Make Your Models ANGRY

Ok not really, but there are times during a photo shoot when you need to change things up. My favorite thing to do is ask my model to “give me the finger.” They usually giggle, or depending on how the shoot has been going will oblige. Either way this loosens things up and gets you some great images!

In addition I would recommend coming up with some phrases that you can say to get a natural reaction. Here are some of my favorites:

“Put your feet closer to the floor”

“Look right slightly, up, back down a little, clench your ball sack”

“Make love to me… I…I mean the camera”

Most importantly HAVE FUN!

 

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Christmas Day photo tips and tricks for new photographers

Here are a few tips to capture great Christmas day photos.

 

The Family Portrait:  Now Christmas morning is an exciting time, but also can be very hectic and stressful. Kids are ready to dive into their presents, hair is out of place and who has time to put on makeup?

So here is my first tip, take the shot the night before! Its very easy to stage and the kids will be very excited about what’s to come!

Now before calling the family in, set your camera on a tripod of stable shelf and take some test shots. Set your cameras timer, if possible set the camera to take multiple shots and frame the shot. Once you’re happy with the results, then call the family in. Having everything set up before hand will make the shoot run smoothly!

 

Christmas Morning: If you’re anything like me, you are going to be wiped out! Last thing you want to is worry about camera settings, so let the camera do it for you. My suggestion is to set your camera to “P” mode (program). Your camera still does most of the thinking, but you have some control over certain things, like ISO. What I would do is set your ISO to a high number (i.e. 1000). I personally like my shutter speed to reach 1/125th of a second. Last thing, set your camera to continuous shooting.

 

Using the built in flash: The built in flash is very harsh, but you can use it if you know how. If you need to add some light to the scene make sure you change the output of the built in flash. Go to the menu and find flash control, once in there, find built-in flash settings. Once you click on that you will see something called Exposure Compensation. Using this setting you can manually control the output of your flash. Dial the exposure way down to 1/8th or 1/16th and take a test shot. I guarantee this will make your photos look a lot better compared to the full output of the flash.

 

Using a hot shoe flash: Using an external flash can add drama and direction to your light and make your Christmas morning photos look awesome! Something that every professional photographer does is bounce the light off of the ceiling! This will create very soft directional light, and you will not blow out your subjects!

 

I hope you enjoy these quick and easy tips. Merry Christmas!!!

Back In Time

Its that time of the year when I go back over EVERY photo shoot I had through-out the year and edit or re-edit photo’s. There are times when I will not edit a photo right after a shoot because I didn’t “like” it at the time, but when I see it months later with fresh eyes, I LOVE IT. The same goes for re-editing photos. At the time of the shoot I may have had 1 editing style in mind, but now month’s later, new styles and effects under my belt, I will re-edit the photo for a completely different feel. Here are 2 photo’s I didn’t edit at the time of the shoot. I can’t wait to continue scanning through and finding gems like these.

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