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08.21.2013

Create the feeling of movement in your still images with the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 lens

© 2013 Judy Host | Keeneland Park Lexington, Kentucky USA. Lens: Sigma  18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Aperture: f 22. | Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec | ISO 200 | Focal length 37mm | Processed in PhotoShopCC

In most of my sessions, I’m always trying to stop the action of my subjects rather than show the movement. I would say the majority of my clients prefer to see sharp images of themselves and of their children. Sometimes the imagery, for me, feels a little bit static. So when I had the opportunity to photograph the Keeneland Races in Kentucky a few months ago, I decided to do something a little bit different and create some images with movement in them by slowing down my shutter speed to create the feeling of moving along with the subject. This creates a very soft image, but it still has enough detail that you can see what is happening. I found that it takes a lot of practice to get it right, or at least get close enough to create the illusion of movement. Recently, I have started to look for opportunities to do this in my work. As a professional photographer, I want to raise the bar for myself and be able to show my range of abilities by creating different effects in my work. Capturing the moment is still the most important aspect of my storytelling imagery, but how I do that is what I’m trying to change.

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07.17.2013

My Go-To-Lens for Individual Portraits: Sigma’s 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG OS

©2013 Judy Host | Lens: 70-200mm APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Aperture: f 4.5 | Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec | ISO 400.

Working with people in general is such an honor for me. As a portrait artist, I photograph people of all ages. I can’t honestly say I have a favorite age group, although I do love photographing young adults and helping them to see their beauty as I do.

The ages of these young people included in this article vary from 11-19 years old. They are from different families and all share the same optimism that comes with being so young.

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06.10.2013

Photographing with Natural Light

© 2013 Judy Host | Lens:  18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (OS)* Macro | Aperture: f5.6 | Shutter Speed: 1/125sec | ISO 800 | Focal length 51mm

Different light-Different moods Meet Eva Mae, a very energetic 6 year old with a smile a mile long.  Our session […]

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05.22.2013

Creating Portraits with the SD1Merrill Digital SLR

Using a Pro Photo Lighting kit, I set the camera mode to manual, ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/125sec | Aperture:  F/9.0. ©2013 Judy Host

This past week I had an opportunity to use my new SD1 Merrill Digital SLR in a few sessions. I […]

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04.10.2013

How to create Magic Part 4: Keeping it Real | By Judy Host

I have spent the last 20 years photographing families, children, and babies and creating maternity portraits.  This has been my […]

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12.21.2012

How to create Magic: Photographing Horses and their owners By Judy Host

©2012 Judy Host | 24-70mm F 2.8 IF EX DG HSM | Aperture: F 6.3 | Shutter speed: 1/320sec | ISO 160

I love to photograph horses. I think they are some of the most beautiful animals in the world. I enjoy the graceful way they move and the effortless connection they have with their owners–the relationship is just so special. So when the opportunity presented itself to photograph a young woman with one of her horses while I was in Kentucky during the Keeneland Horse Races, I jumped at the chance. The following images are from that session.

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10.03.2012

How to create Magic: Part Two, Natural Light Portrait Photography By Judy Host

© 2012 Judy Host

Just before Sun Rise I love using only natural light to create beautiful portraits.  For me it’s so wonderful to […]

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09.19.2012

How to Create Magic: Photographing Children By Judy Host

Using the 70-200mm lens at 200.0mm, my settings were set at 1/800s to stop the action and have a sharp image, f/2.8 to soften the background and ISO 160 because although it was a cloudy day, it was about 1:00pm and I had more than enough light.  I also wanted to angle my subject so there was some rim light, or have a little bit of backlighting which is a part of my style.  After chasing Grey all around his backyard, we ended up with Lola again and decided if we gave Grey some crackers he may stop long enough for me to photograph him again.  I had no idea he would start to feed the dog with them, but as always I’m ready for anything and this ended up being one of my favorites.

When I first started to do some research for this article, I decided to look up the word Magic because […]

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07.20.2012

Sigma Sponsors Creative Design Tour with Judy Host!

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Sigma is proud to sponsor the Creative Design tour with award-winning photographer Judy Host. With stops in 28 cities, Creative Design is criss-crossing the country teaching in Judy’s distinctive style. Attendees will learn lots in the 5 hour sessions from this award-winning photographer who has shot A-list celebrities, and been featured in numerous magazines.

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