Friday, March 29, 2013

And The Giveaway Winner Is...


Congrats Sarah! And thanks to everyone who entered!


* Winner was chosen at random via Random.org and Rafflecopter. Winner has been notified and has 10 days to claim their prize. In the event that the winner does not respond within that time period, another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How I Shoot the KEH Product Photos

Todays post is from the KEH product photographer, Deborah Hodgin. She typically shoots anywhere from 200-300 items a day, primarily for our eBay store.

Lets start with gear. I shoot with a Canon EOS 50D paired with a Canon EFS 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens. The lens has a Canon EW-60C shade on it, and the hot shoe mount has a RPS Studio Series II remote attached. The settings always stay the same since the studio stays set up the same, and there are no windows with changing light conditions in there. Mine are set on ISO-100, aperture-25, and shutter speed-60. My off-camera gear consists of 2 Calumet light stands, 2 Travelite 750 speed lights, 2 Photoflex white umbrellas, and a RPS Studio Serries II receiver.

The basic set up is a table with a white backdrop coming down the wall and across the table creating an “L” shape. Attaching the umbrellas and speed lights to the light stands, I have placed one on either side of the table (as shown in the picture below). One speed light is set to go off when it sees a flash, while the other has the receiver attached. The remote goes on the hot shoe mount of the camera, and I’m ready to shoot!


The main focus when shooting my products is to stay inside the white. When shooting, it should be properly framed when I take the shot to cancel out any extra editing in the post-photo production. I make sure white is the only background in the picture. When I’m shooting larger objects than the space allotted, then editing can whiten out the space past the backdrop, but it will take more time and won't look quite as clean.


Depending on what I’m shooting, there may be issues with glare. This is a state of preference- I personally prefer cameras and lenses to be free of glare, as I feel this creates a sleeker look. There are tents you can buy to prevent glare, but I have built my own using white paper. It must be regular paper to allow the light to still come through. Card stock will be too thick and block the light.



Post-production is very simple since I use a droplet that has been created (In Photoshop, you can create a droplet with presets that you can add to every photo.). I simply select the photos I have just taken and drag them on to the droplet icon on my desktop. Photoshop does the rest for me. The presets I use on my droplet are open file, auto color, unsharpen filter, and close file. Unless I have to edit for going outside of the white background, I’m then done!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Photos of the Month Special Edition: People With Camera Gear

A special and additional "Photos of the Month" today with the theme of "People with Camera Gear". All images submitted to and chosen from the KEH Camera Flickr Group pool (join our group!). To view a photographers profile, click on the image to be directed to their Flickr page.

02022013 E6 35mm tests Ektachrome 200
E6 35mm tests Ektachrome 200, by Fabio Ventura
SamLeica90CronPortra400DH010001
Sam Leica 90 Cron Portrea 400, by Johnny Martyr
makes you think all the world's a sunny day
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, by Debbie
Juli and the Nikon FE
Juli and the Nikon FE, by Chase Elliott Clark
Self and Rolleiflex
Self and Rolleiflex, by berntln
Berlin_2012_ 010
Berlin 2012, by Richard Roca
Untitled
Untitled, by Cole McDaniel
Lake Photgrapher - China, July, 2012
Lake Photographer- China, by Melvin Farris
My Office Work
My Office Work, by Paul Vecsei


Friday, March 22, 2013

How To: Turn a Photo Into a Coloring Book Page

This is a fun little activity to do with kids (or if you just like to color yourself)! Start by taking a photo, or letting your little one take a photo. It can be of anything, a person, a place, or a thing. A few suggestions are photos of favorite toys or of family members.



Open up the photo in Photoshop or other photo editing software. The following steps are for Photoshop users, but similar steps can be taken in other programs.

Convert your photo to black and white.



Adjust your levels and contrast settings to make your image pop a bit more than usual. This will help when you add your filter on. Next, go up to the filter menu, and choose artisitc, and poster edges. For the example below, I adjusted the edge thickness to 4, edge intensity to 2, and posterization to 5. Play with the settings until you get your desired effect, or you can go with my suggested settings. (Tip- If you plan on making a lot of these, you can create an action so that each time you open up a photo you want to turn into a coloring page, you just run it through the action and it will automatically complete all of the steps for you.)



Once your filter is on, adjust your levels again until you bump the contrast of the image up so that there's primarily white, black outlines, and a small amount of grey shading on the darker areas of the image.



From here, you can cut out the background if needed (for an individual object, or copy and paste multiple objects onto one page if desired). You may also wish to clean up any edges with the eraser tool, and do a bit of dodging and burning. These are optional steps and may or may not be needed depending on your image.



Now you're ready resize (to whatever size you want to print it as), print, and color!



A few additional tips- The best images to use for this are images with a lot of light colors or tones in it. It's much easier to take a light color all the way to white then it is if you have one with lots of dark colors. Pre-visualize how your original image will translate into a coloring book page. Objects tend to work better then landscapes.

To turn this activity into a more educational experience, add text to the bottom of your coloring pages before printing with the name of the objects. For example, if you're trying to teach a child the name of their toys, and are taking images of those for your coloring pages, label each one under the object- "horse", "ball", "doll", etc.



- Jenn Fletcher

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

KEH's Most Wanted

Featured below are a selection of KEH Camera's "most wanted" items of the month.  We are currently seeking digital & film bodies, lenses, flashes and major accessories in all formats, but the featured items below are at the top of our "most wanted" list this month.

We've raised the buy prices on digital and film equipment, which means we are able to offer more money for the purchase of your clean, used gear. 

 




In addition to the photographic equipment featured above, we are also looking to purchase the following gear:

Canon EOS:

* 5D, 40D, 50D, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3i 

* 20mm f2.8 USM, 50mm f1.4 USM, 50mm f1.8 AF, 100 f2.8 Macro L IS USM, 180 f3.5 Macro L USM, 35-350 f3.5-5.6 L USM, 50-200 f3.5-5.6 L USM, 70-200 f4 L IS USM, 70-200 f4 L USM

* All EX and EX II model flashes

Nikon:

* D600, D90, D3200

* 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 G, 50mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8 D, 50mm f1.4 G, 60mm f2.8 G Micro, 80mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8 D, 85mm f1.8 G

Nikon Manual Focus:

* 85mm f1.4 AIS, 105mm f2.5 AIS, 200mm f4 Micro AIS

Contax 645 Auto Focus:

* 35mm f3.5, 55mm f3.5, 80mm f2, 140mm f2.8

* 120/220 film back

Pentax Auto Focus:

* 31mm f1.8 SMC FA AL, 43mm f1.9 SMA FA AL, 50mm f2.8 SMC Macro D FA, 50mm f2.8 SMC Macro FA, 77mm f1.8 SMC FA

Meters:

* Pentax Spotmeter V, Minolta Spotmeter F, Minolta Flash Meter VI

To sell any of the above featured items (or if you have other gear you'd like to sell), please contact us via email or give us a call at (770) 333-4220 or (800) 342-5534.  If you are unsure about an item, just ask! Your used camera equipment may be worth more than you think.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Giveaway Time!


The Prizes: A $25 KEH Camera Gift Certificate (not pictured), a Kodak Duraflex III beeswax camera candle, a Kodak Brownie Holiday beeswax camera candle, a vintage camera strap, and a selection of KEH Camera branded goodies.

The two camera candles are courtesy of Mower Photography Shop on Etsy. The Duraflex candle measures approximately 5" tall, and the Brownie candle measures ~ 3" tall. 

Vintage camera strap courtesy of the KEH eBay Outlet Store
Adjustable strap will fit on both film or digital camera bodies. 



How To Enter: Leave a comment on your favorite KEH Camera blog post from 2013 between now and Wednesday, March 27th. Be sure to leave your name on the comment (the same name as you enter into the giveaway widget below). Then, fill out the Rafflecopter Giveaway Widget box and check off that you left a comment. All entries will be verified. 

For extra entries, you can "like" KEH Camera on Facebook, follow KEH Camera on Twitter (be sure to enter your Twitter name in the box below), and/or Tweet about the giveaway (you can do this once a day and must paste the Tweet URL into the box below).

How to leave a blog comment: If you are unfamiliar with the Blogger commenting system, here are the steps to take to ensure that you comment correctly... Go to the bottom of the post you wish to leave a comment on and enter your comment into the "Post a Comment" box. Then, below that box, select who to comment as. If you have one of the listed blogging accounts, choose that. If not, you can choose the option "Name/URL". Enter your name, and if you have a website then you can enter the URL for it if you wish. Do NOT choose to comment as "Anonymous", or your comment will not be counted as an entry.

Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Giveaway Details and Terms: Giveaway runs Monday, March 18th through Wednesday, March 27th at Midnight EST. The winner will be randomly selected, announced, and contacted within 48 hours after the close of the giveaway and will have 10 days to claim their prize. In order to win, a correct email address must be provided (but the email address will not be shared). All entries will be verified, so please use the same name on the giveaway widget as when you leave a blog comment to qualify. If entries cannot be verified, they will be deleted (IE if you "enter" for leaving a blog comment and there is no comment, it will not count as an entry). No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase a contestants chance of winning. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Proof of age may be required from the winners. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. KEH Camera will not verify receipt of entries. Incomplete entries are void. KEH Camera is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, undeliverable or delayed. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable. Prize pack is valued at $93. KEH Camera is not responsible for damage to giveaway items during shipping. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. Unless otherwise noted, all contests and giveaway prizes are awarded via random drawing. KEH employees and families are not eligible to win. Gift certificate must be used via KEH phone sales. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other KEH Camera contests. KEH Camera will not sell or distribute entrants personal information such as email and mailing addresses.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Photos of the Month

This months theme is animals. All images submitted to and chosen from the KEH Camera Flickr Group pool (join our group!). To view a photographers profile, click on the image to be directed to their Flickr page. 

Untitled
Untitled, by DhkZ
Zoso
Zoso, by Holly Clark
my lil compan.
My lil compan, by Cara
Buddy
Buddy, by Stephanie Dillon  
Engwish Bwudd
Engwish Bwudd, by Robb Hohmann
Sleepy Passenger...
Sleepy Passenger, by Sonja Stone
Grazing
Grazing, by esdemig
africa 12.28.123366
Africa, by Taran Morgan
kish likes you!
Kish likes you, by xazzz
Nightmare cat!
Nightmare cat, by Lori C. 
Barred Owl-3
Barred Owl-3, by Kristofer Rowe
Adult Male House Finch
Adult Male House Finch, by Denise Trocio
stowaway
Stowaway, by Tammy Lee Bradley 
FLY
Fly, by David Gutierrez



Monday, March 11, 2013

Alternative Print Idea: Fluorescent Light Covers

In search of a fun way to display my photography, I recently came across Octo Lights, a US based company with an online portal for the distribution and production of affordable fluorescent light covers.


You may have seen fluorescent light covers at nails spas, schools, or doctors offices. I first noticed these types of backlit prints while sitting in my dentist’s chair. As I was leaning back, I looked right at a tropical beach scene covering the light fixture above me. I must admit that the image did have a calming effect, and distracted me from the long dreaded checkup. The actual image however, was not an image I would want to purchase myself, but it got my thinking about the light covers and their possibilities.


Octo Lights offers a wide variety of high-resolution images to choose from including waterfalls, astronomy, tree collections, and much more. But the important part here is that you can create custom ones with your own images or logos on it. The fluorescent light covers come in a standard 2 x 4 ft. size and cost $29.99, which makes it easy for photographers to get their own work printed on high quality backlit film without breaking the bank. Being a photographer, I of course chose to have one of my own images printed.

The colors of my image are vibrant, and the high-res image appears to be very sharp and slightly dims the cold, harsh, fluorescent light in my office, which is a welcomed side effect. If you prefer your room to be very bright, then I would suggest going with a high-key image, or one with mostly light colors (such as clouds).

I was impressed by the overall quality of my order, the ease of installation, and excellent customer service, and can therefor highly recommend them for your next alternative printing project.



Contributor Bio: Sylvia Hagar is a full time internet marketing specialist and freelance photographer. You may have seen her photography of mostly tattooed models in local Atlanta tattoo magazines.

Website: http://syltastic.com/, or find her on Facebook.



Friday, March 8, 2013

Photo Video West Expo

KEH Camera will be attending the 7th annual Photo Video West expo on April 27 & 28, 2013.  The two day expo is the largest photo show on the West Coast.  A buyer from KEH Camera will be available to offer you a check on the spot for the purchase of your used photographic equipment.  We are currently paying top dollar for bodies, lenses and major accessories.  KEH Camera will located at booth 315.  The event will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA just north of San Diego.


Photo Video West will showcase the latest cutting edge photographic gear, as well as educational seminars for photography and videography amateurs and professionals alike.  This year's featured presenters include world famous photographers Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE, Alan Hess of Alan Hess Photography and Jay P. Morgan of the Slanted Lens.  Whether you're an amateur interested in improving family portraits or an advanced professional looking to network with the top experts in the field, Photo Video West is a great event for anyone with a love of photography.

There will also be live interactive demos, product specials, photo contests, portfolio reviews and more. Thousands of photographers from all levels will gather to learn, share, network and expand their photographic abilities.

We hope you can attend, and be sure to stop by KEH Camera's booth to sell your used photographic equipment!  For more information on the event, visit Photo Video West online.  They also have Facebook and Twitter pages to keep you up-to-date with information pertaining to the expo.  The official show brochure can be viewed HERE.     

You can also view the expo schedule and purchase tickets online HERE.  A one day pass is $12.00, and there is also a weekend pass option for $20.00.

Location:

Del Mar Fairgrounds
O'Brien Hall
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014

Date & Time:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 28, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We hope to see you there!
~L.M.