Photography & Lighting

 

I have been working toward improving my photography. I recently purchased a brolly (an umbrelly that works similar to a softbox) and set up a mini in home studio.

These shots are combinations of lighting and photoshop editing. I am really happy with photography. I hope to improve controling my environment. My goal isn’t simply to take a good picture, but also create an art piece that I envision.

Alex – Sr Pics

We had a great time doing these Sr. Pics. Taken in downtown Fort Worth, we traversed the landscape and had an amazing photoshoot.

Shannon & Alice

Okay…so I promised that I would work on more than photography….and I am…I just haven’t posted anything new yet. But also….photography is just so easy to do in comparison. I still have to do some editing, but it’s a cleaner type of process that’s easy to work with (when you know what you’re doing). There is less project preparation and clean-up.

Here’s a bit of lifestyle photography I did of a friend of ours when they were in town this past weekend.

I take a lot of pictures, but I only post the ones that I think have a bit of a story to them.

Justin – Summer 2011

Photography is so easy and provides immediate satisfaction. At least that’s how I feel about it. I take my DSLR and shoot a bunch of shots. Sort through them….clean them up…and go to work on Photoshop to add some additional interest and there we go.

It’s not really a simple as I made it just sound. There is prep work and strategy involved…so don’t get it twisted. Just know that my thoughts are in comparison to painting and drawing which for me takes time to develop.

Anyway…Justin is my brother (in-law). He visited with us this year and we went out and had a good time taking some photos.

Carter Wedding

My cousin Sheila just married last Friday (7/22/11). I was invited to do the wedding photography for her event. Here are a few gems that give an idea for how my photography is coming along.

Grant’s Senior Pics

Here are a couple of images that I really liked from a photo shoot I completed this past weekend. These are Senior pictures that were taken at a park in Coppell, TX.

Like I mentioned before…I’m doing more photography than I intend. However, I look for opportunities to take pictures that have a sense of story to them.

A problem I am experiencing in this world of digital photography is that it is important to have excellent equipment. I use a laptop at home to edit images…then I look at them at work and my color balance can seem all over the place. Then I print them and….well you get the idea. This sometimes isn’t a big deal since I had been taking photos for personal reasons. But as people hire me for projects, it is important to produce what they see on screen.

Feel free to leave tips on how I can workaround this issue until I make enough to buy new equipment.

Spring time 2011

Okay….so I’ve been doing a lot of photography…a lot!

I’ve done family photos…graduation photos…prom photos…and pet photos.

I think it’s because it’s so easy in this day of digital photography to shoot away and then edit in Photoshop. Also, I have an excellent assistant who has done a lot of photo editing for me.

With photography as an artistic form it is important for me to play angles and lighting. In this particular shoot, with the dogs, I had a situation where the flowers were very “short” at maybe 6 inches in height. So I lowered the camera and shot at an angle that helped the field to look fuller with flowers. The low position also helped the flowers to look larger and more prominent.

I had a great time and now also a great memory.

Graduation Time

This past weekend I was given the privilege to photograph my friend as she prepares for her upcoming graduation.

We were able to walk around her campus and found some great spots to take some amazing pictures that captured the essence of graduating.

Most of my favorite images were shooting upwards. Shooting from a down position gives a grandness to the subject.

After a great photo shoot we were able to select some images to create an invite to her ceremony.