Lighting for athlete portraits

lighting for athlete potraitsIn the article below, we get a peak inside the brain of Cuarezma, photographer of the World Cup’s US Soccer team. The athlete portraits were taken outdoors, but used a ton of controlled lighting (think 10 soft boxes!) to supplement the natural light.

My favorite part of the article was the sketched notes where he is thinking through how to get the most versatile collection of athlete portraits in a short amount of time. He has it set up to capture 30 athletes in 30 minutes, getting 4 unique shots of each player. By having a white backdrop behind the subject and a black board at a right angle, he was able to get a front shot with a white background and a profile shot with a black background with no change in setup and almost no down time between shots. Continue…

Studio lighting: painting with light

Once discovered, studio lighting can become a photographer’s best friend. With studio lighting, you are no longer having to wait for golden hour or the perfect cloudy day to capture your subject, you can recreate perfect lighting any time of the day or night with a little bit of knowledge and practice. As a photographer who loved shooting outdoor portraits, once I begin to understand the extent of control and possibilities of controlled lighting setups, I was hooked!

With studio lighting, a photographer can literally “paint” his or her subject with light and shadows. By deciding where on the subject you want a shadow to fall and choosing the right type of light source, the manipulation of light and shadows on your subject is endless. And even more importantly for a beginning studio photographer, it is predictable and repeatable. Light travels in a straight line until it hit something where it is either absorbed or reflected.


Photoshop manipulations for perfect photos

Since you are working on touching up your studio portraits this week, I wanted to share a link with some useful Photoshop manipulations that you might want to try out. If you aren’t that familiar with Photoshop manipulations, one of the best ways to get better at using the program is to practice on some of your favorite photographs. This article contains quick fixes for blemishes, sparkling eyes, Instagram-like effects, and more.

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21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know
These tips and tricks should be easy enough for anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop.

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How to shoot waves like Clark Little

So, we are now in dreary South Carolina winter weather and I know that I, for one, am dreaming of the beach. Since following him on Google+ a few years back, now when thinking of beach perfection, I picture Clark Little’s images. Couldn’t help but share this quick video he posted showing how he manages to get those perfect pipeline waves. Should there be a photo field trip south soon?

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Discover photographic history on this interactive site

Photographic history is shown on this interactive website.

Photographic history is beautifully displayed on this interactive website.

So admittedly, I am a bit geeky when it comes to image capture (photography and video) and also about web design. This site brings together both those loves into an interactive photographic history lesson that you definitely need to check out. From the first camera to the iPhone, the details on this site would really be useful (hint, hint) when preparing for a certain GC3400 exam.

Photographic history is rich with change from the first camera and processing techniques to the first colored film to the original digital cameras, this is an industry with a rapid trajectory towards innovation.  Continue…

Best photographs of 2014

best photographs of 2014

From the Distractify list of best photographs of 2014, here is: “Physalia Physalis”- Matthew Smith

For me, photography is about travel and exploration, even when taking shots in my own home town. Using a camera and lens to capture something familiar in order to look at it a different way. Every year, I love to look through the National Geographic best photographs lists and although this particular one was published on, I love some of the images they chose to include, so I thought it was more than worthy of sharing. Continue…

Comparative photography displays history

Comparative photography can capture a place and tell the story of it over time.

Comparative photography can capture a place and tell the story of it over time.

A single photograph can awaken history, but two side by side can tell the journey through time. I have stood in Tiananmen Square in Beijing China and it is a place steeped in history and I think this comparative photography tells the story better than any book.

In the summer of 1989, more than a million Chinese students and workers took to Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing to participate in communist China’s largest political protest in history. The demonstrations lasted for six weeks, culminating in a night of bloodshed on June 3, 1989 when the military forcibly suppressed the protests by enforcing martial law. Hundreds of protesters and residents were killed.

This summer marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre, which Chinese authorities continue to treat as a taboo subject, banned from textbooks and websites.

Yet history documented by photojournalists is undeniable. Yes, it could be edited and changed and it definitely has since the invention of photography using both dark room techniques and photoshop. Still the history is documented beautifully in these then-now comparative photographs. Continue…

High risk photography: Fashion edition

We have looked at a couple of high risk photography examples in the last few posts and today’s post is no exception. This particular post explores the true risk of getting the perfect shot. Photographer Ben Von Wong brought models down 75 feet beneath the surface of the ocean and photographed them chained to a ship wreck. Personally I think the photographs are incredibly stunning, but I am not sure if this sort of high risk photography is too much of a physical danger to the models involved.

I love this particular article because Von Wong shares some photos that show how this high risk photography shoot was pulled off. These behind-the-scene photographs reveal all the coordination and talent required to pull off these sorts of images and I think that alone makes the final photographs even more intriguing. Continue…