Posts Tagged ‘repetition of image’

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 21st, 2012

Eclipse

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Well the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse has come and gone and it didn’t disappoint here in southern California.
Whenever there’s something to do with the moon or the sun, I always try to make some kind of image for my blog and my importantly for myself.
I had a few pressing things to do before I could head out, so I didn’t get a chance to leave for the shoot until after it had started.
I figured that a shot of the sun hanging in the air by itself it useless.
There’s no context, so my plan was to find a monument that is easily recognizable and put the sun near it or around it.
Near me is the Big A from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
It’s pretty universally recognizable, so I headed that way.
On the way, I spotted an American flag proudly waving on top of a nearby building.
It was perfect.
I headed in the general direction and tried to guess how far away I needed to be.
The result isn’t too bad, the flag is a universal icon and the sun being partially obscured by the moon fits perfect.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad day for something that isn’t supposed to occur in this region for around another 5 years.
Be ready 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 20th, 2012

Masquerade

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I was hired to photograph a masquerade gala where funds were being raised for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
I spotted an ornate mask that was being used as decoration.
It was beautiful!
I actually used 3 different methods to capture it.
1) My hisptamatic app
2) My camera +++
3) My DSLR
The winner is seen here taken with my 7D.
Sometimes the square format of the hipstamatic doesn’t lend itself to certain items.
The DSLR just seemed to capture everything best.
See it doesn’t always matter what camera you use, sometimes it is an iPhone or point and shoot that does the job best.
Today, it was the big brother, the DSLR.
Remember to keep something on you at all times, so you can be ready to shoot whenever.
Be ready 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 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 17th, 2012

Looking Up

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The other day I was out shopping and I happened to be looking around, since it was pretty photogenic, when I decided to look up.
There’s something special about old alleys and brick buildings and this area had both.
I usually utilize my Hipstamatic app, but lately I’ve been using my Camera+++ app.
It allows me to shoot in a rectangular mode, rather than the square mode.
For this image, I needed just a bit more width and with the horizontal format, I was able to include most of what I wanted.
The shadow from the window, gives a nice diagonal to the image which provides movement and visual interest.
I’ve chosen to show just a sliver of sky at the top of the frame to emphasize the building and make a more dramatic composition.
A quick shot of a historic building that uses a few rules to spice up the image.
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 15th, 2012

Feature Inspiration

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Found a great site for an image today and I wanted to share the process.
I was on assignment at the Garden Walk in Anaheim. It’s an outdoor mall across from Disneyland with restaurants, a movie theater, shops and a bowling alley.
I saw this mural and knew I wanted to capture it.
Here was my first view:
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I knew that I needed a human element to show, 1) how large the mural was and 2) to give it that human element.
Of course, when I was approaching the scene there were at least a half dozen people wandering around the mural.
By the time I got my gear ready, I was able to make this last exposure with the family walking in front of the mural.
No one else came by for the next 15 minutes!!!
Typical.
I had to report for my assignment, so I had to settle for the first and only exposure with humans.
That’s why it’s good to be ready all the 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

May 14th, 2012

Wedding Moment

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I shot a beautiful backyard wedding this weekend.
I was in a position near the front when they had communion.
I was kind of trapped there for a bit as the ceremony continued, so I looked for a different type of moment.
That’s when I saw this moment.
I love that it seems that they are all alone on the most special day of their life.
I always want to capture moments like these that are completely unique to each bride and groom.
Placing the bride and groom at the extreme lower right of the canvas gives this moment and almost magical composition that isolates just the look on the brides’ face.
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