August 3, 2013 1 Comment
Today I found out that one of my oldest friends past away. Ben, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Photography, done the right way.
January 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Of the shots made this week, this is my favorite. Just a quick snapshot done last night. It just so happened that my wife came down the hall as I was composing a portrait of my son. Seeing this I moved to my left and framed her in the doorway and him with the white wall. They also fell nicely in the rule of thirds lines. At the time he didn’t know she was behind him and I thought it was interesting that they both tilted their heads the same way.
Anyway, it was just a fun quick shot that will be hanging on my wall. Moments like this is why I love photography.
November 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Today’s theme: Close Portraiture
There have been many times were people have said to me that they can’t produce professional quality portraits because they don’t have the backdrop, five strobes and soft boxes. I always tell them, “you don’t need all that” and it’s true, you really don’t need a Sultan’s fortune of equipment.
In these shots I used (1) 180 watt second strobe ($39), (1) light stand and umbrella ($50 the light kit came with three stands two umbrellas and three continuous lights), and a hotshoe mounted wireless transmitter used for the pc connector to sync the flash ($25 my model of camera didn’t have a built in pc port). That’s it and honestly I could have saved a little money and only used the light kit and no strobe.
Next thing is to set the light in front or 45 degrees to either side and adjust the power to 1/2 (you’ll adjust the power as needed when you take test shots). If you just use continuous lighting then you’ll just adjust your camera’s settings for exposure. In this case I wanted a black background so I set my f/ stop to f/10, my ISO to 100, and my shutter speed to 200.
With this all set all I need is my subject. “Hey Son!”. Click, click, boom! Now the shoot is done and the pictures uploaded into Photoshop I now do some tweeks on contrast and levels then a picture is done.
Here are the results, The first one was desaturated and sharpened for moody feel and the other is just a nice portrait.
November 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Today’s theme: Candid Portrait
Getting genuine smiles and expressions from from people are often difficult when your subject see’s the camera. Often they’ll get nervous and shy; when this happens it’s hard to get good portraits. When you come into a room don’t whip out the camera and start shooting like an employee gone postal because you’ll get the faces of horror on every face you see. Instead just walk around and engage with the people, get to know them some. This allows them to get comfortable with you and your presence.
Remember that you are in their space and it’s you that is the alien. Allow them to get involved in their own work. When this happens you’ll be able to discreetly take your shots. Don’t be a bully, if the person says “No thanks” respect them and back off. By getting a few of their friends they may come around and let you get one shot when they feel more comfortable with you.
Being a photographer means you have to be friendly and outgoing, but it also means you have to be discrete and in the background. Finding the balance between these two traits can be difficult but when you get it you will make great pictures.