We all make mistakes. Even the best photographers I know make a mistake now and then. And usually, we all have one we can’t get seem to stop making. For me, it’s a different mistake for each type of photography, whether it’s a portrait, a landscape, or some other type of photography. The secret [...]
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I was contacted by a local model who also happened to be a tennis player, and she wanted to do a tennis shoot for her portfolio. We discussed ideas, as well as location. A tennis court was the obvious choice for location. I had decided I wanted dramatic lighting, similar to what’s seen in sports [...]
The clothes your clients or portrait subjects are wearing in their photo can be a touchy subject to discuss with them, especially if you are just doing a portrait for them as “a friend with a good camera”. Even as pros we have a hard time getting people to listen and they show up in [...]
When lighting a subject, one of the things you want to try to do is create drama, or a context, using the light. This often means modifying your light source. One of the easiest ways to modify your flash to create a context, or drama, is to use a gobo. Gobos are templates that go [...]
I am often contacted by people who are interested in modelling, either as a hobby, or to build a portfolio to try and model professionally. It’s one of the more fun things I get to do with a camera, as it allows me to be creative and really direct things a bit. Models can be [...]
I am always looking for more interesting and unique ways to take interesting and beautiful portraits. It is a personal challenge for me to push my own creative envelope as much as possible so that I am constantly broadening my own bold and colorful style. There are so many ways to take a portrait the [...]
I am often asked by people, “What can I do to get my children to sit for a photo?” Children can be among the most compelling of subjects to photograph, and as a professional, one of the most profitable. But children have this odd tendency to want to move around, and not sit still. This [...]
A lot of you have asked for lighting diagrams from my last post on One Light Portraits, so here they are- the finished shot, as well as the arrangement of lights, reflectors, and camera position. Enjoy!
Update: this post now has a Part 2 with lighting diagrams. Everyone who ever picks up a camera at one point or another finds themselves pointing it at another person. But unless you walk around with a lighting kit in your back pocket, you have to make do with what you have. If you’re lucky [...]
One of the most popular subjects people photograph is their children. Everyone is always showing off photos of their little ones. And when those little ones grow bigger, we photograph their activities. One of the more challenging children’s activities to photograph is youth sports. With a few exceptions, sports tend to take place on large [...]