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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baby Soft

This is such a cute baby.  I wanted to create a soft image with clear, crisp eyes.  Here is that image.  I used a speedlight with a shoot through umbrella and a 48” diffuser between the umbrella and the baby.  The whole setup was about 2’ from the cute little guy.

Baby Soft

What a cutie!

Baby Soft

This is such a cute baby.  I wanted to create a soft image with clear, crisp eyes.

This little guys mother was thrilled with this picture!

Baby Soft

What a cutie.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sunflowers

Something just didn’t seem right…

There was just too much sharpness in the entire photograph.  A quick edit in a free program and I think that picture looks much better.

Sunflower - Edit

There is now separation between the main subject and the background.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Standing Out

Today brought me to eastern Colorado.  It is an area of Colorado that has no mountains, few rivers and vast open space.  It was disappointing to find the majority of the sunflowers “dead”.  This one stood out from the crowd.

Sunflower

On a separate note my 7D is having some problems with the power button.  I can get it fixed no problem but the camera will be gone about 2 weeks.  Once this is a full time profession I will need to invest in a second body or pay to be part of the professional Canon organization.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Colors and Portraits

The family headed to the high country today to check out some aspen trees.  It turns out we were about a week late.  Most of the trees had turned and the leaves had fallen or the leaves were green and dying.  We did find a couple good trees here and there.

Fall

We also stopped to take a couple portraits.  This was taken with a high speed sync flash that was mounted to the camera.  It would have been nice to get the flash off camera and get a loop light on her face.  The highspeed sync speed blurred the background and allowed it to be exposed correctly instead of blown out.

Fall-2

Lastly, this evening I took some picture of a rosary on a white sheet of foam core.  The light was placed above the rosary approximately 1’ with a shoot through umbrella.

Rosary

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Love in the Bible

This is a classic shot from weddings.  The grooms ring in the Bible in the section of 1 Corinthians 13.  “Love is patient, love is kind…”

Bible_Heart

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Growing a Portfolio

In the video I put together for a contest I mentioned that we should not be afraid of success.  I can fall into the trap of thinking that I am not good enough to go out and take pictures and be paid for them or I wouldn’t make it.  How would I know?  I have never really tried.  I am stuck in the novice stage, not moving into expert and not making any money to support my photography habit.

I am going to make a deliberate effort to expand my portfolio, grow a business, establish prices, packages and a client base.

First things are to create an LLC and start taking pictures.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

By the Lake

This past weekend my wife and I braved the zoo with 5 kids.  Only one of them was ours.  On the way back home we stopped near a lake and at lunch.  There was a split rail fence and gorgeous trees and water behind it.  I wish I would have had an off camera flash with me but I think this turned out fairly well.

Kiddos

The only change was a little tweak in Lightroom.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reflection

What a great time.  There were about a million photographers there all trying to get “the” picture.  Here is mine from that morning.

Cowboy Blloon-2

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Go!

Today I have been hit over the head with the message that I need to get up and do something.  Big things are in the works.

Here is a little of what I have been listening to and reading today.

First of Seth has great advice and a useful and successful way of approaching everyday.  Today he talked about not rehearsing to make everything perfect but enough to make it good and to learn from our mistakes.

Rehearsing is for cowards

Next I read about a photography giant that has learned over 25 years with his editors and art directors watching his every step and picture he takes.  He even fell off the stage at his last presentation in front of hundreds of people!

Kelby Tours, Hartford: Elex and Bleu

Lastly, while driving to work and listening to Zig Ziglar’s “Better than Good” tape again I caught something new this time.  He mentioned that “failure is an event, NOT a person”.

That was a very clear message this morning.

Monday I will be in Golden attending and volunteering at a lighting seminar with another industry big shot, David Zizer

Thursday, September 9, 2010

One Light – Guitar

Speedlights are expensive so for now I am working with what I have.  1 light.  That is not entirely fair because I also used a white reflector to add some definition to the guitar.  The toughest part of taking pictures of a shinny object is to keep the bright flash fro showing in the picture.  Long story short…the solution making sure that the angle of refraction is not pointing back into the camera.  Here are a couple pictures.

Guitar CombinedGuitar-6Guitar-5Guitar-4Guitar-3

Ignore the dust…

Guitar-7Guitar-8

It took me a while to create a setup that I liked but it worked out well.  I used a shelf unit and a guitar stand with a black sheet behind the guitar as a basic setup.  The light was about 45 degrees from the center line of the camera.  To keep the background black I used a piece of cardboard to block light from spilling onto the background.