The Washington Monument at Sunset

Washington Monument, Washington DC

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 55 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/1.6 sec at f /5.6
ISO : 200
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Time : 8pm Summer

Digital Darkroom Processing :

  • Import image to Lightroom library
  • From LightRoom choose the image you want to edit, right click  –> Edit in Adobe Photoshop
  • In Photoshop. Convert to Smart Object. This is important to preserve an image source content with all its original chracteristics. This will enable you to perform nondestructive eiditing to the layer.
  • From the Layers Pallete click on the create new filter button below.
  • Choose Hue / Saturation
  • Adjusted to Saturation to +40

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for some post processing.

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers contains 624 pages of comprehensive and detailed coverage of all aspects of Lightroom. In this book you’ll learn how to:

• Work efficiently with images shot in the raw or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal
portfolios

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby
ARE YOU READY FOR AN AMAZING NEW VERSION OF THE PHOTOSHOP BOOK THAT BREAKS ALL THE RULES?
Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS4 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

Together

couple

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length :133 mm
Lens : Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Exposure : 1/20 sec at f /5.6
ISO : 200
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Time : 5pm Condition : Bright Sunny Summer

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

For those of you who are interested in Documentary Photography / Photo Journalism, here is a great book for you.
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Illustrated with a compelling image from each photographer, Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-two of the genre’s best photographers, editors, and curators, showing that the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. Featuring interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum, Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann Wilkes Tucker

The Reading Man

theman

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length :133  mm
Lens : Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Exposure : 1/20 sec at f /5.6
ISO : 200
Mode :  Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Time : 5pm Condition : Bright Sunny Summer

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

For those of you who are interested in Documentary Photography / Photo Journalism, here is a great book for you.
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Illustrated with a compelling image from each photographer, Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-two of the genre’s best photographers, editors, and curators, showing that the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. Featuring interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum, Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann Wilkes Tucker

The Man

theman

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Focal Length : 28 mm
ISO : 100
Exposure : 1/40 sec.  at f/4
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : JPeG
Time : 12:30 PM Condition : Sunny

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Book Recomendation:
Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style
By Alain Briot
Alain Briot states that, “The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value.” And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader-doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique. In this new book he addresses both of these by presenting artistic and technical information. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn how to create better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems.

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon CIty

ritzcarltonpentagoncity

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Nightshot : Enabled to remove the IR blocking filter
IR Filter : 52mm, 950nm IR Filter
Lens Filter Tube : 52mm
Focal Length : 7mm
ISO : 100
Exposure : 1/15sec. at f/2.8
Weather Condition: Bright Sunny Day

If you are interested in getting into IR Photography you will need a IR Filter like these:

Here is a good site to get some information on how to use the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom for infrared photography.

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing. I needed to adjust the Highlights and the Temp settings a little bit, I didn’t adjust the exposure and the brightness. For each of this photos, the Highlights runs between +25 to +55 and the Temp is between -5 to -10 to give it a cool feeling, you can play around and adjust it to +5 to +20 to give your photo a warm feeling. It depends on how you like it, there are times when the cool feeling is need and there are times when you need to warm things up a little bit.

Arlington, VA

Arlington, VA. Photo taken from memorial bridge.

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Nightshot : Enabled to remove the IR blocking filter
IR Filter : 52mm, 950nm IR Filter
Lens Filter Tube : 52mm
Focal Length : 9.1 mm
ISO : 200
Exposure : 1/8sec.  at f/3.2

Weather Condition: Bright Sunny Day

If you are interested in getting into IR Photography you will need a IR Filter like these:

Here is a good site to get some information on how to use the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom for infrared photography.

Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing. I needed to adjust the Highlights and the Temp settings a little bit, I didn’t adjust the exposure and the brightness. For each of this photos, the Highlights runs between +25 to +55 and the Temp is between -5 to -10 to give it a cool feeling, you can play around and adjust it to +5 to +20 to give your photo a warm feeling. It depends on how you like it, there are times when the cool feeling is need and there are times when you need to warm things up a little bit.

Motion

winbw-4

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 18mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/60 sec at f /3.5
ISO : 100
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken from inside a moving train.

Tips:

  • When taking picture from a moving platform like  a train, try not to lean on the walls to much to avoid vibration.
  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.

Glowy, The Cat in the Park

glowycat

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Focal Length : 9.1 mm
ISO : 100
Exposure : 1/80sec.  at f/8
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : JPeG
Time : 7:40 AM

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Book Recomendation:
Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style
By Alain Briot
Alain Briot states that, “The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value.” And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader-doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique. In this new book he addresses both of these by presenting artistic and technical information. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn how to create better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems.

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

Black and White

winbw

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 24mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/200 sec at f /4
ISO : 100
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken from inside a moving train.

Tips:

  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.
  • Focus on contrast.

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Basic Processing :

  1. Modify Treatment from Color to Grayscale. Lightroom has a dedicated tool in converting a color image to black-and-white, just use the Grayscale mixer to easily tweak the results.
  2. Adjusted Blacks to 6
  3. Adjusted highlights to +5
  4. Adjusted shadows to + 21

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond
by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4
*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion
*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features
*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film
*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting
*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

Book on Black and White Photography
Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition
by Henry Horenstein
This all-new edition of BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has been totally redesigned and updated to encompass the latest photographic techniques, materials, and processes. It includes information on new and improved films and printing papers, automation, digital photography, and monochromatic and hand-colored images, as well as a portfolio section of images by notable contemporary photographers. Offering a uniquely clear, concise, thorough introduction to one of America’s most popular avocations, BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has for nearly 30 years set the standard against which other photographic how-to manuals are measured. It will continue, in this new edition, to be a vital resource for beginning and experienced photographer alike.

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond
by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4
*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion
*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features
*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film
*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting
*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition
by Henry Horenstein
This all-new edition of BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has been totally redesigned and updated to encompass the latest photographic techniques, materials, and processes. It includes information on new and improved films and printing papers, automation, digital photography, and monochromatic and hand-colored images, as well as a portfolio section of images by notable contemporary photographers. Offering a uniquely clear, concise, thorough introduction to one of America’s most popular avocations, BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has for nearly 30 years set the standard against which other photographic how-to manuals are measured. It will continue, in this new edition, to be a vital resource for beginning and experienced photographer alike.

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition

David Busch’s Digital Infrared Pro Secrets

David Buschs Digital Infrared Pro Secrets By David D. Busch
Infrared photography can provide unique and flattering portraits, eye-catching close-ups of flowers, travel photographs unlike any you’ve ever seen before, and, if you know a few tricks, a new perspective on sports photography. You may have seen infrared photos without even being aware that they are infrared images! This full-color, hands-on book includes numerous do-it-yourself tutorials that show you how to convert your existing camera for IR use. You’ll learn how to take infrared photos with both snapshot cameras and digital SLRs using a full range of shutter speeds and lens openings. You don’t need a costly IR filter – you’ll learn how to make your own! You’ll be amazed to learn that many cameras, including dSLRs and consumer cameras like Canon PowerShot and Nikon CoolPix models, can be converted to shoot infrared photos full-time. Digital Infrared Pro Secrets will help you blow the lid off of IR photography!

David Buschs Digital Infrared Pro Secrets

IR photo George Washington Masonic Memorial from King St. Metro Station

George Washington National Masonic

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Nightshot : Enabled to remove the IR blocking filter
IR Filter : 52mm, 950nm IR Filter
Lens Filter Tube : 52mm
Focal Length : 72mm
ISO : 200
Exposure : 1/20sec. at f/2.8

Taken on a Cloudy/Overcast day, not much sunlight

If you are interested in getting into IR Photography you will need a IR Filter like these:

Here is a good site to get some information on how to use the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom for infrared photography.

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing. I needed to adjust the Highlights and the Temp settings a little bit, I didn’t adjust the exposure and the brightness. For each of this photos, the Highlights runs between +25 to +55 and the Temp is between -5 to -10 to give it a cool feeling, you can play around and adjust it to +5 to +20 to give your photo a warm feeling. It depends on how you like it, there are times when the cool feeling is need and there are times when you need to warm things up a little bit.

I found this book to be a great resource for infrared photography.
David Busch’s Digital Infrared Pro Secrets By David D. Busch
Infrared photography can provide unique and flattering portraits, eye-catching close-ups of flowers, travel photographs unlike any you’ve ever seen before, and, if you know a few tricks, a new perspective on sports photography. You may have seen infrared photos without even being aware that they are infrared images! This full-color, hands-on book includes numerous do-it-yourself tutorials that show you how to convert your existing camera for IR use. You’ll learn how to take infrared photos with both snapshot cameras and digital SLRs using a full range of shutter speeds and lens openings. You don’t need a costly IR filter – you’ll learn how to make your own! You’ll be amazed to learn that many cameras, including dSLRs and consumer cameras like Canon PowerShot and Nikon CoolPix models, can be converted to shoot infrared photos full-time. Digital Infrared Pro Secrets will help you blow the lid off of IR photography!

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Written in concert with Adobe’s development of the Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers – by #1 bestselling computer and technology author, Scott Kelby – is the most complete and concise Lightroom “how-to” book for digital photographers of all skill levels.

In The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, Scott walks readers through the basics of Lightroom use, leading them to a brilliantly devised and super efficient digital photography workflow that dramatically improves productivity and allows photographers to spend less time processing photos and more time shooting them.

Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers

For those of you who are interested in Documentary Photography / Photo Journalism, here is a great book for you.
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers By Ken Light
Illustrated with a compelling image from each photographer, Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-two of the genre’s best photographers, editors, and curators, showing that the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. Featuring interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum, Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann Wilkes Tucker

Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers

Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures


You may also want to consider a great book from renowned photographer Rick Sammon. Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures

This book really inspired me, it’s full of great pictures and as others have said, it’s a great learning tool, especially for an amateur like me.

Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures

Digital Infrared Photography (Photo Workshop)

I found this book to be a great resource for infrared photography.
Digital Infrared Photography (Photo Workshop)by Deborah Sandidge
“Digital Infrared Photography,” an all new guide that illustrates and explores the enchantingly beautiful world of infrared images.

By simply adding a filter to the camera lens, or using a converted camera, digital photographers can capture infrared (IR) images featuring expressive skies, dramatic clouds, and intriguing white foliage. Illustrated with hundreds of striking IR images taken from around the world, this unique guide shows photographers how to get started and get creative with IR. Each chapter covers IR basics as well as imaginative techniques that produce eye-catching images. Subjects such as long exposures, multiple exposures, and image enhancement with hand coloring, mirroring, toning, and layering as well as HDR, Photomerge, and other creative Photoshop techniques are illustrated and explained in easily understood detail. The book also includes an inspirational gallery showcasing IR work from top photographers such as Kathleen Carr, Joe Farace, and Lewis Kemper, and engages the reader with interactive online end-of-chapter assignments.

Digital Infrared Photography (Photo Workshop)

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers contains 624 pages of comprehensive and detailed coverage of all aspects of Lightroom. In this book you’ll learn how to:

• Work efficiently with images shot in the raw or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal
portfolios

Digital Infrared Photography

Digital Infrared Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher.
To record the “invisible light ” has always been an intriguing and fascinating experiment. The infrared part of the light spectrum is outside the range of what the human eye can see, but with a digital camera, we are able to record only this “invisible light ” while blocking the “visible ” part. The results are often unusual, yet beautiful, renderings of otherwise fairly common scenes.

Since as far back as the 1960 ‘s artists have experimented with analog infrared photography, as seen on the album covers of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. But as we enter the digital age, new equipment and technology has opened up the exciting world of infrared photography to all.

Digital Infrared Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher.

U.S. Capitol Building in Infrared

DC Capitol Building

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Nightshot : Enabled to remove the IR blocking filter
IR Filter : 52mm, 950nm IR Filter
Lens Filter Tube : 52mm
Focal Length : 72mm
ISO : 200
Exposure : 1/20sec. at f/2.8

Taken on a Cloudy/Overcast day, not much sunlight
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The moment it clicks

Fight

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 70 mm
Lens : Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Exposure : 1/100 sec at f / 14
ISO : 100
Mode : Manual
Image Format : Raw (CR2)

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

For those of you who are interested in Documentary Photography / Photo Journalism, here is a great book for you.
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Illustrated with a compelling image from each photographer, Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-two of the genre’s best photographers, editors, and curators, showing that the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. Featuring interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum, Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann Wilkes Tucker