Creative Photography on a Budget

I’ve always wanted to create a compilation of all the things I’ve learned and my best work in order to help others and show my employers. I thought it would be a great idea to do it for my Senior Project so I created a trade book in which I curated the best of my photography projects during my time at BYU-Idaho. I wrote short essays to talk about the behind the scenes, tips and tricks to create magazine looking photography on a very tight budget and also to know which is the most affordable and reliable equipment available to set up a mobile studio as a college student.

I decided that the format that I would choose to display my project would be a trade book. I think this way would be very beneficial for my career because I can showcase it in two mediums, through PDF on my website and also in a physical copy that I can bring along to future job interviews. I think this project will be beneficial for my career goals because I can show the quality of my photography work and also in design. It will also demonstrate that I am someone who’s creative not just in the art aspect but creative in solving problems like I write about in my trade book. Through my short essays I explain how i managed to have a mobile and lightweight studio under $350, create magazine looking photography as a college student and on a very tight budget. This will tell my future employers that I am a valuable asset, capable of adjusting to any situation and able to create amazing projects in spite of harsh circumstances.

My initial estimated expenses calculation went around $30 but after researching more I was able to find a company that creates really good quality trade book prints for under $10. So I was able to design everything from scratch on Adobe Photoshop (which I already owned) and then import my files unto their free software to create the page layout.

Also in my trade book I included a list of products with their respective photos from Amazon (which I don’t own) in order to showcase better the specifics of each one of the studio tools that I own and recommend. Along with that, I added the prices (to the date of June 2020) that were displayed in amazon.com at the time of producing the book. I considered it would be helpful so it would give an estimate of what to expect when buying studio materials as a college student.

Read Creative Photography on a Budget

RAW Artist Showcase Submission

Learn How I submitted my work and got a sponsored Showcase!

Not very long ago I wanted to try something I never tried before. I wanted to send my work to an organization and see if they sponsor me. I found an organization called RAW Artist and they specialize in helping independent artist showcase their work in a gallery, network and sell their artwork, if possible. They are taking applications right now for Idaho and Utah (and their sponsored showcases will happen in Boise and Salt Lake City, respectively). From the moment I filled out an application and send my photos to them, it took less than a week for them to reach out and accept my submission.

This is also kind of how it works after your work is selected: “The business model is set up to allow artists the opportunity to not pay out of pocket for fees associated with the production of their showcase. To cover these costs, artists can sell 20 tickets to the showcase. The tickets cover costs of production and staff. If all 20 tickets are sold, the artists earn $10 for every ticket they sell after the full 20 ticket commitment is fulfilled.”

Also these are some of the pictures I submitted to be displayed in their next showcase:

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion

horror, scary, hands, claws, photoshop, fruit

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion

If you want to learn more about this organization, check RAW Artist website.

Comm 316 Best Work

Professional Imaging Class Portfolio

One of my biggest inspirations in photography is classic cinema, specifically a film genre called neo-noir and italian giallo.The first one is known for its meticulous use of light and shadow, creating chiaroscuro and the second for its employ of strongly stylized and occasionally surreal uses of vibrant colors. I’ve always been captivated by both genres so I developed my own style by merging both and called it neon noir. I love vibrant colors and unusual combinations, but I the same time I love balancing the darkness and the light in my pictures.

Some of the valuable things that I was able to learn through the Comm316 class was to reach out and speak to people even though I might not know them, because for these photo shoots most of the models in my pictures where people that I had to reach out through social media (without knowing them) and just ask. And 100% of the time, it worked and I felt as if the creative ideas and impulses had no limit because I overcame my fear of reaching out.

 

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Creative Portfolio for Photographers

How to Market your Photography business in a Creative way

One of my biggest inspirations in photography is classic cinema, specifically a film genre called neo-noir and italian giallo.The first one is known for its meticulous use of light and shadow, creating chiaroscuro and the second for its employ of strongly stylized and occasionally surreal uses of vibrant colors. I’ve always been captivated by both genres so I developed my own style by merging both and called it neon noir. I love vibrant colors and unusual combinations, but I the same time I love balancing the darkness and the light in my pictures.

Because of that I decided to create a series of photo shoots where this two genres could be merge and where I could put to test my cinematography skills, by not only taking a portrait but telling a story as if it was a snap shot from a movie. To make this happen, I wanted to have all of those photographs displayed in a way that could be portable and useful for future job related interviews. So I planned and designed a “creative portfolio set” that included the following: A matte black wooden box with my logo printed on both sides, containing my 10 best shots of my Neon Noir project; and a card that I designed meant to be a “short” resume/introduction about me and my skills.

Some of the valuable things that I was able to learn through this project was to reach out and speak to people even though I might not know them, because for these photoshoots most of the models in my pictures where people that I had to reach out through social media (without knowing them) and just ask. And 100% of the time, it worked and I felt as if the creative ideas and impulses had no limit because I overcame my fear of reaching out.

 

Personal, Project, portfolio, photography, resume, card, creative

Personal, Project, portfolio, photography, resume, card, creative

Personal, Project, portfolio, photography, resume, card, creative

Personal, Project, portfolio, photography, resume, card, creative

If you would like to have a box like this one for your own portfolio or to send to your clients you can design it yourself and order it through McKenna Pro Website.

Incredible Indoor Light Painting

Create Incredible Indoor Light Painting easy

Many starting photographer have a fear of shooting night pictures. Photos at night come out blurry, and its hard to get a sharp image if the subject is not well lit. For this project I wanted to try exactly that, making long exposure portraits but making them amazing.

For all of the following pictures I used only a flashlight, a tripod and my settings for long exposure. It was already dark at night, so we turned off the lights inside, which is perfect for long exposure. So, I set my camera on my tripod and started to light the objects on the table. This is how my pictures turned out:

long exposure, light painting, still life, food, vegetables

long exposure, light painting, still life, food, milk, eggs

long exposure, light painting, doctor, intruments

long exposure, light painting, still life, food, milk,

If you want to get more ideas on how to improve your long exposure photos and light paintings, I suggest going to the Digital Photography School Website

Amazing Outdoor Long Exposure

Creating Amazing Long Exposure Portraits at Night

A lot of people and starting photographer have a fear of shooting pictures, specially portraits at night. This is because pictures at night come out blurry, and its hard to get a sharp image if the subject is not well lit. For this project I wanted to try exactly that, making long exposure portraits but making them amazing.

For most of the following pictures I used a set of LEDs, a tripod and my settings for long exposure. It was already dark at night which is perfect for long exposure. So, I set my camera on my tripod and with the help of another person lighting the subject with the LEDs I was able to capture this pictures:

long exposure, light, grafitti, mask

For this picture in particular, I used a Godox Strobe, had the subject jump right at the flash of the strobe and then while the long exposure was still going had someone draw patterns with some LED lights attached to a bike wheel. The result came out looking like this:

long exposure, coat, hat, blur, light, rockstar

long exposure, light, portrait, multiple

long exposure, light, rockstar, lines

If you want to get more ideas on how to improve your long exposure photos and portraits, I suggest going to the Wescott University Website.

Epic Environmental Portraits (part 3)

Amazing Environmental Portraits Anywhere

As I posted recently, I visited the Grad Teton National Park not very long ago. Due to its location, we were able to get amazing photography in the surrounding areas. But besides having beautiful surroundings, just by walking around the park property I was able to find great spots that turned out to be beautiful and amazing photography.

I wanted to take a photo of hikers, the mountains behind and then the sky well exposed. But since i was doing it at a time that the sun was so harsh it looked very bright and couldn’t get the exposure right on everything. To solve that i used Godox speed lights to overcome the sunlight. By using it I was able to get everything together and this is how my pictures turned out.

 Epic, Environmental, Portraits, hiker, tetons

 Epic, Environmental, Portraits, hiker, tetons

 Epic, Environmental, Portraits, hiker, tetons

If you want to get more ideas on how to improve your environmental photos, I suggest going to the Expert Photography Website.

 

 

Epic Environmental Portraits (part 2)

Create Amazing Environmental Portraits

Recently, I visited the Grad Teton National Park. Due to its location, we were able to get amazing photography in the surrounding areas. But besides having beautiful surroundings, just by walking around the Sky Mountain Lodge property I was able to find great spots that turned out to be beautiful photo for amazing environmental photography.

I wanted to take a photo of hikers, the mountains behind and then the sky well exposed. But since i was doing it at a time that the sun was so harsh it looked very bright and couldn’t get the exposure right on everything. To solve that i used a reflector to bounce back the sunlight available. By using it I was able to get everything together and this is how my pictures turned out.

tetons, native american, mountains, extended arms, nature

hiker, tetons, lake, nature

hiker, tetons, backpack, lake, nature

If you want to get more ideas on how to improve your environmental photos, I suggest going to the Expert Photography Website.

Epic Environmental Portraits (part 1)

Learn How to Create Amazing Environmental Portraits Anywhere

Recently, I visited Sky Mountain Lodge, which is a location previously used by BYU-Idaho’s excursion. The lodge is located 1/2 mile off of highway. 33 and 3.5 miles from Victor, Idaho. Due to its location, we were able to get amazing photography in the surrounding areas.

But besides having beautiful surroundings, just by walking around the Sky Mountain Lodge property I was able to find great spots that turned out to be beautiful photo for amazing architecture photography.

I wanted to take a photo of a lumberjack, a cabin behind it and then the sky well exposed. But since i was doing it at a time that the sun was so harsh it looked very bright and couldn’t get the exposure right on everything. To solve that i used a flash bender and to light the subject but on my camera without triggering the flashes, the picture looked very under exposed. By using the speed light I was able to get everything together and this is how the process of the before and after looked, including the post-photoshoot.

sky, cabin, lumber jack, exposed, sky, sky mountain lodge

sky, cabin, lumber jack, exposed, subject, sky mountain lodge

sky, cabin, lumber jack, exposed, subject, sky mountain lodge, photoshop composite

sky, cabin, lumber jack, exposed, subject, sky mountain lodge, photoshop, composite, black and white

If you want to get more ideas on how to improve your environmental photos, I suggest going to the Expert Photography Website.

Incredible Architecture Photography Wherever you are

You can create Amazing Architecture Photography anywhere you are

Sky Mountain Lodge is a location previously used by BYU-Idaho excursions. The lodge is located ½ mile off of highway 33 and 3.5 miles from Victor, Idaho. Due to its location, we were able to get amazing photography in the surrounding areas.

But besides having beautiful surroundings, just by walking around the Sky Mountain Lodge property I was able to find great spots that turned out to be beautiful photos for amazing architecture photography. Here are some outdoors and indoors architecture photos that I liked the most:

cabin, trees, sunlight, snow, cold

window, cabin, ice, snow, cold, trees

window, cabin, ice, cold

And finally I wanted to add some human element to the environment. I added food to make it more interesting, both pictures where shot with the available lighting coming through the windows, this is how it ended up looking:

model, apple, pie, DIY, product, photography

model, drink, warm, DIY, product, photography

If you want to get more ideas on how to make creative and beautiful photography like this I suggest going to the Expert Photography website to learn how to do it more in depth.

Secrets to Create Amazing Food Photography

How to shoot Food Photography like a Professional using material in your own home

As I often tell people, one e of my favorite things to do is to take something that looks complicated and expensive to do and turn it into something affordable and simplified in technique. And if I don’t have to leave my home, what a better project ! This is was one of those cases. All of these pictures where taken inside the kitchen, no equipment or fancy studio to achieve them besides my camera and a speed light.

I wanted to try doing a dessert and making it pop out of the picture. I kept changing the light for this one to see what I came up with. Here I had the wood counter as part of the photo. I also had a black poster board functioning as my seamless backdrop. I had a light placed directly on top of my subject which in this case was the cake. This is how it ended up looking:

chocolate, cake, DIY, product, photography

For this next picture I used the natural light available in the kitchen through an opened window, and this what I came up with:

pie, DIY, product, photography

Here I had a placing mat as part of the photo to add texture to the picture. I also had a black poster board functioning as my seamless backdrop. I had the same set up as the first cake picture, I had a speed light o one side. This is how it ended up looking:

soup, warm, DIY, product, photography

And finally I wanted to add some human element to the food to make it more interesting, both pictures where shot with the available lighting coming through the windows, this is how it ended up looking:

model, apple, pie, DIY, product, photography

model, warm, drink, DIY, product, photography

If you want to get more ideas on how to make creative and beautiful photography like this I suggest going to the Digital Photography School website to learn how to do it more in depth.

Create Amazing Splashing Water Photography

Learn how I did these amazing Spraying and Waterdrop Photography

One of my favorite things to do is to take something that looks complicated and expensive to do and turn it into something affordable and simplified in technique. This is one of those cases. Both of those pictures where taken inside the kitchen, no equipment or fancy studio to achieve them besides my camera and a speed light.

The first picture was pretty easy to do I had a speed light flashing on one side and a crystal bowl fulled with water. On the top there was a bag with water and a tiny little hole to keep it dropping water simultaneously as I was shooting. On top of the bowl, pasted on the wall, I had a paper printed with multiple colors and patterns that I exchanged to create different feels to the photo. This was one of my favorites:

water drop, colors, DIY, photography

Then I wanted to try fruits and water to see what I came up with. Here I had the counter as part of the photo to reflect back the water and the shape of the fruit. I also had a black poster board functioning as my seamless backdrop. I had the same set up as the last picture, I had a speed light o one side. And then had someone else spray water at the orange slices at the same time I was shooting. This is how it ended up looking:

water, spray, fruit, DIY, photography

Shave, Cream, Photo, Product, water drops

If you want to get more ideas on how to make creative and beautiful photography like this I suggest going to PetaPixel website to learn how to do it more in depth.

High Quality Printing of Fine Art on a Budget

Learn How to get High Quality Prints for your own Fine Art without spending a lot of money

This week I worked on printing one of my favorite photos I’ve taken and I decided to go with Neon Noir. I think everyone agrees that having a good quality print is such a hassle. You just can’t walk to your local Walmart and expect to have a professional level print as a photographer without braking the bank. So for this challenge, I order a print through McKenna Pro, a website that specializes in delivering to your home high quality prints.

Here’s the before and after of my photo, it has a slight change in exposure and saturation of color but it’s mostly the same because the picture looked just how I wanted right from the start in camera.

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion

The way I ordered my print was through their software, once there I picked the 16×24 metallic print on a styrene mount and because I cad a discount code with them i was able to get it for $10 when it’s around $17 originally.

It took a week to get it physically but it was totally worth it. The colors looked so good and so rich and intense, I was obsessed. After getting it ready on a frame, I was able to display it, where it currently is, in the main floor of the Jacob Spori Building in the Brigham Young University–Idaho campus. This is how it looked:

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion, mounted print

model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion, print

Also, check out what the McKenna Pro website services are if you are interested in photographic prints here.

Getting your Photos through Photoshop for Post Production

Boost your Creativity by editing in Photoshop

For this project, besides setting all the plans and arrangements during the shoots, I edited in Lightroom Classic. Once done that, I wanted to add something more to the picture and make the “creative juices” flow in order to come up with something different. So, after editing on Lightroom I went and used Photoshop to add different elements to the original material. Here’s what I came up with after editing:

Photoshop, Edit, Cabin, Tetons, Trees, Lumberjack, Black & White

For this picture I shot in Sky Mountain Lodge in Victor, Idaho. I used the Rouge FlashBender to expose both the sky and the model properly. Also the available natural light was my light source. The original picture looked like this.

cabin, photoshop, edit, lumberjack

I added another picture that I took close to the Tetons and the new background for the picture.

Nature, tetons, before, photoshop

Also I came up with this picture. This one was taken close the the Teton National Park.

Photoshop, Edit, Cabin, Tetons, Sky, Native Americans

Originally it looked like this.

Photoshop, Edit, Cabin, Tetons, Sky, Native Americans

Then I just added a royalty free image of the sky to change the background. This image I got it from the free stock photo website https://www.pexels.com/

royalty free, sky

And finally I did this picture in my studio.

Photoshop, Edit, Gentleman, Fashion, Man, Hat, Sunglasses, Black & White

I added a royalty free image that has a lot of texture. This image I got it from the free stock photo website https://www.pexels.com/Photoshop, Edit, Texture, Royalty Free, White

And this is how the original picture looked without the Photoshop editing.

Photoshop, Edit, Gentleman, Fashion, Man, Hat, Sunglasses, Black & White

Also, check out what the Adobe Photoshop website advices when combining images in creative ways here.

Creative Fashion Photoshoot for Accessories

Create your own fashion photoshoot on a budget

I love Fashion/Editorial photography and because its one of my passions I’m always looking for ways to shoot amazing professional looking photographs but at the same time save money. Last week I was able to do a fashion photoshoot like no other. In the past I’ve shot 1 or 2 people on the same day when I’ve done fashion/editorial photography. But this time we had over 12 models being shot simultaneously! It was such an exciting and fun project, here are some of the Men’s fashion category that I was able to shoot.

Fashion, hugo boss ad, photoshoot, black & white
model, accesories, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, accesories, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, accesories, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

For this photo I wanted to turn it more like an ad that you would see on a magazine, so when I shot it I just left the necessary negative space to later add the logo and words on Photoshop.

fashion, ad, nike, sport, active, photoshoot

And finally this last set of pictures are the place where I was able to take the photos and that was kindly opened for us by the owner. The Venue at Rigby. ID is a great, elegant and spacious place perfect for photoshoots, events, parties, etc.

fahion, editorial, photoshoot, venue, architecture
fahion, editorial, photoshoot, venue, architecture
fahion, editorial, photoshoot, venue, architecture

If you want to know more about editorial or fashion photography check out Sew Port Website on How To Do a Successful Fashion Photoshoot.

Creative Fashion Photoshoot for Couples/Groups

Create your own fashion photoshoot on a budget

As part of last week’s fashion photoshoot, we had over 12 models being shot simultaneously! This was a fashion photoshoot like no other. In the past I’ve shot 1 or 2 people on the same day when I’ve done fashion/editorial photography. But having 12 models ready to pose in different stations was crazy fun!

model, group, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, group, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

Besides doing regular women’s fashion and because of the occasion, we went ahead and had other models pose with a Halloween theme. The makeup was done on site by the talented Cami Judd. The models brought their own props and wardrobe according to the theme.

model, group, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

In the last Halloween themed picture we wanted a little bit more drama so we used LED lights to light the background and also colored LED’s for the face, both in red and green.

model, group, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

If you want to know more about editorial or fashion photography check out Sew Port Website on How To Do a Successful Fashion Photoshoot.

Creative Women’s Fashion Photoshoot

Create your own fashion photoshoot on a budget

The past week I was able to do a fashion photoshoot like I’ve never done before. In other occasions, I’ve shot 1 or 2 people on the same day when I’ve done fashion/editorial photography. This time we had over 12 models being shot simultaneously! It was crazy fun!

The models were all gorgeous and very talented as you can tell. Here are some of the Women’s fashion category that I was able to shoot.

model, female, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, female, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

Besides doing regular women’s fashion and because of the occasion, we went ahead and had other models pose with a Halloween theme. The makeup was done on site by the talented Cami Judd. The models brought their own props and wardrobe according to the theme.

model, female, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, female, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

In the last Halloween themed picture we wanted a little bit more drama so we used LED lights to light the background and also colored LED’s for the face, both in deep red and green.

model, female, fahion, editorial, photoshoot, halloween

If you want to know more about editorial or fashion photography check out Sew Port Website on How To Do a Successful Fashion Photoshoot.

Creative Men’s Fashion Photoshoot

Create your own fashion photoshoot on a budget

Last week I was able to do a fashion photoshoot like no other. In the past I’ve shot 1 or 2 people on the same day when I’ve done fashion/editorial photography. But this time we had over 12 models being shot simultaneously!

It was such an exciting and fun project, here are some of the Men’s fashion category that I was able to shoot.

model, male, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, male, fahion, editorial, photoshoot
model, male, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

Besides doing regular men’s fashion and because of the occasion, we went ahead and had other models pose with a Halloween theme. The makeup was done on site by the talented Cami Judd. The models brought their own props and wardrobe according to the theme.

model, male, fahion, editorial, photoshoot

In the last Halloween themed picture we wanted a little bit more drama so we used LED lights to light the background and also colored LED’s for the face, both in red and green.

model, male, fahion, editorial, photoshoot, halloween

If you want to know more about editorial or fashion photography check out Sew Port Website on How To Do a Successful Fashion Photoshoot.

Golden Hour / Blue Hour Fine Art

Create Fine Art Photography wherever you are

One of my favorite shots of my trip to the Grand Teton National Park was the following. For this picture we left really early in the morning, around 5am in order to be in time. The sun was barely rising and there was a lot of morning fog due to the high temperatures. Because of this the picture came out looking very moody in color and atmosphere.

Tetons, mountains, snow, pines, fog, blue hour
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

In the other hand, this picture was almost at the end of our trip, we changed a little or original course in order to find a spot that has a beautiful overlook on top of a hill and you get to see the mountains. This was around sunset that’s why the trees looked darker and the light hits the mountains only.

mountains, snow, pines, fog, blue hour
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage
Tetons, mountains, snow, pines, fog, blue hour
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

And finally, for this picture, we were at the Grand Teton National Park. So, after the sun had risen I got closer to the river. Since it was very cold part of it was frozen so the muddy areas were a little more stable to walk on carefully. Because I got closer I was able to capture this photo but also able to get the peak of the Tetons on it.

If you want to know more about nature photography tips visit Outdoor Photographer Website to help you to master the technique and skills needed.

Fine Art in Sky Mt. Lodge

Create Fine Art Photography wherever you are

Sky Mountain Lodge is a location previously used by BYU-Idaho excursions. The lodge is located ½ mile off of highway 33 and 3.5 miles from Victor, Idaho. Due to its location, we were able to get amazing photography in the surrounding areas.

But besides having beautiful surroundings, just by walking around the Sky Mountain Lodge property I was able to find great spots that turned out to be beautiful photos for one art prints later.

Right after it had snowed I took a macro tube along with my 24-120mm and I was able to capture the early morning snow fresh on the grass.

grass, snow, wild, water drop
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

I was also able to capture the ice sickles on top of one of the cabin’s windows. The dark wood and the white snow makes a great contrast.

Tetons, mountains, snow, cabin
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage
Tetons, mountains, fall, pines
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

And finally, after taking a walk a little bit up hill inside the property I lowered my position to get the hay as my foreground, creating this cool effect against the mountains and the sky.

If you want to know more about nature photography tips visit Outdoor Photographer Website to help you to master the technique and skills needed.

Fine Art at Grand Teton National Park

Create Fine Art Photography wherever you are

I’m a photographer based in Idaho and as many of you may know Idaho is full of beautiful scenery, wildlife and mountain. The most famous ones are the Tetons, so for these photos I traveled to the Grand Teton National Park.

I didn’t traveled alone, actually my whole photography class traveled with me and we stopped in several spots to get beautiful images like the following.

Most of these pictures (4/5 actually) where taken on the same spot, which was literally right next to the road. So we stopped the van because there was this amazing view of the Tetons, trees and horses, all in the same place!

Tetons, mountains, snow, pines
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage
tetons, horse, wild, black
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

This picture was the exception, we went to a different area of the park that overlooks a beautiful lake and I just stood right behind one of the trees and hold a branch so if would create a nice foreground.

Tetons, mountains, snow, pines, lake
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

Finally, these are the rest of the pictures taken at the same spot that was right next to the road.

Tetons, mountains, snow, pines, fence
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage
Tetons, mountains, snow, horse, black
Fine Art by Ericka Sanders–Lage

If you want to know more about nature photography tips visit Outdoor Photographer Website to help you to master the technique and skills needed.

Creating a Conceptual Ad from scratch

Make your Photos look like a Professional Ad

I’ve always loved to DIY my way into photo shoots and one of my passions besides photography is finding ways to make hard and expensive things affordable and achievable. For this project I had a set up of a wood texture print and some dry leaves too adorn. I just had my shampoo be the subject of my ad and this is how my ad turn after tweaking it a little:

Conceptual, Ad, shampoo, nature

My original picture did not turn out that awesome, this is how it looked originally. Still, it was pretty okay.

Conceptual, Ad, shampoo, nature, before

I was able to get this result thanks to the awesome set up provided. I had two dimmable LED lights that you can get from amazon on opposite sides. One was set up on a warmer light (the one lighting the back of the bottle to create the illusion of sunlight), and two less warm sources of light, the other LED placed diagonally to the product and finally a soft box with continuous lighting.

Conceptual, Ad, shampoo, nature, behind the scenes

If you want to know more about this check out Big Commerce Website on How to Master Product Photography on a Tight Budget.

Product Photography like a Professional

Indoors and Outdoors product photography

I’m a Communication student who loves photography ever since childhood. Throughout my life I’ve tries different ways to make something love as if it was done by a professional although mostly all of those times I didn’t had the “high end” equipment to achieve it.

For this post I did several different styles of product photography with everyday materials that are very inexpensive. For example on this first photo the background is just a print with some cool texture. Then the rest is just dark rock tray under the spoons and spices.

Spices, Product, Photography
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For this other one we had a white background and then using plexiglass as a table I lit up underneath it with RGB lights.

Perfume, Product, Photo, neon
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Here it was pretty simple just a black poster board on the background a table placing mat as the surface to add texture and then arranged all the ingredients in a pleasing manner.

Soup, Photo, Product, tomato, warm
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On the same plexiglass of before I just turn off the RGB lights, kept everything pretty bright to simulate a bathroom and added the products and sprayed some water to add to the overall theme.

Shave, Cream, Photo, Product
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Finally I went and tired some product shots outside and here I only used available natural light and a reflector.

Product, Photo, Boots, Snow
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While on this last picture I had a Godox strobe lights set up to expose the background and the subject at the same level.

Nature, Model, Photo, Tetons
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If you want to know more about this visit Expert Photography Website for Tips to Help You Improve Your Nature Photography Skills

Studio Quality Invisible Black Background

Create a seamless black background with just a flash

You don’t need a photo studio to have a seamless background in your photographs. For this project I just had one speedlight. My settings were ISO was 100, f/11, 1/200. I wanted to recreate the iconic hands of The Creation of Adam so I lit the hands from the left top corner using a speedlight with the flash bender and a diffuser.

Creation of Adam, hands, seamless background, speedlights

This is how the second picture looked. My settings were ISO was 100, f/16, 1/200. I set up the fruit on my desk in the classroom and a speedlite using the flash bender and a diffuser over it. I decreased the exposure of the lighter areas of the table in post.

fruits, seamless background, speedlights

 

fruits, seamless background, speedlights, behind the scenes, set up

Visit Emilee Wright Website on How to create your own Studio Quality Invisible Black Background to learn more tips and tricks!

Imitating Movie Poster Quality

Redoing a movie poster with inexpensive materials

 

I’m a huge fan of horror and I love extravagant and dramatic color design in art. When I found the “giallo” film Suspiria by the Italian filmmaker Dario Argento it seemed as if it was meant to be. It became one of my favorite horror classics because of its dream like feel and vibrant color theory.

But, it was ironic to find that a film know for it’s out of this world color and imagery would have a poster who in my perspective did not live up to its acclaimed cinematography. So, I decided to have a little fun a re imagine the 70’s version poster of Suspiria.

This is what I came up with after getting some inspiration from re watching the movie. I had my husband paint his hands in black, I got some dollar Halloween monster nails and 3 speedlights (2 of them with gels to create those popping colors). Attached is the picture of my set up:

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horror, scary, hands, claws, photoshop, behind the scenes

And here is the finalized version with the tittle from the 2018 Luca Guadagnino’s remake.

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If you want to know more about Fstoppers Website on How to replicate hollywood movie posters from scratch.

Ordinary Spot – Extraordinary Shot

Create amazing photography with your available resources

I’ve heard a lot of people say that you must have an expensive set up, expensive equipment and high end studio lights in order to achieve photography that looks professional.

I do not have my own studio per se but many times I have found my way around things because I’m a college student and I cannot afford yet to have the studio lights that I would like to have, which is probably the situation that most people currently reading this are in.

Here I share some of the pictures I’ve done recently without a studio but that look as if they were done in a studio.

The first one is this fun project that I had. I wanted to make a horror themed photo with hands and this is what I came up with:

horror, scary, hads, claws, photoshop, fruit

Now, looks pretty cool right? Well it was taken in an office with speedlights.

horror, scary, hads, claws, photoshop, fruit, behind the scenes

Here are some more examples, these pictures look as if they were meant for a magazine but there’s nothing “high end” in the production of the actual pictures.

 

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model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion
model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion, behind the scenes

And finally one of my personal favorites, in which I didn’t have to go out on the street to find cool neon signs. For this last one, I had my husband put 2 TV screens forming a “v” shape and in the middle of those the model would stand. The LED light created the illusion that it was neon lights glowing at night.

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model, editorial, neon, photoshoot, fashion, behind the scenes

If you want to know more about LED’s used creatively check out DIY Photography Website on Using $15 LED lights to add a rainbow of color to your shots.

 

How to create a Business Identity

Branding for photographers

There are some step that are very important to follow when, as a photographer, you are planning on creating your business identity and brand or renew the image and rebrand. I attached here a template example of my own business. As you can see its simple, organized and has a feel of unity among all the elements that conforms it.

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First, the main logo is displayed, that would be the one that you’ll be recognized for. Second, you’ll add some alternate logos that coincide in design with the main one.

Following the logos you’ll choose a color palette that will communicate the message that you want your customers to see. Is it vibrant colors? Is it minimalist? Monochromatic? It all depends on what you’ve previously decided.

Along with colors, you pick 2 fonts ideally (or like me 3 but its not so recommended). The fonts have to be contrasting from each other and not from the same family like paring one style of sans serif with another style of sans serif.

Lastly I showed how my business cards would look like, how my logo will look on merch or staff uniforms like the white t-shirt, and finally how my finalized main logo will be position in a real picture taken by me. Specifying the location, opacity and color.

If you want to know more about branding for photographers check out Envira Gallery’s Website on How to build your photography brand in 4 new ways.

“How to” Cinemagraph

You don’t need expensive equipment

For this cinemagraph it was relatively an easy process. A lot of people think that to get goo pictures you necessarily have to own high end equipment. But actually on this one I used my phone. I was in the highway not having my DSLR on hand I grabbed my phone and snapped some photos and video. I didn’t really do much because noways there are a lot of Photoshop-like apps that come out in handy for moments like this.

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So what I did was snapping the picture the most steady I could. Then in the app mask the mountains and the ground to freeze the natural motion that occurs with hand held devices but left motion happening on the sky so the clouds would move and create an illusion.

If you want to know more about how to create your won cinemagraphs, visit My Modern MET Website.

Creative Composite Photography

Process of creating a composite

The Twilight Zone – Last week I went to Victor, Idaho to take some pictures of nature; specifically of the Tetons, and while I was looking at them at dusk I came up with this idea of making the moon rising above them. For this picture I had to merge 2 separate photos in order to get this composite. Those who know the Tetons up close will know that the moon do not rise directly centered with them, but in my picture I made it do it.

First, I rested my camera on a pilar (because I didn’t have a tripod at that exact moment) and because of the low light the picture could get pretty shaky. So I snapped a picture right when the pink hues and the dark blue of the sky almost merged with the Tetons in the middle.

Second, I waited until dark and exposed accordingly to get the most detail out of the moon. Once having both of those pictures I processed them in photoshop by enlarging and centering the moon, and also editing the overall color.  

Tetons, mountains, moon, twilight

If you want to know more about how to make your own composite and creative photography check PageCloud’s Website.

About Me

As a Communication student with an emphasis in Video Production & Photography, I’ve been able to morphe my style by getting the best of 2 of my passions: the moody atmosphere of noir cinema and protography. Much of my work has been viewed, shared, liked printed and published internationally. Organizations such as Church News, LDS Public Affairs and Deseret News, among others, have relied on my photographs for many of the publications regarding BYU-Idaho.

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