Archive for the ‘feature photography’ Category

April 26th, 2012

Photo A Week

April 24th, 2012

Inspirational Images

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I’ve been fulfilling this blog for over 1 1/2 and I’ve taken and written about hundreds of images.
What I look for now is images that truly inspire me.
I was at a new coffee house, well at least new to me, and I spotted this awesome light fixture.
The detail was so fascinating, I was completely enthralled and had to capture it.
I placed the bottom of the fixture that the cord hung from, in the bottom right area of convergence and let the rest of the fixture settle into the image.
The other thing that caught my attention was the warmth of the light that illuminated the room, it gave a nice feeling and glow to the overall image.
Always be looking 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

April 19th, 2012

Inspirational Images

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Saw this on the internet the other day and it stopped me cold.
The thing that inspires me so much about this image is the different way the photographer continued to look at this in a new way.
Turning it on it’s side, just makes this a completely different image.
Love it.
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

April 14th, 2012

Negative Space

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One of my last classes before the semester break will be dealing with negative space.
It’s one of my personal favorites and it’s a great tool for beginning photographers to learn.
Our first example shows how the placement of the main subject in an area of convergence will leave quite a bit of empty space on one side of the frame.
Experienced photographers will use this to their advantage.
This negative space balances out the frame and the viewer now will receive the benefit of a correctly composed main subject and negative space to be able to hold the viewer’s attention.
Sounds easy but it takes some practice.
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Here’s another example of negative space.
The donut is balanced with the sky.
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!

April 11th, 2012

Morning Light

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Walking to class, a bit behind schedule, I some colorful flowers in the quad area that had beads of water on them and they were shimmering in the morning light.
I’ve talked often about noticing things around us, but today I want to visit, slowing down.
Regardless of the time, I stopped and enjoyed the beauty of these small wonders and the way that the morning light danced on the beads of water.
It took all of 30 seconds, and then I pulled out my iPhone and made 2 frames.
Just this side of one minute spent looking at an incredible scene, and it cost me nothing!
My class didn’t miss that extra minute of me talking and I surely didn’t miss that minute being prompt.
Sometimes, it’s the better choice to take that extra moment, stop and enjoy.
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!

April 5th, 2012

Silhouette Photography

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I had to drop off an assignment at a cemetery, I was noticing how peaceful the grounds looked.
There’s a beautiful stone chapel onsite and behind it is some sort of monument that is topped with a statue of an angel.
I love angels.
I have them all over my garden.
I’ve always been drawn to them, maybe it’s because I had that photo of the guardian angel watching over the kids on the bridge in my room from the time I was born until I left home.
Well, the sun was already high in the sky, so I decided to backlight the angel and turn her into a silhouette for a dramatic effect.
Interesting effect, the statue looks two dimensional, rather than three dimensional.
The silhouette effect really flattened the features and boom, flat Stanley lives.
I included the sun to add another element into the photo and added a texture for a last bit of interest.
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!

April 2nd, 2012

Engagement Session

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I love engagement session where one or both of the couples are super animated.
It makes my job so much simpler.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of photographing a girl and her fiancé who were exactly that. Animated!
I’ve known the bride-to-be for years and it was so much fun to see her giddy in love.
This shot was near the end of the session and they had been reclining on the ground for a bit.
Their emotions are very evident in this image and it just speaks volumes too me.
I placed a lot of negative space to balance off the couple who are in the upper left and left vertical of the composition.
I also chose to show the moment in black and white to ensure that just the emotion leapt off the image for the viewers.
Romance is good.
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!

April 1st, 2012

Landscape Tip

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Making effective landscapes is just as hard as making a beautiful portrait.
I was able to capture this image during a recent wedding.
What was amazing was in the middle of the summer, at the end of the day, there were hardly anyone on the beach.
I was able to make a landscape/portrait that made this couple feel and look as if they were practically the only people on the beach.
I placed the horizon very low in the frame to emphasize the sky.
I also used my 15mm which captured just about 180 degrees, the sun is almost in the frame, opposite of the bride and groom.
Great things can happen if you look hard enough and prepare.
I found the perfect moment, in between masses of people on both sides, just out of view.
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!

March 29th, 2012

Beautiful Lighting

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I was attending a conference at one of the mega churches in our area.
I went to the bathroom and when I came out, I saw this awesome wall with different fonts and words and some beautiful light.
It was truly inspiring and I could barely get my new iPhone 4s out to take a photo.
Fortunately, this new phone is fast and I was able to capture this sweet image for today’s post.
I had to wake up extra early, before the sunrise, to make it to this conference and I was pleasantly surprised by all the beautiful light and images that I was able to see.
Normally, the only early light I see is gone by the time I awake.
Getting up early has many advantages, beautiful light being just one of them.
Take a look at different times of the day and see how the light reacts to various objects that you see.
Light is amazing and learning to use it correctly is one of your greatest tools in becoming an effective photographer.
Be looking 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!

March 27th, 2012

Portrait Prop

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A boy and his bike, make the post for today.
Another example of how using props to make great portraits with whatever is handy.
I had asked my class to bring in something that tells us a bit more about them.
This student brought his bike to class and when students were stumped on how to show him with it, I suggested he hold it over his head.
It’s a quick way to illustrate that he loves it and the bike just kind of flows into the composition better.
I love doing things that are incongruent with the norm, to make interesting and visually challenging images.
For example, I once had to photograph a girl who had made the varsity football team.
I could have surrounded her with team mates, but her brother was on the team, so I had him pick her up.
Great image, but I wish that I had taken it one step further, what if she had lifted him up?
An even better more striking image.
One day…..
Look for incongruence and remember to use props.
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