What’s wrong with wedding photography today?

May 6, 2010

What is your main purpose when photographing a wedding? What’s your goal? Do you know? How do you approach the business of it? What’s your goal? Do you know? If you know or much more if you don’t, read this!

Wow, what a refreshing thing to read this morning. Please, stop what you’re doing and read this post by Gary Fong. Especially any of you who dream of being a wedding photographer. Or for that matter, any type of portrait photographer. He shoots it straight… no pun intended. Wow, this is really really really good… and needed right now.

What’s wrong with wedding photography today?

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How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits

April 4, 2010

Using frontal light for portrait subjects can be quite flattering

Today’s post was found on was found on Digital Photography School, a great website that has tons of helpful tips and advice for digital photographers. Since the writers of our site are portrait photographers and many of our readers are as well, I thought I would share today’s post with you as it is simple but great advice for photographing outside.

The article being featured today is “How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits“. They briefly but very helpfully explain using the sun to front, side and back light your subject outdoors. A good article for beginners and a good reminder for everyone else as well. We all need a good reminder here and there, every once in a while.

Using the sun as backlight can be very interesting and appealing if done right

If you are unaware of Digital Photography School, their website describes it as the following

Welcome to Digital Photography School! Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. We are a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.

Definitely a site worth checking out! I would suggest making their site part of your continuing education as there is always something new, interesting and helpful on their site.


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!


COFFEE TEA PHOTOGRAPHY

March 15, 2010

Sometimes I get lost reading all these photo blogs.  They are full of wonderful photographs, stories, photography tips, and so on.  “Rita”, is the writer and owner of a blog site called Coffee Tea Photography.

Rita is a “stay at home mom” who describes herself as being addicted to photography.  She also loves to help others with her knowledge by sharing her personally made actions used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  Her site also includes Storyboards and templates, Textures, and tons of tutorials.  Sounds cool right?  What if I told you, everything on her site is free?  Well, it is!  Why free?  It’s simple; part of Rita’s passion with photography is helping others.

I’ve found Coffee Tea Photography to be very informative, full of great ideas and useful items.  Rita’s site is a great place to learn from and for those of you that can’t afford some of the expensive editing software out there, stop on in and take a look around at Coffee Tea Photography.com


Create Pictures that Bring Tears of Joy – Tips for photographing kids

March 10, 2010

There are lots of tips and tutorials out there on the web and books that discuss how to get children to smile and how to interact with them. So trying to figure out which ones are great and worth discussing here on this site can be a challenge. I photograph kids everyday and have done so for over ten years. But I even found this next article very helpful: Child Photo Tips

The site it’s on is Best Family Photography Tips. It has tons of helpful tips and little filler. It’s really jammed packed with good, condensed info that is helpful even to the most experienced photographer. It serves as a great source of reminder and of course learning for anyone else wanting to improve their family photography


LightingDiagrams.com – Amazing resource for studio shooters

March 1, 2010

a sample of what you can create and attatch to your photos on lightingdiagrams.com. Super cool!

How many times have you seen the question asked, “Can you tell me where you put the lights?” Well now there’s a really really cool site that answers that question for you.

It’s called Lightingdiagrams.com What I love about it is the fact that it is designed to help studio photographers learn how other photographers light their subjects in the studio.

From the positions of the lights, camera and subjects and also the kind of diffusion they are using as well. There is an application on the site that allows you to put this diagram right on your photo and help others see just how you lit your subjects.

Obviously for you, the benefit is seeing really cool photos and you don’t have to wonder anymore how it was lit… the diagram and directions ARE RIGHT THERE! How cool is that?!