Aug
04

Control of the Sun for Photographing Landscape Architecture

90Main-FinalLight Backyard Sanctuary

Let’s just start off by saying that the title is only wishful thinking. I have never been able to “control” the sun. It does what is does, and we only have the option of planning so we can take advantage of the sun, not control it.

When shooting any kind of architecture, if at all possible, I like to have a walk through with the architect, builder, designer, or whoever is the stake holder for the shoot. This is pretty much a requirement on larger jobs. On smaller sessions, sometimes we can get away with a phone call, but that can be tricky.

I’m going to lay out the process for a recent job, and show exactly what is lost in terms of efficiency when the preplan is skipped.

I had been asked by a landscape designer to shoot a project he had completed a while back, but hadn’t yet been able to get photos for his library. He wanted to use the photos for an upcoming event, so there was a bit of a time crunch. It was a cozy residential backyard patio design, and seemed pretty straight forward.

The first step in any exterior photo session is to see what direction the sun faces at various times of day. That way I can determine what will work best for scheduling. The light is always better at the edges of the day (sunrise or sunset), so we check sun direction, try to pick a decent weather day, and mark the calendar. In this case the sun came into the backyard early in the day, so I planned to be there in the morning.

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Aug
21

How to Photograph Ice Hockey

As we move through August, you can’t help but think about the coming Fall. Everyone is bombarded by “back to school” advertising, and I’ve heard some whispers of pumpkin spiced coffee.

I know hockey is a winter sport, but the local youth hockey program begins the day after Labor Day! It’s time to get prepared to shoot in all those dark ice rinks.

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Aug
27

Business Photography: A Veterinary Hospital

What’s it like to take your fluffy family members to the doctor? Here are some photos to tell the story.

I walked in, and right away I knew this was going to be fun. It would be a different kind of session. A gathering of cats and dogs we’re all exploring the room, looking at me, at each other, and sniffing every corner. I have a cat, and have had a dog, so none of this is unfamiliar to me. It adds a level of excitement to the room. If you’re an animal person, you immediately let your guard down, and try to connect.

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Jul
30

Headshot Style

“Headshot” is a common photography term thrown around often, and it should be self explanatory. Stating the obvious, a headshot is a photo of a person, intended to show the person’s face. If you ask 10 people, you may have a lot of similarity, but I think there is still a vagueness about the term that leaves a lot of room for variability, and or style. So your idea of a headshot is usually different from his or her idea, is different from my idea… The final result is usually as unique as each individual.

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Apr
17

Business Photography – Atmosphere Salon

Where do you get your hair done? What if you move, or aren't happy? How do you find a new salon?

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Aug
04

Photography in the Parking Lot

Photography in the Parking Lot

I teach a summer photography camp for kids through the local community education department. The kids range in age from 10-14. The program asks that each kid come with a camera and hopefully, some interest in photography.

What that means is that when I show up for the first class, I really have no idea what I will find.

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Jul
10

A Nantucket Photo Excursion

A Nantucket Photo Excursion

I’m back from our trip to Nantucket. This year was the 3rd year I’ve been on this trip. At this point, I know my way around the island pretty well, so we could be confident in where to go for some new images. Transportation logistics are the main limiting factor, as we are limited to bicycles for transportation.

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