Still Life Photography

Still Life  To start off, I never thought I would be excited to go and pick up herbs and tags to shoot on a table I built. NEVER. After I got everything set up, I was so stoked to start. Lately Ive been shadowing other local accomplished photographers and watching the processes they do when they setup, shoot, and edit. I can tell you its mind blowing how much it different from the way that I’ve been doing it since its started. I even spent some time on a video production and showed my “mentor” (if you will) my old …

Gradient Banding

Bye, Bye Gradient Banding How many of my digital photographer friends have really great pictures of landscapes, or night time long exposures, that are totally mutilated by banding? Whether or not its color or black and white. I found an action (took a little tweaking, but it took the banding out) www.nomorebanding.com Everyone else that is not familiar with ‘banding’ its when you can clearly see where colors blend togethers, most times its grey’s (above, I smoothed it out) and blues. Where the colors step to fade out or get deeper. If you need an example “google color banding” Look at …

Fill Light

Fill Light and the importance  First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and you (the reader/visitor) for making it possible to do what I so dearly love. I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding announcements of two close friends. They’ve been so supportive, and I’m glad they elected to have me photograph such a major step in both their lives. I think this “job” was so cool because I had the opportunity to watch them grow together since the beginning. I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when he proposed. …

Depth of Field

How important is Depth of field? I think perspective is the most important part of photography because it makes the subject interesting. DEPTH OF FIELD: noun;  the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that give an image judged to be in focus in a camera.   This allows you to isolate the subject in a very crisp manner, while everything (foreground/ background) is completely out of focus. If you look at the image above you notice the that the fingertips and the wooden house are in focus, while her thumbs and face are not. This comes with the …

Maternity Mini-Session

I did a maternity mini session, I’ve never done one before, I’ve spent so much time looking at maternity pictures lately to see what angles to use, what styling, I noticed many of them are in a studio. There are a few problems I have with that, (a) I don’t have a studio available at the drop of a hat. (b) I don’t have lights for it (c) I prefer outdoor photography. I think shooting in a comfortable setting is the most important thing. regardless if its inside or out. Kate is such a wonderful spirit, she didn’t have a …

Skateboarding Photography

Irving Juarez, Skating the gnarliest loading dock in Conway. check the landing… thats right. the same texture as a cheese grader. So, if you can imagine riding a rolling piece of wood across a gravel pit, that would be the fear factor you’d have to face. Irving reps “lost soul” skateboards and “disposable dreams” apparel. He’s a local ripper, nice guy, and hype man if you need him to be. I think he just loves to skateboard. He’s all about the culture, and riding his skateboard. **Tech Stuff** So I took a huge leap of faith, I spent the money …

Beach Photography

I’ve never been able to take pictures like the one above. I’ve always wanted to. Thankfully I had the opportunity to earlier this year. I think it was probably about 55-60 degrees and KT (my model for the day) was a real trooper. We scoped around for about 30 minutes until we found a secluded part that she and I both felt comfortable shooting in, we lugged the light, light stand, battery, cables and cords, chair, and camera to a pretty sweet spot where we could set the shot up. I don’t normally take photographs of women… let alone ones …

Commercial Photography

Screen shots directly from amazon.com I’ve been hired to do a few projects for this supplement company, I like the simplicity of the brand. They sponsor some gaming, crossfit, and weightlifting events. Solid group of level headed guys to work with. I really enjoy the company has the consumers health in mind during development. No chemicals, no aspartame. Low Calories and Gluten Free Slow Release Energy No Banned Substances No Unnecessary Additives No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Sweeteners, or Preservatives It actually tastes pretty good, But I’m not going to sit here and endorse it, I just enjoy doing work for theses …

Travel: Greenwood, SC

I’ll be the first to say it, “I don’t go outside enough.” I spend too much time working behind a computer and staring out the window, I spend too much time driving from job to job. I spend way too much time glued to my phone. Ask yourself this, When was the last time you just laid on your back staring at the open sky? Why? Is it too cold where you are? Chances are that you just make excuses about why you can’t even spend five minutes laying on your back with someone you love, and silently looking into …

Portrait: Justin Tipper

Jonstell.pass.us/tipper Click the link to see the entire shoot. I’ll also make it available in the “Gallery” tab. This Is Mr. Justin Tipper. A fine bearded man from central South Carolina, He’s and avid Bike rider, and quite a gentleman to speak with. We discussed the growing “fad” if you will, with beards. It seems like its really grown in the past year, which is a really great thing for guys with sensitive faces. We discussed how much more comfortable it is to grow one, than to take a sharp razor and run it over our faces. Im not a …