Thursday, November 20, 2014

Camera Bags...I was recently asked where I get my bags....Think Tank and they have a special on right now

I was recently asked where I get my bags....

Think Tank and they have a special on right now

1.       Save 25% on our CityWalker messenger bags – I’ve attached an image, and provided text below you can use.  The URL to point to is:

2.       Whenever they order one of our rolling camera bags they will receive our “Road Warriors Kit,” a $44.98 value, for free.   Here is the URL to share:


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How To FTP Using Windows 7 and Vista and XP @ Stephen R. Owens

How To FTP Using Windows 7 and Vista and XP @ Stephen R. Owens

Often enough I get asked how do we allow people access to our files via FTP
and I have to educate a customer on how to do this

So therefore here is the info in this post
easy for me to find later and send to a customer and now easy for you
to learn how to use as well.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Thinking in Stops of Light

getting used to thinking in Stops of light....

First we need to wrap our heads firmly around F stops as in aperture
Because that is how we measure the amount of light and set our camera to record the scene properly exposed.

Aperture in full nice round whole stops.....
f16 f11 f8 f5.6 f4.0 f 2.8 yes there are stops in between (halfs and even thirds and fourth)

Now here comes the curve ball...

if we choose a shutter speed of 1/120 second and we cut that in half
to a new setting of 1/60 shutter speed (making it half as fast) as in a
factor of 2
we have added One stop of light to our exposure
Because the shutter is staying open longer

If we double it (that shutter speed) from 1/120 to 1/240
then we have decreased the exposure by One Stop
Because the shutter is now open a shorter amount of time which equals less light into the camera


We can also adjust the sensitivity of the camera to light by changing
the ISO and if we double it we gain one stop, if we cut the ISO in
half we loose One full stop......example

we are at ISO 200 and we
decided we need to be able to shoot with two stops faster shutter speed
and we are currently at 1/30 of a second and an aperture of 5.6

from 1/30 to 1/60 is one stop, from 1/60 to 1/120 is our second stop we
want to gain in shutter speed, so the ISO needs to go to.....

800 ISO remember we started at ISO 200
double 200 to get 400 (a change of One stop) double it again to ISO 800
and we are at the second stop we needed to have the same exposure with a faster shutter speed

Here is an real world example....

If we are shooting at 1/60 of a second at an ISO of 200

at f4.0 and we are using a variable aperture lens and we need to zoom
towards the subject the lens just decreased the aperture (the nature of a
variable aperture lens) to lets say f5.6
Then we lost one stop of light and therefore must either slow down our shutter speed to 1/30 OR change our ISO to 400
To have the same exposure.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Meters Don't See 18% Gray by Thom Hogan

Meters Don't See 18% Gray by Thom Hogan

Make sure you read and understand The side bar
What should you do ?

Bottom line is understand reflected light versus Incident light metering



Zeltsman Apporach to Traditionla Classic Portraiture

Zeltsman Apporach to Traditionla Classic Portraiture

This is well worth anyone's time to read and understand !



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plug Ins with LR5 - Lightroom Forums

Plug Ins with LR5 - Lightroom Forums

Jeffrey Friedl's Blog » Jeffrey’s Lightroom Goodies (Plugins and Tools)

Jeffrey Friedl's Blog » Jeffrey’s Lightroom Goodies (Plugins and Tools)

Timelapse again in Lightroom 5.2 | Lightroom Blog

Timelapse again in Lightroom 5.2 | Lightroom Blog

Photographers may find this a useful tool for slideshow

Reminder this is a tool for use inside the slideshow module it is NOT a develop preset !!!



lightroom5 Book plugin templates - customization

This seems to be much easier,

Versus using the Print module designing and printing a file to use in the book module

Of course the amount of customization is a bit more limited but this is way easier to do.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lightroom Plug-In | Pro Image Share

Lightroom Plug-In | Pro Image Share

I have not Bought into it yet

but am looking at this reall close



Thursday, April 24, 2014

A 6 day seminar on Adobe LightRoom

My students have heard me proclaim the 

saving ability of working with most of your images in LightRoom (LR)
versus PhotoShop

In July,

I will be presenting a six day seminar on LR5
Class size is limited to 12 students, at less than $100 for registration slots will
fill up fast Telephone BPCC at (318)742-6783 to sign up

Adobe LightRoom ver 5
Presented by Steven Lott Smith of Lott's Photo Studio
July 8,9,10 and 15,16,17 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosted by BPCC Workforce (Non Credit)


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Snapin and Shootin with Stacie & Steve is coming to Bossier City

Look for a three day version of this............ coming in June 2015

Wow been awhile since I posted here and now it's summer !!!

Summer means the hours of daylight in each day are longer, so how come I don't have enough hours in the day to get everything done !

Amazing how life works like that, a long time ago I used to fight Boredom, amazing how much I would embrace a lazy day or two :)

This summer we take two of our youngest in the extended family to Disney Zo and I are really looking forward to that.

Meanwhile I hope to teach at least one summer seminar at BPCC stay tuned for more on that, looking at a September time frame 6 - 8 day class, Non credit

Next year Stacie owner of Time2Remeber Portrait Artist will be here in Bossier and we will teach a three day hands on class on Posing, lighting and workflow Lighting will be inside and outside with portable flash as well as studio equipment Emphasis will be on use of simple tools that will save you money and help you create images your clients will pay you for :)

Yes this is now a year a way, scheduled now for June of 2015 so plan now as time fly's when your having fun

Meanwhile watch for tips and tricks here I will be sharing of use of PhotoShop's new CC as well as many other things you may find of interests

Speaking of which, YOU.....

please email or post here things you would like to see me speak about

would you be interested in a 3 hour One day short seminar or something else entirely ?

Have a safe summer !

Cheers! Steve