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Tutorial Adding a Watermark or Copyright in Lightroom Mobile on iOS

Tutorial Adding a Watermark or Copyright in Lightroom Mobile on iOS

I know, it has been a while. I wanted to share this short tutorial on adding a copyright to the photos you may share using Lightroom Mobile.

As you may know, I love my iPad and Lightroom Mobile. It allows me to be active on social media and add images shot with my mobile devices, GoPro or mirrorless cameras easily.

Well, some of you may have wanted to add a copyright to those images. If you do, then this is the tutorial for you. It is very easy once you know how. At only 1:06 minutes long including the intro and outro this may be may shortest tutorial ever. read more

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Would you like to hire me? Giovanni Arroyo Photography

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Giovanni Arroyo Photography is available for hire!

Event Photography? Sure!
Event Photography

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Any other portrait work (including film)? Not a problem!

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Too many “How To’s”. Not enough “Why’s”

Personally I think that the photography world is filled with too many blog posts that explain “how to”. Yes a how to is an important part of learning your camera, developing, your software and using gear, but shouldn’t there be more.

Why should I use a softbox over my strobe? Why would a reflector help my natural light photograph?

The answers you know are still really technical, what I find is missing is an explanation of why a photographer would do a certain technique. What emotion were they trying to elicit, what was the intent of capturing the photo. read more

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This past Friday, I had one of the busiest days in my recent memory. From being on Michigan Ave. across from the Art Institute at 8 am to teach day 2 of an all day workshop. To jumping on the train back and being at the Starline Gallery and Studios in Harvard by 6:30 pm it was a busy day.

This effort was well worth it by the end of the night! But I’m getting ahead of myself. On to Simply Learn | Critique Night. After turning in my print, I received a clipboard and section in order to critique, what I believe to be, around 30 photos. I have never taken part of a written art critique, but found I was able to quickly get into the groove. After fighting off some hand cramps (I haven’t written that much in years) I was excited to hear the guest expert, photographer, Cesar Augusto critique selected photos in front of the group. After the first few critiques I realized that although I have never critiqued other’s work before I shared similar thoughts to Cesar’s. At the same time I realized that I may have been a little too focused on technical aspects of photos over some great artistic expression. read more

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When I fail

IMAG0161When I fail, I really fail.

Last week I posted about a shot I set up with my Rollieflex and using film (read here). Well when I developed the roll containing the shots I took, the entire roll came out clear. What I think happened is that my chemicals finally wore out and I fixed the roll before it developed. So I have ordered new developing chemicals and will be also replacing my fixer.

I’ve taught myself a few important lessons.
Don’t run your developing chemicals for too long.
Don’t wait to develop your film until a deadline gets close.
Always have a backup plan (I did and re-shot the photo digitally)
Don’t post about your film photos until after you develop the roll! read more

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Braving the cold

Bald Eagle on the Fox
Bald Eagle on the Fox

Last weekend, my trusty assistant (daughter)  and I decided to brave the miserable cold and try to see some Bald Eagles. Well most of the morning was spent in search of an eagle, but we never found one. With my camera and long lens still ready to shoot we decided to head south on the Fox river towards Elgin, and after a few miles I spotted one. We took some photos and above is one of my favorites. This was the first time I have seen a Bald Eagle in the wild and love the fact that our area is able to support such a large raptor. read more