Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Final shoot of 2009 - Family Photos at Coronado Beach

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Tonight I met with the Draughorne Family at Coronado Beach for some chilly, yet fun family beach photography. It was beautifully overcast tonight, with rain in the area. Luckily we didn't have a drop.

Here are a few early favorites from the Draughorne family beach photo shoot:

San Diego family beach Photographer photos pictures

San Diego family beach Photographer photos pictures

San Diego family beach Photographer photos pictures

San Diego family beach Photographer photos pictures

San Diego Family & Beach Photography.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

San Diego Maternity Photography

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Tonight I met with Eric, Angela and Jacob for some maternity photos at our studio. In 2007 I also photographed their maternity and Jacob's newborn photos. It was great seeing everyone again, especially Jacob who is just a bit bigger than he was the last time we saw him. ;)

Here are a few favorites from tonight's maternity session:

San Diego Maternity Photogapher Photography Photos

San Diego Maternity Photogapher Photography Photos

San Diego Maternity Photogapher Photography Photos

A quick solo shot of Jacob (the hat may look familiar):

San Diego Maternity Photogapher Photography Photos

And finally to end our photo shoot, Jacob got to paint mommy's belly.

San Diego Maternity Photogapher Photography Photos

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

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Tonight I met with the Dall family at Coronado beach on what was one of the coldest and windiest afternoons that I can remember. Wind gusts around the county were measuring at nearly 50mph - certainly not ideal weather for outdoor portraits.

But, the Dall family was more than up to the task, and even got their feet wet (the next time I have a family complain about getting wet in July, I'm going to bring up the Dall family who did it on a cold day in December). Of course I myself was knee deep in salt water at times but hey, that's my job. ;)

Here are a few favorites from tonight's family beach session.

My personal favorite:

San Diego Family Beach Photography

San Diego Family Beach Photography

San Diego Family Beach Photography

San Diego Family Beach Photography

San Diego Family Beach Photography

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

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Saturday evening I had the pleasure of photographing the Cooker family at Coronado Beach. We had an amazingly warm weekend here in San Diego, a beautiful sunset and the tide was way out - you couldn't ask for better conditions for beach photos.

To mix things up, the family brought white shirts and Chargers jerseys! Very cool, I loved the Chargers jerseys.

Here are a few favorites from the Cooker family beach photo shoot..

The ladies:

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

Mom & Dad share a romantic moment:

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

The whole family (in Chargers gear) on the beach:

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

And finally the whole family in Chargers gear with the illuminated Hotel Del Coronado in the background:

San Diego Family Beach Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado

San Diego Family and Beach Photography.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

How to get a great Christmas tree photo

Since this article was so popular last year I am reposting for 2009.....


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

how to get a great Christmas tree photo with children

how to get a great Christmas tree photo with children

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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