When I heard my friend (and prior photo collaborator) was headed off for a life of adventure in the sky, it gave me an idea. The image that flashed in my head was sundown at the airport. Now, being someone who’s been kicked out of a few places for photography, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Doing off-camera lighting using a tripod got us quite a bit of attention. I was looking over my shoulder a lot, and we had some security walk past, but the only person that talked to us about our unusual activity was a janitor. This reinforces my opinion that you might as well shoot wherever you want. If someone has an issue with it, they’ll let you know.
My biggest challenge in this shoot was to create something a little bit different. I wanted a new flavor. This mostly came in the form of editing. I had a vision when we left the airport of how I wanted the final images to look. It was quite a painstaking process, but I think I managed to get what I was hoping for.
A few weeks ago I accompanied assisted Greatest Memory on another summer wedding shoot. My main role in this was being second lens a bit, assisting with lighting and managing the edits. It was a good time for all and provided some interesting backdrops as the day progressed. For a larger selection of shots, you can check out the Greatest Memory post here. Enjoy.
While shooting a wedding can be the most intense and critical timing types of photography, it can be the most rewarding too. You don’t have the ability to miss shots or screw up your settings. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to capture something beautiful. Everyone dressed nicely, in a nice location, everybody is happy and it’s the oldest tradition in humanity.
I had the chance to shoot this wedding on behalf of greatestmemory.com, my partner site that specializes in family and wedding photography. It was a great summer wedding and a great experience for me as a photographer. I haven’t done many weddings, but it’s something I’m beginning to offer, so feel free to ask if you or someone you know is in need.
As always I’m short on words, but this time I’m very long on photos. Enjoy this super mega post!
I was recently asked to shoot a friend/mentor/colleague, Greg (aka The Black Dragon). I welcomed the opportunity to exercise my new outdoor portrait style. This particular shoot presented a couple of challenges. Until recently I was intimidated by overcast weather when shooting outdoors. I came to realize that it can add a nice dynamic feel to outdoor shooting.
The other challenges in this shoot came down to skin. First off, it was unfortunately warm that day. The weather had been room temperature for weeks, until this day. It wasn’t outlandishly hot, but it was hot enough to sweat. I tried to tone down the shiny aspects. The last challenge was shooting a dark skin tone. Without proper lighting, darker skin tone features will get lost. Having a strobe and softbox easily solved this problem.
As is tradition, I went to the Florida State fair yet again. I don’t think I took any photos last year, and only a couple the year before that. It’s a problem I seem to have a lot there. I focus more on having fun and finding weird, delicious eats that I don’t really look for interesting opportunities. This year I ran into a few occasions that needed to be captured (and I managed to get my camera out before it was too late).
I recently went down to Jackson’s Bistro with some friends. Besides a decent spread for brunch, they also have a decent view of many iconic Tampa buildings. My goal that day was to take a couple photos of friends that were good enough for my standards, capture some shots of the area, and see what else I could see. Here’s some of the results, featuring a daredevil stunt and a very sad seagull.
This past weekend I went out on a dolphin sightseeing tour. Being who I am, dolphins were really the smaller part of the adventure. I enjoyed some quality time with the lady, and mostly just enjoyed the boat ride. Once I had my camera out, I realized I was surrounded by all sorts of photographic opportunities. From the child gripped with fear to the man wearing a shirt with 2 lions and an X-Files jacket, I was surrounded by interesting people.
Every once in a while I come to the conclusion that I can take better photographs. Sometimes this means buying a new camera, sometimes it means upgrading my gear, and often it means using my current gear in a different way. This time it was the less expensive route of realizing I had the gear to improve my work. By simply combining a piece from my studio lighting set with my Nissin i866 flash I got the results I’ve been wanting.
This is the first look at the new style of shots for this site. I’m becoming far more active in controlling my lighting, and the payoff is immediate. Enjoy these few shots of Tiffany and her amazing dog Sinatra.