Fashion Photography with John Farrar

March 18, 2011 by  
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Ever wanted to know the thought process behind some of John’s amazing images? Join us as the John explains  his thought process, tips and techniques for creating his award-winning images.

. . . a session with the 2010 Photographer of the Year

You may not do wildly creative work, but everyone who owns a camera has got to see what John  Farrar does with his.

This session will be fun, strange, exciting, humorous, oddly beautiful and definitely something you will tell your friends about. Farrar shows us how and yet concludes that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Farrar has a great eye for detail and he admits that he likes to keep humor in his work. Which may be why there is always the unexpected in his work.

We are very proud to have John  Farrar join us here at StudioStyles to bring you a real online adventure that develops your photographic skills. John Farrar is both a photographer and journalist and lives in Brighton on the south coast of England.

This video was shot at Holly Gordon’s – Shooting Outside the Box Workshop  featuring fashion photographer John Farrar.


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Photography Studio for Rent – Jacksonville, Fl

December 3, 2010 by  
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Jacksonville, Florida Photography Rental Studio Program

Here’s a link to a gallery with more images of the studio and props and sets that are included.

Studio Gallery

Take a video tour of the photography studio rental facilities in Jacksonville, Fl.

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Facebook Contest for Studio Lighting Workshop

April 14, 2010 by  
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Win a FREE seat to my next Studio Lighting Workshop.

Here are the  rules for Facebook.

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter
2. You must post the following to your Facebook wall exactly as it appears.

Just wanted to invite everyone to Mike Luter’s next Studio Lighting workshop. You can get more info on the workshop at: http://www.bit.ly/8YdaTI

3. You must post the workshop flyer image below and tag me in the image. We will keep a record of each entry then randomly pick a winner on April 20th.
4. The winner will be notified on April 21st.

Posed Action Sports Photography

March 17, 2010 by  
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Turn a Saturday into $2,000+ Pay Day.

Looking for a way to build your portrait photography business? I know you know someone who has children playing baseball, soccer, or softball in a local youth athletic association. You may not have thought to ask for the name of the person in charge of the leagues photography before, but you can earn a lot of extra money by providing posed action sports photography. It’s easier than you think. This in-depth presentation was recorded from a recent standing-room only seminar.

In this video Frank will show you how to make action sports photography profitable! You will discover how to shoot fewer action photos with less staff, while doubling your weekend’s income.  You’ll learn how to turn a Saturday into $2,000+.

In this 7-part, 100 minute video series, Frank will explain;

  • What equipment is needed to do posed action photography,
  • How to set up a posed action shoot area,
  • How to create a smooth workflow,
  • What products to offer,
  • How to market posed action photography,
  • How to utilize the Internet to obtain additional sales after the event is over.

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Youth Sports Photography is BIG Business

March 15, 2010 by  
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Who else wants to learn how to turn a Saturday into $5,000 (net)?

That’s right, NET!  $5,000 net is just off one average sized league!!

Youth sports photography is one of the few photo market niches expecting sales growth in the next few years.

In this 4-part, 60 minute video we will be focused on how to set-up and organize the perfect league picture day.

Jeff Gump, Gump Sports Photography, is a nationally recognized expert in the youth sports photography business with over 20 years of experience.

  • Why choose youth sports
  • The latest industry news and trends
  • Equipment you will need to be successful
  • Which sports,  which time of the year
  • Planning the perfect Photo Day:  What to bring, how to organize,  and the best workflow

Here’s what previous attendees had to say.

  • “Thank you so much.  I have just began and I am leaving today with GREAT confidence.”
  • “Loved it all!!!  My first time.  Enjoyed the lab visit.  Your staff is super.  The speakers were great.”
  • “Thank you sincerely for all the information.  Loved all the speakers.  Learned a lot.”
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Make-Up Tips For Photographers

November 9, 2009 by  
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When posing for photographs, every model must use makeup. It is important for photographers to know how makeup creates even skin tones and enhances facial features.  (Tip: It’s easier/faster to get it right at the beginning of a shoot than trying to correct it in post production with Photoshop.)

In this video, Amanda shows you step-by-step how to achieve the most popular looks inspired by today’s runway and popular fashion magazines.

These makeup methods are easy to do and will make your portraits extraordinary and memorable.

This DVD will show you how to create the following looks:

• High Fashion
• Everyday Wear
• Colorful Earth-tones
• Retro – inspired by 1960’s Mod-wear
• Pin-Up Model
• Edgy Rocker and Smoky Eyes

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Dream Team Wedding Photographers

September 4, 2009 by  
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You are invited to spend a day following twelve of the best wedding photographers in the industry as they give you extraordinary wedding photography tips while showing you how to photograph a perfect wedding.

On May 11, 2009, approximately 100 photographers from all over Florida arrived at the Serenata Beach Club for the filming of the Dream Team Wedding Photographers Seminar.

The Dream Team Wedding Photographers video takes your through a (mock) wedding from start to finish.  Each photographer demonstrates their unique style on how they photograph a specific part of the wedding day.

Watch as the photographers show you a variety of techniques used to create some of the most amazing wedding-day images.

Getting Ready
Julie Hughes kicks off the video photographing the bride as she prepares for the special day, including all the special details that are always so important to the bride.

Glamour Bridal Portraits
Next, Rick Ferro demonstrates how even the dullest, most difficult area to work with can be transformed. He pulls it off in his signature style photographing glamour bridal portraits in a very small equipment storage room just to show you really can create beautiful portraits just about anywhere.

Formal Groom Portraits
Peggy McAteer presents her segment on the formal groom portraits incorporating another important detail to the day – the car that the bride and groom leave in – an antique car brought in for this special shoot.

Bride with Bridesmaids
Mario Munoz, Jr. brings you back inside to cool down and demonstrate how he interacts and photographs the bride and bridesmaids.

Groom with Groomsmen
Following Mario’s segment, Krystal and Matt Radlinski talk about their techniques when working outdoors with the groom and groomsmen for their portraits.

Couple Portraits
Our beautiful bride and handsome groom then join Sherri Ebert as she demonstrates her style of photographing some very romantic couple portraits.

Family & Bridal Party Group Shots
Next is Susan Michal who shares her style of photographing and posing the entire bridal party for the group portraits.

The Grand Finale
The events of the wedding day video lead up to the grand finale presented by Curt Littlecott and Stephanie Rounds. With a storm brewing in the distance, Curt and Stephanie capture some amazing images of our couple with gorgeous sky color and lightning strikes in the distant.

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While a normal wedding day doesn’t have all this instruction and moves quickly, this video shows you how to prepare for every unforgettable moment.   The wedding photography tips you will get from this 5-hour video will not only make you a better photographer but will show you as a leader in your community.

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High School Senior Portraits – The Senior Girl

June 28, 2009 by  
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In this video we cover photographing the high senior girl from start to finish. We will cover

• Cap and Gown session

• Traditional drape session

• High fashion head shots

• The Casual session

• Full length fashion shots

• & more…

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FREE Photo Tips on Using The Main Light

June 25, 2009 by  
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I have noticed that many new photographers tend to aim their main light source (this could be an umbrella, a softbox, etc…) directly at the subject. While this will definitely light the subject, it’s certainly not the most flattering way to use your light source. In this post, I would like to introduce you to an idea called “feathering the main light”.

By nature, your light source is typically brighter in the center and tends to fall off toward the edges. Therefore, by aiming your light source directly at the subject, it tends to create more specular highlights and can produce hot spots or can cause the highlights to become overexposed.

So next time, instead of just aiming the light right at your subject, try feathering the light. By this I simply mean to direct the light in front of your subject. You should be working with the edge of your light source and not the center of the light source. I will typically turn my soft box horizontally and have most of the light pass in from of the subject, and just work with the light from the back edge of my soft box. By working with the feathered position of the main light, it gives me a softer, more flattering light on my subject.

Not only is feathering the light much more flattering for my subjects, but it allows me to easily work with a reflector as my fill light – by reflecting the light passing in front of the subject into the shadow side of the subject. When working with a large soft box and feathering, this box acts as both the main light and the fill light ( a term referred to as wrap-around lighting). It also helps keep stray light off the background so I can control the brightness of the background through the use of a background light.

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Glamour Head Shot Techniques

May 16, 2009 by  
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The difference between shooting a typical head shot an creating a glamour portrait are really obvious.

The lighting must be flattering, the filters soft and the make-up truly professional. It’s the execution of these principles that will set your work apart.

Our studio technique involves a few simple steps that give us the “Hollywood” look, as demonstrated in the accompanying photo.

For the primary light , we used a Photogenic MonoLight that has been placed into a Halo Light Modifier. The halo gives a soft, low contrast lighting and a quality that sets the mood. The main light is placed on a boom approximately four feet in front of and above the subject. This is the butterfly lighting style frequently used for glamour work.

A silver reflector is placed in front of the model and just out of the camera’s view. The reflector bounces additional light back into the underside of the eyes and chin, filling in the shadow areas. In the photographs in this article you can see a small catchlight in the lower half of the eyes as a result of the reflector.

The next step in the set-up is the background light. By using a background light and various color gels it is possible to change the color of the background without physically changing the seamless paper. In this photograph I used color gels over the light source to coordinate the color of the light with the clothing color and the mood desired.

The background light used in the photographs accompanying this article was a Photogenic Powerlight fitted with a 7 inch parabolic reflector, covered with a gel and adjusted to emit equal power as the main light (metered just above shoulder level). This allows the light to fall-off at the edges of the photograph. By changing color gels, the feeling of the photograph can be changed in seconds, and you will be able to give the customer a variety of looks to choose from.

To determining what color various gels will produce at different ratios to the main light, you will need to shoot a test roll and record the settings so they can be reproduced easily. Then, experiment with a combination of different colors.

In this lighting set-up make sure none of the main light spills onto the background and contaminates it. The subject was placed approximately eight feet from the background and the main light was feathered down to prevent spill over light onto the background.

To create a more dramatic look in each of the portraits, a hair light was placed directly behind the model’s head adding light to the hair. The hair light is a Photogenic Powerlight fitted with a four inch parabolic reflector. The reflector must be small enough to hide behind the subject’s head without being seen. When metering for the hair, I hold the meter at the back of the head and point it toward the light. Depending on the model’s hair color, I adjust the hair light to main light as follows:

Black + 1/2 to + 1 stop

Brown – equal to main

Medium to dark blond hair – 1/2 to 1 stop less

Blonds – -1 stop to 1 1/2 stop

Occasionally I will add different color gels to the hair light to create an entirely different mood and feeling.

Another vital key in glamour photography is make-up, and yes, a professional stylist is essential for top results. In my studio, I never do a glamour session without a professional stylist. The stylist is crucial because everyday make-up is very different from photographic make-up. Since lighting used on the set is relatively flat, the make-up must be applied so it doesn’t look flat. Therefore, the make-up used is heavier and more contrasting than everyday wear.

To flatter the face still more, use soft or very soft, focus filters. You may even want to combine several soft focus filters for an even softer effect. These filters are a must in glamour work and they also help keep the retouching costs to a minimum. My clients love them. Although, now with digital we typically add this effect afterwards in Photoshop.

And yours will, too. With soft focus, soft light, a soft touch and just the right make-up, they’ll look better than they really do.

Which is what we all want anyway, isn’t it.

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