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Happy New Year!

Time for 2010!  I hope anyone who reads this had a fantastic new years.  I spent the day today in LA doing headshots for a friend of the family.  She had emailed me a few weeks ago asking if it was possible to do some headshots for her school.  I was nervous today, because I’ve never tried to do “headshots” before.  I had no idea how to pose or what I wanted to do.  I did some research into headshots online and tried to look at what others had done. I had also wanted to try out my homemade background.  All of these pictures were taken in natural light using only one reflector or one diffuser.  My background is made out of two types of fabric, one light one dark, and pvc to hold it up.  I think it worked out ok for how cheap it was to make.  I do need to reinforce it though, as a slight gust of wind would cause it to start falling.

Headshots as a general rule I believe are not to have too much retouching done.  I did very little to these pics.   Color correction, blemish removal, fixing the background, and minor eye sharpening and lightening.  No real heavy lifting on these shots.  I think they came out pretty good!

Ignore Laundry Day

Played around a bit with my diffuser/reflector I got for Christmas from my parents.  Its definitely an interesting device.  And way complicated to use without help.  But maybe I can find some friends who wouldn’t mind doing grunt work for free…  Otherwise, I can make due on my own.  These pictures are of Pyro and Willow.  Pyro the redhead and Willow the Black and White.  They like to get up on the couch and watch everyone on our street.  Please ignore the laundry on the back of the couch.  My wife would probably kill me to see these up on the net.

The pictures use natural light from the window with the reflector held by either my hand or my wife slightly off camera right.  The diffuser my parents got for me was a 3 foot Lasolite Tri-Grip.  So far I love the thing.  The reflected light is considerably cooler than the natural light though, so I will probably get another type of reflector before too long.  I’m doing some headshots soon for someone and hopefully the diffuser will come in pretty handy.

Candle Light Service

Our church had our annual candle light service tonite.  It was amazing how so many things could go wrong in one night.  The pastor’s mic was giving him fits by making exploding sounds for no reason.  Dy ended up turning him off and he just had to project the whole night.  Then someone fell over.  They had to call an ambulance.  Just a rough night in general.

About the pictures now,  I always enjoy taking pictures of the bells players, however I always end up with the same looking shots.  So this time, I decided to try and see what kind of different pictures I could come up with.  The two shown below were my two favorites.  There is also a picture of a friend of mine playing the violin tonite.   She did wonderfully and I’ve been wanting to work on my black and white’s a bit so you may see some more of those showing up in my blog posts.  The panoramic picture is of our congregation at the very end of the service.  Candle’s are passed out and lit, the lights are turned off and we say a prayer ending the night.