Archive for April, 2013


Karl and his ride

Karl and his ride.

Week 3, fashionably late.

Well at least this photo was taken in week #3.  Just outside of work on my lunch hour I spotted the low rider bicycle across the street, but seriously how could you not notice it!  As I walked across the street he was on the phone and I asked him if I could take his photo he nodded in the affirmative.  I readied my camera looked up Continue reading

Kim

Kim

Week 2….. finally!

Well after a week of nothing but negative replies, and growing doubt in the ability of this project to succeed the first person I ask this week says sure.  As I headed out on my lunch today in search of a stranger I began to think that this project just might crash and end prematurely.  I decided right there that I would not let it end, that I would ask every person that I crossed paths with.  So I was off.  I headed north and figured I would have a good chance.  I was two blocks in and no one, then three, four, five, six and still nobody. Continue reading

Week 1.5 The week that wasn’t.

There was no one there.

There was no one there.

Well a week has gone by and no takers. I approached quite a few people and struck up a casual conversation.  When I brought up my camera and explained my project to them and asked if I could take their photo all I heard was no, no thanks, I’d rather not, or my favorite I don’t think so.  I guess after my quick easy start on week one, the results of week two were inevitable.  Although I am disappointed, I will carry on with the project.

So the week wasn’t a total bust, I did expand my photography in a different direction, namely placing some of my photographs up for purchase on the inter-webs.  I have been thinking about this for quite some time now, but I finally found a service that fit my needs.   Continue reading

Maserati Granturismo

Maserati Granturismo

What’s the quickest way to improve my photography?

One of the easiest way to change your photographs dramatically is to change your stance.  Simple as it sounds it makes a huge difference.  Take a moment and think about the bulk of your photos, what were you doing? Standing is my guess.  Breaking this habit nets huge results.  Don’t be afraid to get a little bit dirty when you are out taking photos, at the same time prepare yourself, bring a blanket to get down on, a large trash bag on the ground can separate you and your camera from mud, some knee pads can be a savior, or just throw caution to the wind and do what you have to do to create your photograph (but be safe as well).  An easy example would be taking pictures of your kids, get down on their eye level and not only will your resulting composition be better but more than likely the  experience will be better for your child. Continue reading

Orange on purple on green.

Orange on purple on green.

Do you have a fear of raising your ISO?

To be fair I’ll answer the question first, not any more but I used to live in fear of higher ISO numbers and all of the impending doom that supposedly came along with them.  It took a quite a bit of self encouragement but I finally broke through and let my camera’s sensor be as sensitive as it could be.  Once I let my camera’s sensitivity shine new doors were opened and my photography triangle finally received its final point.  I was comfortable with changing my aperture and my shutter speed it was just that darn ISO. Continue reading

Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Change the way you create photographs by learning how to take control.

How you set your aperture can really change your photo more so than any of the settings that you control when shooting in manual mode and really pushes your photos to new levels.  The aperture in your camera is made up of different elements that affect your image in a deeper level than we’ll go over at this point.  The aperture can easily be misunderstood by those just beginning to learn the ins and outs in photography due to the fact of the lower the aperture number such as f1.2 the larger the opening, conversely f22 is a smaller opening.  Depth Of Field or DOF is where your aperture setting really shines and changes the mood of your photo. Continue reading

Lalo aka Eduardo

Lalo aka Eduardo

Week 1

I have been mulling over a new photo project for quite some time, looking to really challenge my self and expand my photography.  Normally I take photographs of just about any thing but people, so I decided that should be my project.  And not just any one qualified, this person has to be a complete stranger, not even a friend of a friend of a friend, just a random person or couple or group whatever the situation is. Continue reading

Grillin'

Evoke the senses

How do you Capture what you feel in a photograph?

Photography is nothing more than capturing light, and freezing a moment in time.  With the cameras of today we have the luxury of instant feedback and the ability to adjust and change are results immediately.  If you have a DSLR , a micro four thirds, or any other type of digital camera that allows you to manually change your settings, you have the basics to creating great photographs the way you envision them and want them to be.  It’s kind of ironic that so much effort is put in to developing preset functions on digital cameras while most, if not all, professorial photographers will tell you that to really get the results that you want switch to manual.  It may feel like quite a daunting task, but with practice it becomes comfortable and the results are definitely more rewarding.   Continue reading

Fro Nation

Fro Nation

Photography extends far beyond the click of the shutter, yes that is the quintessential moment when you freeze time, but there is so much that goes on before and after the click.  Not only is there more than that moment there, at times, is another next to the photographer.  Just this last weekend I did an outdoor family portrait session with Richard Pochop, and although he was holding the camera in this instance, being an “assistant” doesn’t quite accurately describe the role.  This was the first time that he and I had worked together in this capacity and it was a blast.  We go out and shoot very often together, so the unspoken communication came naturally. Continue reading