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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tiffany, Lifestyle Photography I Ravenna, Italy

  The air was warm, the pomegranates were hanging from the trees and the beautiful yellow and red light was dancing across the the ancient walled city of Ravenna Italy.  We made  our way to  Italy in late September  to photograph Tiffany for a lifestyle portrait session. Dodging Vespas, and bicycles on narrow streets we admired the historic piazzas, and cooled off with some incredible gelato.  Tiffany was great with her laid back attitude fitting right into the italian lifestyle. Sitting on ancient steps we were not the only ones taken by her, other photographers came up and took her photo as well, which just made us all laugh harder. A talented graphic designer she has made italy her home this last year and is soaking up every minute of it. I am looking forward to showing another project we worked on for my website while we were with Tiffany in Italy soon!
For now here is the lovely and ever classic Tiffany...

Tiffany their are no words

Here is a little behind the scenes of Kel ...yes he had been backpacking..and yes those were the only clean clothes he had that day. Gotta love him

If anyone is looking for a graphic designer and would like Tiffany's information please message me below in the comments section or e-mail me at whitney@whitneylanephotography.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Photography 101: Those First Steps

Over the last year I have had many requests by mom's, fellow bloggers, and hobbyists for some photography tips. I have been a bit nervous to do this because I know that my way of photography is not the only way, and is not necessarily the best way. It's what works for me. Learning photography can be very daunting and I made a lot of mistakes. One thing I realized though is that their are a few things over time that finally click ( pun intended) and you have that beautiful aha moment where the mystery of the camera is no longer so complicated. So I am going to throw everyone a lollipop and try to break down some of the basics of photography so that everyone can reach their own aha moments faster then I did.

 To start I want to break down the camera. The first thing we always want to do is pick up the camera and start shooting. It is so important though to understand what you are trying to control with the camera so that you achieve the results and look you want. 

I use Canon but the basics of Nikon should be very similar and you can refer to your camera guide to understand the differences.

The first thing that will help you understand your camera is understanding the little letters that go along with it. Full Auto , P, TV, AV, M, Bulb. ( P, S, A, M on Nikon) Now these are not only on DSLR cameras but pretty much any digital camera will give you the ability to change your camera mode to one of these settings ( even some phone cameras. So let's break them down.

Exposure : 
So basically when the exposure is correct the image should look exactly how you want it to look. Whatever you are trying to achieve. It is a way of controlling the light to do what you want. To do this we use 3 things ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture ( more about these later)

When you have your camera on full AUTO ( little green box on canon) you are giving the cameras little digital brain control. You are in effect trusting it to make all decisions for you. It is reading the light and deciding what it feels needs to be done to make what your focussing on properly exposed. The result sometimes can be very good. Other times especially in a difficult lighting situation it may make a decision that you do not agree with. The first step into taking control of your camera is learning to decide how you want the camera to read the light. 

I suggest though that you don't jump in all the way at first but rather understand how to use each component that makes up exposure. 

The first way to do that would be by using the mode P ( which I will get into next time)

Cuzco was my model for this quick project. Neither image is that good actually but you can see the differences in the decisions I made to control the light compared to the camera in a semi backlit situation.

As a project set your camera to full auto and look at different lighting situations. Using your own eye decide what you would want to be bright or in shadow or how you would like it to look what you would want to focus on. For example are you taking a landscape photo and want the mountains in focus and lit correctly? Or are you taking a photo of a girl in the field and want just her sharp and clear with the background blurred out. Then try using the camera and see if your minds think alike.

Hope that helps looking forward to the next instalment of Photography 101


Monday, November 12, 2012

On Sewing Kits and Photo Albums

I have always liked the idea of creating gifts for people. When I was 8 years old I felt this crazy urge to create from scratch anniversary gifts for my parents. For some reason I thought, because I happened to own a mini sewing kit, I could create these amazing masterpieces. A beautiful pillow for my mom's bed and a tie to beat all ties for my dad. Turns out the Martha Stewart meets Mrs. Brady gene ( have you met my mom?) skipped a generation. In all honesty the tie for my dad looked more like the pillow then the pillow did. The pillow though did have an incredible picture of a cat on it.

Setting my craft skills aside I do love packaging up albums for clients. Thanks to Iris Books I had the pleasure of packaging up some BEA utiful albums for one of our clients. These albums are so classy and full of color that they make me want to do a happy dance. I feel strangely possessive of them like I want to decorate my whole house in colourful leather. With digital images causing a lot of people to forget to print off their wedding pictures, beautiful albums like this help you to get those images off your computer and out where you can see them.