Typical Shoot

Typical Photoshoot

So in all honesty this is how 80-90% of my shots look. Someone is mad, sad, unhappy, hot, cold, hungry, wants to go home, doesn't want to go home, had something taken from them, took something from someone, you get the idea. So in the interest of full disclosure I thought I would put this up for all to see. I don't think I am unique here. You probably experience the same thing. I would like to hear about it.

So what do you do when this happens? We threaten loss of treats after dinner, loss of toys, loss of stars. We use stars as a reward system. If you do something good, you get a star. Something bad, you loose stars. If you get 10 stars, you get a prize of some kind. For a while, we were getting toys way too regularly. These days, they are so bad that I can't remember the last time either had 10 stars. Arggggg.

So with a little threatening we got them to smile and stand still for longer than 5 ms.

Be blessed.

The Boys
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More Fun With A Reflector

How Sweet It Is

I have been enjoying using a reflector with the fam out back. I really REALLY really love this picture of my daughter with my wife framing her face. Wow. I am thankful to be Daddy in this house.

Anyway just using the reflector to bring in some light wherever you choose. I really want to find a gold autoshade but I may have to break down and buy an actual photo reflector to get that color.

So here are few more from yesterday afternoon. These days anytime I ask to take Eli's picture, this is the face I get. Oh well, at least he isn't running from me like he used to.

This Is What You Get

I like the pose in this shot. Like he is in deep though about something. Again bringing in the reflector for fill from underneath.

Deep Thought

And finally my sweet wife Gretchen and my boy Eli. Hummm. Don't want to get too sappy here so I'll say . .

Be Blessed.

My Babies
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Just A Reflector

Thinker
So I went out back with the boys today with my camera and my autoshade from Wal-Mart. The day is sunny so I figured I could use the sun and the reflector for two light sources.

In the shot above, the sun is coming from above and behind the subject from camera right. I stuck the reflector in close camera right in front.

For these last two shots, the setup is thus: sun from camera left and slightly behind and the reflector used to fill from camera right.

This is a very inexpensive and effective way to make a little more interesting light. My autoshade is silver. I would like to have a gold one but I haven't found one yet.

Post processing done in Lightroom. Man I really like using that. Haven't found something to do in photoshop in a while. Especially for portrait touch-up.

Be blessed.
Mommy Likes These

Adventure
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Our Friends

You Said We Could Do A Puzzle
Here are a few shots made while visiting our great friends in South Carolina. It rained (and then snowed) the entire time we were there so we stayed inside mostly which gave opportunity to set up the lights. The house was great in the living room here. Exposed beams in the ceiling worked great with a super-clamp from Manfrotto. So the setup is the same in this group. I used the old Sunpak 411 for the the background @ 1/4 power. A gridded Canon 540EZ is hanging from the ceiling @ 1/32th power. And the 285HV is going thru a white shoot-thru umbrella @ 1/16th power.

They also had an awesome sun-room facing west. I took some natural light portraits as well. I think the next post will contain those shots.

Be blessed.
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