Husband Duties…

Guys, there is one thing you should know if you date… marry… or are best friends with any girl that owns a camera. You will be the subject of many… MANY photos… until we have kids and then we can bother them, but until that time comes… it’s all you buddy! Trust me, while I was in school, my husband who was my then boyfriend, was the subject matter of many photos for assignments. It comes with the territory.

So when I finally decided it was time to learn how to use a different type of focusing mode, I told the husband he better be ready to have his photos taken. lol. What I learned from the exercise is that shooting single square focus makes for a sharper image when doing close up portraits.

I think from here on out, doesn’t matter which kind of subject matter I’m working with, I’m just always going to experiment with the different focus points and clusters.

So without further ado… I present, the many faces of the man I love. lol. He’s such a good sport when it comes to all of this.

Ronald copy

Ronald2 copy

Ronald3 copy

The photos don’t look sharp until you click them to make them larger. I don’t know why it does that. :/ But there you go. I think I’m ready for these up coming shoots! I’ve got a family shoot coming up next week and then an engagement shoot the week after. So be on the lookout for those!

Product Box

So my husband Ronald has been asking me to photograph his 40K models for a few years now. I always hated that I didn’t have one of those fancy light boxes that are nothing but fabric that fold up for convenience.

A blogger/photographer, Nick Exposed, that I have been stalking on wordpress just happened to post up a tutorial on how to make your own. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t even think about it. He used a cardboard box, tissue paper, and poster board. Ingenious! [You can click the image below and it will take you to his blog]

So Ronald and I decided to make our own. We found a random box in his closet and went to work. Instead of using clamp lights like he did, we used my portable studio lights. Just because I have them and they need to be used every now and again.

And this is how ours turned out.

I don’t have my reflectors for my lights because I don’t have umbrellas but I think they would help concentrate the light more into the box. So I will have to get them from my parent’s house.

And here is the end result.

It makes such a difference and am completely pleased by the results. Now I want to get a nice macro lens so we can really get the details in the model.

I also want to make it in a bigger box just because the box we used to make this one was on the small side and I have to push the models onto the curve of the sweep area so that I can get light into the front of the models. Other than that, it’s a pretty good lightbox. And the biggest plus is that the only thing I had to buy was the poster board for the sweep.

Fear happens…

So I have to say, the last images that I posted of Emily and Paul, got me my most views and the most compliments. It is always something that I fear. Will people like them? Will I like them? Omg… I hope THEY like them. Are they good enough? And then all of that turns into me staring at the screen for hours thinking… Ugh… that’s a stupid pose. Lord, I could have been a little bit more creative than that. What the HELL was I thinking? OMG Christina… it’s called bumping up the ISO a little… Soft…. Soft… Soft… Goodness how’d that blur happen? That’s not a flattering pose for any girl. Yeah… it goes on for hours. lol.

Sometimes you have to be your own worst critic but I think I end up hurting myself more because I am a bit more hard on myself as I should be and then I get depressed and tell myself to quit while I’m ahead. Yeah I said I was hard on myself. lol. I’m not a professional. I don’t claim to be. I don’t own my own business. I’m still an amateur. Working with those two taught me a valuable lesson. And it’s so funny to hear myself say it because you hear this saying all your life growing up and always think… easier said than done, but PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Getting out there and shooting, was amazing. I don’t get time to do it often but when I do get the chance, I absolutely love it!

It gives me the chance to think how can I make this better? What can I do next time? It helps me create a list of things to ask people of what they want in pictures… what they would be comfortable doing. This shoot was winged, I’m not going to lie. Which I believe is why all the poses are so static… not to mention, it’s been a while since I’ve been around Emily and it was my first time meeting Paul. Sometimes that awkwardness can rub off on a shoot. Which I completely understand why now people go out with their clients for lunch and get to know them… some even go out shopping with them for the clothes they are going to wear to the shoot [which I would love to do by the way lol].

This shoot was a great eye opener. And lord it has been such a long time since this gal has done portraits. I’m pushing myself more and more to do this, I don’t want to work retail my whole life… so it’s time to face my fears. You can’t fail if you don’t try… so here’s to trying new things and putting myself even more out there.

By the way, I take criticism pretty well so if you want to help me improve, I welcome suggestions! 😀

Gray Cards

In school we really never used gray cards with computer software, we were taught the importance of them, but they were never pushed on us… I’m pretty sure I never even used mine while I was in school. I can’t even remember where mine is to be quite honest. Let alone know where in Lightroom to use them.

We had learned how to do our white balance in camera. We carried around little white pieces of cardboard and did everything right then and there… but sometimes doing it that way, you lose precious time. Yes you can make a preset, but if you are doing outdoor stuff when are you doing something at the exact same time everyday where the light is the same? Hardly ever.

I came across a post on iheartfaces [<—click the link to check out the post] on using the Lightroom white balance dropper. Now that can come in real handy! Now I just need to find that darn gray card. 😀