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Black Friday 2013!

29 Nov

Ahhhhhhhh, the adrenaline rush of Black Friday shopping. It’s that one day of the year where you can get the very best top-of-the-line items at an unbelievable value.

We don’t want to deprive you of your adrenaline rush.

Here’s the deal: $100 for $75, $200 for $125 and $300 for $200!  Purchase here.

Whether you’re buying a gift certificate for yourself, your family or for someone else, it’s a fabulous way to build beautiful memories… The Black Friday way!

Not sure how to use or “gift” the session? Here are some great ideas…

– A heirloom portrait of your family to hang on the mantle (after Santa’s stockings come down of course!)DSC_1758

– Some sexy boudoir portraits to give your honey for Valentine’s Day

– Give to Mom to schedule a cherished mother/daughter session

– A beloved fine art pet portrait of your “furry baby”

– Some romantic anniversary photos together

– Baby’s milestone portraits

– Portraits from past sessions

So You Wanna Take Better Pictures Part 2: What is aperture?

5 Jul

For the first How To in this series see So You Wanna Take Better Pictures.

What is aperture?

Aperture: a circular opening that limits the amount of light that can enter and expose the film/sensor.

The aperture size determines the amount of light that is allowed to reach the sensor. We know aperture in F-stops. The smaller the F-stop number then the larger the lens opening (aperture). So an aperture f/2.8 allows more light to reach the sensor than f/5.6 and f/5.6 allows more light than f/22. This can be a little confusing as the bigger the number equals less the light.

Quiz time!

Say that you have a lens and the aperture range is f/1.4 to f/16.

What is the maximum aperture size?
What is the minimum aperture size?

If you answered that f/1.4 is the maximum size and f/16 is the minimum then you score a gazillion gold stars! Why you ask? Because f/1.4 allows the most light (large aperture) and f/16 allows less light (small aperture).

You want to take a picture of Timmy so that he is the only thing in focus and the background is blurred. You can accomplish this with a large aperture. The smaller the number then the larger the aperture size. So an aperture of f/2 will give you that blurry background while Timmy is in focus.

Jane and Rover are playing on a hill and you want all of the picture to be in focus. What aperture size will produce this outcome? A small aperture you say? Another gold star! You select f/16 and grab a clear shot of the bushes, Jane, Rover and the beautiful trees behind them.

Below is an example of an f/3.5 aperture and an f/22 aperture as well as the same picture taken with each. Do you see the differences?





Next we’ll discuss Depth of Field which is directly related to the aperture size.

Got it? Let’s try it and let me know if you have questions or need a little assistance!

traci-marie Rogers
traci-marie Photography

Try It Exercise:
1) Set your camera to Aperture Priority Mode. You will be able to select the aperture to use and the camera will select the shutter speed
2) Find a stationary well lit object that you want to photograph (something near a window or under shade)
3) Set your aperture to f/2 (large aperture) and snap a picture (if you do not have this aperture then select f/3.5)
4) Set your aperture to f/8 (medium aperture) and snap the same picture
5) Set your aperture to f/22 (small aperture) and snap the same picture
6) Look through each image to view the difference between each. Notice what is in focus between each.

What did you find?

Glossary for this lesson:

Aperture: an opening, such as a hole or slit; in a camera, a circular opening that limits the amount of light that can enter and expose the film.

Depth of Field: the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.

Shutter Speed: the rate at which the aperture of a camera opens and closes to let in light and expose the film.

Bring Back the Memories!

14 Jul

Photos are a great way to share your travels with family and friends! Before you start snapping away, take a moment to read the below tips.

Night image of rescue boats from suite balcony on a cruise ship

An interesting night shot of rescue boats taken from the balcony suite of a cruise ship

Tip #1: Plan ahead! Make sure your camera is in good working order before you go, and pack plenty of batteries! You’re going to want to be able to take pictures of everything interesting or beautiful you see, so remember to bring plenty of film/memory cards. And most importantly, plan to have your camera easily accessible! A water and shock resistant case is recommended, but a padded, insulated lunch container works wonderfully as well, and is much less likely to be stolen than a fancy camera bag!

Tip #2: Get in Close! When taking pictures of people, don’t make the mistake of standing too far away. Get close so you can see the expressions on your subjects faces! Zoom in on individuals or capture them from the waist up (also called a 3/4 shot). When photographing individuals against a grand landscape, take some pictures from far away and some up close as well!

Tip #3: Capture the Essence! Everyone loves panoramic scenes and major landmarks, so you’ll definitely want plenty of those. But try to capture the simplicity of the location as well. Try snapping a photo of a brightly colored flower box hanging from the shuttered window of an old Colonial, or the old mailbox at the end of a long, dusty driveway. Chances are it will be more compelling than if you shot the complete scene, like the entire house, lawn, driveway, etc. Focus on the details and you’ll capture the true essence of the location!

Tip #4: Tell a story! Let your pictures tell a story by creating a visual diary of your trip. Include street scenes, interesting signs, menus, and people you see along the way. Don’t be afraid to use an interesting angle rather than simply head-on shots only. Pictures are often more interesting when you can catch people in candid, un-posed moments, so keep your camera handy and let the camera tell your story!

Have a great trip… and don’t forget to make extra copies of your great pictures to share!

Moms Can Shoot Photography Classes

29 May

Mom, most of the images of your child are taken by you.  You want to look back at your photos and remember the fun, the laughs, the love you felt that day instead of wishing your composition looked better, your exposure was cleaner and remembering the frustration of trying to capture the shot.  Or worse – you missed the shot because the image is blurry or over exposed.

A Mom’s Can Shoot private individual or group class will help you capture the images you will be proud to display at your baby’s Senior Graduation party!  Schedule a class with a group of friends for a mom’s night out at a friend’s house or a day of learning while the kids are at school.

We’ll cover:
-10 Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids
-Introduction to Exposure
-Shutter Speed
-Training Wheels
-Using your Camera’s Basic Settings
-Lens Overview

The group class is $100 per person with a minimum of three participants.  The class lasts for 3 hours for 3-5 moms, and can be extended to 4 hours for 6-8 moms (to allot for extra time to answer questions that may come up for a larger group size).

Each mom receives a handout, print supplier information and a list of fun and interesting locations to shoot in the Houston area.

This class can be modified to appeal to dads, teens and children.

traci-marie Photography is also available to speak at mom group meetings.

Contact me for additional details.  I look forward to hearing from all of you moms and Happy Shooting!