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Tips for better group photos

Professional belly dancer Hadia Habibi needed some pictures with her Al Nar Bellydance Ensemble.
Professional belly dancer Hadia Habibi needed some pictures with her Al Nar Bellydance Ensemble.

Group photos tend to be documentary in nature i.e their primary purpose is to record who was present at some place and time.

For that reason, I take a quick group photo with my point-and-shoot camera as an attendance record whenever I’m teaching. It cures the most camera shy instantly.

What if you are aspire for your group photo to be better? To get past the mentality of lining up everyone up against the wall? Continue reading Tips for better group photos

Using the Sun and one Speedlight

Cavannah Richardson, lit beautifully with one Speedlite fitted with CTO (color temperature orange) gel and the setting sun behind and on the left. About her 5 o’clock.
Cavannah Richardson, shot from further back with same lens horizontally. Do you think the blue pipe fixture and white sign is distracting? You bet.

One Speedlight used judiciously can open up a whole new world for your photography.

The key is knowing how to combine it with available but directional light.

Cavannah Richardson was recruited by one of my students to be her model during our location shoot,  but when she arrived with her mother, my student wasn’t ready to shoot.

The sun was fast disappearing and I didn’t want Cavannah and her mum to be kept waiting so I took 5 minutes to take the picture above. Continue reading Using the Sun and one Speedlight

One Speedlite setup for great-looking portraits2

Letty lit by one Speedlite without any reflectors. Photo by Greg Matthews

Picking up where I left off in Part One, I should emphasize again that you don’t actually have to spend a lot of money to get these types of results.

If you don’t have the budget for a boom, just get an assistant to hold  your one Speedlight which is attached to a lightstand via swivel bracket.

Two reflectors placed strategically in the right places can produce wonderful results.

The image on the left by Greg Matthews, a participant in my Small Flash Lighting workshop is such an example.

We placed Greg’s Speedlite on a swivel bracket raised it above Letty’s head about 5 feet behind Letty and to the left and aimed it downwards.

We fussed with the placement of the Speedlite until we got the image on the left.

When we finally got the hair and rim light around Letty to what we liked, we introduced one reflector on the left just outside the frame.

It helps to have a stand to which you can attach your reflector by the way.

You want to lock everything down as much as possible, so that you are only changing one element at a time if possible.

After I introduced one reflector on the left, I noticed Letty’s face on the right side was still under-exposed, that’s when I added a 2nd reflector. Continue reading One Speedlite setup for great-looking portraits2

Tiki artist David Schultz

David Shultz with a background in animation works on wood carvings and Tikis these days. Canon 40D 50 mm 1/320 sec @f5.6

Local Riverside artist David Shultz loves all manner of art but what appears closest to his heart is working with wood especially Tikis.

A chance meeting with Dave at our favorite local coffee house led me to visit and spend an hour with him at his home recently.

Dave uses palm fronds he finds and makes some exquisite work from them.
Dave uses palm fronds he finds and makes some exquisite work from them.

There’s no mistaking how serious he takes his art.

On his front yard stands his thatched roof workshop.

He proudly tells me the his ‘shop’ has few metal parts.

The entire structure is held together by wooden dowels and glue. Continue reading Tiki artist David Schultz