Monthly Archives: March 2009

  San Jose Photographer – Tips for Better Picture of Your Child *** Number 1: Get to know your camera. Know all of the possibilities your camera has to offer. Read the manual, and if you don’t like reading go through all the menus and try everything out. Find out what your camera is capable of. The better you know your camera the easier it will be to use. Number 2. Take photos in rapid succession If your camera has a mode to take more than one image per second, always have it set on that setting. You are more likely to catch THE moment in focus. This is something to keep in mind when buying new camera (especially point and shoot cameras). If shutter lag is BAD you really miss out on some great moments. Look for a camera that has a burst mode. The thing I notice the most about other parents’ photographs is their lack of focus-shooting in succession gives your camera time to focus when it is taking the second, third, and fourth shot in a row. Number 3. Don’t be afraid to be creative Have fun with angles. Be interesting with your composition (ie the way you frame your subject in the viewfinder). Be artistic. See what happens if you purposefully crop off someone’s arm. Don’t be afraid to get dirty, lay down on the ground, or climb on top of furniture. Taking photographs should be an outlet to having tons of fun! Get close and personal. It’s fun to see the look son subjects faces when you can see their nose hairs. Number 4. Never ‘say cheese’ Go for the unordinary. Kids don’t have to look happy and they don’t have to be looking straight at the camera to get a good photograph. Let your kids style and personality shine. If your kid is a ‘performer’ and always has that camera smile, try and be sneaky-sneak attack! Grab the camera when they don’t know you’re there and you can catch some fantastic moments. Number 5. Pay attention to the light When the sun is shining into your kids face you get shadows in the eye area, and major squinting. Position the sun behind them, or better yet you could find shade. You can also wait for the clouds to come out. Clouds work as a great diffuser. Window light is my favorite. Be careful how your child is positioned, however, because you can still get eye shadows indoors. Portrait photography is an art. Number 6. Have fun with outfits Kids have more fun when they know its okay to get dirty, and they are more likely to be themselves if you’re not stressed out about them getting dirty. Kids take great photos when they are getting dirty! Layers are great-tights-tutus-leggings, and all you dads out there, leggings are for boys too! (Baby boys) Hats with brims (ie cowboy hats) can create eye shadows. Knit hats are awesome fun in the snow/cold. Number 7. Take […]

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In my experience, teaching digital photography I hear people ask me how to take digital pictures and most importantly how to get crisp sharp digital pictures. I am also asked if learning digital photography is easy or hard and how long does it take. Well I can safely tell you that there are lots of really advanced things you can learn such as what things to do to the camera to take pictures like a professional, aperture and shutter speed for night and extra special photography lighting techniques.

So let’s get started:

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Wedding Photographer – San Jose *** With so many photographers available, how do you know who to choose for your wedding day? Although you may be tempted to hire the person with the least expensive rates, there are many other factors to consider and price should not be the most important. The first thing to do is to make sure you’ve taken a good look at their website and/or portfolio. If their wedding images suit the style you’re looking for, that’s a good start. ** That old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ tends to be true in most cases. Which is why deciding to hire the least expensive photographer is not often the best choice. Someone who charges much less than standard professional photography rates is not a professional. How can you tell what the difference is between amateur and professional photography rates? It’s fairly simple… ** Anything less than a thousand dollars for four hours (or more), is too good to be true. Those ‘cheap rates’ are almost certainly someone just starting out in the business. ** Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but you run the risk of hiring an amateur or hobbyist photographer who may not have proper skills, experience or equipment. Someone who is new to shooting weddings may not know how to dress or act professionally at your event or how to be inconspicuous while still taking the very best shots of you and your day. ** In Vancouver, standard rates for professional wedding photographers – with good reputations, good portfolios, good equipment and a wealth of experience – start at $1000 dollars for four hours and can range as high as $5000 or $6000 for an eight to ten hour wedding. The highest range is for the well established photographers with many years of experience and a strong body of published work. ** If you’re hiring someone for two or three hours, expect to pay at the lower end of the scale. If you’re looking for someone to shoot your entire day – from the wedding party getting ready at the beginning of the day all the way through to the reception at the end – expect to pay at least $1600. Why? Well, professional photographers charge professional rates for a reason. They have high-quality equipment, they have years of experience and they give the very best results. ** Bear in mind that a photographer’s work is not done once they’ve taken several hundred photos of your wedding. All of those photos have to be edited and worked on. In this age of digital photography, most times that means a photographer will spend another several days working on your pictures in a computer image editing program such as Photoshop. ** When you’re hiring someone to take photos of your wedding, you’re also paying for the many hours of work they will do afterwards to make your pictures just perfect for you. ** Ten years from now, you may not remember exactly […]

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Family Portrait Photography – Tips in Capturing the Essence of Your Family Family portraits are a lot more than a picture or something to look at on the wall. It tells a story and share a sense of family history with future generations. If you really want to capture the essence of your family for many years, hiring a professional portrait photographer is an investment that not only you will enjoy but your grandkids and future generation will enjoy. Because a family portrait is just not the same as any other kind of photograph, a professional photographer can put that special added touch on these kinds of family heirlooms an enable you and your family to reap the rewards for many years to come. It is easy for many to think of professional portraits as a luxury or unnecessary expense, but consider how long a portrait lasts and the fact that it is the best way to preserve memories for many generations. The right portrait can be a source of happiness for many generations. When choosing to hire a professional portrait photographer, there are three things that you should keep in mind. First, the amount of money that you are willing to spend on portraits is one of the most important factors guiding the choice of portrait studios and who you can hire. Second, you should also decide on what type of portrait you will want. Do you want an outdoor photo session, or one inside a studio? What kind of image or emotion so you want the portrait to display? Is there any kind of background that you would want to use? The last thing to consider about your portraits is what you want to do with them once you have them. Of course, you will want to share some of your portraits with other friends and family, but also consider what you would like to do with them in your home. Do you want a large portrait on canvas to hang over the mantel, or would you like to place various portrait poses in a large album for the coffee table? These will all be things to consider ahead of time, prior to having your family portraits made. These will also be the kinds of things that you will want to communicate with your professional family portrait photographer. The amount of money that you are willing to spend will determine the level of quality that you will get in a professional photography studio and also the quality of portraits that you will receive. Professional family portrait photographers will be able to provide you not only with the best family portrait sitting experience and the best advice for family portraits, but also with high-quality prints and after-portrait services like mattes, frames, and albums as well.  

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Best San Jose Family Photographer *** There is definitely a lot more to taking a family portrait than most people would think. Not only is the photographer concentrating on the functions of the camera, exposure settings and overall composition in order to flatter the family. but they must also be aware of the families facial and body expressions, having a coordinated look to the photo and having a good rapport with the family. This article will discuss some ways to achieve the best possible qualities to create a powerful family portrait. Before having a family get organized for their portrait there are some things to consider, for instance where is the photo being taken? In the Families home, outside or in a studio? Choosing the perfect location that has meaning to the family will give the photo a nostalgic feeling for the people involved for many years to come. For example if the photo is to be taken inside the families home, look for a family heirloom such as a piece of furniture or painting on the wall that can be used as an accent piece in the photo. Once the location has been chosen the next thing to consider is what the family is wearing. Is the families wardrobe coordinated? If the background has more dark tones have the family wear light colored clothing and be sure to have a separation light behind them to separate their hair from the background as well. Every portrait photographer will tell you that the eyes are the most important thing when taking pictures of people. This is very true except that the character of the family photograph largely depends on the expressions and emotion being shown through body language. Not all family portraits have to be of the families faces (although you should always get lots of these) sometimes it is nice to mix it up and try compositions that show specific emotions. The most important thing when working as a family portrait photographer is to have good rapport with the family. Talk to the family and ask them questions, make them feel comfortable and excited about working with you. The point to taking a family portrait is to flatter the subject which means that it is your job to make everyone in the photo look and feel their best!  

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