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This morning I drove over to Belleair Bluffs (surprisingly little traffic) to photograph two chefs. Networking friend Allen who works in marketing referred this job to me, thank you! (if you need marketing, see his site) The chefs needed updated headshot style photos for new marketing materials, including a billboard! So if you are driving around Belleair Bluffs keep a lookout for these images!
I photographed them inside the restaurant itself, but all that was desired by the client was a final image on a clear background. To make it easy to cut them out of the shot I setup a white background. The white background in these images here was added in Photoshop. The client though can add any color or type of background as needed.
I have photographed with clients with glasses before, and have had some challenge getting know glare or reflection showing up. This time the challenge was a bit more than usual. I think I learned a tip for eliminating glare/reflection in glasses, have the subject look down slightly. That was how I was able to make the above photo of Chef Erwin with signature glasses on.
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After making a headshot for a client in my home photography studio, while I had all the lights setup, I tried to coerce Kiki into letting me make a photograph of her. She is very, very reluctant to do so for some reason being very resistant to the whole idea. So this time I put her favorite chair in frotn of a white background (though later digitally edited for a pure white background) and had her curl up into it in her usual manner. She spends a lot of time lying down like this staring out the sliding glass door beside my work desk.
She was actually facing into the living room and not out the window, her distant look is just her trying to avoid looking at me and into the lens!
This afternoon Casey visited my home photography studio in St. Petersburg for a headshot. Her mom came along and was very helpful petting Kiki while the photography was going on. It was easy to photograph Casey as she was a natural in front of the camera. After making lighting and posing adjustments as per her request it was just a matter of pushing the shutter, cropping the image, doing a little editing, then adding a digital white background and finished. Well, I guess it does not sound so simple after all, but anytime I do not have to worry about the client's smile, it seems easier to me!
How can you make a unique photograph? How can you push the bounds of what a photograph can be? A single exposure, a single shot, that can create a great pet photograph no doubt. However, it is limiting in just how unique a shot can be. I am always thinking of ways to make unique and interesting pet photography shots, and photographs in general. In the above composite photograph of me and my beloved puppy Kiki, I took a shot I made of Kiki over a year ago and combined it with a self-portrait I just made this afternoon. Below is how I did it:
I already had the shot of Kiki edited onto a white background. The original photo was mostly white in the background, but I still used the Quick Select Tool in Photoshop to cut Kiki out of it and then paint in a digital background. I have that photo printed out and on a shelf in my bedroom so I see it every day. It popped into my head recently to put myself into that image to make it appear that Kiki was about to swallow me. There was not enough space under her upper jaw for me to really be seen, so instead I used a flipped self-portrait in a perspective showing me to be actually smaller than Kiki, adding to the uniqueness and strangeness of the final composite image.
Living in St. Petersburg there is ample opportunity to photograph brown pelicans about as close up as you dare. For the most part, the pelicans themselves are not that bothered about a long lens being pointed at them and seem to tolerate it, though I would not go so far as to say they like it. I wanted to make some fine art pelican images with white backgrounds by purposefully over exposing the shots when I made them in the field, or in this case the St. Petersburg Pier. I cleaned up the white backgrounds digitally in Photoshop as needed.
Shooting in bright light makes it easy to overexpose the images on purpose by using a large aperture along with a relatively slow shutter speed and shooting into the sun.
Since I was shooting at a focal length of 200mm with a brown pelican standing right next to me, I saw it as an opportunity to photograph details of a pelican, rather than the entire bird, as seen in the above shot focused on the pelican's eye and upper beak texture.