Author Archives | Randy Jay Braun

Randy Jay Braun - who has written 13 posts on The Digital Photo Experience.

Randy is owner of Hawaii's oldest fine-art photography gallery. He left the world of corporate & medical photography behind 20 years ago to realize his dream of becoming a professional camera artist. He is an avid outdoorsman who proclaims, "My tent is my castle, and my kayak is my limousine." You can visit Randy's website at http://www.randyjaybraun.com/

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The Fire-Knife Dancer

September 10, 2010

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During the Maui Photo Festival in August, most of the photographers were caught completely off-guard when our fire-knife dancer appeared almost unexpectedly out of the darkness — well after the sun disappeared. There were perhaps 50 photographers in a semi-circle, including several pros. Each of us had to act quickly on the situation. My first […]

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Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse…

May 25, 2010

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Most of us have been asked to photograph an event on stage; in a church, auditorium, or in a theater. The angles and lighting can be difficult, and you might not be given access to the perfect shooting spot, even if you are a professional with a press pass. As more and more photographers (amateur […]

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Mixing Brush Madness

May 14, 2010

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Upon opening my new box of Adobe PS5, I jumped right in to explore the new tools. My instant favorite is the wet mixing bristle brush. Using the wet mixing brushes is like putting “liquify-warp-smudge” on steroids. I hastily made a couple of images into “paintings”, as I toyed around with the new PS5 settings. […]

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The Death of Professional Photography? Not!

April 28, 2010

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A recent article in the New York Times practically proclaimed the death of traditional professional photography. (The New York Times, March 29, 2010, “For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path“, Stephanie Clifford) First, I felt offended as I scanned the paragraphs. Then, I decided not to participate in that pessimistic frame of thought. The […]

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Creating a New Product Line

April 8, 2010

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In the exciting world of retail art photography, a photographer has to keep on evolving; keep on experimenting; keep on creating new looks. Like most serious photographers, I have a truckload of old images that are really top quality, but which needed to be given a breath of new life. For ten years now I […]

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Blur For Sure!

April 6, 2010

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As photographers, we are sometimes obsessed with sharp images — this includes getting rid of all blur. Right? Not so fast… I love blur! And now we have so many types of blur from which to choose! When heading out to capture a scenic landscape, we are often confronted with motion in the trees and […]

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…and while you’re at it…

March 22, 2010

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This past week I sold three large canvases from my website. The interesting thing about this is not that I actually earned a decent bit of professional income, but rather, all three of the images were “afterthoughts”. Generally, when I head out to shoot, I have an agenda, an assignment, or a particular image that […]

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More Drama

March 17, 2010

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Exaggeration and drama are occasionally called for when finishing an image. In this case, I wanted to make my subject look like the king of the waves. Thanks to the power of Adobe Camera Raw processing, I was able to pull an enormous amount of data out of my original capture that might have otherwise […]

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Never Mind the Dust – Change the Lens!

March 10, 2010

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It seems that I am always hearing younger photographers discuss the horrors of switching a lens out in the field. There is this underlying concern that a person may actually get a fleck of dust inside the camera, and then actually allow it to land on the sensor. Oh the horror! My advice to you […]

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Cooperate with Mother Nature

March 3, 2010

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The weather has been all screwy this week here on Maui. We have had scorching sunshine, thick volcanic haze (which we call vog), strong trade-winds, and heavy rain all within a few days. I had to shoot two portraits during heavy rain, and both came out really well. Whew! We photographers always keep an eye […]

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