There are two kinds of photographers at family events: those you know are making pictures and those you don't. My mother-in-law is really good at the former. She captures every grouping at every party and gets most of the people to look. I'm really bad at that kind of picture and am trying to get better at it. But I'm pretty good at the candid shots. I do two things when I'm making pictures: I look for good light and I use a telephoto lens. Good Light Good light is usually coming from the side, and it's usually coming from a window. If … [Read more...] about Use A Telephoto Lens And Good Light For Holidays
Tony Corbel, a true master of lighting, taught me to practice seeing great light everywhere I go, and the more I look the more I find it. One place I always find a good patch of portrait light is right at the edge of bright sunlight. In this first picture, Brad is facing a large floor to ceiling window with bright sunlight shining directly in. If he stands in the full sunlight, there will be too much contrast in the light and dark sides of his face. He’ll have deep shadows under his brow, and the dark side of his face will be far darker than … [Read more...] about Find Great Light on the Edge
Toward the end of the CanAm Photo Expo, led by Doug Hansgate, I wanted to experiment with the beautiful window light I saw coming in the Expo hallway. Most of the gear was already packed or being used. I made a homemade reflector (a piece of white foam core I found laying around) and started to grab people to shoot. At first, most people said: "Oh, no, don't. I never take a good photo." When they saw how much fun we were having, they joined in and this is how I got the shot. Manipulating Light with Aperture and a Reflector I set my aperture … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot – Backlit with Window Light
She got me thinking I saw this beautiful girl walk by for a second time. I loved her outfit and her carefree attitude. I asked myself, if she were a celebrity and I only had 5 minutes to photograph her, where would I start? Then I thought what the heck, let's see. I smiled at her, lifted my camera and said hey do you want to do a quick photo shoot? We both laughed knowing it was a weird request but it sounded like fun. Remember, we were strangers in an airport. Self talk while breaking the ice I told her I'm a professional photographer and an … [Read more...] about Quick: You Have 5 Minutes to Get the Shot. Where Do You Start?
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create raindrops using a custom brush, Layer Styles, and Filters! We'll also cover how to create a 'frosted' window with moisture that has been rubbed away. Disclaimer: This is just one way to create a raindrop effect. For more tutorials go to . ______ … [Read more...] about Create Raindrops on a Frosted Window in Photoshop
If you shoot through glass, you need one of these. That's the executive summary. For a slightly longer explanation, let me tell you about my experience with the Lenskirt. For me, it's best use is shooting time lapse through glass. In the old days I would turn off the lights and wear black and STILL deal with reflections that showed up in my shots. The Lenskirt solves all those problems. It's a very lightweight, portable, collapsable lens hood that you can attach to any piece of glass and then to your camera lens. It attaches to the glass via … [Read more...] about The Lenskirt