Archive for 2011
Following their first video on tips on Google+ Basics, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and RC Concepcion rounded up a few of us in an awesome Google+ Hangout to talk about our current most favorite thing in the world: Google+! I joined Alex Koloskov, HDR pioneer Trey Ratcliff, Mike Wiacek, Brian Matiash and Scott Jarvie to delve into the benefits and uses of Google+ for photographers. This still-new social network platform seems like a dream platform for photographers with a cool and clean way to display crisp and large photographs, and it has changed the way that I interact online more than any other social network has. Watch the insightful conversation and learn how to optimize the platform to connect with followers and to share your images in a fresh, new way.
I remember the way she looked up at me – her large almond-shaped eyes were filled with a conflicting fear of the unknown shrouded by a sense of wonder. My travels in India took me to a secluded village somewhere along the Ganges River – if I thought being in India was a culture shock, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the villagers who have never seen a Caucasian person in their lives. They were so honored at having a visitor that they prepared a huge feast to warmly welcome my arrival. Unfortunately, in trying to be a respectful guest, I indulged – albeit with much hesitation – and got terribly sick in less than an hour after the welcome party and stayed ill for six months after my trip.
In retrospect, I definitely saw the warning signs – the Ganges River isn’t exactly well-known for its clean waters. Still, what should you do when you’re faced with such a situation? Honestly, my advice is to do what you can to protect yourself. You don’t want to be disrespectful – however, experiencing a moment of awkwardness and guilt is significantly much better than risking your health.
I was excited to return to one of my favorite podcasts, This Week in Photo (TWiP), joined by digital image guru Ron Brinkmann, and my sometime TWiT Photo co-host Alex Lindsay. Ron, Alex, and I pondered the growing question over post-production – when should we outsource the work, and where is the industry going? I also got to learn about Autodesk’s cool Project Photofly feature.
Tune in to TWiP #214 – Fix it in Post.
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When you meet Sue Bryce, you can’t help but be captivated by her tenacity that has helped her build a successful business capturing the glamour and femininity of real women. During my shoot with her (yes, me on the other side of the lens!), she took charge and directed me with absolute ease and confidence – I learned invaluable posing tips from her that taught me how to emphasize the most flattering angles using natural light. See my innate sexiness revealed in a special shoot with the Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year (watch out for our Behind The Scenes coverage on my blog next week). Also, Sue shares her secrets to creating stunning beauty portraits – using only her trusty $15 reflectors and no more than 2 minutes of retouching. Here are her three top tips:
“Learn how to pose real women.”
“Stay away from the “liquify” tool in Photoshop.”
“Chin forward and down for the model.”
Have questions, suggestions or praises? Please email email@example.com.
Family and friends traveled to Sonoma County from across the country and abroad to celebrate Devorah and Carlo’s wedding. Tradition was obviously an important element of the event – you could feel the warmth of family connections that filled the Trentadue Winery over the Fourth of July weekend. The beaming bride had the honor of wearing an heirloom veil that has been passed through generations of Carlo’s family, worn by over 30 proud women before her. In the Pittsburgh family’s tradition, thousands of homemade cookies were available for the guests, from a special recipe of Devorah’s late grandmother – all hand-made by her aunt for the occasion!
The highlight of the night was when guests danced the traditional Hora, hoisting the couple in the air in chairs in celebration. The joy and the fun of the day could not have been better displayed than through Devorah’s radiant smile and radiant blue eyes. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of wedding coordinator Heather Holliday, I was able to capture the stylish lovebirds against the lush, antique beauty of the winery, adding to an already poignant narrative filled with exquisite details and the heartwarming tradition of Devorah and Carlo’s families. Below, the bride shares the story of how she and Carlo met, and of his long-awaited proposal:
“Carlo and I met five years ago in business school at MIT Sloan. My first impression was that Carlo was a typical New York finance guy, but I found out I was wrong as soon as we started talking. We immediately hit it off after Carlo won me over with his uncanny ability to solve puzzles during a team building activity and with his declaration that the Grateful Dead was his favorite band. He quickly became my best friend at school, and ultimately my best friend in the world… One Memorial Day weekend, as I was sleepily drinking my coffee and reading a magazine in my pajamas, Carlo asked me to come into our home office to look at something on the computer, a common request to which I almost responded that I was busy. Luckily, I got up off the couch and went into the room, to find him on one knee with the ring of my dreams and an incredibly sweet proposal. After I said a very enthusiastic yes, we celebrated with an entire day of special meals and activities, inspired by our past and current lives together.”
Wedding Coordinator: Heather Holliday, Holliday Weddings | Venue: Trentadue Winery | Invitation Designer: Hello! Lucky | Floral Designer: Polly Harrington, Valley Flora | Photographer: Catherine Hall | Hair/Makeup: Betten Chaston | Reception Music: Jay Alvarez (Spanish Guitar) | Band: Pop Rocks | Catering: Elaine Bell | Cake: Perfect Endings | Cookies: Vivian Mazeski | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo | Jewelry: Sackowtiz Jewelers; antique bracelet borrowed from a family friend