Vacation in Tampa and Lunch with Scott Kelby

My Son Jackson on Bradenton Beach FL

Hey gang. I just got back from a week long Vacation in FL, specifically Anna Marie Island and Bradenton Beach. My twins and I spent 7 days soaking up the sun and the waves. I didn’t get a bunch of shooting done while I was down there (this was more about relaxation than shooting) but I have included a few of the shots that my twins and I did on the beach below. Also While I was there I took an afternoon and visited Scott Kelby and the guys from Kelby Media. I received a personal tour from Larry Becker of the two buildings including the Photoshop User TV, The Grid, NAPP News, Dtown TV, sets. I got to hang with RC Concepcion, I got to meet Brad Moore, and of course hung out with Scott Kelby. All in all it was a great trip, a great lunch with Scott, and a fun time with my Twins. Check out these shots below that I did on the beach really quickly with my twins.

My daughter on the beach at sunset

I love this image. This is of my Daughter Elizabeth on the beach near sunset. I used the ambient dropping sunlight to light her face and a strobe to light her from behind for fill.



Guest Review of the Sb-700

Hey everyone I’m over at Terry White’s Tech Blog today doing a review of the awesomely wonderful SB-700 for Nikon… Check it out by clicking the Link here.

See you tomorrow! Jason

Photoshop is essential

Someone posed an interesting question to me the other day. He asked me at what point a photograph is no longer “real”. At what point does the photograph not represent what you saw when you pressed the shutter? This has been debated over and over and talked about everywhere. So I’ll present it here again. At what point is your photograph no longer real? Is it no longer real the moment you load it into Photoshop, or is there a certain invisible line that exists separating real from fake? Once you cross this line you can no longer describe your image as a photograph but rather you have to advertise it as a composite or an illustration. Are curves, levels, hues, and saturation okay but not masking, deleting, cloning, or spot healing? There was a (now) famous image released by Iran showing a missile launch adding an extra missile to the image to cover up the apparent “dud”.

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This photo was obviously fake. They added a missile where there wasn’t one previously. However, there were missiles going off at the time the picture was taken.. How about the image at the top of the post? The picture of the train? In all truth it’s real. It’s actually how the image came out of the camera. The train was converted to black and white while the sky was left with color, but nothing was added, and nothing was removed.

What about HDR? Oh boy… There is a growing sub culture of HDR shooters, and there are people on each side of the line. For those that don’t know, an HDR takes multiple (between 3-9) bracketed shots and combines them to take advantage of the best highlights and the best shadows. Many people say that this isn’t real. I have to agree. There is no way for your camera to capture that dynamic range. Most camera’s have a dynamic range of about 5 stops. When you create an HDR you are (sometimes) doubling that. Does this mean that I “poo-poo” HDR? Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, I do HDR all of the time. Here is one from last year’s World Wide Photo Walk

What it really comes down to is disclosure. For me if I don’t remove or add anything to the image, it’s real. No disclosure required. If however I add, remove or otherwise manipulate the image to look different than it looked when I photographed it, I disclose those alterations. When you receive an image from Jason Lykins Photography, you know the truth about that image. Jason

How to get your photography on the web…

I wanted to take a moment and highlight an accomplishment by “RC” Rafael Concepcion. Rafael is the author of Get Your Photography on the Web: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Show and Sell Your Work Here’s the Amazon description:
For today’s photographer, a clean, professional-looking website is a must. But for most, the thought of having a site that displays your work like a pro seems either too expensive or too hard to create. How can you develop an eye-catching website that looks professional, updates quickly, and even helps you make some money in the process when your passion is photography and not coding? It’s easier than you think.

In Get Your Photography on the Web, RC Concepcion, curriculum developer for Kelby Media Group and one of the Photoshop Guys, takes you through an easy step-by-step process so you can build your own site from the ground up and have it look like you paid someone a lot of money to do it for you. Even if you know nothing about Web programming, this book will have you building a website in hours, not weeks.

You’ll learn:

* How to secure your own domain names and hosting space
* How to install WordPress on your website in as little as seven clicks
* How to add pictures, galleries, and Flash portfolios without learning any code How to sell your images online without having to make a single print
* How to incorporate Lightroom and Flash galleries into an already existing website

You’ll also find interviews and inspirational tips from people you will meet “Along the Way” to making your website. Plus, RC gives you free templates and Flash portfolio components to get you up and running without emptying your wallet.

The techniques RC shares in Get Your Photography on the Web are the very same ones he uses for some of the biggest names in photography—it’s like designing your website with a trusted expert looking over your shoulder. Best of all, you’ll walk away with the satisfaction of knowing that you did it all yourself!

Every photographer these days needs a professional website to display their work, even if they don’t intend on making photography their full time job. RC and the Kelby Media group has done a wonderful job with this book and I recommend it to every photographer that I know, no matter if you’re new to websites or a seasoned veteran.

You can pick up RC’s new book from Amazon here: Get Your Photography on the Web: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Show and Sell Your Work

Photoshop World Orlando 2011

Hey everyone! I’m glad to see you back here at There are some exciting things happening in the world of Photoshop, Photography, and design.  Photoshop World is coming up very quickly. If you don’t know what Photoshop World is let me try to sum it up in a few sentences. It is the largest gathering of photography and design professionals, and instructors in the world. It’s three days of learning hands on teaching, learning, and experience. There will be tons of live seminars on everything from Photoshop, Indesign, photography, design and photography business, copyright and more! Some of the notable instructors will be Adobe’s very own Terry White, NAPP President Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, and many, many more! Along with the seminars there will be a whole convention center full of vendors showing their latest, greatest products. If you’re serious about taking your photography, design, or Photoshop skills to the next level this is the conference for you. I’m planning on getting down to Orlando for the pre-show events on Tuesday the 29th so if you attend make sure that you let me know! To find out more about the show, or to register click here. I hope to see some of you there! Jason

Annual Funk Fest At the Syndicate in Newport

This is Me

Next Saturday (January 29th) we are taking part in an awesome collaboration of creative people from the Cincinnati area. Put together by Kristina Ehrman an up and coming designer from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the show will be sure to create a lot of buzz in the area. Featuring some of the top entertainers, artists, musicians, and fashion notables from Cincinnati, there is something for every creative mind to see and do. Jason Lykins Photography will be setup there with a booth/area displaying some of our fashion/Glamour work. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 but I have three to give away to the first three people that email me via the contact us tab. See you there! Jason