I’ve been real busy, but I had the pleasure of working for a friend of mine who owns a car repair shop in Beaver Falls, PA.
As he gets older he is thinking of retirement and looking for a way to get more exposure so that his business will continue to grow for his kids. (continue reading…)
The one thing I like about facebook is that it allows you to so easily share photos. I have so many photos (over 10,000) that I probably need to start my own stock photo collection.
I’m kind of dumb because I haven’t already. (continue reading…)
My photos are getting worked on, but my poor blog has lost my attention.
The family that has me do their photos had me do some Halloween shots for them so I thought I’d share. The First photo is of a 90 something year old Grandmother and the next is her husband. This was their 70th anniversary. Both of these people are WWII veterans so this was a monumental occasion. The family celebrated at the living home with a catered dinner and cake.
They had a really neat little set up of old love letters that the grandfather had written when they were both young prior to getting married.
I love events like this because it lets you tap into someone’ life and learn a little something about the past at the same time.
The lower photo is the youngest member of the entire family. I found it interesting that this little baby had such dark hair and these deep gray eyes.
I’ve never seen eyes like that before on a baby and wanted to document.
I hope you like my new photos!
I don’t know why it takes me forever to be able to figure out how to run a blog, but I was able to snap some shots of these beautiful children the other day!
I figure I might as well share them and I’ll talk about why or why not these photos work and don’t work and then maybe I’ll try to make a commitment to talk more about photography because it is one of the things I love to do in the world. I’m thinking I should overhall this site and make it do something for other photographers in the world but for now, I’ll make it my little blog about photographs and talk about photos and dis and dat.
Ok. So let’s talk about his photo: Composition? Not too bad. I really like the 1/3 rule being followed there by the midline of the girl’s body and the slides in the background. Pretty cool eh? The bokeh is pretty nice but I fell like the tone and the warmth might need to be improved..that’s just more my style.
Overall a pretty nice photo. The little girl’s face has a nice Mona Lisa Type Smile and I’m digging how she’s leaning on the green ting and how the green thing kind of ads a certain dynamic that is comparable to the purple ruffle on her shirt.
You’re eye should hit the girls face and then roll real smooth down the photo and off to the right with the slides. It’s pretty good movement overall and there is balance formed with the darker trees in the background.
Who knew so much was going on in a simple portrait right?
Ok..so…What bugs me here? It’s overexposed at the top of her head. She’s too much in shadow on her chin and the focus is slightly off.
Seems to me that the hair on the left is sharper than the eye and I just hate that.
Good notes? I love how the angle of the dress on the right echos the angle of the railings. The eye line is good on the thirds ruls but I feel like something is still off. Not sure what.
Overall..it’s a cute photo but if we nit pick, there are lots of things that could have been taken better care of.
That’s the thing about photography though, you never know what the conditions were when the photo was shot and therefor part of the challenge is being able to capture those conditions with the photo and utilizing your photography skills to maximize the image upfront.
The better you get at taking sharp and purposeful shots (meaning you intentionally get the image you want) in the beginning with JUSt the camera, the less time you have to spend on the back end editing and kind of “faking” your way around a good shot.
Cropping and stuff like that is ok if you’re a beginner but you dont’ want to rely on it because it takes you away from what you love most, which is getting out there and taking fantastic photography shots.
So..I hope to get on here and do a little more photo blogging but you never know what life throws at you …so we’ll see! :) Here’s on of my latest projects….it’s a little more scary that you would think!
This is for the Largo Roofing Company in Largo Florida for my friend Jesse.
I’m actually not sure who took the photo but I hate that the forehead on this guy has a big glare on it. I’m not up for climbing roofs (yet) but I am helping place these images on his site. The other thing that bugs me? The balance of the roof. If you are selling roofing, shouldn’t you show more roof? I don’t know.
And last but not least…I do like the angle of the roofing shingles in this guy’s hand. I life the motion of the blue in the sky just to the right of this guy and I like to kind of glide my gaze down the shingles. It’s kind of like an eyeball playground right? So fun!
Until next time peeps!
One of the biggest things that I run into for this site and for my photography is the fact that time…its goes by.
I am constantly wanting to capture moments and documents things and I just am too busy with other stuff (not an excuse at all) or I forget my camera.
I need a permanent attachment to place my camera on my body so I never go anywhere without it….so…I will be reviewing different ways to carry a camera and different products that actually do kind of attach a camera to you.
When I shoot weddings, these products are invaluable…If I’m on the roof of a venue, I don’t want my camera to fall off of me (not that I photographs on roofs…but I have…it’s a was a flat apartment roof and a very interesting couple!)
So how do you find time to photograph?
Here’s 3 tips of how to find time to photograph:
1. Get a sitter. Yes…hire someone to watch your kids and you husband if need be. Demand time for yourself and get out there and get one on one with nature (because it’s everywhere)
2. Take your camera to family events. (Don’t worry..they’ll get use to it and when you show them the kick ass photos that you take, they’ll actually come to expect it)
3. Start a club, join a club. SPEND money on it and that generally helps to make it more of priority. Don’t knock it till you try it. I use to lose my sunglasses every years until one year I bought a $100 pair…and you know I have those things for 10 years now? That’s $10 a year instead of the $30 I was spending each year to replace the ones I lost or broke. You’ve got to make things worth your time…and then make sure to give them their due attention.
I want to start blogging about the different type of photography.
It is hard for me to stay focused to write about photography because photography is more about taking photos of the world than it is writing about the world.
I came a across a story the other day that a student of mine presented and it just reminded me why I love photography.
Just like the world, we have a choice of what we do …as photographers we have a choice of what we photograph.
If we want to find happiness and be happy, if forensic photography something that can help us do that?
Think about it… What if you had to take photographs of scenes where crimes took place every day?
Would you feel good because you knew you were helping or bad because you see more of it in the world.
I wouldn’t be able to do it. I have to see happiness and good stuff in the world to continually fill my happy cup.
Even taking photographs of car accidents would be a very hard task for me.
I’d rather take photos of the before an after of the car…not the place where the accident happened. It just makes me so sad.
Call me Crazy.
If you see a photo of a limousine…you know the story probably involves money right?
Well yes and no. Perhaps it’s not just money ..maybe there is more to it.
What if the whole reason you are looking a photograph of limousine is because the person who took the photo got in a car accident and his car is in the body shop so they chose to ride around in limousines.
man! I have to post some photos on this bad body!
Check this hilarious film I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ-M8Iz7DuQ
I only say hilarious because seriously? They are advertising car wrecks in a pretty dramatic way.
All jest aside…I do kind of like it. I’m not a huge fan of the photos used but I do like the one photo in this video of teh black car that has a sunset on it.
I couldn’t find who took that photograph but it is pretty darn cool. I have no idea what the use for a photo like that would be but I think that it is definitely worth a view. Definitely not something I would be putting up in my house for display though.
So getting in a car accident and finding a body shop. I suppose I should stop and take more pics of accidents. That seems kind of morbid though.
Next time, I’ll talk about setting up lighting for taking photos of cars without leaving a glare. I had a good friend who me how to do this and it is an impressive amount of preparation for sure!
You should collect photos everywhere you go. That’s my take on it.
You never know when you’re going to need a photo and when you can sell a photo.
Always, Always. Always, have your camera with you.
I have been getting lazy on this lately and I regretted it the other day because I missed a chance to get this guy’s tow truck that was in a ditch.
It was very interesting to day the least. It’s not often that you see tow trucks that need towed…but it Did!
If I would have had my camera on me, I could have taken photos of the crazy scene and gotten some really interesting images of the underside of the auto body tow truck in order to use as a background on my screen saver.
For some reason the tow truck owner actually painted the bottom of his car so it was super neato. I like photographs of pipe and things that are patterned. I have no idea why though.
So..One step to becoming a better photographer? ALWAYS have your camera on you. And Practice, Practice Practice!
When I do wedding or ports (portraitz) I have the choice to tell a story.
I just want to hop in and do the Charlie Brown Dance right now…but I stop and thawt I’d let yo know dis is whatz comin down the trackz.
Here’s two photos… Which one has more of a story? I know. Whaz coolio is dat you can make up your own story.
On the Right…dis baby. Is there a story? IN comparison to the one below? You tell me?
Update: I’m now working with a guy who sells Kyani. Not sure what that is, but he wants me to take photos after seeing the ones on this page. Cool huh?
Real life, Kick ass, I don’t care if you like me or not Photography advice! And yes…you brides can learn something too!
Welcome to my nasty kick azz full of suga schpill! We gonna rock the hizouse with some great knowledge in here! We’ll start with a camera on my first blog roll n’dat. Dis is my Photography WORLD (yeah…the World Yo!)
First of all…everyone just chill chill chill.
I’m gonna be about sharing my photography and all that good stuffs but I will also share my knowledge of photography and how to handle a camera.
Shoot! If you’re here to just learn shortcuts…GET OUT.
This is a photography website fo’ REAL peeps.
There ain’t no time for people who just do trixs for a dime!
We talkin’ about real smeal, got yo’ shit together hard work learning and practicing the real deal photo schpill.
I can’t wait to share! After I get my care back from the body shop, Imma going to strat taking more photos and shit.