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Bridal Fashion – Ceremony Magazine 2014. Behind the Image

During a real wedding, we don’t  have the time to photograph our brides the way we can when working on a fashion assignment. We always enjoy shooting the bridal gown spread for Ceremony Magazine. This year we had that opportunity again. We did this shoot last June at one of our favorite venues, The St. […]

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Recharge at Rancho 2013 at Rancho Las Lomas… The full story.

We always enjoy our Recharge at Rancho workshops… This year was no exception! The event was sold out and we got to spend the day with a great group of photographers. This year we made a few changes. We had a slightly smaller group, and we shared all the classroom information before lunch so that […]

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  • July 22, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    mark - Wowww its so amazing…its very good job..and good pictureReplyCancel

    • July 22, 2013 - 9:43 pm

      admin - Thank you Mark! We really enjoy doing this workshop every Memorial Day!ReplyCancel

Let There Be Light! Indoors and Out…

We love photographing weddings! And the photographic challenges that come along, like less than ideal lighting, limited time, etc. This is why I love the opportunity to photograph portraits, especially in a studio environment where your imagination is the limit. We always look forward to our Studio and Environmental Portrait Workshops at Samy’s Camera. We […]

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  • April 13, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Tye - Great tips!ReplyCancel

    • October 1, 2013 - 12:41 pm

      admin - Thank you Rob! We love working in the studio… It’s great to experiment with lighting. It’s more about having the time, using your imagination and having a good subject than the gear…. But the right gear sure helps… We appreciate your comment. Keep in touch!ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Rob - I love the lighting in the studio photos, adds a nice soft touch to the portraits.


Sometimes, your flash likes to be outside, away from the camera…

We had a great engagement session in San Francisco recently, we worked with a great couple! Carol and Greg love their City and took us to a handful of great places… Including Treasure Island. They like the view of the City from this location. Because we wanted to be at the beach with the Golden […]

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  • April 12, 2013 - 8:52 am

    David - I am a new photographer, wanting to learn more about engagement and wedding photography, and I find these posts very helpful. Its great how you show the exact thought process the photographer goes through. This site is becoming my favorite photography site!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

    David - In the second picture, the brides face has some shadow on it, I was wondering would it have been a good idea to have a second umbrella in front of the couple, or on the other side of the couple, to help solve that?ReplyCancel

    • April 12, 2013 - 9:23 am

      admin - Thank you for your comments David! I’m glad you enjoy the posts. I’m trying to do them more often… Regarding that second image; we did lots of photos in that area, the ones with the couple looking towards the camera and towards the light worked best. In that image the bride is still getting some light from the umbrella bouncing off the groom’s face. A second umbrella would have resulted in the light being a bit flat. Also, when doing an engagement session in different locations, it’s not always practical to set up lots of lighting, there’s so much gear you can bring and it slows you down… Thanks again for your comments… Keep in touch!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    Carly Street - That’s a really interesting lighting setup & makes the subjects’ skin look so pretty & soft. Shooting w/ overhead sun has always been a fear of mine & I don’t like the look of a blown out background, so this is a really great alternative. Thanks for sharing :) ReplyCancel

    • April 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm

      admin - Thanks for your note Carly! I know what you mean about shooting in sunlight. There are many factors that can help or hinder here… If your subject is wearing white or a very light color, that could be a problem. If you have enough power (in your flash) you can overcome most problems, of course, this is not always possible, especially if you don’t have a power outlet near by… The larger your light source, (in relation to your subject), the softer the light will be… Shooting outside also brings on another set of issues… How do you keep a large soft box or umbrella from moving around at the beach… Lots of weight and a heavy duty stand or a couple of assistants… Keep in touch!ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Rick Thompson - Another great article, Joe / Mirta. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve learned a lot from you two. Probably “THE” most important Technical items that you showed me was the Overhead Scrim and the light that came through, possibly coupled with a soft flash.

    This single thing has just opened up so much for me.

    Thank you for all your teachings, and the learning’s I glean from articles such as these.

    It’s wonderful learning from a master!

    FYI: just purchased three of Canon’s 600 EX-RT flash head and used them this past Saturday; one as a stand upright with a light modifier on the top. Between the modified “Bare Bulb” knockoff and my on camera flash as a master, lit the entire room. Took me some time “Playing” with it to get it to do what I wanted, now I have to become a master to adjust output to each. Neatest thing I did what to reduce output from the other side of the room. [Still learning, still practicing | getting better]ReplyCancel

    • April 14, 2013 - 3:53 pm

      admin - I’m glad you found this post helpful Rick! Looks like you’re headed the right way! It does take some experimenting to get the OCF just right… Keeping the off camera units on manual is key, in my opinion… That way they are consistent. Thanks for your comment! Keep in touch.ReplyCancel