A photo shoot should never be all serious

Try high key lighting for a different mood

Maria who had exquisite skin required very little makeup and even less post production touchup

Maria who had exquisite skin required very little makeup and even less post production touchup

Lighting conveys mood.

Most of the portraiture you see on this blog is of the type described as low key.

Tones are dark and there’s lot of shadows and highlights suggesting 3- dimensionality.

So I thought I might write about the other type of lighting  seen mostly in studio shoots, the type I don’t use as often. ;-)

High key portraits tend to have diffused or very little shadows. Continue reading

Best-of-Show win at Riverside Mariachi Festival art contest

I was pleasantly surprised over the weekend when I found out I had won "Best in the Show" and "Best Photo"

I was pleasantly surprised over the weekend when I found out I had won “Best in the Show” and “Best Photo”

No sooner had I suggested in my previous post that everyone should use contests as a way to motivate themselves.

To get out and shoot and not worry about winning.

Then I went out and actually won one contest this weekend.

My photo won “Best Photo” in the photography category and I also won “Best Overall in the Show.” Continue reading

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Photo gear I shouldn’t have bought Part 2

For many of us without self-control access to a credit card and an internet connection can be similar to being an unsupervised kid inside a candy store.

I was reminded of this very recently when I started noticing my online searches for a particular piece of photo gear.

That piece of gear started following me around in the form of an ad.

When I jumped between Facebook, Amazon and Ebay, I was being stalked.

However, I embraced it because the constant reminder actually helps when I need to compile a list of items I find useful in my photography, ones I would want to recommend to students. Continue reading

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