After over two years of living in Raleigh the area has officially received it’s first “real” snow. Of course by standards of other areas it wasn’t much in my immediate area, but they certainly do take it seriously around here with schools being closed since the morning before it started later that evening… no comment.
Once I was free to go out and explore I headed straight to the nearby Falls Lake. Although the countless kids that visited the park had plenty of time to play in the snow my go-to spot was still untouched. I quickly setup and composed my shot, since the park was due to close shortly. And just like that I had my shot.
Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom.
There’s an instant when a person looks into the lens and has expressive eyes. The key is that eyes are most expressive when they first look into the lens, so you just need your subject to look into the lens over and over, but he needs to feel purposeful doing it. I usually direct him to look at something else, then look back into the lens. But this is important: you should tell him specifically where to look. Just like kids, teens and adults respond best with positive directions. Try these directions while you work and your subject will become more and more comfortable, and you’ll be ready to catch the in-between looks and laughs that will inevitably follow. Remember, you’ve got less than one second after he connects with the lens to fire the shutter.
“Look down at the light stand [snap], now look back up here [snap]. Oh, nice one!”
“Look down here at my toes; go ahead and look down with your whole head. Now look up here again, yes with your whole head. Now down at my toes again, and slowly lift your eyes to the lens [snap]“
“See the corner of the door frame? look there…now quickly turn and look at me so your hair tosses [snap]“
“Awesome! Now down to my toes again, and this time look up with an expression that’s sensitive [snap]. Now try thoughtful [snap]. How about pouty? [snap]” [laughs, snap, snap, snap] Do this over and over with different words–choose words beforehand so that you are smooth saying them.
Even if the only pictures you ever show are landscapes, or closeups, or flowers, or horses, someone is going to ask you to make a family picture. Here are five inevitable facts about family portraits, and one great tip to beat them all.
Kids under five always put a hand in the mouth. Always.
Middle children under eleven always make funny faces.
Parents are always stressed about the kids making faces and putting hands in mouths.
The best picture of the kids is the one with dad scowling and pulling hands out of mouths
Older kids (and dads) hate family pictures because dad was always pulling on their hands and scolding them for having fun.
The one tip I can give you to beat all these issues and help make family pictures is this:
Photographers at work; from the NYC 2013 workshop.
One commonly asked (and commonly mis-answered) question on the internet these days is around the definition of what constitutes a ‘professional photographer’. The usual definition is that it is somebody who is shooting for pay, and deriving the majority of his of the income entirely from photography for photography related activities. I suppose in the strictest sense of the definition, that is true. However, it says nothing about professional conduct or skill. What I’m going to attempt to do in this article is express my own views on what I believe constitutes professional behavior in photography. It is important to note however that this is a very much personal, though shared by many of my colleagues in all areas of the industry – both primary providers of photographic imaging, as well as supporting services and videography/ cinematography.
This past weekend the girlfriend and I headed out to Hanging Rock State Park (5:30 wake up… ugh). I wanted to see if I could catch the fall colors and she didn’t head out there with me the first time. Unfortunately, I think that we were about a week too early for the leaves, but in spite of the occasional rain shower we continued to make our way through the park.
Also, the water levels were much lower this time around.
Naturally, she was asked (forced) to stand in and be my subject a few times. (just comes with the territory of dating a photographer)
Never before have I thought that a house fly could be so beautiful or that a spider’s fur had a soft side. This photographer’s macro photography of everyday bugs has wowed the industry with his unique coloring and face to face perspective of little critters. What we consider pests, he considers models. By simply stepping out into his backyard, this artist has utilized mother nature’s creepy crawly creatures as his muse. And even though his models give me the shivers, I am absolutely in love with these artistic compositions. Meet the ever-talented and incredibly unique photographer, Dusan Beno.
A student of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Dusan has been shooting and specializing in macro for over 7 years. With his photos featuring the common types of insects that are literally all around us, Dusan explains his love of the details and his overwhelming sense of being charmed from his subjects. His “models’” bright colors and intricate details are captured utilizing the medium of macro photography and specific gear that can get him up close and personal.
Aurora No. 01 (2013) This image illustrates the combustion of alcohol. A flame is stopped in time as it travels through a glass bottle, containing whiskey and oxygen. More starting at 7:39 in Oefner’s talk.
In today’s TED Talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama.
[ted_talkteaser id=1834]Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”