Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

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 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

April 29th, 2012

Right Under Your Nose

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I left my cards in a client’s bag the other day and went to her home to retrieve them, her grandfather was there and showed me around his home of many many years.
It was like a treasure hunt.
Carvings, additions, plants and a lifetime of beautiful things were scattered throughout his home, front and backyards.
It was amazing!
I stopped long enough to ask what was going on in a small terra cotta pot.
“Oh, that’s just my wife’s fairy garden,” he said with a wave of his hand.
But I looked closer at this miniature masterpiece and was enthralled.
I almost walked by it and didn’t even notice it.
All in all, I think my wife and myself spent about 20 minutes with this beloved individuals.
You never know what you are missing, by just stopping to say hello to people or pass on a friendly gesture.
We are all connected and even the least of us matters, even tiny little fairy gardens.
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

January 20th, 2012

Landscape Silhouettes

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I have photographed this building before, but tonight I it drew my attention due to the lovely silhouettes the setting sun was creating.
There’s a lot going on in this image:
1. Silhouettes
Classic case of the light falling on the palm trees being darker than the light falling on the background. Creating silhouettes!
2. The reflection of the sunset in the mirrored panels of the windows of the building. Another perspective.
3. Strong diagonals
The roofline of the building creates a very strong and dramatic diagonal which gives movement and power to this image. Diagonals are a photographers friend. Look for them and use them whenever possible.
4. The light is so smooth.
It seems to envelope each subject as it slowly slips beneath the horizon and gives way to the night. The last minutes of light are referred to as the golden light. This is why.

A very nice image from a church parking lot that I’ve been to hundreds of times and yet it never looks quite the same.
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. Her 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

January 19th, 2012

Vanishing Point

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I have to admit that wandering around school before my classes has been a real inspiration for my photography lately.
I saw this scene which I must have passed a hundred times, but never stopped before.
I briefly thought about waiting for a person to enter, so I could talk about patience, but then I noticed the sheer beauty of the starkness of this image.
I love how the arches draw my eye deeper into the image.
A figure might have stopped that lovely visual experience.
Placing the end of the passageway in the upper left area completes the visual journey.
The lighting adds mystery and sculpts each archway to give more dimensionality to the image, too.
Another example of being aware of your surroundings as you walk through your day, even when you pass by familiar areas.
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. Her 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

January 18th, 2012

Sunrise Photos

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Great way to start any morning is to look up and see a beautiful and colorful sunrise.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind.
1. Highlight the sky.
Remember, it’s the sky that you want to feature, so let the sky take up at least 2/3rds of the canvas, even more if possible.
In this example, just a tiny piece of the ground is even included.
2. Utilize the elements that you have.
I noticed electrical wires and a random telephone pole. I placed the wires in areas that created different zones and made diagonals which give movement to the image.
3. Enjoy the beauty.
Sometimes photos are just beautiful. Even in an urban setting, the glory of this sunrise can’t be contained.
Sit back and 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. Her 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

January 14th, 2012

Bucket List

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The past couple of days I’ve had a mission.
Help my daughter buy a car.
She has been very specific about her wants, it’s been a bit stressful.
Well, today we were headed to check out another car and I realize that our trip will be taking us by something that I’ve always wanted to photograph.
It’s a sign.
An old restaurant sign from my past.
It was heart-shaped and the words have been busted out for years, but the sign remains like a silent sentry.
The sky was showing signs of setting up for a beautiful and colorful sunset.
I decided that I was going to get to shoot one of my photo bucket list items.
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Unfortunately, the best place to see the fiery sunset through the sign would have been standing in the middle of the freeway.
So, I decided to photograph a few different variations.
In each frame, I was able to feature this heart sign and the gorgeously gradated sky.
Another photo bucket list to scratch off.
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Finally, the last image was as I was ducking back into my car.
If you look closely, you’ll see a plane in the upper right area of convergence.
It was a fitting image.
Moral of the story?
When you have a chance to shoot something, do it.
Don’t wait for tomorrow. Do it now.
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. Her 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

January 9th, 2012

Negative Space

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In the past, I wondered what my style of photography would be.
I’ve looked and studied the work of most of the masters and some who aren’t masters yet.
Last year, a photographer whom I respect, made an off-handed remark about my photos.
He remarked, “You’re really good at negative space.”
I smiled and thanked him and continued my lecture.
Later, when I had more time to think about his statement, I was floored.
I realized that my style had started to show through, when I hadn’t even been trying.
Negative space.
I’ve found myself drawn to shooting images with the subjects in the extreme edges of the canvas for sometime.
I didn’t realize that I was doing it more and more.
Extreme composition means placing subjects outside the center of the grid and in the outside edges or boxes of the tic-tac-toe grid.
That’s exactly what I’ve been doing.
Take your photography to a different level by looking at as many different photographers as possible.
Try their various styles, learn their techniques and see what you are drawn to.
Become the photographer that you were meant to be.
Be inspired!

Michael worked as a photojournalist in southern California for 20 plus years and has taught photojournalism at UCLA. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, CA where he teaches photography. He is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now!”
click here for “TakeBetterPhotosNow!

January 2nd, 2012

Sunset Photo

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One of my colleagues at the Orange County Register, captured an amazing image on the last day of 1999.
Remember the fears of Y2K?
How the embedded computer chips were going to shut the world down and leave us all in chaos?
The entire news staff was scheduled.
No one had the night off.
We were ready for anything, except nothing happened.
My fellow photographer was cruising Huntington Beach and saw a woman saying goodbye to the millennium.
I always thought about that image.
I was never able to get down to the beach on the last day of the year.
This year was no different.
In fact, my wife sent me to the store at the last minute, just as the sun was setting.
Fortunately, my son went with me and we put together a quick shoot as the last rays of the final sunset of 2011 shone down.
A couple of technical details:
1. The horizon is extremely low to emphasize the sky.
2. The sun is near the lower right area of convergence
3. My subject is in the left vertical and his head is near the upper left area of convergence.

Not quite the beach, but a significant image for myself and my son as we said goodbye to 2011.
Capture the moments of your families life.
Be inspired!

Michael worked as a photojournalist in southern California for 20 plus years and has taught photojournalism at UCLA. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, CA where he teaches photography. He is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now!”
click here for “TakeBetterPhotosNow!