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Photography is Photography and Digital is Convenient.

A while back I had a conversation with another photographer and he was explaining how he had done some weddings but they made him real nervous. I had told him I had done a number of weddings over the years myself but I wasn’t really a wedding photographer but more of a portrait photographer. He learned that I started photography back in the film days. He asked if I had shot any weddings on film. I told him that I had. He said that back in the day it must have been super nerve-racking to shoot a wedding on film. I explained to him that it wasn’t any more or less nerve racking than shooting one digitally. He replied with the fact that we couldn’t see the images right away. I told him I could shoot a wedding with a digital camera with the LCD screen shut off. I explained to him that I had learned photography, learned exposure, learned how light works, memorized f stops and shutter speeds. I explained to him that I know if I have to change a particular f stop I could compensate with the correct shutter speed on the fly to maintain a correct exposure. I told him that we had to know photography, we had to know our gear, and we knew our cameras were going to capture whatever images we shot regardless of the fact that there were no LCD screens. And if our cameras malfunctioned, as professionals, we had another. I explained to him that everything digital has brought about is for convenience, but not necessities to make great photography.

A lighting set up…

Several people have asked me about how I did the Yoga portraits I recently posted. Here are a few of the photos again along with the basic set up. I made this shot before I had the lighting exactly right but you can at least get the idea of how it was set up.

Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive. This whole set up is less than $200

A Yoga Portrait Session

I recently did photos for a yoga instructor. We had access to a few different spots in the physical education building at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. We decided to do the shoot on one of the raquet ball courts. The head shots were made in a hallway near the raquet ball courts.

All images were created with:

Canon 60D

Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

Yongnuo 565 ex II Speedlight

Vivitar 285 hv Speedlight

60″ Neewer octabox

Camera settings stayed constant at:

ISO 100

1/250 sec

F11

Photography Meetups BTS

Photography meetups are a great way to connect and network with others in the photography community. I pulled these photos out of the archive from February of 2012.

RIP Harry Steelman. You are missed. 








Camera: Canon 7D
Location: Tyler, Texas 2/2012
Model: Kari J Kramer

Portraits with Portra

Kodak Portra 400 is a beautiful film. It’s very versatile and can handle pushing it a couple stop or over exposing by a few stops. Here I over exposed and shot it at ISO 200 to give it that pastel look. These were shot with the Bronica ETRS and the Zenzanon 75mm f2.8 lens.

Sometimes photos

Sometimes your photos won’t win any awards…
Sometimes your photos won’t get a lot of likes on social media…
Sometimes your photos only speak to you…
And sometimes that’s all that matters…

Fuji xt 10
Fujinon 55-200mm f2.8-4

Simple set-up to big results…

A couple of years ago I got a photo gig where I’d be photographing a hip hop artists for his upcoming album release. The album was to be released not only digitally but on CD and vinyl as well. The concept was going to be “dark” as the name of the album was going to be “Dark Side of The Cacoon.” It was storming that day so I headed over to his house. I brought along my studio background stand that I bought for around $120 or so. I brought along some black fleece fabric I picked up from Hobby Lobby for around $20 And of course I brought my Vivitar 285 flash that I’ve had for at least 15 years or so (which can be had for around $20 to $30 used). For a light modifier I used a 60″ octabox. The result was a photo that ended up being on the front of a nationlly and internationally distributed album. You don’t always necessarily need expensive gear to get big results.

(Camera was a Fuji xt 10 with the 18-55 kit lens)

Shooting Into The Light

When using flash I like to experiment at times and try different lighting techniques. I wanted to get a silhouette look but I didn’t have a white background available. I thought “what if I put the light source (softbox) directly behind the subject?” Yes… In these two photos the softbox IS the actual background.

These two images are straight out of camera with no post processing. I shot these black and white JPG.

Fuji xt 10

Fujinon 60mm f2.8 macro lens

Triple Exposure

Here is a shot I did on film… Kodak Portra 400… I left the shutter open and had the subject pose. I popped the flash and she moved to a new pose. I popped the flash again, and she moved to the third pose and I popped the flash for a third time.

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