Thank you Blue Ridge VA photographers!

October 30, 2013

Education & Training

Many thanks to the Virginia Professional Photographers (VPPA) Blue Ridge district for presenting my “Walk Into the Light” seminar on lighting for outdoor portraits.  The weather was beautiful and the Smith Mountain Lake gave us a wonderful backdrop for our portrait demonstration.  All images posted here were made with a Hasselblad 4D 40, one off-camera light, a Phototek umbrella with diffuser, and an Elinchrome Ranger Quadra Rx.  Important in this demonstration was the use of ambient light either as rim, main or fill with additive off camera light used either as fill or main lighting.  In addition, lighting ratios to give depth to our subjects were also achieved through careful use of a Sekonic meter, measuring incidental light with both ambient and ambient fill combined to establish ratios.  These images are un-retouched; only levels have been set. As well, the use of background compositional devices was demonstrated.  Our family, on the path to the lake,  is framed by the trees…

Thank you Northern Virginia photographers!

October 30, 2013

Education & Training

The Virginia Professional Photographers (VPPA) Northern District presented a wonderful day of teaching and shooting demonstrations by Gordon Kreplin.  In his program, “Walk Into the Light”, Gordon talked about the use of ambient and fill light combined, in both outdoor and indoor sessions, to create lighting ratios. Our senior models were beautiful and full of sparkle.  Several images posted of them were done in very bright conditions.  Demonstrated was how to meter for hot spots, record ambient light readings and then combine with an additional light source.  As well, compositional elements were of importance to bring subjects out of the frame.  Note the long fence behind one senior that becomes a sort of reverse leading line. Finally, Robert and Joanie Ballard were kind enough to allow a whole pack of us into their beautiful gift store and gallery.  We used our Elinchrome Ranger with a Larson 17×17 soft box directed at the faces of our lovely couple.  We shot this…

Family Beach Portraits – Minus the Sand!

April 21, 2013

Family Beach Portraits

Everyone loves the beach, right? Actually, you would be surprised how many people want to have their portraits done in a less wet and sandy environment. Whether it’s because the little kids hate sand (we’ve seen it!), an elderly family member has trouble walking on the beach, or a family who lives on the Outer Banks wants a change of scenery in their portraits, we will gladly accommodate the wishes of or clients. We’ve done sessions at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, in downtown Manteo, even in our studio in Kill Devil Hills. Just because we specialize in family beach portraits doesn’t mean you can’t have the family portrait without the beach!

“Walk Into the Light” Professional Workshop

January 18, 2013

Education & Training

“Walk Into The Light” Workshop for Photography Professionals Presented by Gordon Kreplin, M.Photog. Sponsored by  – Location lighting in varied conditions; how to make your environmental light work for you instead of against you. – Going on location with a bag of tricks to make whatever lighting situation work to create a beautiful image that will sell and serve your client as an iconic expression of relationship. – The importance of off camera flash systems to create depth and drama in portraits. How did we get here? Did we just drop in to this time zone with digital in hand, or has there been an evolution of culture, thought and technology that has brought us to this time and place. How has the evolution of art informed us about composition, dynamic range, subject matter and posing in our photography skill sets? And what in the world is zone theory and does it really apply to our captures? What motivates us to…