Resty Vergara and his family. Canon 5DMark 2. ISO 100 1/200 sec f8 80-200 zoom set at 120mm.

Vergara family portrait part 2

A slightly different frame of Resty's family.

A slightly different frame of Resty’s family. I brought along 2 little stools (without backs) for Resty’s wife and mother-in-law. I knew I didn’t want them all to be standing because the differences in height would make it awkward. This arrangement allowed for all their faces to be closer together.

The number of people in a group you are photographing matters a lot because the larger the group, the more likely someone will either be lost or  late.

Besides that, coordinating the wardrobe or clothing will be more difficult as well.

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family portrait at park

Vergara family portrait part 1

When a student/friend Resty Vergara hired me to photograph his family, I thought that would be a wonderful opportunity to  also document the photo shoot with the help of my friends Steffen Urban, his lovely wife Cecilia and Marvin Sesuca.

For the family portrait, I carefully considered the following, not necessarily in any order:

  • Location
  • Time of the shoot
  • Number of people in his family
  • Equipment

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A view from the balcony of the historic Life Arts building overlooks Lime Street on the left and the parking lot where vendors sell their art.8mm lens on a Canon 40D ISO 400 1/2 sec @f8

Finding the light, place and subjects for creativity

West facing stairwell bathed in superwarm light appears even warmer.

West facing stairwell bathed in superwarm light appears even warmer.

When I popped my head into one of the studios at the Life Arts Building during Art Walk, I came across this wonderful sight. There was little time to pull out the off-camera Speedlite. ISO 100 1/2000 sec f1.4 50mm lens, Canon 5DMark2.

When I popped my head into one of the studios at the Life Arts Building during Art Walk, I came across this wonderful sight. There was little time to pull out the off-camera Speedlite. ISO 100 1/2000 sec f1.4 50mm lens, Canon 5DMark2.

As our summer days start to grow shorter, I have to remind myself to get outside earlier with my camera.

Riverside’s Art Walk typically starts at 6 pm.

For the month of August, that’s when the light is golden, very directional but often difficult to manage due to the extreme contrast.

Sometimes it’s best not to fight it and just expose for the highlight especially when you want to work fast and not pull out a speedlite for off-camera use.

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