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kitchen study

Since I had photo-savvy friends doing it, I suppose I might as well be taking stabs at it, too.

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December 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

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Not much to say…

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Though WordPress suddenly changed it up on us.  Crazy.

happy birthday caitlin

Just some more pics of friends at our little hang outs. But school has kept me from some good photographic exploration.

Time to change that up soon…

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December 6, 2008 at 8:52 pm

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It Pays to Help a Friend

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Kaley

Not only do you see their beautiful work, but you can help make it even better.

This was from helping Sean with the ins and outs of Lightroom 2. My absolute FAVORITE editing software ever. He had this gorgeous shot of a good friend of ours, and I thought it could be elevated to another level with some careful tone adjustments.

I think this shot is great.

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November 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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Little Lydia

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lydia

lydia

She’s cute.

hold on!

I will soon have to credit shooting these kids to be my main shooting experience.

I’ll be a pro at bringing out cuteness.

I never used to think myself much of a portrait photographer anyway. I think that was because of being very deliberate on 35mm. People intimidated me. Now they’re almost all I shoot…

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November 18, 2008 at 7:11 am

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Using Friends

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joni and jason

I should definitely hang out with friends more, for perhaps the sole exploitable purpose of using them as free models.

That and I should get more in the habit of carrying my baby around with me everywhere. It is a rather large, bulky thing, though. One really big reason I loved the little P&S cams, slip out of the pocket, snap some pics one-handed, and slip it back.

robert

thao

I am also really starting to appreciate overcast weather for it’s soft portrait lighting, especially with some fall leaves (though right now, things are just getting a bit wet and nasty; silly rain).

So it’s the perfect time to turn some friends’ lovely faces into portrait practice!

araya

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November 13, 2008 at 8:44 am

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Kids Aren’t Self-Conscious

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whoops!

Seriously, it is so much easier to take pictures of kids, because they don’t try to shy away from photos. They are also the source for many precious… dare I say cute, memories.

Yes, indeed, I have a new photomark of my trade, ready to slap on picture after picture proclaiming my work to the land.

melissa

I was going for a bit of a classy look. I hope it worked out.

Technical stuff; I was shooting on a nice cloudy day, and decided to take off the 28mm prime that is nearly constantly on my Nikon, and go for some long lens portrait action with my 70-300mm zoom. I learned the important fact that candid photos at lightly telephoto lens lengths generally need a stop or two more latitude for quickly moving children and/or smiling college students. Burst shutter mode is always a plus as well.

Photos edited in Lightroom 2. Which pwns massively for all things photographic. Ferserious.

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November 11, 2008 at 5:21 am

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I had my camera on Election Day

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uw art building 1

I didn’t really take any pictures of anything political. the clouds distracted me too much. They were far too gorgeous, and had the sun peeking through them, and lighting wonderful scenes such as this.

cloudy u district

Perhaps I should also explore more of the visual space of my apartment more… all the other young artsy photographers seem to be doing it. Though often on Polaroids and/or in various stages of undress. If someone buys me a Polaroid, I’ll send you back some extra “art”… 😉

kitchen study

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November 10, 2008 at 3:31 am

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