Monthly Archives: April 2010

Howard Watkins for the New York Metropolitan Opera

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American pianist Howard Watkins by Michel Leroy [...]

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Celebrity chef Todd English by Michel Leroy

Celebity chef Todd English by Michel Leroy
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On location in Duluth, MN for Victory Motorcycles

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On location in Duluth, MN for Victory Motorcycles [...]

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Behind the scenes with chef Todd English

Todd English behind the scenes

Michel Leroy goes behind the scenes with chef Todd English [...]

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Felicia music video [...]

Cherry Blossom Festival

Michel Leroy DC Cherry Blossom Festival photos

Photos from a visit to the 2010 DC Cherry Blossom Festival [...]

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Retouching Budget Cuts?

As a photographer I have a dirty little secret – I love to find retouching mistakes that slowly creep past every set of eyes from the photographer, retoucher, agency, client and focus groups into the public domain.  Like those savant friends of mine who are thrilled to watch movies and spot inconsistencies in camera angels, set design and wardrobe.  One of my favorites is a guy walking through a background shot of Gladiator carrying a cup of craft services coffee.

Anyway, I saw this image online today.  AWESOME.  Check out the top right side.  I think they overlooked the ProFoto P-50 reflector.  I guess budget cuts are effecting even Acura’s Photoshop Intern Dept.

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Photoshop Mistakes

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Retouching Mistakes

Retouching Mistakes

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Nikon vs Canon File Comparison (ISO 12800… really)

I’ve been shooting Canon since college. I purchased the T90, top of the line at the time – Hoo la la.  When Canon PRO went digital in 2003 I didn’t look back.  Then, I went to the Eddie Adams Workshop and was reintroduced to Nikon.  There were so many superstars using Nikon Digital and the file quality was amazing in my initial tests.

For a few weeks I’ve been wanting to test my friend Jonathan Orenstein‘s Nikon D3s.  Finally, I had the perfect controlled situation to give it a try – I was doing a shoot for Bonnier Corp.  I had the studio for a few hours during the PreLight and went to town.  I shot my Canon 1Ds Mark II (older for sure) and the Nikon D3s with studio and available lights.

The first thing to know is that Canon’s ISO range is from 100-1600, but I never really shoot above 320 if at all possible.  Beyond 320 the color channel noise gets crazy and there is unwanted digital artifacts.  The Nikon’s ISO range starts at 200 and goes to 12,800.  That’s 12 thousand.

Shooting was similar between the two cameras but the glass has a different look.  More importantly, the RAW files don’t look anything alike.  I shared the RAW files with my retouchers at DOT Editions and they did a full comparison between the two.  Check it out.

http://doteditions.com/blog/2010/05/canon-eos-1ds-mark-ii-vs-nikon-d3s/

This makes low-light, high ISO, clean file photography possible with the new Nikon DSLR.

Canon vs Nikon

Canon vs Nikon

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Light You Up by Shawn Mullins [...]

Production still from NRDC Shoot

Production still from NRDC Shoot

Production still from NRDC Shoot [...]

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