Rowan’s first visit to a dog park was great fun, both for our pup as well as her owners. While a number of big dogs trotted all around the fenced-in park, Rowan found a more quiet spot of grass where she quickly engaged in wrestling Bear, another Lab pup better matched in size. They nipped, chased, rolled, pounced, paused, and then went at it again, seemingly with limitless energy and enthusiasm.
Whether you are shooting boudoir in a big city, or a small town, you must know how to make the most of shooting in small spaces. Whether it’s a studio, hotel room, or a clients home, being creative in a small space can sometimes be a challenge.
I would know. I started shooting boudoir 6 years ago out of the bedroom in my home. I moved about three years later to a studio in NYC (Long Island City to be exact) . The studio is 10’ wide by 20’ long. I used the space in many ways. Yes, of course I use it to shoot in. I’m also storing my equipment such as lighting, fabrics and reflectors there as well. Between the storage and the makeup/hair area I would say about 1/3 of the studio is off limits to shooting.
How’s that for small? 200 square feet knocked down to about 130-150 square feet left to shoot in. In addition to being small, my studio is also boring. 4 white walls and window is pretty much all I am working with. I do have a bed in the studio. Even that is simple with a small backboard and a frame on wheels for easy movement.
I have been shooting there for three years now. Yes, it gets boring at time and redundant – so I have to be creative in order to get some new looks and please my clients.
Here are 5 ways to get creative in a small, boring space.
I have fabric stapled to one corner of my studio. I can use it in many different ways. I use it as something for my clients to play with, I can shoot through it, you can even use it as a background! I use a neutral color. Don’t be afraid of trying something different though. Red, black, blue – any of those will give your studio an entirely different look. Read More >>
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What I’m hearing from readers is this: In your dog blog, don’t tell us how to take professional pet portraits; rather, tell us how to take pictures of family pets doing what they do day-in and day-out. Give us real, practical advice on how to use what equipment we have to capture the fun, energetic, and loving things our dogs do.
That’s precisely what this week’s column is about. It’s a lesson from an impromptu five-minute photo session of our ten week-old puppy, Rowan, just after a hike in a local state park. The resulting image (above) captures a fun expression, but it is not the perfect pic. Read More >>
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OK, it is no secret that I have used some sort of flash in almost every macro photography image I have ever taken. Why? I love maximum depth of field and while I love natural light photography, the 3 days of the year it is calm enough to photograph outside just weren’t enough! All kidding aside, most “natural light” macro photography with maximum depth of field is done inside where everything is controlled and you have to be on a tripod. I am guilty of resorting to this technique often myself but I do love being out in the field. The wind is generally too strong on most day and many locations do not allow you to bring a tripod. That is why I embraced the power of flash. I have used many varieties of flash for my macro work including a Speedlights, twin lights, and old ring lights so I jumped at the chance to try out my Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash to see how it stacked up to those flashes. The image at top is one of the first I took and you can see just how close to the flower I got and the macro flash illuminated the bloom very nicely at that close range. Read More >>
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When shooting on location, I often enjoy shooting at very wide apertures to give me a painterly blur in the background behind my subjects. When shooting in Central Park I frequently grab my new Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. It is tack-sharp and its wide aperture capabilities allow me to melt the background away, allowing me to create dreamy and romantic imagery with its stunning bokeh. When shooting natural light portraits I’ll shoot at f/2.0 or even f/1.8 for a dramatic shallow depth-of-field effect that I LOVE.
As you may have found that shooting extremely wide apertures even at low ISO can result exceedingly fast shutter speeds. For example, when shooting midday at f/2.0 at ISO 100, regularly my shutter speeds hits 1/2000 or faster. No big deal… until you want to add flash. Read More >>
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The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports has been generating a ton of buzz since its announcement at photokina in September 2014. This Sports update of the 150-500mm supertelephoto zoom lens is one of two 150-600mm zoom lenses announced at the show, along with the 150-600mm DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
With a significantly updated optical design and feature set over the earlier lens, this Sports lens is designed for capturing images in even extreme real-world conditions that wildlife and outdoor photographers often encounter. Splash-proof and dust-proof design, along with two Optical Stabilizer modes, focus limiter and a newly designed tripod collar are just a few of the upgrades to this new superstar in the Sports line-up.
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The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary is the newest all-in-one camera lens in the Sigma lineup, and offers a high 16.6x zoom ratio, 1:3 macro magnification, Optical Stabilizer, in a lens that covers wide angle to supertelephoto in a single, lightweight lens.
Designed specifically for APS-C cameras, this lens equates to approximately a 27-450mm range, perfect for a one-lens solution for everyday adventures, weekend escapes and beyond. The hypersonic motor is fast, and accurate, Optical Stabilizer keeps the camera steady at slower shutter speeds, and the optional close-up lens increases the maximum magnification to 1:2 at 300mm, for even more detailed close-ups.
As a sports photographers, I need a big, fast zoom lens to keep up with the action. The new Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 | Sports lens is just about perfect for the sidelines. With the performance customization available with the USB Dock, it is perhaps the ultimate field sports telephoto zoom. Right out of the box, this lens is one of the sharpest pieces of glass I have ever used, so I was a little hesitant to play with the settings using the USB Dock. However after exploring the options with the easy to use Sigma Optimizer Pro software, I was comforted knowing the Restore to Defaults option was always just a mouse click away. Read More >>
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By Melanie Myhre
Photography for me is more than creating a pretty picture. It’s about telling a story and transporting the viewer to another time and place. The idea that anything is possible if you can dream it is a re-occurring inspiration in my work. If I can create and capture a fantastical scene in our own reality without compositing in Photoshop, I feel that I have succeeded in preserving a little wonder and hope in our world, even if that scene existed for just a brief moment.
I wanted to create something surreal, haunting and mysterious. A forest at twilight seemed like the perfect setting for a dark fairytale. A friend had just given me 30 white feather boas to make a perfect fairytale dress. I sewed them into an elastic waistband for an overskirt. The underskirt was made from white satin sewn into elastic and cut into 3 inch strips to allow for more freedom of movement. I created the bodice from a plain white corset found at a thrift store. A hot glue gun was used to attach beads, paper flowers, and jewels. By the time the dress was finished, it looked like a flock of chickens had exploded in my studio! Read More >>
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