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Joe had a fun workshop in Dumbo on March 25th his birthday. We had quite a turn out. Everybody enjoys going to Gleason’s as it’s a one of a kind, kind of place. We had 4 students who were from other countries as well. Yes there’s Ann Raine in the front holding the reflector & Larry Malang on the right. Peter Poremba the President of Dynalite was also there to set up several lighting stations and answered lots of technical questions on his products. It was a great group!
For those of you who’ve never tried Nik’s software plug-ins I would highly recommend them. They are fabulous. With the right photos they are truly amazing. All I can say is don’t misuse them but for the occasional use on a particular photo they can really add that special something. In addition their Snapseed app for the Iphone is also a one-of-a-kind app. All the other copycat apps don’t compare in my opinion.
I have the flu and I’m trying to clean up something as I feel too unproductive just resting. I came across some shots of a Pev, a model I’ve used and worked with on many occasions. I did some crazy cards with adopted animals that were trained to do tricks. I think funny always works.
Well a fun day was had by all. Great to be outside all day long on a glorious day, doing what I love to do most.
Tip for the day day is on aperture. What aperture should you use for portraiture? For a head shot of a single person I generally like to open up to a wide f/stop to blur out my background. That’s my preference because I like the look of it and find it particularly attractive and it makes for a stronger photograph. When used on women (who we have to be more careful with) it softens the face and complexion leaving the most important feature sharp which is the eyes. However, there are exceptions especially when you are shooting in crowds and where there are lots of people and different things happening such as at the Mermaid Parade, where I just did a workshop. In a situation like this, where you want to be flexible and spontaneous, you might want to choose to use a medium depth-of-field for a little more depth of field. When a situation arises and you have a little more time to to make a change and want to throw more of your background out-of-focus and again to get a stronger photo, open up your aperture, that is, providing you have the light. Again, in the studio I like to choose a shallow depth of field especially for women. Studio lights can show imperfections and reveal too much. If the person is young and their complexion is good, you have choices, but the older we get the more lines and imperfections we get on our faces and the more we notice them. So, the photographer should be aware of this. When photographing more than one person you need a medium aperture to make sure your subjects are in focus. For children, more times then not because they can’t hold still sometimes a choice of a medium to small aperture is better.
I’ve spent years working to develop a style of my own. Many upcoming photographers think that after a short amount of time acquiring a few skills their work is good enough to be should be shown in a gallery. A lot of amateur photographers pay to be shown in a gallery. Does your work really belong in a gallery just yet? Is there a theme to your work? A personal style? Or is it another picture of an old barn, a seagull or photos from your last vacation all framed up so nice, where you spend hundreds on matting and framing – the presentation may be professional but is it really art? Think about it. It brings the art of photography down – there’s more to it then you think. Develop a style, hone your craft really work on it. Keep striving to make photographs rather than pictures have them say something about you, what do you care about? What do you most like to photograph? Nature? People, Portraiture? Sports? Fashion? Still Life? I can go on but won’t. If you can’t make up your mind try keeping your work in categories – all portraiture together, all sports etc. See what you’re best at and go with your strongest suit possibly. Develop and round out the category. What’s it missing to make it better? When putting your best photos together remember this rule – “When in Doubt Leave it Out.” What photos are weak and should be replaced to make a stronger statement?
Would like to thank all of our great students who sent us greetings for a wonderful Holiday Season.
The Dyna-lite alumni group has recently got in touch with us and requested a second advanced Dyna-lite studio workshop. We will be adding it to our 2011 schedule. For those interested date will be announced in an upcoming newsletter.
We had a great Fall Workshop this past Sunday in the Upper Delaware. I surprised everybody by bringing in two very pretty students, we used as models. The young ladies, Delanie and Jacqueline were great. We started the workshop at the Farm and the Llamas were curious, gentle, and followed us around as we photographed them. We then went back to the barn as it was feeding time and worked with the animals a little more. In the back of the barn we found a window with some good side light. We utilized this window for our portraits using a little fill. We worked on body placement, how to get a Rembrandt patch and simple direction. I took them to another favorite spot of mine where the lighting is so soft and beautiful for additional portraiture work. We then went on to Luna Parc and worked on graphics. Students had an opportunity to meet artist Ricky Boscarino of Luna Parc along with another artist Greg Hicho as they collaborated on a new mosaic piece. We ended our workshop at one of the many local waterfalls learning how to work with the fluidity of water, nature’s colorful fall palette, in beautiful autumn light.
Recently spent a week in Montauk Long Island staying at friend’s Tommy & Theresa beautiful home. Thank you so much Tommy, Theresa, & daughter Victoria – it was great! Haven’t been to Montauk in a long, long, time and have always loved the place. Brought back wonderful memories of deep sea shark & giant tuna fishing, old friends, fun times, good memories & of course the unforgettable Captain Frank Mundus and our Discovery Channel Special.
Made some great photos, swam in the cold ocean, which by the way, was the best! Had lots of wonderful fresh seafood and chilled out while there. I photographed early morning sunrises & sunsets at Montauk Point Lighthouse, Fishermen, and waves crashing along the shoreline. Only wish we had more time to stay.
Tips for those wanting to go – bring a tripod ( a must), shoot long exposures to capture the flow & motion of water, remember exposures for back light, silhouettes, when to use lots of depth-of- field & when to open up for shallow depth-of-field. Also remember your fill flash for added dimension, & keep your photos clean and as simple as possible.