Featured Photographer – Amanda Jones

April 7, 2010

Today’s post is featuring a wonderful pet photographer, Amanda Jones.  I recently purchased a wonderful book called “A Breed Apart: A Celebration of the New American Mutt“.

It was a fantastic photo book about the new breeds you find popping up everywhere that seem to be so popular. While these dogs used to be called mutts, they seem to be establishing more and more as types of dogs.  It was quite entertaining and enjoyable. This got me on a quest to find more work from the author / photographer of the book Amanda Jones.  It is a book that my son, my wife and my son have all found great pleasure in.

Amanda Jones

After a brief internet search I found her website.  Her work is beautiful and it has a distinct look. She photographs animals in a very simple way but she does it in ways that create a feeling that you can actually tell something great about the character of these animals. It is as if she is actually telling you about their personalities. She is wonderfully capable of portraying animals in ways that only those with the technical and artistic abilities match that of one who has the ability to read animals.

If you haven’t had the chance or have never heard of Amanda, take time to check her site and her work out. It will be well worth your time.

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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.


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?!


StudioLighting.net – awesome resource for studio photographers

February 27, 2010

When I first began becoming interested in learning more about studio lighting than what I was already doing, I found studiolighting.net. Bill and Ed are the photographers behind this amazing resource for studio shooters.

StudioLighting.net is most likely known and popular for their great podcast Lightsource. This podcasts interviews really great and technically proficient photographers about their lighting, their diffusion choices and even their experiences with subjects, but it really does narrow down to their lighting. Lightsource is certainly the reason I keep going back to this site. Of course, you can subscribe to their podcast through itunes.

Other things StudioLighting.net has to offer are articles, book reviews, news, diy tutorials and much more. This site has been in existence for years and continues to be a source of help and inspiration for studio photographers everywhere.  Definitely one of my favorite sites out there. Check it out!