Posts Tagged ‘digital photography tip’

May 12th, 2012

Natural Light Portraits

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Yesterday, I had a portrait session for an aspiring actress.
I shot the majority of the session with strobes and umbrellas, buy at the end I shot a few natural light frames.
I have a certain spot in my house that is perfect for this.
A large window that faces north, so the light is ambient but directional with some semi-transparent curtains that knock down the light even more.
The effect is beautiful light.
I also used one of the umbrellas to bounce just a bit of fill light back into my subject to even the light slightly.
Just look at the eyes, you can see the specular highlights on the left side of each of her eyes and the slightly brighter left side of her face, too.
This lighting set up provides directional light that is soft and incredibly flattering to just about any subject.
Go right now and find a north facing window and try this out on your next portrait shoot.
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!
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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!
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May 8th, 2012

Portrait Tip

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I photographed a senior portrait today and found I needed to make a connection before any real images could be captured.
Making a connection is everything. I’ve blogged about that before and it’s so important it’s worth saying again.
Today’s shoot was no different.
The subject is a popular senior who normally doesn’t care what anyone thinks about how he acts.
In fact, he’s an actor.
Still, even he needed some time to connect with me and the camera.
How did I achieve that?
Just hanging out and talking and letting him feel comfortable and almost forgetting about the camera.
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Here’s a portrait near the end of the session.
It’s obvious that the subject is at ease and his true self is captured forever.
Remember, be real for your subjects and they’ll allow their real self to be captured.
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 8th, 2012

Mother’s Day is Coming

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Mother’s Day is coming, in fact, it’s Sunday!
This is an outtake from a surprise Mother’s Day gift that I shot this week.
Recently, I’ve had a string of fantastic models/subjects.
This 3 year old was amazing!
I just told him what I wanted and he did it.
If you have ever tried to coerce a 3 year old to do anything for a camera, you know how tough it can be.
This photo shoot was a dream.
For this image, I just told him to lift his hands to the sky and he told me the sun hurt his eyes.
I said to close them and you can see the energy he put into this image. Fantastic!
The ambient/open shade left as soon as I finished this sequence. The beautiful light went to harsh direct light as the sun burned through the clouds just as we ended this photo with the flowers.
Timing is everything!
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

May 3rd, 2012

Cropping

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As a visual storyteller, deciding what to show and what not to show is a skill that helps the viewer to quickly see the best part of any scene.
My example for today’s post shows the final image from a mural that we spotted on the street.
I’ve cropped into this mural that includes an owl, koi and a woman with what my daughter dubbed, “zebra vomit,” coming out of her mouth.
I’ve placed the woman’s eyes in the upper left area of convergence and her mouth in the lower left area.
The striped lines are in the lower horizontal. All this adds up to a very strongly composed image for the viewer.
Here’s what I started with, during an impromptu group shot.
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It’s all up to the eye of the photographer.
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 2nd, 2012

Inspiration

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I went on a field trip today with some advanced photojournalism students to the art district of Los Angeles.
The assignment was to find an image that was inspiring, photograph it and then be able to articulate why it was so inspiring.
I was able to find words on a brick wall that had been deconstructed, basically the words in the cracks were destroyed and it left just a few words.
I found the word, “weak,” and it made me think of how I don’t want to be weak.
Interestingly enough, this was only one of a few words that had survived. So, weak was strong and resilient.
Strange.
The colors and the textures were so alive and vivid it brought another layer or depth to this image.
Truly inspiring and a very different image that I’ve been able to make in a long time.
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