Let me start by saying that this was originally going to be a travel blog…of Stony Brook, New York. I visited Stony Brook yesterday, but thanks to the horrible weather, I didn’t take my cameras out of my bag once. Instead, my trip left me with a lot of time to think deep thoughts about the evolution of my work as a photographer, and the habits I have developed along the way. What has helped my work become more professional? Find out the five habits every photographer should develop – regardless of skill level – on today’s post.
If you have ever watched me at work, you might have noticed that the flash on my camera points backwards. Why? Simple answer: I am using the wall and ceiling behind me to bounce off light for maximum depth and softness.
Science will tell you that it is more than likely the left side of your face that looks most pleasing to the camera. Why? Here’s what the scientists say, per Time Magazine: “Our results suggest that posers’ left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing. Our findings provide support for a number of concepts – the notions of lateralized emotion and right hemispheric dominance with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the face during emotional expression.”
If you have ever done a shoot with me, you know that I am always advocating to shoot during ‘golden hour’ – but what is it exactly and why is this time of day so important? Simply put, golden hour (a.k.a. ‘magic hour’) is the time just after sunrise and just before sunset when the sunlight is at its best.
One question I always get when taking someone’s portrait is, ‘what’s with the big lens?’ The lens I use most often for portraits is my huge 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The lens is 7.8 inches long, and weighs a little over three pounds. It’s an arm workout for sure. That said, this lens is great for cutting down on distortion and makes for some great photos.
It’s February, and I am starting to get requests for engagement shoots when the weather turns a bit warmer. For my wedding photography clients, an engagement shoot is normally the first chance we will have to work together. It’s also the time clients express to me how scared they are to be in front of the camera. I like to think that working with clients who are a bit hesitant in front of the camera is a particular specialty of mine, and I seem to excel in getting people to relax and be themselves. Today I wanted to take you behind the scenes and show you how I do just that.