Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sneak Peek: Family Shoot

Hi Everyone!

Last Saturday we did a family photo shoot. Here's the sneak peek. If the colors seem a little off, please excuse me. My monitor needs to be calibrated and I had a hard time even with just contrast and exposure. 

Have a great one!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Equipment!!!

I am so excited!!!!

I just ordered a Canon 50mm, 1.8 lens!!!

Well I ordred it on Monday but I tracked it today and it's almost here so it's only now sunk in.

Now why am I so excited?

Because it the first major piece I've bought.

So far I've been working with only one lens and that's the standard kit lens.

I've bought other stuff like my flash unit and software but equipment to help me branch out.

Anyway, I can't wait to get it and start playing with it!

Any reviews you guys want to provide on this lens if you have it or have worked with it?

I'd greatly appreciate it!

Have a great one!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Futile Search for the Perfect Bag

I have been searching and searching for a camera bag that fits my needs. 

It has not been easy. 

For some reason a stylish yet functional bag is rare. 

I would think this is a no brainer. 

So many people are looking to stylize their things. 

I either find a bag that is functional but very boring. 

Or I find a bag that very appealing and not very functional at all. 

And I won't even get into price tags. 

That's a whole other category. 

I just want a camera bag that will fit most of my equipment but at the same time makes me feel like it reflects my personality and my photography style.

Black and grey do not fit that last bill.

If you've seen anything that may work for me, PLEASE share. 

I'm almost ready to give up the search for awhile. 


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Beauty Shoot Quickie

On Saturday we had a beauty photo shoot in school.

It was very crazy but so much fun.

We had models going in and out.

Make up artists left and right.

And at one point our group did a closed set because we had a girl take her bra off.
(no worries, it was not a nudity shoot, she was just showing her back but our teacher said if he [the photographer at the time] wanted the shot, it had to come off.
and really i agree, the image would not have been as strong if you saw her strap smack dab in the middle of her back)

Anyway, so it was a very long day followed by another long day of fun because today was my dear mommy's birthday.

I will be back with some more on the shoot as well as sneak peaks.

Have a great Monday!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Photo Quote of the Week

A technically perfect photograph can be the world's most boring picture. - Andreas Feininger

So I have to apologize for being behind this week and for being short, but I've been so swamped with school work as well as freelance work (not to mention my work work) that I've hardly had time to sleep, let alone do anything else.

So my quick thoughts but very obvious and important message are as follows:


Keep it simple.


Yep that's it.

Be creative is obvious yet so important.

I know when I started out, I was so focused on getting my metering down and the composition and this and that

I didn't really pause to have fun. 

I didn't make myself aware of whether the image was even interesting,
(and trust me there were many a time i should have checked)

Keep it simple, don't force yourself to be creative.

Now this doesn't mean that if you aren't feeling creative or can't come up with something to just give up.

What I mean is to think back to formalism.

Change your angle, change your lighting, change your depth of field.

Try turning your camera 45 degrees, so you aren't vertical or horizontal but diagonal.

Think of colors and shapes and lines. Draw those out in your images.

Shoot with the light in front of your subject, behind, to the side, above, below and every where else in between.

Do it. Whether you feel like it or not. 

Whether you think of it or not.

Whether you can come up with or not.

It's like Forrest Gump says, "you never know what you're gonna get."

If you don't shoot it you won't know for sure.

And even if you do shoot it, you won't know what you're getting until you've done it over and over and over again.


Ok so that wasn't very short.

But can you blame me, I just want to share everything I can with you. 

Hopefully this makes sense.

Lots of Love and wishing you an awesome Friday!