I'm a self-confessed technophobe! I'm more of a tactile person; I like things I can touch or make with my hands. Perhaps this is why I stick to the old-school process of shooting with film. Recently, I'd been getting so many requests for my photography website and, well, I'd always been too intimidated with the likes of the web—and unnerved by HTML—to make one. Enter liveBooks!
When we’re out meeting our seminar attendees, we know that many of you are total newbies when it comes to AC flash. So this is the first in our series of explorations into what some call “studio flash”. That in itself is an outdated term: Many professional photographers use these AC-powered flash units and shoot entirely on location. Admittedly, there was a time in history when about the only AC-flash units that were available required a great deal of amperage to power, and the physique of a body-builder to transport.
Vik Orenstein is a master portrait photographer who describes herself as a "mom with a camera". She says, "The mom part inspires the artistic part and the photographic part."
This longtime BetterPhoto instructor is also the author of a new book, The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business. Best yet, Vik loves to share her creative vision and her professional insights.
We all know that the best parts of the shooting day are around sunrise and sunset. But you don’t have to stop when the Sun goes down. Star trails are a really fun way to make some unique images and squeeze a little more photography into your photo safari or vacation. Star trails used to be exclusive to film cameras. The high noise found in long exposures of early digital cameras made digital star trails a mess.
Insuring the longevity of a print is essential to an image-maker’s responsibility to the customer. Anything less can cause damage to a studio’s reputation. This is especially true of photographers who cover special events in people’s lives. It would be a sad situation if the wedding photos, which were expected to be handed down from generation to generation, begin to fade after just a few years.
Sure, you can spend thousands of dollars on studio lighting gear that will help you get great shots. But for about $30, you can pick up a cool lighting accessory – Venetian blinds – that will help you create creative lighting effects even when you are shooting with only one light. I got mine at The Home Depot.
I’ve been primarily photographing kids and families for several years now. I recently decided that I wanted to create a shoot that was unique, without being too trendy. The resulting images would stand the test of time, as well as express a lot of emotion and personality.
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