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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.  


WHY DO ENGAGEMENT SESSION

WHY DO ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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. 

Having Fun during Engagement Shoot 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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BEFORE THE CEREMONY: WEDDING PREP TIPS

BEFORE THE CEREMONY: WEDDING PREP TIPS

Wedding Bridal Prep This post we will talk about the beginning of your wedding day - The Prep. Your wedding photographer will be the only hired service to be with you throughout your wedding day, in most cases from morning to night. When you hire Zeny Photography for your wedding it is up to us to tell your story in photos as we capture your day from prep, to ceremony to reception. We love capturing the prep time and to help us capture the best possible photos are a few things that will help.

  • Allot enough time for us to capture your prep. Ideally we would like to spend about 1.5 to 2 hours capturing your prep.
  • Brides, please have your hair & makeup done first. This will allow us the time to capture you in a few poses before you put on your dress as everyone else is finishing their hair and makeup.
  • Have your best man or maid of honor get all the details ready when we arrive.  Wedding Prep
    1. For the bride that means, Shoes, rings, jewelry, garter, veil, wedding dress, and bouquet.  If there are any other special things the bride would like us to photograph for example a special locket, please let us know.
    2. For the groom - shoes, tie, watch, rings, cuff links, etc.
  • Have immediate family members around especially parents.
  • Keep the amount of people in the room to a minimum - too many people in the room can be stressful for the bride and it will slow us down.
  • Keep rooms clean for both the bride and groom.  This will save us time from moving things around or capturing the clutter in the background of the images.
  • If possible purchase a custom hanger for your wedding dress.  It adds a nice little touch when we are photographing your wedding dress on the hanger.

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