Like years past, I favored covering a graduation in the evening versus the early morning sessions.
I requested a 6 pm graduation and I was assigned the commencement for College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science.
Temperatures are usually pleasant in early June and there is a lot of daylight on the Pierce Lawn, the site of the ceremony.
I tend to arrive 90 minutes before the start mostly because I dislike being late and in having to rush. Continue reading UCR CHASS graduation 2016 →
When photographing people outdoors, besides the esthetics of your location, the time of the day is probably the single biggest factor in determining how good your picture will look.
Lighting especially its intensity is critical because available lighting in any scene outdoors determines
- if your subject will be squinting
- if you can overpower the ugly patchiness of your background
- if you can control the contrast between your shadow and highlights
- the mood and color temperature of your final image
Continue reading Outdoor portraits using high shutter speed sync →
Generally speaking high school girls don’t mind having their pictures taken as much as boys.
So when Nicholas’ mum Staci approached me about doing her son’s senior portrait, I sort of expected he would have to be bribed by his mum.
I’ve had to photograph large groups of VIPs e.g the newspaper’s board members, university chancellors and other intimidating folks so a high school senior is easy, right? Continue reading High School Senior Portrait 2–Water Polo player Nicholas Barba →
I’ve always loved challenging myself when it comes to photography.
Whether it was getting in on a plane in a dogfight or rappelling off a cliff, having a camera in those instances meant I could replace my fears with my strong desire to come up with exciting images that are unusual. Continue reading High School Senior Portrait 1–Water Polo player Nicholas Barba →