Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Family Portrait Photography at Balboa Park San Diego

This morning I had a great time photographing the McIntyre family at Balboa Park. We had a perfect morning - overcast and cool. We started at 9am, so we'd beat the rush.

We got a great variety of photos from several different locations during our one hour photo shoot. Here are some "Photographers Favorites" from todays session at Balboa Park...

The kids at the reflecting pond:

San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

The family on the steps, with the Botanical Building in the background:
San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

A couple of individual photos of the kids:
San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

Mom & Dad clowning around in the Alcazar Garden:
San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

San Diego Photographer Balboa Park Photography

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

San Diego Maternity Photography

This afternoon I had the pleasure of working with Ashley, who is expecting her baby girl on 1/3/09 (if not sooner). This was a surprise session for Hubby (Merry Christmas, Hubby!). Ashley and Jesus are big Raider fans, and botha are in the Marines, so we tried to incorporate some things that would work well for them.

Here are a few favorite maternity photos from today's session:

San Diego Maternity Photographer

San Diego Maternity Photographer

Now this is just awesome!

Oakland Raiders Maternity Photo




San Diego Maternity Photographer

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

San Diego Newborn Photography

Tuesday I had the pleasure of meeting Tyson and his Mommy & Daddy for some newborn photos. Tyson is three weeks old, a bit older than we would prefer, but he did much better than most three week old babies. He was perfect - awake and alert at the beginning of the session, and passed out at the end. So we got a great variety of poses, backdrops, props and facial expressions.

Here are a few favorite photos from this newborn photo shoot. Now, Dad swore to me that the name had nothing to do with Mike Tyson, but just look at that right hook!



If this one doesn't say "Christmas card" I don't know what does:



Ahhhhh, I love this one:



Check out our new baby blocks, and the mirror always looks great:



And finally, fuzzy, fuzzy blankey night night picture:



San Diego Newborn Photographer, Newborn Photography

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Maternity photos in.....Washington DC?

I had to travel back to the East Coast last week and had the opportunity to have dinner with a very close friend, Greg. Greg and his Wife Kathy are expecting their first child in January, so I convinced them to do an impromptu maternity session at their place. It was challenging since I only had one lens (28-135) and one flash. I fired the flash remotely, and bounced it off of walls/celinings to broaden and soften the light. Given the conditions I'd say we did ok.


Maternity Photographer Washington DC


Maternity Photographer Washington DC


Maternity Photographer Washington DC
Maternity Photographer Washington DC

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Monday, December 08, 2008

San Diego Children's Photos - Studio Session

Here are a few favorites from today's children's photo shoot, this is Aidan a happy 3 month old. We also did newborn photos with him and will see him again at six months and one year! He's changed so much already!









San Diego Children's Photographer Photos

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

A chistmas tree how to

Here we have two beautiful christmas tree photos of our Son:

Photography Techniques Christmas Tree Photo

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Now, here is how it is done....

First, you need to have the tree lit, and all of the other lights off in the room. Because light falls off over distance, and these lights aren't very bright, the light falls off pretty quickly. The further the tree is from the walls, the darker the walls are and the more the tree stands out from the background.

Because the room is so dark, you'll need to push your camera settings - high ISO (800 here), wide aperture (F1.4, 50mm lens) and slow shutter speed (1/20). With a slow shutter speed, you'll want your camera on a tripod for sure. In trying to maximize your light, you should also be wary of DOF. Here I focused on my Son and changed to M focus to make sure I didn't drift off of him.

This is really nothing more than a tripod mounted photo of a kid in a dark room, with one exception - the starburst on the lights. Photoshopped in? Nope.

When your aperture is set really narrow (F22 here) it creates a starburst on lights (I learned this trick shooting night time landscape photos). Try this - look at a light in your room and squint your eyes real narrow - same idea.

So the trick here is that I took two photos - a second one was taken at F22 with a six second shutter speed. I had my Son out of the picture for this shot (he'd be blurred all over the place at six seconds. So I had one photo of my Son in front of the tree with no starburst, and a second photo without him but with the starburst.

Then I layered the two photos and used a layer mask to combine them (see How To #10 here for a tutorial on using layer masks). By combining the images I get the best of both worlds.

Here is a trick to get this right...In this case I wanted to go from my widest aperture to my most narrow aperture. After I got the shot of Gavin, I switched from 1.4 to 22, but I counted the number of clicks that it took me to get there (16 I think). Then when I changed my shutter speed to compensate, all I had to do is turn it 16 clicks in the opposite direction and wa la, I have the same exposure. Only difference being the starburst and of course DOF.

Enjoy!

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