Entries in Saint Petersburg (477)
It has been five weeks since I met Dan for our first 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson in downtown St. Petersburg and he has decided to turn that single lesson into a 4-pack of lessons. He told me he also basically forgot everything from the lesson and we changed our plans of him photographing his dog to having a refresher on the process needed to shoot in manual mode with his Canon 5D Mark III.
We began by him showing me some photographs he took at a chalk festival to see where in the 5-step process of getting a well exposed and sharp photograph he went astray. While he was getting the meter to show neutral before pressing the shutter on some shots, it was not the ideal way of doing so, i.e. with a high ISO and super fast shutter speed rather than a minimum ISO and slower shutter speed.
After getting things sorted out with the workflow for when to increase aperture, shutter speed and ISO, we then walked around the downtown area putting it into practice making a few natural light portraits and starting to introduce some composition tips too. I look forward to seeing Dan's improved results next time we meet!
This was my second time (see first shoot) making a promotional photograph of a new homeowner for Crown Group Realty. I really like these kinds of shoots going out on location and only needing to produce one or two images. Rhonda and her baby daughter were great and the shooting part took less time than it did for me to setup my speedlights!
I intended to make the above shot only, but after seeing how active her daughter wanted to be I took some shots like the first one with her walking on her own. I ended up delivering both to the client as a bonus. I hope they enjoy their new home!
This morning I met Jody in downtown St. Petersburg Florida for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson with her just purchased Canon 70D. Like many past students, Jody's interest in photography was growing and she wanted to take the step up from point-and-shoot to DSLR. I have taught dozens of such people and am always glad to be able to save people the years of grinding I did teaching myself by concentrating all my current years of experience into a two-hour info packed photography lesson!
Within the first sixty minutes of the lesson I had Jody looking through her viewfinder using the camera's meter to assist her in setting the shutter speed while shooting in manual mode with a daylight default aperture of f/11. From there I taught her how to control DoF in order to create a shot with bokeh before concluding with some tips for shooting landscapes. Jody now has a headstart on learning how to use her DSLR and I look forward to seeing the results.
I am often teaching 1-on-1 photography lessons in downtown St. Petersburg and have personally photographed almost everything there is around that area. For my students, this is good because I can show them all my favorite spots. For me to make an image of some interest for an oft photographed place, sometimes I need to spice up the image. So for the above shot I went off axis, used a long exposure to blow out the sky, and then finally converted it to black & white using an infrared filter. I also tried to combine nature and archicture in one image. These are all photograpy tips to try for when you are at a place you have photographed a lot before, but still want to try and come away with something new.
Let me know what you do to spice up photos of places you have shot in many times before.
Last week I went back to the Courtyard Marriott in downtown St. Petersburg Florida to finish making commercial photographs of the newly updated interior of the hotel. In 2011 I photographed both the exterior and interior of the hotel, followed later by a wedding model shoot. Courtyard have been very good clients and I am always glad to return their and work with Ryan and Kathy.
The newly updated bistro/cafe area looks great and photographed well. I used a combination of HDR and single exposure images. For the photo above with only a single major light source coming from behind camera, I felt HDR was not needed and achieved the results I wanted with a single long exposure.
To pull detail out in the corners of these eating areas that had an open window in each, I did use 5-exposures to make the HDR image image above. Overall I made less HDR images than I did when I first photographed the hotel two years ago as I am always trying to improve my shooting techniques and choose the best style for each particular shot.