Monthly Archives: March 2011

St. Louis Blues vs LA Kings 3.17.2011

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Well, that was a disappointing game! The Kings came out and played one of their worst games.

Jon Quick actually played great for the first 38 minutes of the game. At that point I think the Kings only had 6 shots on net against the Blues. If I was Quick I would have had a very hard time staying in the game as well. After that second goal he let in two super weak goals. One from the red line!

Not that I’m excusing that performance but, I would not blame him on the loss in any way. Even if he let in five more goals than he did.

The Blues played a great game. Every one of them. Halak earned a fantastic shut out too!

It was just disappointing. I expected a really action packed game and it did sorta start out that way with a few fights but, not the right action at all.

Anyhow, click the link below or the title of this post to view all the photos. =)

I hope you had a good St. Patrick’s Day!

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DPI vs PPI and Digital Imaging

I am looking around a few message boards with photographers and there is a lot of ignorance going around between people in regards to what DPI, PPI, and how digital imaging works.

Allow me to clear a few things up.

DPI vs PPI
DPI = DOTS PER INCH. This term is not proper when you are talking about scanners, monitors, screens, or cameras.

It is a term used for printers. Dots are something printers create when they lay ink onto a surface. DPI is used to describe the number of dots a printer’s head is able to produce within an inch.

PPI = PIXELS PER INCH. This terms is what most people mean to use when they say DPI. It describes the number of pixels in an inch that a device is able to produce. You use this term when talking about scanners, cameras, monitors, and screens.

You can not use either of these terms without stating an image’s dimensions in inches. You must have the width and length in inches AND a PPI for the term to have any meaning. That is because the term is referring to how many pixels there are in EACH INCH of a given dimension.

When To Refer To PPI
We use PPI mainly to understand the resolution needed in an image for outputting to print.

You can’t reference PPI without giving dimensions of width and length in inches. Otherwise it means nothing.

You figure out how much resolution an image needs to be printed by multiplying the each dimension in inches by the PPI. That will tell you how many pixels there are on each size.

You mainly do this when you know how big you are printing an image and need to know if you have enough resolution.

Watch: My magazine needs an image that will be printed 8x12inches at 300ppi.

8 x 300 = 2,400 pixels on the width

12 x 300 = 3,600 pixels on the height.

There. Easy.

REMEMBER!~ You can set any image of any resolution to any PPI. All the PPI setting does is tell the program how many pixels it is going to reproduce in print for every inch it lays down.

Unless you are in Photoshop and you check the box to Resample the image (this will change the actual pixel dimensions of the image and is used to create new pixels if the original image is not big enough to provide X amount of pixels per inch you are printing).

Example 1 ©2011 Gary Livingston

Example 1 ©2011 Gary Livingston

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Example 2 ©2011 Gary Livingston

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Example 3 ©2011 Gary Livingston

The lower the PPI the bigger the replicated pixels are on whatever media you are printing on. The higher the PPI the smaller the pixels are on whatever media you are printing. As a rule of thumb, most images are printed at 300ppi. This generally gives enough perceived resolution in a print to create a sharp image when viewed closely.

If you are printing something that will be viewed from great distances, a billboard for example, you don’t need to use a high PPI because the human eye can be tricked into seeing something as sharp from far away that is actually blurry up close. Billboards are printed at about 30ppi. It’s science and I’m not smart enough to explain in detail. Google can help if you research optics and all that fun stuff.

PPI Means Nothing For Digital Display
When we speak of resolution of an image displayed digitally the PPI and DPI have NO purpose.

This is because the output size in inches of an image on a screen depends on the display resolution the user sets on their own computer.

A lot of displays and monitors are advertised as being 72 or 96 DPI/PPI. First, manufacturers are guilty of using DPI wrong. This is just to cater to ignorant customers that are still learning what PPI is. Second, if you were to do the math for the default screen resolution you would end up with the advertised PPI. It does not mean that at every resolution you choose the PPI is always set to that.

Is there still 96 or 72 pixels for every inch across the screen of a monitor when you change your screen resolution from 800x600pixels to 1024×640?

If the PPI was static and did not change no matter what screen resolution you set then the physical size of your screen would have to change in order for the math to work.

Let’s say we have a monitor that is advertised as 96PPI. Let’s say the monitor by default is set to 800×600 resolution and we are going to 1024×640.

We can just focus on the width to prove this with math:
800 pixels divided by 96 pixels gives you 8.3 inches in width.

1024 pixels divided by 96 pixels gives you 10.6 inches in width.

In order to stay at 96PPI while changing resolution our monitor would have to grow in width from 8.3 inches to 10.6 inches. But,that is impossible. Therefore, the PPI is what changes.

Change your screen resolution and you will see the physical size of the images displayed on your monitor will shrink or grow.

You also need to be aware that every user sets their own screen resolution and therefore, their own PPI for their screen.

Because of this, PPI has NO meaning when you are displaying digitally. How big the image appears on a screen simple depends on the person’s resolution. Not on PPI setting you choose for your image they are viewing.

This concept also applies to input devices. Cameras and scanners aren’t controlled by PPI. Someone can’t say that a camera or scanner creates images that are 300ppi. That’s because we aren’t using a camera or scanner to output. We are using it to produce an image in absolute pixels.

That is why a camera’s resolution, mainly, is described in megapixels. Megapixels is just more math. It takes the pixels along the width and along the height of an image and multiplies them.

Watch:

2,400 pixels wide x 3,600 pixels high = 8,640,000 = 8.6 megapixels.

This is good to know when you are looking for a new camera and have a specific idea of how big you want to print images or display them digitally.

I hope that clears some things up.

Be sure to buy these books to learn more:
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor’s Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
by Martin Evening

Real World Color Management (2nd Edition)
by Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, Fred Bunting

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New Face! Brandon =)

My friend Brandon Rubin =) He is as sweet he looks until you sit him down in front of the TV while the Lakers are losing…whoa…take cover. Flying remotes ahoy! haha

More faces coming! Trevor Martin and a bunch of friends new and old this week!

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Faces Faces Faces

I got four more added to the collection.


Alex Vojdani of Infantree.

You really gotta go listen to his band: http://www.facebook.com/#!/infantree


Paul Mocey-Hanton, photographer and cinematographer extraordinaire. He’s a co-founder of Lost Hills Films: Lost-Hills-Films/


Steve Davis of skate culture company, Ripe (be ready for it).


Here is my brother, Blake, to the Faces project. Played with some modifications to the lighting using kleenex as diffusion.

He’s another co-founder of Lost Hills Films: Lost-Hills-Films/

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Dallas Stars vs LA Kings 3.7.2011

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What a fun game! Really physical and chippy!

The Kings totally gave the game away but, there were plenty of fun moments that should hopefully carry over to the next game in a positive manner.

I really enjoyed watching Kyle Clifford celebrate his goal. I don’t think I’ve see anyone more excited to score. A real shame it didn’t hold up as the game winner.

At least the Kings got a point instead of none. They didn’t lose as much ground as they would have if they did not make it to overtime. But, again, they should have won the game and moved up in the standings.

It was a lot of fun seeing Jamie Benn and Kari Lehtonen play for Dallas too.

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Komen Race For The Cure LA

I went with my mom and a lot of family and friends to the Komen Race For The Cure LA. My grandma, Eleanor, joined in as well. Both her and my mom are cancer survivors.

It was really great seeing them celebrating their lives and reaching out to lots of others dealing with the disease and giving them hope.

It was a fun experience and I was surprised to see so many people at the event. It isn’t that I am surprised by how many people the disease has affected. I am surprised by how many people feel a desire to support efforts to cure it and help bring some comfort to those that are ill.

Blake and I got some sweet pink shades out of the deal too. =P

Check out the cause: komenlacounty.org

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Faces

Gary Livingston ©2011 Gary Livingston

Gary Livingston ©2011 Gary Livingston

It’s been a long time since I’ve shot straight portraits focused on head and shoulders. I liked how this self portrait came out of myself and I have decided to do a little series focused on this.

I’m starting to shoot some friends to refresh my skills.

Jeff Ramuno ©2011 Gary Livingston

Jeff Ramuno ©2011 Gary Livingston

First one is of Jeff Ramuno.

I expect to get a lot more up in the next week as I pull friends away from the coach in the house and put them in front of my lights for a few minutes each. haha.

Be sure to check out his music:

http://jeffertittisnile.bandcamp.com/

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Phoenix Coyotes vs LA Kings 3.3.11

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It was a total reverse from the last game. Tonight was a display of great goal tending and defensive play by both teams.

Jon Bernier of the Kings walked away with the shut out in a 1-0 win over the Coyotes. Matt Greene totally saved Bernier’s shut out though. You’ll see some photos of Bernier scrambling in the crease after he let a rebound fall from his chest before the whistle blew. Greene blocked the shot that would have seen the Coyotes go up 1-0 in the 2nd period.

I got some shots of the band Franki and the Broken Toys too. The Kings have been having local bands play concerts during the first second intermission in the upper concourse’s smoking area. I only caught one song but, it was pretty good! Girl singer and screamo format. But, more pop/melodic than usual. You should look them up!

I totally think someone in the Kings’ marketing department jacked my idea I posted on the Kings message board two years ago. haha. They should be holding online contests to pick who gets to perform and make part of the contest based on votes so bands link people to the Kings site. Etc etc. They still need to do things better to engage the HUGE music community in Los Angeles but, this is a good first step. Aw well. =)

The game winning goal came from a well placed shot by Jarret Stoll in the 3rd period. But, huge credit should go to the newest King, Dustin Penner, who set up a great screen in front of the Coyote’s goalie, Bryzgalov. It was exciting to see him on the team!

Be sure to check out www.TheFourthPeriod.com and pick up the newest issue at your Barnes and Noble. Request it if they don’t carry it. Great magazine that I’m covering these games for.

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Detroit Redwings vs LA Kings 2.28.2011

You might notice a trend in the faces of the Kings players looking rather down and frustrated. It was for a good reason.

What a ridiculous game this one was. The LA Kings took an early 1-0 lead in the first period and looked like they were going to dominate the match.

But, only a few minutes later the Redwings scored a super soft goal on Quick. Then, they got another one only a few minutes later. It was all downhill from there for the Kings.

The Redwings scored seven goals before the Kings finally answered back with three in a row in the final minutes of the game. I will say that one of those seven was scored on Bernier who came into the game to relieve Quick of his duties during the third period.

Game ended with a score of 7 – 4 in favor of the Redwings. Pretty crazy and unexpected game.

It was a lot of fun watching the Redwings play though. This game was really something. They were completely on top of things and making great plays and passes. Especially, on the break out into the offensive zone. They look ready for the playoffs for sure!

It’ll be interesting to see the rematch next week after Dustin Penner joins the Kings. He makes his debut on Thursday against the Coyotes. I’m looking forward to shooting that game!

Be sure to check out www.TheFourthPeriod.com and pick up the newest issue at your Barnes and Noble. Request it if they don’t carry it. Great magazine that I’m covering these games for.

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