Recent Blog Posts

Thursday
Mar052015

A Complete Guide to Posing with Julia Kelleher 

This 15-minute video covers a lot of ground when it comes to posing for photography. Whether you're photographing couples, newborns, or headshots, this video is sure to have information that you'll find useful. Topics range from basic composition (like the rule of thirds), to focal plane, to lenses for portrait photography.

By the way, Ms. Kelleher is correct in saying that the 85mm lens is better than the 50mm for portraits, but remember that while an 85mm lens is far superior to a 50mm lens on a full-sensor camera body, the results are different when you are working with crop-sensor camera bodies. For instance, a 50mm lens on the Canon 7D is almost equivalent to an 85mm lens. (Actually, just past the 53mm mark is the 85mm equivalent on camera bodies with a 1.6 crop factor)

A Complete Guide to Posing with Julia Kelleher, CreativeLive

A Complete Guide to Posing with Julia Kelleher

Monday
Mar022015

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Here's a really good basic tutorial on the fundamentals of studio lighting. Parts of the video made me chuckle because sometimes when working with multiple lighting setups, the batteries can sometimes get low and you end up on a wild goose chase trying to find the problem!

Lesson learned: always make sure that your batteries are fully charged!! (And even then, sometimes batteries lie about being fully charged.)

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias, Part 1, Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias, Part 2, Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Thursday
Feb192015

Watch Out: There's a "Bad Reviews" Scam Targeting Photographers

 (from PetaPixel)

(A note to other photographers and our clients: be aware of this! We did receive emails from "Jennifer" followed by emails from unknown people threatening us with bad reviews. We haven't seen any negative reviews online yet, but we are communicating and filing reports with the Federal Trade Commission (877-FTC-HELP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center, as well as local police, Yelp and other sites about this to be proactive.

In the meantime, the best way to counter fake bad reviews is with real positive ones. We greatly appreciate reviews from anyone who hasn't already written one for us. THANK YOU!)

Watch Out: There’s a ‘Bad Reviews’ Scam Targeting Photographers

http://petapixel.com/2015/02/18/watch-out-theres-a-bad-reviews-scam-targeting-photographers/

Sunday
Feb152015

Video: How to Fake Depth of Field in Photoshop

Sometimes, due to a lack of space available, it's possible to be unable to achieve as shallow a depth of field as you might like. The pen tool, although more time-consuming, is a far more accurate way to create paths than any of Photoshop's other tools.

This video from Phlearn shows how to fake depth of field using Photoshop's new tilt shift blur filter.

How to Fake Depth of Field in Photoshop, Phlearn

How to Fake Depth of Field in Photoshop

Wednesday
Feb112015

Video: How to Use a Snoot for Portrait Lighting

Snoots are a lot of fun because they create a lot of contrast.

In this video by Jay P. Morgan, you will see some of the cool and dramatic effects that can be created with snoots!

How to Use a Snoot for Portrait Lighting, Jay P. Morgan

How to Use a Snoot for Portrait Lighting