Archive for the ‘candid photography’ Category

May 21st, 2012

Portrait Class 6/2/2012

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The art of portraiture can be learned!
Michael is a photojournalist / photography professor with more than 25 years as a staff photographer and as a college professor for the last 10 years, learn to make portraits that make you take notice!
Learn to identify the best types of light to make a portrait / Connect with your subject to make portraits that reveal something about your subject!

WHAT: YOU GET TWO HOURS OF INSTRUCTION ON THE ART OF PORTRAITURE
WHEN: SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2012 10AM
WHERE: Hillcrest Park Fullerton, CA
COST: Just $49.00 (with discounts of %50 for one or more friends!)

Bring a Friend

This is a hands-on class. Bring your cameras and you’ll receive instant feedback from Michael as we practice and learn the secrets to making better portraits.
Hey, it’s awkward to show up by yourself so, receive special pricing when you bring a friend. There are lots of people offering classes in photography, but few offer an instructor with this type of experience: 25 years as a working photojournalist, 10 years teaching photography at places like UCLA, Biola and Cal Baptist University. Guest speaker at WPPI which is the Wedding Professional organization that the top professionals all belong to!
You’ve been waiting for a chance to learn more about your craft, this is a great opportunity to have fun in a very low pressure type of atmosphere.

Everyone has a camera now, learn to take portraits that look into the soul of your subject, that’s creating real portrait…Michael Kitada

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Bring your digital camera be prepared to become a better photographer!
Meet at the corner of Lemon and E Valley View Drive at 10 am. Take Lemon right above Fullerton High School and Fullerton College it’s the parking lot where the Recreation Center and the pre-school are located. Or just google map – Hillcrest Park, Fullerton. See you there!!!

Bring a Friend

May 19th, 2012

Water Bowl

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Had the pleasure of shooting an assignment at one of the new hip bowling alleys that have started to become the cool places to have a party.
This one had a special room off to the side that had LCD projectors on the sides of the walls.
They projected what looked like water, so the whole feeling was that you were underwater.
A cool effect that because of the darkness made for a very tough scene to capture.
I tried long and short lenses and finally settled on a very wide angle look from behind to capture this look.
It gives the viewer the feeling of being underwater and all of the very lush lighting that permeated this venue.
I think the lesson learned from this shoot, is to try everything at your disposal to capture different scenes.
Front, side and behind views are all welcome.
See, bowling for me is one of the hardest sports to shoot and do well.
Everyone is facing the wrong direction and when action does happen, it’s usually facing that way, too.
Thus, I tried to capture the interesting aspects of this venue.
The walls, the colors, etc.
Take what you have and make it beautiful.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 16th, 2012

Repetition

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I was at a bowling alley the other night, when I spotted this very cool ceiling.
A perfect example of repetition.
I quickly got my iPhone out and captured this great pattern.
Patterns exist everywhere, it’s just a matter of looking and expecting it to be there.
Keep your eyes open and be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 16th, 2012

Natural Light Angel

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I unwrapped a gift that I purchased this weekend and noticed how beautiful the window light was playing on the angel that I purchased.
The light is coming from a large sliding glass door from camera left and washing across the angel and the wrapping paper.
Always look for the light first. A friend of mine says that if a plane is falling from the sky, that first rule goes out the window, but for the majority of us, that scenario will never happen. So, look for the light, then compose, catch the moment and make magic.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 13th, 2012

Found Light

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I was out looking for some Mother’s Day presents today and a birthday present, too.
That means I’ve got a lot of presents to buy and not a lot of time to do it.
I always head to an antique store that has a lot of consignment stalls.
It’s great and there’s always a bunch of great things for me to choose from that usually matches my mom, sisters and my wife’s tastes.
I was pumped and hoping to get this all done quickly, but I showed up about 45 minutes too early.
I headed over to the Starbuck’s around the corner to kill some time, but I got antsy and thought I might look for something to photograph while I was waiting.
There was some great light pouring through one of the many windows and it was creating some really interesting shadows on a dress form.
I couldn’t figure out which letters were making these cool designs, so I just shot it and ran it though a grunge filter that I found to make the image look older.
Bam!
One cool looking image and I was able to find quite a few presents, too!
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 10th, 2012

Mural Inspiration

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As most of you know, I’m always looking for photographic inspiration.
It doesn’t matter where I am, I’m trying to make myself be aware of anything that lends itself to interesting or inspirational images.
A few weeks ago, I led a photo class to the art district in Los Angeles.
A lot of murals and a lot of inspiration.
In fact, I think it was information overload for a lot of my students.
But they were able to buckle down and made a ton of great images.
Here’s one of my shots that I found that really made me stop and work the situation.
Angels and a provocative view of a subject’s eyes, drew me to make this image and be my muse for today’s post.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 7th, 2012

No More Hunger

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I saw this scene painted on the side of a building in Los Angeles recently.
If only we could cage up hunger and throw away the key.
Interestingly, the image framed up better in a square format, rather than my DSLR.
I love that I was able to find a compelling image, compose it & make it even better.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 5th, 2012

Super Moon 2012

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Last night was the coming of the Super Moon.
When the moon in it’s elliptical orbit around the earth is at its’ closest and full.
It is about 14 percent larger than normal and especially when it is first rising nearest the horizon.
I was able to gain access to my old newspaper, the Orange County Register.
I was trying to make an image of an airplane as it passed through the Super Moon, unfortunately, this is one image I’ll have to keep trying for.
Enjoy and Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS

May 5th, 2012

Great Photos from 2011

May 4th, 2012

Context in your Photos

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A quick tip today about adding context to your photos.
What?
Well, a lot of images suffer from no context.
How large is that thing in the photo is probably the most common.
This is especially helpful in travel photography, where the setting might not be too familiar to a lot of people.
For example, in our lead image today, there’s a painting of what looks like Ghandi’s head on a wall.
Without the human form that is blurred and walking through this frame, the viewer has no idea how large this photo is.
It could be very small, yet the bricks could give us a clue or it could be massive.
That’s why including a human in your frame gives great context to your images.
Here’s the scene without our “friend.”
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Sometimes, waiting for a very long time to include your human is part of the process.
Yet, when done right, it’s worth every minute.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!
CLICK HERE FOR MOMMIE PICS