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Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Everyone’s back from their last hoorah Labor Day weekend getaway. The kids are in bed early, lunch is packed, and everyone’s new shoes are ready to be worn.

It’s the first day of school.

Remember, you never get a second chance at a first impression. So, dress for success and hop on the bus! (^^Not like some of these slackers.)

Enjoy the first day back at school if you’re a student, (and if you’re a parent!) Get back into learning mode. Take some new ideas home with you every day. But don’t worry, even if you’re not learning anything fun in school, you can always learn fun things about photography here on Bohm-Marrazzo Photography’s blog. Be sure to do your homework and keep reading our notes…you will be tested.

Happy Learning. 🙂

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Autumn is creeping up on us…

The summer is slowly creeping to an end, and fall is sneaking on in. It’s starting to get a little colder at night. There are a few fallen leaves scattered here and there as the wind gusts through the trees. You’re favorite pumpkin spice coffee drink has reappeared on the menus. The season is changing and Autumn is right around the corner.

Autumn, the ever-sneaky season always finds a way of inching it’s way in when summer is still on everyone’s minds. So why not sneak up on Autumn? Start gathering your school books and pulling out your fall jackets because before you know it, you’ll be needing them!

Happy sneaking. 🙂

 

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Become a Gold Medalist in Sports Photography

With the Olympics commencing the whole world has sports on the brain! If you are one of the lucky people to be holding one of 8 million tickets to go and see the Olympics in London this year, you have got to be prepared to capture some great action shots. Make sure you are ready to catch the jumps, spins, and dives these world class athletes are serving up! And if you’re watching the Olympics from home like us, practice sports photography with your friends and family so you’re ready for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi!

  • Get your priorities straight. Consider using the Shutter Priority Mode in your camera and choose a fast shutter speed! The faster your shutter speed is, the better you will be able to “freeze time,” allowing us to view an action in a way that we can’t typically see with the naked eye.
  • If the lens fits, use it! Choosing which lens to use depends on the types of images you’re going for. Consider telephoto lenses if you are in the nose bleed sections! Maybe try a wide angle lens to get views of the whole stadium environment. Choose a lens with a large aperture opening like f1.8 to allow for better captures in low-light.
  • Use a high ISO! The higher the ISO you use, the more sensitive your camera is to light. This makes it easier to capture the action in low-lighting environments. However, beware of too much grain as the ISO gets into extremes.
  • What’s your angle? When possible, experiment by shooting from different angles to catch the action from all sides.
  • Experiment! Try some things you normally wouldn’t. What happens when you slow your shutter speed way down to show some movement? Or when you shoot from a super low angle? Take a look around, why not shoot some of the reactions in the crowd? Play around!
  • Cover your bases. Be prepared! Bring extra batteries, memory cards, external flash, and different lens options.

Lights, Camera, Shoot!

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On-Location!

Earlier this week we did a photo shoot for a local hospital, highlighting some of their doctors on staff. We composed interesting portraits of doctors that highlighted what these doctors do. There are lots of things to keep in mind when doing on location portraits of professionals. Here are some tips to having a successful on location shoot:

  • Be prepared; think ahead.
  • Work out the lighting before the subject comes by putting in a “stunt person”.
  • If you’re not early, you’re late.
  • Plan where you are going to shoot before you arrive at the location.
  • If you are doing more than one image, make sure you schedule enough time for the “unexpected“.
  • Professionals don’t typically like receiving a make-over at work, but no one has a problem with a dab of anti-shine, which is colorless and invisible. However, it really helps with those nasty forehead shines!
  • If you don’t have time or space to find a good background, don’t waste your subject’s time. Work fast and plan on a background in post-production. This doctor could only spare  5 minutes out of her busy schedule. We needed to show that she was a surgeon, so we asked her to dress in scrubs at her office. And this was the outcome of great post-production work of Gerry Marrazzo.

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