Shelby Brakken is one of the leading lifestyle and portrait photographers in Portland, Oregon. Today we are lucky enough to learn a little about how she approaches one of the toughest subjects out there: photographing kids! Here's what Shelby has to say . . .
Did you catch up with the last few weeks of photographing food? Here's part 1 and part 2 of this series. I hope you'll stay tuned for a few more thoughts on the matter. Food is such a yummy subject and these long summer days are the perfect time of year to get started.
Although film photography has all but faded into a niche category of photography in the era of digital cameras and camera phone photography, there's still a vibrant enthusiast community dedicated to the art of capturing images using film. I didn't realize how enthusiastic they were until I saw the array of beautiful homemade cameras, some fashioned with lovely carved pieces of wood...
Well, after seeing the post about the clever $10 cardboard bike, I wondered what other cardboard creations might be out there. Turns out there are quite a few, and more surprisingly, even cardboard-constructed tech. We round up 10 of these resourceful alternatives — 5 to buy, and 5 to DIY. Are you board enough to try some?
Did you practice some of the food photography tips from last week? There is so much beautiful natural sunlight available to us in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year, I hope the shutterbugs are having lots of outdoor meals and documenting them obsessively. Read on for some more tips on working with my favorite subject: food!
When I'm on a photo shoot for an Apartment Therapy house tour, I stream my photos from my DSLR camera to my iPad. It allows me to proof images on the fly and in super high resolution so I can make sure things are in focus in the manner I intended. Nearly every person that sees the setup in action asks me, "How are you doing that?"
Personally, I love the all-white, minimalist form factor of the Nikon 1 series (though it does benefit from adding a grip). But not everyone loves an unadorned design, as illustrated by the upcoming launch of this digital camera customization service, pimpyourcam.com...
With all the beautiful summer produce and picnics occurring, I thought it's high time to run a series on photographing food. Food makes the best subject, especially for beginners. Why? It doesn't move, it doesn't talk back or give you attitude, it arrives on time and when you are done making art out of it, you can feast! Over the next few weeks, I'm going address a few tips on shooting food. Let's dig in!
Sometimes in photography it takes more than a single photo to tell the whole story. If we're shooting portraits or an object in a scene, we might take one picture to features the details, with a wider shot to give those details context. Using a diptych, we can display both images side by side to create an interesting composition which lets the viewer explore the subject more completely. Try it yourself using these tools and tips to expand your compositional tool kit with diptychs, triptychs and more.
I'd argue that adequate preparation (and room for spontaneity!) make all worthwhile endeavors go more smoothly. This forethought also usually yields better results. So before your next shoot, brainstorm the possibilities. Here are three tips to keep in mind.