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Shooting for Composites

We finished our first workshop where we took advantage of Halloween and everyone’s love of costumes and shot photos with the idea of compositing them in Photoshop. The steps where very simple: lock down the cameras on tripods and photograph individually the items we wanted in the photos with the idea that we can just layer our shots and mask out what we wanted to keep or lose. Compositions not your thing? Why...

Always have a backup plan!

Of all days! Cue the film crew and sound guys, cue hair and makeup, cue the model, get that guy to bring his exotic car in, talk a few photographer friends into holding light stands in a slight breeze, and turn everything on only to find your Vagabond battery pack has decided to stop working! Nothing against the Vagabond, it has performed flawlessly for the last two years; it’s just one of those things! Lucky for...

The times they are a changin’

Say goodbye to traditional family portraits! They want be ROCKSTARS!!! Very few families are looking for the traditional family portrait of old; this is not to say it’s a revolt against tried and true lighting and posing techniques. It’s a revolt against the same old thing, having a family portrait that looks like everyone else’s.  I realized a couple of years back that when I approached a family photo the...

Clothing Guide for Great Portraits

Here is a short guide that you can copy, edit, print and handout to your clients before a session. It is very important to let people know what looks good in a portrait, it sure makes our jobs that much easier. Clothing – General Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits. Try to bring at least three changes of clothing. You should have one dressy outfit. Make sure clothing is clean and pressed. Next is...

You don’t need to sit on the car!

Something that I always try and get across to photographers at our workshops is the fact that you can use a car or other large props just like your studio backdrops. That is to say your model does not need to sit on or even touch the car/prop to get a great shot. Remember this is not to say don’t put them on the prop just a reminder that sometimes having them stand 5 feet in front makes them the center of...

Kids, Kids, Kids!!!

Kids can be frustrating and a real challenge but also very rewarding. Because they have such short attention spans and are so active here are a few things to keep in mind. Let kids be kids. Parents must take a break from being parents!!! There is nothing worst than mom saying “do that funny smile thing” they don’t and the whole shoot goes down hill “do it or no ice cream, stop moving, listen to the...

Am I hearing wedding bells?

Wedding season is fast approaching for many of us, sometimes we need a little refresher, here is a list of some of my top tips from my wedding workshops: Be “in control” This is the most important thing you need to grasp, you must be “in control” of the wedding party while shooting photos. If you are not in control then you risk not getting the shots you need. Many photographers use their wedding...

You’ve gotta’ to love the light

Anyone who has ever attended on of my workshops has had the concept of using flash to improve your photos rammed down your throat. I love it when someone has that “come to God” moment when it comes to their flash!!! Here is the deal. We all like to say something like “I just really love natural light, that’s why I don’t use flash”, well I love it too, but it is no excuse to...

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