Rose Garden

Rose Garden

My shoot from yesterday went perfectly. That’s all for now.

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Contest! Sort of.

Contest! Sort of.

Popular Photography is the ultimate resource for photo information (other than this blog…of course.) They have lighting set ups, expert tips and awesome contests. This link will lead you to their newest giveaway. All you have to do is submit a question that you’d like the answer to and you are in the drawing to win a Tamron lens that is pretty darn expensive on it’s own. I’ve entered! Let me know if any of you win πŸ™‚

Lighting Experiment

Lighting Experiment

So last night I wanted to try some new lighting techniques. All of my photos so far have been shot in the warm daylight hours which don’t get me wrong is incredibly beautiful, but it doesn’t add to my portfolio to keep doing it..SO I experimented with headlights and my ringflash. A few things I didn’t like here.
1.The ring flash’s light was too small to contrast the headlights even on their lowest setting.
2. She had to stand fairly close to the headlights in order for her to be lit up enough
3. I brought the wrong lens. The lens I was using has some focusing problems which was not ideal for the darkness.
However there are some things that I LOVE!
The blue gel I used worked very nicely for that fashion-ey feel, the composition is interesting and overall I learned something new. πŸ™‚

Presets!

Ohmigosh I almost forgot what I actually wanted to post. PRESETS. For those of you who don’t know what a preset is, it is lightroom specific. It is a plug in that you can use in Lightroom to basically use someone elses’ edit on your photo. I find them handy but I also usually end up tweaking them a little bit. You can find HUNDREDS of these presets all over the internet. They’re an awesome little tool to have. Below is a photo that someone has added a preset to. The image on the left is the original and the image on the right is with the added preset. Whoever created this preset added warming effects and lifted the shadows a bit, as well as messed with a few other components. Cafe Darkroom is one of my favorite websites for presets and just for visiting their site you can download one of theirs for free πŸ™‚ (the link is below the photo.)

Lightroom can be a tricky animal and figuring how how install certain plug ins such as presets seems hard but is actually very simple. There is a link below Cafe Darkroom’s that will show you how to download and install the presets you find. Enjoy!

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http://www.cafedarkroom.com/

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-download-and-install-lightroom-presets

Update

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My lovely father who I love so much informed me that I haven’t been on here in awhile which is true. I finished up my first year at the school I’m attending (Colorado Mountain College) and I couldn’t be more excited to start next year. My primary goal is to work in the fashion/commercial industry of photography and that involves controlling every aspect of your overall photo. The lights, the model, the hair, the setting, the processing etc. I am not a controlling person in my life but my photography is oneΒ area where I can’t seem to release control of anything. Anyways, my point is that the second year of the program I am in is all about studio photography which is why I am so anxious to get started. I have a shoot tonight that is going to be a lot of fun. A little lighting experiment dealing with car headlights and flash gels πŸ™‚ AND I get to use my awesome Christmas present from my equally awesome boyfriend, a ring flash which I have pictured here. For those of you looking to purchase a ring flash, here’s the link πŸ™‚

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/179-7976316-3952748?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ring+flash

Collages

Collages

Hey all! I have put together a few of these for the holiday season. Collages are a great way to show you work without having to show them a whole album, or take up more facebook room because let’s be honest, people usually don’t flip through more than 3 photos in a new album…so just show them your favorites! Also, I linked the pictures through to my facebook. Feel free to add me as a friend or send me questions πŸ™‚

Business Cards?! What?!

Business Cards?! What?!

So a few weeks ago, I received a notification from a printing company that said they use your facebook photos to create business accessories. Thinking nothing of it, I clicked accept. Well today in the mail I got TWO HUNDRED complementary personalized business cards. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of them but a HUGE thank you to moo.com!!! I highly suggest emailing them if you’re interested. If you click on the picture, it’ll lead you to their website πŸ™‚