, or are an authorized agent of, the subject of a given photo, it would be extremely unwise to use any given photo for commercial purposes without first obtaining written permission to do so from the subject or their authorized agent.  My grant of license to use these images is not same as, and does not substitute for, the subjects' grant of license to use their likenesses.  You've been warned. 

Please also note that I ask for - and the license requires - attribution.   Attribution can be as simple as "Photo by Jeff Arnold" in small print situated somewhere close enough to the image to make it obvious that I shot it.  A link to my web site, Facebook page, or G+ page would be nice, but is not required.  

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!
2014 KC Ren Fest
5 Photos - View album

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I don't post over here very often; I should probably do it more frequently...  /shrug

So anyway...

Over the past several years, I've watched friends and family members go through the hell of cancer treatment.  In some cases, the treatments worked; in others, it didn't.  Either way, the treatments that were administered would have never existed without funded research.

As in years past, I'm actively participating in the 2014 Light the Night fundraiser.  Please consider giving; even $5 will help:

If you are disinclined to donate to LTN, please consider any of the fine charities listed at

(Note that Light the Night is Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which gets a B+ grade.  I like them because (A) my employer is a partner, making it super easy for me to get involved, (B) most of the money donated to the Mid-West chapter stays in the Kansas City area, and (C) I have friends and acquaintances whom have benefited directly from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

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MPix - my favorite ProSumer print lab - has released their Tap-to-Print app for Android!

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IF you're in the market for such a thing and if you can live without a view finder (LCDs can be very hard to see in the sun), today's tech.woot is a pretty good deal on an insanely small and cute yet highly functional camera.

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MPix is running an exceptional deal (50% discount) on large (11x14, 10x20, 12x18, 12x24, 16x20, 16x24, 20x20, 20x24, 20x30, 24x36) prints.  The deal is good through Wednesday; use promo code LARGEPRINTS14. 

Tell'm Jeff sent ya!

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Your Photo Tip of the Day (PTotD):

For things like group shots or stage photography (think school musicals, concerts, theatre, and the like), it can be useful to manually set both a small aperture (to keep everything in focus) and  a fast shutter speed (to freeze the action).  

In the days of film, this meant using high- (or highish-) speed film (and you'd have to change out the entire roll!) and / or having your film "push processed" (which was a somewhat dicey proposition).  Fortunately, today's digital cameras make this scenario much easier to handle: all you have to do is adjust your ISO.

Unfortunately, changing the ISO can be (and usually is) a cumbersome process.  I've yet to see a camera with a direct ISO adjustment; the metering systems in most (all?) digital cameras are, from the perspective of usability, designed around the assumption that ISO will be mostly static.  That is, today's metering system designs still have a foot in the world of film where shutter speed was automatically adjusted as aperture was changed or vice versa.  As such, it's not necessarily obvious that you can make the camera automatically adjust ISO as both the shutter and aperture are manually changed!

I've watched a lot of how-to videos and read through even more how-to books - but I've never seen the topic of auto-ISO addressed; the idea literally occurred to me this morning in the shower.  Somewhat interestingly, a quick Google search turned-up a ton of hits on the subject.  

As it turns out, Nikon has been incorporating auto-ISO into at least some their cameras since at least late 2006, and Canon has been shipping "working" auto-ISO in many of their models since late 2009.  Check your manual to see if your camera will do auto-ISO; if so, this can be a useful weapon in your picture-taking arsenal! 

Some caveats:  

- Regardless of make, some models offer exposure compensation while auto-ISO is enabled; others don't.  

- At least some models do not work well with flash while in auto-ISO mode (I would argue that you shouldn't be using auto-ISO with flash in the first place, but apparently some people see value in doing so).

For more reading, check out:

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I've gotten to a point where I can get consistent lighting, depth of field, movement (or lack thereof), etc, results.  I still don't consider myself an expert, and my shooting workflow is still a work in progress, but I've got the technical pieces down to where when I go out, they aren't my primary concern.

The psychology of the shot is what I'm trying to get now.  Peter Hurley started me down this path, and if you're not there yet, it would be worth your while to start down that path now rather than trying to play catch-up later.
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