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.
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.
Camera Gear Used
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?
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.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III -
Camera Settings: F2.8 1/200 sec ISO 100
Camera Settings: F2.8 1/400 sec ISO 100
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
WHY DO ENGAGEMENT SESSION
When you hire a photographer for your wedding day it is always beneficial for both you and your photographer to include an engagement session. It is not easy to be in front of a camera having a professional photographer taking your photos. During the engagement session both the couple and the photographer will get to know each other a little better. You will get a sense of what to expect during your wedding day, how your photographer works and poses you and your partner. In addition the couple will get a little more comfortable being in front of the camera.
Engagement photos can be used in various different ways. You can put together a slide show to display at the reception, print a few large photos to display around the lobby or cocktail area, use the images for a guest sign-in book and use for Save the Date cards.
Engagement sessions are usually done 3 to 6 months before your wedding date. Plan with your photographer a location for your session. A nice personal location like a place where the proposal was made, your first date, first kiss, etc.. IF that is not possible there are many locations around that we can choose like the Jersey Shore, New York City, Liberty State Park, and many many more.
Remember, the engagement session is less formal and should be a fun experience. Your cloths should match the season and location you are in. Wear what you love and feel comfortable in, when you are in the style you are confident in the better the photos will be. Bold colors look great in photos so don't shy away from them. You can incorporate things that are meaningful to the both of you, for example include your pet. The most important thing during your engagement shoot is - HAVE FUN!
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