Ghoulie Girl

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My daughters’ wanted to get some images of themselves and a few friends in their costumes before heading out for tonight’s activities, so they dropped by the studio for a bit this afternoon. It was fun to create lighting setups to accentuate their looks.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/4, ISO 100

October 31, 2008 at 1:32 pm by | Categories: Post

Scene of the Crime

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October 30, 2008 at 10:10 am by | Categories: Post

White Bedroom Redux

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My most recent stock photo shoot was a revisit to a previously used theme. Regular readers to this blog will recall that back in May I did a shoot featured around a White Bedroom set that we created in the studio (original blog post here). The series of images that I created in that session have sold reasonably well in my stock portfolio. For a background, I used white seamless for the original shoot. Now that I’ve repainted a portion of the studio with white walls, I decided to redo the shoot with the more natural looking background.

Just like last time, I set up a bedroom in the studio. In addition to the bed and nightstand, I added a desk to the mix this time. This gave me some more options on what to shoot.

Behind the Scenes - White Bedroom Redux

With Kylee as the model, we created a nice collection of images to add to my sales portfolio. I like the look of the resulting images with the more natural looking background compared to the original seamless background. The added depth adds quite a bit to the shots.

Behind the Scenes - White Bedroom Redux

Watch for the images appearing soon in my iStock portfolio.

October 29, 2008 at 8:35 am by | Categories: Post

One of my stock images spotted "In the Wild"

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One of my stock images spotted "In the Wild"

One of my best friends (not to mention a fellow photographer) Harley is at Microsoft’s Professional Developers’ Conference this week in California. While there, he spotted a mock movie poster advertising for one of the conference sessions. He immediately recognized the image that was used for the poster as one of mine since, after all, it was his own hand coming out of the computer screen.

Take a good look at how they altered my original capture.  This is another example of how a designer will use a stock image as a starting point and then edit it further to fit their project’s specific needs.

Thanks Harley for sharing this with me.

October 28, 2008 at 8:50 am by | Categories: Post

Birthday Party Photo Shoot

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I spent Saturday morning in the studio with six young models. The theme for the shoot was a Child’s Birthday Party. I set up a corner of the studio to recreate a home decorated for the party.

Behind the Scenes - Birthday Party Photo Shoot

For lighting, I essentially flooded the area with a nice soft light provided by three softboxes. This was my first “real” shoot on the newly painted white walls and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

With the six models, their accompanying parents and Michelle assisting me – we had a full house. Working with children is a lot of fun and the party theme seemed to kick that up a notch higher than usual. All of the models did an exceptional job. Being familiar with the subject really helps and I had worked with five of the six kids on earlier shoots.

For the final few shots, I enlisted a few family members to help throw confetti and we had a real celebration. I’ll probably be finding remnants of this shot in the corner of the studio for several months.

Birthday Party Series

Watch for the images to making their appearance in my stock portfolio soon.

October 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm by | Categories: Post

Monkey Face

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I was doing some images of Aspen in the studio to use in an advertisement for her rock climbing team. When we were almost finished, she offered to show me her Monkey Face. It was pretty funny, so I thought I’d share it here.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100

October 25, 2008 at 11:10 am by | Categories: Post

Birthday Girl

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/7.1, ISO 100

October 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm by | Categories: Post

Now Rolling with "Whitewalls"

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One thing that I’ve learned in having my own studio to shoot in is that it is constantly in a state of change. I always seem to be rearranging and altering things based upon what I’m currently photographing.

For my stock work, I find that I’m wanting to get away from shooting on seamless paper more and more. I like creating “life-like” scenes and paper backdrops deter from this.

I have shot a few successful images on the previous “brown-ish” walls left over from the office that used to be in the space (here’s an example), but the color just wasn’t as versatile as I wanted. So this morning I took off my photographer hat and put on my painter hat and got to it.

I now have about 1/4 of my small studio space with white walls to shoot against. This will come in handy for the first shoot on them this Saturday – a stock session recreating a child’s birthday party.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/10, ISO 100

October 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm by | Categories: Post

Quick Tip: An ID Tag for Your Camera

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Here’s a quick and easy tip that could pay for itself a thousand times over.

While at a recent Photwalking Utah event, I noticed that photographer Ann Torrence had a small ID tag attached to her camera. When I asked her about it, she told me that it was a tag designed to put the owner information on pet collars in case the animal is lost. I immediately thought “What a great idea!”.

I made a trip to my local PETCO store and used their machine to have a tag made for each of my cameras. I opted for the smallest version (about the size of a penny) and it is completely out of the way on the camera body. The total cost to label my gear: $12.

Now, let’s just hope that if my camera is ever lost that the person who finds it is honest (fingers crossed).

October 22, 2008 at 11:32 am by | Categories: tutorial

Photowalking Utah – 11.01.08 – Antelope Island

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The next Photowalking Utah event is scheduled for November 1st. The group will be heading out to Antelope Island. Here’s a bit of info from photowalkingutah.com:

The November 2008 Photowalking Utah event will be held at the Antelope Island State Park in Syracuse Utah on November 1st. Antelope Island is home to one of the largest and oldest publicly owned bison herds in the United States. The Bison will be corralled into pens starting Oct 22nd and then will receive their health checkups starting October 31st.

The photowalk will be held at the Buffalo Pens where the rangers will be giving the bison their health checks. This is a great opportunity to get up close to the Bison and hopefully get some great photos. We can then proceed to Garr Ranch when we are finished at the pens.

As always, these events are open to photographers of ANY SKILL LEVEL. We have everyone from first time shooters to seasoned professionals join in. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to hang out with some friendly photogs, this is the chance to do it.

For more info (or to announce that you’re coming) visit these links:

Photowalking Utah Official Website
Photowalking Utah Flickr Group

October 21, 2008 at 10:43 am by | Categories: photowalking