Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I had a pretty productive day! Cleaned and de-clogged my shower, swept my floor, called a client, visited with my sister who just got back from Peru on a humanitarian aide trip with her Hubby (here is a few head shots I took of him for some Medical School Applications):
He was recently accepted to 3 different Medical Schools (very good ones) and we are so excited for them! I'm pretty sure that they accepted him because he had such a great head shot, right? ha ha ha.
It was really fun to look through her pictures and talk about the places she visited and the work that she did for some of the villagers. I was surprised to find out that in most villages you are not allowed to take pictures and that if you do, you have to pay a large amount of money to do so. Interesting. Luckily the village that my sister went to was a little more open to photography.
I apologize for no Tuesday tip this week. I have some good ones in the making, but have lots of editing to do from some shoots over the weekend. Look for a tip next Tuesday, and have a great Wednesday!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I will so miss the flowers that Blake brings home from his floral design class. The semester is almost over :( Here is a bridal bouquet he made a few days ago. I love the orange and purple color scheme.
P.S. went to the most charming reception tonight. can't wait to post about it. Here's one teaser though. . .
OK, wait. 2 teasers:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
Here is why:
a horizon that is straight (parallel to the top and bottom of the image) across is not distracting. It leaves the viewer 'alone'. So the viewer can view the subject more effectively. straight lines are calming, they are solid and soothing to the eye. They are simple. I almost always shoot with the 'intention' of having a straight, non distracting horizon.
However, sometimes I really tilt my camera to create an extremely angled horizon. I do this in pictures that I feel should have some sense of movement in them. I LOVE to do this when I am taking a picture of two people looking at each other, or about to kiss. I feel that it signifies that movement and emotion between the two. A tilted horizon is very distracting and it forces the viewer's eye to move more rapidly and less predictably over the image. It creates movement.
I try really hard (sometimes to no avail) never to shoot a picture with a 'slightly' tilted horizon. To me a horizon that is only sightly tilted looks like an error. As if the photographer was trying to take the picture with the horizon shown straight (parallel with the top and bottom of the image), and botched it. I do this sometimes, and it totally bugs me.
That being said: I was on a website the other day and an inspirational and amazing photographer that I admire has a ton of photos on her blog with 'slightly tilted' horizons. . . and I liked them. Somehow she did it in a way that it defiantly didn't look like a mistake. it was awesome.
anyways, I just wanted to get y'all thinking a bit about composure. let me know if this tip makes any difference in your future photos :)
PS. this post was not posted on Tuesday because on MONDAY my motherboard fried, literally. Now I have a new motherboard in this old laptop. Thank Heaven for warranties.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
well, I picked the random winners at random.org with a random number generater.
and the two LUCKY winners of one free photo session in 2012 are:
So Comment #1: Raven- Oooo...Pick me! Pick me! I would be thrilled if I won and you did a newborn shoot for our soon-to-arrive baby boy.
and Comment #8: Mindy- I am so desperately in need of family pictures. This would be so awesome!!
Congrats Raven and Mindy! I will email you later today.
And now I feel bad because I wish I could give you all a free session :(, I will be having more giveaways though, so check back to see what other freebies I will be giving away. Thanks for playing.
P.S. Towie says "hi" (My son insisted that we needed to post a picture of Towie)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ghetto you say? well, I prefer the term 'simple.' This little mini-studio was constructed by the north facing window in my living room at about 3 in the afternoon. I laid one foam core board on a desk that sits by the window and placed another foam core board behind it. This is how I usually take pictures that have a white background. For Bro's valentine I wanted to add some funky blue circle paper to the mini-studio. I did this by using scrapbook paper and tape. The picture is pretty self-explanatory.
I also tried some other scrap book papers with the greeting card that I shot at the same time.
You can buy foam core board anywhere, I got mine at wal-mart, but I saw bigger pieces at Hobby Lobby last week for a better price. It's a wonderful tool to have when you are doing table top photography. The white reflects light onto your subject and creates a brighter mini-studio. I also use foam core boards as reflectors when photographing people outdoors and indoors and I always use them when I am working with window light. This is a really useful, portable, easy set-up for someone who is taking pictures of objects for their blog, Etsy shop, or for any other reason. Just remember that you want your main light source to be the Be-A-utiful* window light, and your secondary light source to be the light reflecting from your foam core boards. Turn off all of your incandescent lights (lights in your house) and don't use a flash. You may need to use a tripod to avoid camera shake if you shoot with a slower shutter speed. Try this with your point and shoot camera (turn off the flash) or your SLR.
So go ahead, create a mini-studio and try moving your inanimate subject at different angles in the window light. See what you like, have fun, throw in some scrap book paper and create some photo-joy.
*diffused light: Light that is filtered or spread. When you use a north facing window it diffuses the natural sunlight so that it is soft, and very flattering to the subject. Here are some more articles on window light and photography.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
My husband is taking a floral design class right now. He made these boutonnieres and brought them home the other day. I thought they were pretty.
Don't forget to enter the St. Patrick's Day Give Away!