Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Poses

Hoppy Easter!
Just wanted to hop by and share some easy ideas for
Easter portraits with young children.
This is my great nephew Joey who was 10 months old in these photos.
I was visiting my sister in Cincinnati, so I didn't have any
fancy studio or lighting.
We simply set up in her living room:
You can do the same thing by hanging a
white blanket or sheet in the background
like we did.  Have your little makeshift studio
facing a window...preferably a full length or sliding glass door.
I added bokeh from my Bokeh Overlay Collection to the background.
Look at all the props and MESS we created...ha ha!!
I hope you will try one of these make-shift studio shots
with your kids.
Here are a few more Easter photos taken in a similar situation.

I set up this next cute little scene for a one-year-old.
WHY did I EVER think this would work for a one-year-old?
The mother put her down and this happened
Natural is always so much better than...
But these are pretty darn cute:
Those are some ideas for some CUTE Easter Portraits!
Take some EGG-celent photos!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

More Ways to Create Motion in Photos

Last week, I wrote about my ONE technique that changed my
portrait work FOREVER...

Yes, this photo of Alyssa in the field with balloons is
very pretty...

But this next version is ALIVE and

I want to show you more examples and ways to create motion
or movement in your photos.

Mostly, I want to inspire you to challenge yourself, and REALLY look
for ways to capture emotion, talents, and interests
by creating motion in your portraits!

This is how the creative process played out for me while doing
a senior portrait shoot last summer:

This is a perfectly nice photo of Senior Abby who is a pitcher on her
high school softball team.  She wanted to wear her uniform in some of
her senior portraits.

Most photographers would take a shot like this.

                                                      I did...but I thought it was boring.

How can we add movement????

Yes, this is clever...the ball is in the air, and she is reacting to it.

But, Abby is a pitcher.  I want her pitching!

Now, this is some movement!
And, she's pitching!

I better DUCK....FAST!

Let me take it one step further...a close-up
to really capture the intensity of her face!

Okay, so I added the softball in Photoshop.
Always consider what you can do with editing
to take the action a step further!

I carefully thought out this shot, capturing her in action, while
keeping sharp focus on her face.
I even photographed the ball out of focus knowing
I would add it later in Photoshop!

I constantly challenge myself to
go beyond a regular, boring, posed snapshot and
create ART!

I always ask myself this question when someone is paying me
to do portrait work for them:

Could they take this photo with their phone????
If they can, it's a snapshot.

They are paying ME to go beyond a snapshot and create ART!
(That's my biggest tip for portrait photographers!)

Study my lesson in how to set your camera and shoot action and movement
in  THIS BLOG POST.....then


I know it seems complicated, and it takes time and courage
 to practice and set the camera
to shoot the motion.

But you will become an artist in the process.

I asked Susie to skate for me on her backyard rink
 so I could practice these techniques a few years ago.
(Actually pretty dumb to try this in the winter!)

I was FREEZING!  My fingers were numb! 
I goofed up SO MANY TIMES!
I was embarrassed because poor Susie was getting dizzy!

"Susie, can you do that spin AGAIN for the 20th time?  Pretty please??

Can you change outfits so I can try another 50 times???"

This is the shoot when I finally caught on how to do it!!!!!!

When you step out of your comfort zone and TRY...
you grow....
and grow...
and GROW...

Even intentional blur can be art!

Play with depth of field, and watch for natural movement and action!

Natural is always the BEST!

Yes, you can pose this shot:

But be alert to capture this next shot
that usually happens naturally after you take the posed shot:

Another way to create the feeling of motion in a photo,
is to have something other than your subject moving.

This next photo of Vintage Val was taken with a slower shutter speed.
I had her stand very still and the longer shutter captured the
movement of the car and a person walking.

My camera was set at f/18,  1/5 sec. shutter, ISO 100
taken with my 50mm 1.4 lens and my Canon 5D Mark III.
I was on tripod as I didn't want to shake with the slow shutter!

But you will need to play around with this to get
the correct settings for your location and action.

Here's another photo where I had the subject stay still
during a longer shutter
and something else in the photo is moving:

I simply had Mackenzie twirl the umbrella,
which is much more dynamic than this:

Moving clothing is another great way to show action!

Here's another fun way to create the movement:
Add motion blur to the background in Photoshop or PSE!

Watch my video tutorial to learn how to do this
very easy technique:

As you learn and practice,
I would love for you to share some of your
motion photos on my FACEBOOK PAGE.

Spring weather will be here get out there with your camera
manual and start reading and PRACTICING!