Posts Tagged ‘people’

A quick picture from a walk I did after work. Panorama made from 2 source photos, no HDR, just a bit LR processing, sharpening and Color Efex 4 by Nik Software.

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Moody Images

Posted: June 16, 2012 in Blog
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You can take a look at a picture and fall in love with it without any special reason. After a while you’ll start thinking what made me fall in love with it? There isn’t anything extra special so is it’s composition? Subject? Anything else? Sometimes it is a mood in the image. You can feel it but it is hard to describe. Of course it isn’t always there but you can create it using light or even post processing. But believe me, not every time it works perfectly.

Everybody is doing this 2011 thing so I can’t stay behind 😛 Anyway I found out my photography is different than photography of some people out there. Here is just a quick thought. Some people like to shoot what other people like but I like to shoot what I like and how I like it. Is it a problem? Not for me, to be honest it makes me a bit unique from the rest  of photographers. I don’t want to become that stock photographer and want to continue shooting what I love and like. Here is the best of 2011 from my collection.

People shots

Pavla

This is one of my cousins and one of the first images I made in 2011. Just I wish weather in winter would be better so we could make an outside shoot.

Portrait

Same place, same time, same situation, just different lighting and model.

Am I Awake or Having Nightmare?

A third shot from the shoot.

One of my favorite street shots, just saw me with a camera pointing at her and she started smiling. Loved the communication between me and her.

These are just some of my favorite portraits and people images I took, be ready for another section 😉

Shooting Sunset Portraits

Posted: August 20, 2011 in Blog
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Few days ago I was shooting some portraits for my cousing during a beautiful sunset. Not much clouds in the sky so I had to deal with hard light right from the sun. I don’t even have a diffuser or a reflector. But I used an external flash on my camera or tripod right next to me to fill in the shadows. Main light was still the sun. When the sun is low, just like during sunrise or sunset, the light has to travel through thicker layer of atmoshpere what makes it softer and easier to use. Not saying it is perfect, but really nice challenge.

I wanted to shoot in aperture priority, but after my full manual challenge I decided it will be better for me to shoot in manual mode and so I did. With the sun in background, meter will go crazy, believe me. In manual I have full control and just focus on pictures. You set things once and that’s all. Flash was also in manual mode for better results, even when I could use E-TTL.

All portraits were shot with my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and I loved it! Awesome for portraits and these kind of stuff photos 🙂 I still don’t have processed all my favorites, so hang on, here is just one that I like, more will come.

Sunset Portrait

This time I’d like to tell you something about a cool app. It runs under Adobe AIR so you can use it on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. It is called The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). You can download it from here. And what it does?

It uses Google Maps with internet connection to give you all info about sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset. But not just times but also it shows you the direction! It is based on date and place so you can take a look on next week if you’re planning some trip. Let’s say I want to shoot some outdoor portraits on specific place and date. I’ll just put in that info and it will show me the time sun will set, give me info about direction, I can imagine where the sun will be positioned etc.

It is really useful app so check it out, it’s free. If you don’t like it, you can always delete it 😉

Some time ago I posted an article about Orton Effect. Now I want to show you a result. In the video included with the post it was used on objects not people. That doesn’t mean you cannot use it that way. Just give it a try and you can make some great portraits. Be aware, it will move a bit to the dream side so you have to decrease the power of effect or deal with it somehow else. Anyway, here is the final image.

Am I Awake or Having Nightmare?

Am I Awake or Having Nightmare?

Some time ago I posted an article about who inspires me. It is Jeremy Cowart. His style is killing, his vision is awesome. Another photographer can be Cliff Mautner. I won’t write here anything about his Bio or something like that, you can google it out. Of course, you can check his website or visit some of his boot camps. But Jeremy, Cliff and many other great photographers are on one spot – Kelby Training Online!

It may see as some king of advertisement but I’m not payed for this. Kelby Training is cool website where you can learn from other professional photographers. But it isn’t just about learning. Take a look on some shots and try to redo them in your enviroment. Because you see how they did it, what settings they used, where was the light, how intense was the light, what modifier was used, where was photographer, were was model etc. you have more than plenty info.

But Cliff is absolutely crazy photographer! He strarted out as a photo journalist and now he shoots weddings. I took a look on his first class, essensials of photography and was just blown away! I didn’t think it could get any better, but than I saw his video of shooting beautiful brides and it was even better! And with his third training video …. well you can figure it out!

It changed my hierarchy levels in photography.

  • Succer (can’t shoot but behaves like if he was shooting like Joe McNally)
  • Tourist (classical point-n-shoot guy)
  • Amateur (guy with interest in photography at starting point)
  • Euthusiastic Amateur (he’s getting better and better)
  • Semi-Pro
  • Professional Photographer
  • Scott Kelby
  • Joe McNally
  • Chuck Norris (yeah, he’s everywhere 😀 )
  • Cliff Mautner
  • Jeremy Cowart