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Editing Photos and Coffee

Editing Photos and Coffee

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So what do I Use To Edit? Coffee and editing, a fun day for sure! A fact of life as photographers that we come to grips with is that we at some point, will be editing photos. Early on I learned a very valuable lesson and that is that I am not very good at image editing. Will I ever get better at it? Some time down the road I can see myself being better but for today I will gladly accept what it is that I am capable of accomplishing. I have tried various free software titles out there and none of them really treated me real well. Some of them that I had issues with was really self inflicted. Gimp by far was the worst one for me.…
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Lights Camera Filters?

Lights Camera Filters?

Equipment
So all along I have said that I wanted to upload some images here so I could look back later and see if I have learned anything or made any progress at all. So far there are a couple things that I have learned about photography that I really need to be aware of: Glass Glass Glass and Lighting. Yes, choose the right glass and by all means know how to use the light source you have on hand. I have the glass part covered for now, however I am struggling light wise. I do not know or understand how to use natural light efficiently to make a photo look decent without destroying shadows blowing out highlights. I am now uploading some images I took of some falls that are…
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Just a Quick Note

Just a Quick Note

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From time to time here at PaPa Ray's Photography, I may mention issues that I have that prevent me from doing certain things or certain things I do or have done that help me to get out and about and enjoy photography as best that my abilities will allow at this time. I have a YouTube channel and I mainly discuss my issues with my back and some medical procedures I have had done and what it has done for my life. The comments flow in all but daily how thankful people are for my videos and how they got their life back, etc. While I most certainly do appreciate that and it makes me feel real good, I do stop and remind them as well that under no circumstance…
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Photos and Mobility Challenges

Photos and Mobility Challenges

Photo Outings
As I sit here watching the YouTube greats like Peter Mckinnon, Jared Polin, Mark A.K.A. Realworld, I have to take notice that all of these guys are able to not only get good eye shot angles but they get other angles as well that take their photos over the top. So many times we get caught up in the idea that we just point and shoot and that is the end of the photo. for 90% of us I believe that to be true. However, for the other 10% they are not stopping there. They are getting prone, kneeling down, laying on their sides, climbing obstacles, or whatever it takes to get that great shot, that true once in a lifetime shot! What about just going places? Forget all the…
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Goodbye Milky Way

Goodbye Milky Way

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Well as my first Milky Way Galaxy season comes to a close I must report that I did not get out a single time to try to get any photos. I do live in a very bad light pollution area East of the Mississippi river and through everything I had going on this year oh and a little world wide pandemic, things just didn't work out for me as planned. I sat here with my PhotoPills App (I highly recommend it if you already do not own it) and had planned the trip all out to the Levee down on the Big Muddy River at the Larue-Pine Hills National Natural Landmark of the Shawnee Forest here in Illinois. If you have never been there, I suggest checking it out. Do…
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My Equipment

My Equipment

Equipment
Hello everyone. As you may have read in my About me ... You haven't read it yet? It's ok, you can click this link after. Anyhow, as you may or may not have read, I own Nikon gear. I am by no means a pro nor do I consider myself a amateur. I just call myself a person who is having fun trying. Here is what I use: Nikon D3500Nikkor Fixed 50 1.8 G Otherwise known as the "Nifty 50"Nikkor Fixed 35 1.8 GMy 2 kit lenses the 18x55 and the 70 x 300Joby SLR Model Gorilla PodZomei Q666 Tripod I would love to upgrade to a mirrorless someday but for now I really do enjoy using what I have and am awful grateful for what I have. Like many…
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Welcome To My PaPa Ray’s Photography

Welcome To My PaPa Ray’s Photography

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Welcome! I find it fascinating when people stop by and visit anything I put online such as my YouTube channel or a blog. But none the less I am so glad you came! Soon I will have a photo gallery up and be posting my pictures (some, not all) of my photo adventures. After all, what fun is taking photos if we can't share them right? Take care and be well all! Catch you soon! #GetWellSoonWorld
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