Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
When I saw this family posing I immediatly knew that they weren't going to get the picture they were hoping for. This picture taken with a small point-and-shoot camera would look like a group of people standing in front of a black cave with a few lights in it. You would never get the ceiling and background to show up because the lens is too small to let in enough light.
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I'll get some of the portrait shots online in a day or two but first, time to un-pack
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
There are so many great locations at Palma Ceia in Tampa for wedding photography that I could have easily shot twice as many pictures. I especially liked the wallpaper:
More pictures from the Palma Ceia Country Club in wedding coming soon so stay tuned! (or, just go to my website, there are more pictures there....)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This was taken inside the temple. Two sisters and their two sister-in-laws. It's a really nice family grouping.
It wouldn't be a Bar Mitzvah without this picture. I love the Torah because it's such a dominate item in any photograph.Not the Bar Mitzvah boy ( a cousin I think ) but he was such a great sport about posing for me and his portrait turned out great.
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Friday, July 10, 2009
What I love about this picture is the way she is holding her left foot.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
One of the unexpected pleasures of being a Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah photographer in Tampa is the privilege of being a witness to these wonderful traditions. It's a real pleasure to be allowed inside a gathering of family and friends and be a part of these special moments.
I love my job. :)
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I think that most people tend to fall into the trap of thinking that a good picture should be a close-up. Parents in particular ride that "zoom" button like their waiting for an elevator. Close-ups are good, sure, but we need to capture more... we need to show enviroment, situation and motion. We need to expand beyond the retorical and into the reality of space and how it effects us. We need to stop writing "we" and trying to sound all pretentious and educated and... and... stuff. Still reading? Good job! I stopped about three sentences ago.
It's not artsy or visionary or anything like that. It's simple and it looks like this:
There's a name for this little diagram but I'm not going to tell you what it is because I want you to look it up for yourself in case there's a pop quiz. Also, it's possible I forgot it. Anyway, take any picture and draw two sets of lines on it. Where the lines meet is where you want something important. (Boy, I am laying down the smack with the technical terms!) It's true, very rarely do you want the subject of your picture in the dead center. The picture will almost always be more interesting if you place them off center at one of the intersections (or close to one). It doesn't have to be the whole subject either... maybe it's a close up and you just place the center of their forehead at an intersection. Doesn't matter as long as you place something there. This takes no artistic talent whatsoever and while you may have to remind yourself to do it at first, eventually it will become second nature and you will just naturally compose this way. Also, if you play tic-tac-toe you should always start at a corner (that's a freebie right there). The other thing you can work on is tilting the camera:
Notice how the slide starts in the top right corner and runs across the picture to the bottom left corner? Why do you think that is? Well, it's so that the slide will look as long as possible and also because straight lines that cut your picture in half are death. Pure death. Most of the time. (I should take this moment to mention that I could be wrong about all of this... but I could be a friggin' GENIUS!) Tilt the camera. Tilt it a lot. Spend a whole day taking pictures and tilting the camera. You will be amazed at how much more fun your pictures will be. Suddenly there will be motion where there was stillness, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Which brings us to the third thing that makes this picture work: Incredibly cute little girl.
So, that's it for today. Remember: work the hot spots, tilt the camera, drink plenty of fluids and eat some fiber every morning. You'll thank me later.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
This topic came to mind earlier this week when a client brought me her wedding pictures. She was married up north and used a shoot-and-burn photographer. Now she wants a professional album made from the images.
In case you don't know, a shoot-and-burn photographer is one who just delivers your wedding pictures on disc and doesn't offer prints or albums.
Anyway, I've been looking at the pictures and they need a lot of work. It's not unusual for wedding pictures to need a lot of work because a typical wedding day is shot under so many changing conditions... but these pictures need more than usual. That got me to thinking about how I deliver my images on disc.
The difference between using a shoot-and-burn photographer and using someone like me is that I'm hoping to sell you prints or an album even if you have already said that you just want the disk. Knowing that I may be making an album out of the images will affect the way I work right down the line. I will work harder to get the images right in the camera and I will work harder to get the images right for your disk because I know that these are the images that I will have to pull from if you want an album and the better they are now the less work I will have to do in retouch on your album.
Also, when I am shooting the wedding I am on the lookout for pictures that will make good background images on a page or serve to tie together different parts of the wedding. These are pictures I need for good album design but if I never made albums I wouldn't shoot them.
Finally, I have to always remember that every picture I take has the potential to be printed by me with my name on it. If I didn't print my pictures then this wouldn't be a concern because my name isn't on the images that are on a disk. But knowing that I may be asked to print any image and it will be displayed with my signature is a different level of responsibility. Now, every image has the potential to be a showcase for my work and reputation. That's strong incentive to do a good job.
There are some good shoot-and-burn photographers out there, certainly. But I have never seen a top-level wedding photographer who doesn't offer prints and albums.
Booray Perry is a Tampa wedding photographer. See his work here.