Other cameras at the wedding?!

June 11, 2010

What to do?! What to do!!!

Well, for anyone who’s photographed weddings before, you know the feeling; you go in for a photograph and there are hoards of the bride and groom’s family and friends there with their own cameras! But they hired you!? So what do you do? What should you feel? Should you say anything?? Well, I found this discussion interesting and have had it with other photographer friends of mine before. Check out this article from WPJA.com. It addresses this very subject and does so very well!

WPJA.com is a great resource for wedding photojournalists. Check it out!


RangeFindermag.com – great online source!!! and FREE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!!!

April 9, 2010

Are you a pro? If so, you may already know this, but if not, let me let you know that if you are, you can get a free subscription to Range Finder Magazine just for signing up!

RangeFinderMag.com is also a great site with lots of resources and information for professional and amateurs alike.

RangeFinder Magazine has a long history of photographic excellence and being a leader in this industry. Check it out!


Todd Owyoung’s Concert Photography

April 2, 2010

No Doubt

Music is something that we don’t usually think of when we think about photography. Imagine if you will, going to see one of your favorite music performers play and you get to shoot the show.

Roots

Todd Owyoung

The excitement of being on the side or front of the stage doing what you love (photography) and being able to shoot one of your favorite bands is really a rush. Unfortunately, when the lights start flashing red, blue, green, on, off, on, off, on, you’ll find that things can quickly become difficult as your light meter does sprints from one side of your view finder to the other. Please allow me to introduce to you Todd Owyoung. Todd is a Professional Concert Photographer whose work will give you the feeling of being in the front row.

John Mayer

Todd’s work has been published in publications such as Spin, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Entertainment Weekly, and Billboard Magazine. Some of Todd’s portfolio includes Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, John Mayer, Dave Mathews, Willie Nelson, and many others

Todd’s site is full of fantastic and inspiring concert photography. His work captures the excitement of the show. His site contains a “gear” section in which Todd discusses in detail the gear he uses for each situation.

Street Drum Corp

Todd also writes about how to meter under the constant change of lighting while shooting a concert. If you’ve shot a concert before you know the challenge with the lighting changes. It can really be crazy, but fun! Todd also provides tutorials and Q&A’s on how to capture some great shots under extreme lighting conditions.

The Devil Wears Prada

If you’ve ever wanted to get into concert photography Todd’s site, I Shoot Shows is a great place to check out.


$$$ Why is wedding photography so expensive?!? $$$

March 27, 2010

So why do wedding photographers charge an arm and a leg?!?

Have you ever heard this question? If you are a wedding photographer, I am sure you have. If you are not, you may have thought it! Well, photographers from Georgia, Exodus Photography, seek to answer that question in a series they are writing on their blog called, Choosing the right photographer for your wedding.

I think the article and series are very well written, make some great points and I think it would be a great resource for photographers to look at to remind themselves that they should not stray from the cost they are asking when offering their services for a wedding. Stick with the price and realize that wedding photography is expensive, but that depends on what side of the camera you are thinking about. Sure it is expensive to the bride and groom, but is also expensive to the photographer. We have to charge enough to make the job worth it. Otherwise, it doesn’t make much financial sense.

Anyway, take time to read this article. It’s fantastic and I think you’ll get some great advice, insight and reminders out of it! Thanks Exodus Photography!


Quick and Easy Editorial Head Shots

March 18, 2010

From the extremely helpful site called ShootSmarter.Com, comes a great and concise article about shooting editorial shots that are quick and painless to the subject, photographer and everyone else involved, but primarily to the subject who normally is someone who doesn’t have much time to spend with you.

ShootSmarter.Com is jam packed with helpful articles that I think are worth checking out on a daily basis. This article was written by Rob Provencer, but he’s only one of many talented authors on this site. It should be at the top of the list for portrait photographers wanting to educate themselves constantly. Their articles are called appropriately called Smarticles . Read them daily and you will get smart!

An smarticle and site worth well checking out and bookmarking!


Take the mystery out of Lighting

March 13, 2010

From the late great Monte Zucker, a master of portraiture, comes an extremely helpful article on his site about lighting called Take the Mystery out of Lighting. He was a master of it and in his words he explains in very helpful and clear writing exactly what a new photographer needs to hear.

His explanation is concise and it does away with the notion that lighting has to be something confusing and mysterious. For those willing to learn and try, it is actually quite simple. Good lighting however, that will be performed over and over and over correctly and without fail takes time and practice, but it can be mastered. Here are the fundementals.


Get that baby smiling

March 8, 2010

Learn how to get babies to smile!

For those who photograph babies know that at times it can be a bit challenging. However, with experience, you can learn how to get young people to smile for the camera.

Recently, I found a great post on how to get a baby to smile. Ten tips for making your baby smile is a great blog post that would benefit any photographer who feels comfortable enough to handle children. This post is really insightful into how children feel and react to interaction from parents and adults. It is not a post geared for photographers, however, it is certainly beneficial to portrait photographers who photograph babies. Enjoy!