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Senior Photography with Epic Skies

Had the privilege to photograph this high school senior on a beautiful winter day in Staten Island, NY.  When we arrived at their house I quickly noticed this tower silo in the background that resembled a castle tower. I knew right away that I wanted to incorporate this in my photos along with the dramatic Skies and the sun peaking out.  So here is what we captured. 

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Why albums and photo prints are a must

You hire a professional photographer for your wedding, daughter's sweet 16 or family reunion but pass on purchasing an album or prints.  So how do you plan to remember those days in say 20 or 40 years?  You may say, I store them on a DVD, USB Drive or you have them up on the web in a service like drop box or Microsoft's One Drive.  Problem is, with most technology there are possible crashes that can wipe a hard drives clean, you can lose a small USB drive or DVD disc and you will never see those photos again. 

If you are that type of person that will say just give me a DVD or a USB drive don't feel bad because you are not alone. According to a survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) 67% of respondents store their images digitally on their computers, phones or in the cloud. 

View the below info graphic by Professional Photographers of America who share their findings that will warn you from strictly storing your images digitally.   

 

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One of the Most Beautiful Dance Photo Shoots - Powder

Using our favorite dancer my niece, this time we shot her doing her terrific dance moves with powder.  I just love how these photos came out especially for our first time doing it.

The Setup  

  1.  2 x Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL - No Modifiers just using the Fresnel Speedlight adapter.  These were place behind the dancer to highlight the powder.
  2. 1 - 7" Gridded Reflector Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL as the main light source in front to camera right
  3. 1 Large black plastic drape from Home Depot 10' by 25'
  4. 1 box of Flour from Shoprite

Camera Gear Used

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • 24-70 f2.8 L II
  • Flashpoint R2 TTL 2.4G Wireless HSS Transmitter

The back flashes were in manual mode and set at half power.  The main light also in manual mode set to full power.  When shooting I had the shutter speed very high at about 2500 to kill as much ambient light and to freeze motion.  ISO at 100 and at F2.8 and away we go.  Here are some of the photos we took - what are your thoughts?  

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Teresa Stunning Dance Photos at the Beautiful Shark River Park, NJ

I usually drive my kids crazy when I want to practice certain lighting setups or poses. This time I was asked by my beautiful niece to take  some action dance photos for her dance class - Perfect! I have a willing subject but her availability will be on Sunday Afternoon when my beloved Dolphins are taking on the NY JETS.  In all honesty I was more than happy to spend the afternoon photographing our little dancer.  We had fun and got some really nice shots and when I got home I got to see Miami make a huge come back and defeat the Jets - its a win win day.

Here are some images that we captured Sunday.

Gear used:

Camera: Canon 5D MK III -
Lense - 70-200 f2.8L, 85mm F1.8 & 17-40 F4 L
Flashpoint eVolv 200 & Flashpoint Xplor 600 


Camera Settings: F5.6 1/200 sec ISO 100
Flashpoint eVolv 200 in manual mode on Camera left with MagMod MagBeam attached

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Camera Settings: F2.8 1/200 sec ISO 100
Lense - 70-200 Zoomed at 95mm
Flashpoint Xplor with grid in manual mode 1/1 power on Camera left 

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Camera Settings: F2.8 1/400 sec ISO 100
Lense - 85mm 
Flashpoint Xplor with with softbox 1/4 power on Camera left - eVolv flash with magmod magGrid to camera right

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Went out and photographed a few Swimming Pools

We went out and photographed a few swimming pools for a company in NY that will be used for their websites, marketing material, award entries and  archiving.

Photographing a swimming pool might sound easy but it can be a challenge.  Here are a few things/tips to consider to get the most out of your shoot.

Pool & Yard Prep

  1. Clean up in and around the pool - remove leaves that might be in the pool, remove the pool vacuum before you take any photos.
  2. Wet the decking around the pool and any landscaping - this gives a little more contrast and can add some nice reflections.  If taking photos in mid summer this can be a challenge since the deck will dry quickly and you will have some wet areas and dry areas.  
  3. Remove any toys and clutter in yard that might appear in photo

Camera Gear

  1. -Wide angle lens - I use canon gear so in these photos I went with a 17-24 L f4 lens.  
  2. Must use tripod
  3. Ladder to get higher angle shots
  4. ND Filter - I use B&W 3 Stop ND Filter - When there is too much ambient light and you want to smooth out the water fall in a pool then an ND filter is a must.
  5. Flash - in the early evening or night shots there may be dark areas around the pool that you will have to use off camera flash.  You will take 3 or four exposures then overlay them in photoshop.
  6.  Use different angles - I always walk around the pool and see what angle looks best.  I will then take photos from those angles that I liked.