Why your photographer could be the most important part of your wedding day!

You’ve paid out a small fortune for other people to look after everything, and you’ll be a little bit pre-occupied of course, what with getting married etc.
The groom will go along with whatever you want, darling. As will dads. Men, huh?
Moms will help a little, enough, or a lot…I’m not going there.
And your friends have come for the party.
Your cake and flowers will be delivered. The DJ will set up later.
The venue will feed and water you. And the 90 other people you’ve invited. But not at the church, or on the boat, or even the dancefloor.

Only your wedding photographer will be focused on you through all of it. To record the day’s events, we have to always be there…around…watching. Not in your face, in the background. Experience tells us when to expect things to happen, when to nudge them along and when to stay out of the way. We might take photos of your flowers, your table plans, your decorations, but we will always know where you are and when. Right up until it’s time to leave.

We’ve joked with grooms and best men to calm their nerves.
We’ve told the bride she looks wonderful seconds before she faces the world.
We’ve asked the flower girls to jump on the page boys, just to see what happens.
We’ve filled-up when your dad’s voice cracked during his speech.
We’ve worked out which is your mum and which is your stepmum.
We’ve made friends with your labrador!
We’ve taken you both aside for a few minutes to give you a breather and remind you you’re there for each other.
Oh, and we’ve taken a few photographs too!

And yes, we are the dallas professional wedding photographers!!!


Saturday Night Special 146 Part 1: Viewer Mail, Tool Trade, Photography

This week I share some very nice viewer mail from several viewers including some new photos printed out and framed up for my by Mark Lindquist.
Mark is in search of a licensed and Insured contractor or roofer to help him with repairs on his old tobacco barn. If you know of anyone who he could contact please email me and Mark. He would really appreciate the help.
My email is: [email protected]
Marks email is: [email protected]
Also in the mix is a very nice tool trade with a viewer, and a few tools scores from last weekend.

Photography Portfolios

Photography portfolios compile an individual's best photographs, depicting various moods and themes and reflecting the photographer's taste. Photography portfolios can be very impressive and interesting to view. They help the photographers to win acknowledgment and fame. The photographs included in the portfolio reflect the technical and artistic skills of the photographer, along with his understanding of photography. Photography portfolios can be crucial in deciding the business prospective of the photographs and establishing the photographer's position. Photography is an art and can be best demonstrated through a photography portfolio.

A photography portfolio may include photographs of wildlife, nature, travel, sports, and leisure. Only the best photographs with the perfect blend of the technical aspects and artistic vision should be included in the portfolios. It is very important to edit and compile the photographs. It is essential for creating long lasting impressions. An impressive photography portfolio can win awards and recognition at various competitions or might even mark the beginning of a successful career in photography. The photographs can be presented both on online and at local galleries for exhibition and marketing purposes.

The complete profile of the artist, including individual collections, is categorized according to the subject. Online galleries display unique combinations of photography, and amateur and professional photographers can showcase their work with the help of these online services. Some websites even display the best photography portfolio of the month. This serves as an ideal way for a photographer to advertise and market his or her work. Interested persons can buy from these collections, which help the photographers to reach potential clients.

Source by Damian Sofsian


Alaska 2016 Photography Travel log

I spent early December in Alaska with McKay Photography Academy and Salmon Berry tours – We explored the Matanuska Glacier with ice caves, Sledding Dogging (mushing) with Dallas Seavey, took the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Fairbanks AND saw some amazing northern light displays! The Aurora Display was amazing.

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More about the gear used for the Northern Lights:

The Northern Lights Section of video in 4K!:

Gear Used in Alaska:

90% of the video was shot using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II –
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 –
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 –
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens –
Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens –
Rode VideoMicro Compact :
Sony a7Rii –
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D –
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens –
Tripod MeFoto Roadtrip Carbon Fiber –

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Apawture Studios Brings Lights, Hair, Costumes To Pet Photography

If you’re the owner of a cat or dog — or rabbit, guinea pig, or beta fish — in San Francisco, chances are, you take a lot of photos of your pet.

If you’ve ever wanted something more than selfies of you and your furry friend, meet Apawture Studios. The professional pet photography studio offers photoshoots — with costumes and customizable backgrounds — for both pets and pet owners.

Mudra dresses up with her dog Paunch.

Carol Mudra is the Lower Haight resident behind Apawture.

Mudra says that the idea for the studio came to her when she was doing a vintage photo shoot with friends.

“They did hair and makeup, and I loved it,” said Mudra. “It was so fun.”

She decided to create that same experience for pets.

Unlike traditional pet photographers that focus mostly on the aesthetics, Apawture brings pet personalities to the forefront with customizable costumes and backgrounds.  

“I liked to dress my dog up in people clothes” said Mudra.  “It’s a fun way to put together my love for photography and my love for pets.”

Bruna the Ballerina.

Mudra’s love for photography goes back to when she got into film photography in high school, and she’s draws upon her years of experience in the world of advertising as an art director, designer, and photographer to bring these pets’ personalities to life. 

“We have a  bevy of costumes for you to choose from,” Mudra said. “You get some really fun shoots that way.”

Each Apawture shoot begins with a consultation and a chat about the pet’s unique personality. All photo shoots are done in-home, and Mudra wants to ensure that the pets feel comfortable.

“A lot of people are weary and not sure how their pet is going to react or if they will sit still,” said Mudra.

To that end, Apawture brings treats — along with rig lighting and costumes — to get pets friendly, not to mention excited, for the camera.

Behind the scenes at an Apawture shoot.

Mudra has come across some interesting animals during her time with Apawture, and according to her it’s not uncommon for some pets to “unexpectedly get really into it.” 

“One of the funnest shoots I did was with a cat named Cashmere”said Mudra.

According to her, the cat was not interested in anything — until he found out that she had treats.

“He was very food motivated,” said Mudra, “so as soon as he figured out I had treats, he was all about it. It ended up being so cute, and I got the best expressions from him.”  

Cashmere the cat gives his signature snarl.

Once a shoot is complete, Apawture customers get to pick out a graphic background for their pet. There’s also the option to customize the background. 

As of now, Apawture services the Bay Area “within reasonable driving distance.”

In the future, Mudra says that she’d like to have assistants to wrangle the pets and eventually a studio with grooming services to make it a full service experience.

“We’re working with groomers to get some partnerships and discounts,” said Mudra. 

Catch Apawture Studios at the Bay Area Pet Expo for a free photobooth shoot   and coupons from January 21-22. 

Understanding The 3 Components To Digital Photography

Digital photography, though pretty much the industry standard at this point, is still a young technology.  Many of the greatest advances in digital happened within the last ten years, and if you’re a later adopter it’s nothing to be ashamed of – there are millions of people out there that have never touched a digital camera. And learning digital photography is luckily enough a lot easier than you may think!

The Most Important Part – the Camera
There was a time when a decent digital camera was far outside the price range of non-royalty, but that time has thankfully come and gone.  Now you can get your hands on a totally decent point-and-shoot camera for less than $200 (Nikon Coolpix cameras are a good fit here), or a totally decked-out digital SLR for under $1000 (the Canon Digital Rebel is a bestseller in this bracket at right around $600).

Which camera you choose is up to you, but try to keep in mind what you’re using it for.  If your primary picture taking is to capture memories of your friends and family, then the high image quality of an SLR doesn’t do much for you.  Think about when you use your camera most, and buy one that will be suitable for that purpose.

The Second Most Important – the Software
Most digital cameras come with some sort of software that allows you to upload and manage your image files.  Some of these are better than others and if you have a Mac you’re ahead of the pack with iPhoto, but for the most part you don’t need to worry much about uploading – as long as your computer can see your camera or the card reader you can bring the files in however you want.

In terms of photo editing software, there is a lot of options available in a wide variety of price ranges.  Paint.net is a fairly powerful and completely free image editor that features layer editing and quite a bit of other things that the big bits of software do, or if you’re going the professional route you can’t beat Adobe Photoshop.  But remember with Photoshop you’re buying a professional tool with a lot of features you are probably not going to need right away.

The Result of Your Work
Finally, once you’ve uploaded and edited your images, you’ll probably want to share them with your friends and family.  There are many different ways to share photos, but the most popular are using sites like Facebook or Flickr.  Sharing your photos online allows your friends and family to see how you’re doing without you taking the time and effort to print out and mail them pictures.

You can print them to real photo paper at home, through online services like Snapfish, or share them to a site – it all depends on what you want to do with them.  You could even start a family blog through a free service like WordPress or Blogger and share your family stories and photos right there.

Digital photography is one of those things that is easy to learn, but tough to master.  The best thing about digital is that anyone can pick up a digital camera, upload their photos, and share them with friends with very little knowledge in the field. Once you’ve got the basics under control it can get as complicated as you want it to.  If you’ve never tried digital photography, try picking up one of the less expensive point and shoots and see how it works for you – you may find yourself taking more pictures and keeping in better touch with your loved ones!


Radical Eye: Photography’s Coming of Age – BBC News

An exhibition at Tate Modern gallery in London tells the story of modernist photography through a selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection brings together for the first time portraits of the American photographer, Man Ray. It also features portraits of great cultural figures of the 20th century. The photographs have been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years. Curator Shoair Mavlian shows Dan Damon some key images from the exhibition.

(Photograph: Man Ray’s Glass Tears All photographs Courtesy Sir Elton John Photographic Collection)

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Photography For Beginners – Capturing Motion With a Slow Shutter Speed

A digital SLR camera gives you the power to capture some amazing effects, once you know how to use it. You can develop all the skills of a professional once you understand your manual settings.

If you have grown up with a 'point and shoot' camera and have just taken the plunge with a new digital SLR, do not just leave it on auto. That is a waste of good technology; it means you are still using your equipment as a point and shoot camera. The key to improving your photography is to learn to use your manual settings.

One of these settings is Shutter Speed. It is fun to experiment with and easy to see the results in your photos. Although we usually try to freeze our subject with the fastest shutter speed possible, you can get some great effects by using a slower shutter speed to capture movement effects.

To try this out, you can set your camera to Shutter Priority, in which case you can set the shutter speed and the camera will take care of the aperture for you. Or, you can go to fully manual and adjust both settings yourself. Just remember to keep your exposure balanced by compensating each movement in the shutter speed setting with a corresponding movement of the aperture setting.

Remember to always use a tripod for slow shutter speed photos.

Here are five ideas for great capturing great motion effects, simply by slowing down your shutter speed to capture the movement of the subject. If you have not tried this before, you will have some fun and be thrilled with the results.

Slow Shutter Speed ​​Subject # 1. Waterfalls. This is the obvious first choice. You have certainly seen the silky effects of flowing water in photos, but perhaps you have wondered how it is done. Just set your camera to a very slow speed; about one second or a half-second, and see the results. The silky slow-movement effect is not always your best option. For each waterfall you should try a few shutter speeds to see which one works best for that particular subject.

Slow Shutter Speed ​​Subject # 2. Cars at night. When doing night photography, you usually need fairly slow shutter speeds anyway. If you try shutter speeds of one second, two seconds, ten seconds, and even longer, you will see some amazing results. The lights of the vehicles will create streams of bright colour, stretching away into the distance. The more traffic you see, the more remarkable the effect can become.

Slow Shutter Speed ​​Subject # 3. Lightning. People often ask me how I take my lightning photos. Some people imagine it takes superhuman reflexes to snap the picture at just the right moment. The truth is, my approach is exactly the opposite.

First, I wait for a storm (at night) with lots of lightning; in particular, fork lightning that will appear well defined in a photo. I set the shutter to the 'B' setting, which lets me open the shutter for any length of time I choose. Then I wait for the lightning to flash. I can capture just one flash of lightning, or several flashes, just by leaving the shutter open for longer.

Slow Shutter Speed ​​Subject # 4. Waves. The movement effect of water in a waterfall can also be applied at the beach, although you do not see it so often in photography. When you visit the beach, experiment with different shutter speeds. Sometimes you will find that soft movement effects are just as satisfying as freezing everything with a fast shutter speed.

The misty appearance of fast moving water captured with slow shutter speeds can be most effective where waves are crashing over, or swirling around rocks.

Slow Shutter Speed ​​Subject # 5. Crowds Of People. A crowd of people moving in different directions can create a fascinating motion effect in a photo. You do not need extremely slow shutter speeds to capture some nice results. Photos taken around 1 / 4sec will show substantial blurring, but of course you can exaggerate the effect by going even slower.

For a really impressive image, have a friend stand very still, while everyone around them is moving. Your subject will appear frozen in a sea of ​​moving humanity. Very striking!

So there you have some experiments to go out and try yourself. If you have not done it before, you are bound to have fun and be excited by the results. And of course it will force you to get to know your camera a little better, which is guaranteed to make you a better photographer.

Source by Andrew Goodall

Digital Photography Tricks – Simple Techniques For The Perfect Panning Shot!

Every time you open a motor sports magazine, you will see them – the panning shots. Through his skill and expertise the photographer has frozen a speeding vehicle, whilst successfully blurring the background to capture the sense of motion. This area of photography may well be an exciting genre, but if you thought it required years of training to master, you would be mistaken. With just a few digital photography tricks, you can soon take panning shots that family and friends would be proud of.

So when are panning shots used? Well, sports mainly – such as running and cycling, as well as motor sports. But similar techniques can help make your wildlife and nature shots look out of this world. Birds are excellent subjects. Geese or swans, being somewhat slow and lumbering, make surprisingly easy targets when panning. A panning shot helps the viewer to appreciate the element of motion, and is therefore far more powerful than a static shot taken using a super fast shutter speed.

The subject of the shot needs to be moving left to right, or vice versa. A colourful and blurred background helps to lend to the feeling of motion, but the aim is to make sure that your point of interest appears beautifully in focus. Whilst this is true for most sports pictures, in nature a plain background can be used, for example when photographing a humming bird and trying to capture the movement of the wings. A digital photography trick to remember is to take a decent zoom lens along for your shoot.

Panning is the act of tracking the subject with the camera, whilst taking a single, or multiple shots. Trial and error is the best approach. 15 successful shots from one hundred attempts does not sound like much, but you are doing well if you achieve this. The advantage of this digital age is that you can “bin” anything you don’t need – at the end of the day, if you get one truly memorable image, the viewer won’t know, or even care, how many goes it took you to get it.

There are multiple settings you could select, but a good one to try is Continuous Focus, or Servo. In this setting, the camera constantly focuses on the object as you pan. Combine this with the Continuous Shooting mode and you will be able to capture multiple shots.

Some of the best panning shots I have taken are where I have placed the subject slightly off centre, allowing space for them to drive, or fly, into. Understandably, concerns with composition are not always at the forefront of your mind when attempting to capture a speeding object, but a few digital photography tricks can be applied subsequently in Photoshop, if required, to address this.

Make Money With Your Hobby – Photography

To begin with, any photographer would apparently have a digital camera. Apart from this, one needs to have a computer, some good software for photo editing like photoshop and of course, an portfolio website etc. To be able to switch your hobby into serious work, there are four things that have to be started in full swing.

There are various kinds of photography and the interest of every photographer may vary. Therefore you need to sort your interest between what kind of picture making would be of interest to you. There is a choice between taking photos for weddings, of babies or of sober businesses. Once you decide your choice of photography it is easier for you to focus and concentrate on that subject. For example, if you decide to take pictures at weddings, then your publicity should aim at people looking for wedding photographers. Referrals will soon happen as people will start knowing about you and after you have considerable experience you will get to do a photo shoot for an entire wedding.

Basic Training
Every field of work requires some amount of guidance and preparation, thus there is no harm in getting some basic training. As it is, photography is something that interests you greatly, and gaining professional proficiency in it is only going to make you better. As your photography career gains popularity, implement more value to client's requirement and needs.

Build your network
Your photography business needs to grow and that is possible only when you spread the word around your social network. The best way to go about it is to let your friends and family know about your skills and interest in the photography business. Another way to make people remember you is to get business cards printed. You could also try creating a portfolio website with a gallery to showcase your work and pass on the URL to people you know.

Honing your skills as a photographer is most important. You might have the knack to click pictures however when you take your hobby to the level of making it a proposition to earn money, you must take it seriously. Make it a habit to volunteer while clicking pictures with friends and show samples to clients. In no time, your leisurely pursuit will bring in great earnings for you!

Source by Surinder Sharma