I just finished my magazine. It includes over 200 pages of my favorite portraits that I’ve made over the years. While I don’t plan to sell many copies, if any at all, I mainly created this so that my children, grandchildren, and future generations would be able to see some of the work I’ve created. I am pretty excited about getting the hard copy in my hands. For now only the digital version is able to be viewed, purchased and downloaded. If you enjoy my work as well as my blog or youtube channel my purchasing a digital copy you can help support what I do my photography endeavors. Thank you all for being so supportive and encouraging over the years 🙏✌️
Even if you think you fail at something you can end up with a victory…
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.
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
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 50mm f1.8 lens
Yongnuo 565 ex II Speedlight
Vivitar 285 hv Speedlight
60″ Neewer octabox
Camera settings stayed constant at:
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
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 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