Good Morning Everybody,
We had a great turn out in Des Moines last night and Omaha the night before - almost 400 photogs strong for both nights. Last night's crowd was really excited and definitely looking for a good time. What an honor it was to receive a standing ovation at the end of the evening from the very warm Des Moines crowd. Thank you everybody! It's our first time to visit Des Moines but you can be sure we will be back!
You know one thing that strikes me as we crisscross the country is just how beautiful America is. The fields of Nebraska and Iowa are alive with shades of yellow, tans, and greens. The play of these colors on the rolling landscape is truly beautiful in an even so peaceful way. I've grabbed a couple of shoots along the way and hope to share them with you yet this week. Stay tuned.
OK gang, time to get on with today's post. First, let me announce that my Hot Shots series is finally available! Yesterday was quite the "computer hassle" day but everything is back on track again and I think you'll enjoy today's tutorial. So let's get started - here we go...
My Hot Shots Image Reference Series Now Available!
These portable 4x6 inch reference guides are small, durable, and jam-packed with instant information on how I created some of my most dramatic photographs. Just throw them in your camera bag for ready reference. Here is the link to all the info right here!
What could be easier than finding your favorite image in one of the Hot Shots guides, setting your camera, lens and flash to my settings, and shooting away?
It is all right there for you: diagrams showing the lighting and camera positions along with all my camera settings: F-stops, shutter speeds, ISO's, lens selection, and flash settings along with the back story on each image. My Hot Shots Reference Guides are the quickest, easiest way to ramp up your creativity, expertise, and enthusiasm for portrait and wedding photography. You will love them!
TeleSummit Announcement Crashes Server
It's true. On Monday I announced the huge Master Photographers Marketing TeleSummit that I'm involved in coming up in just two weeks - September 28 & 29. It's a 16 hour marketing extravaganza - the largest educational event of its kind ever! Yes, 16 hours of marketing tips and ideas from 16 of the top market savvy photographers in today’s market. And its FREE! Here is the link to register.
Anyway, things were back up and running in no time, so it you tried to register on Monday and didn't get through, no problem, you can register right here. See ya' there.
Technique Tuesday; All Boxed In – A Tutorial On Composition
I decided to do a tutorial on composition today. This is always a hot topic at my programs. I love to survey the lines, shapes, and forms that make up the aesthetics of the photograph - wedding or otherwise.
In today's tutorial I'll walk you through how I put an image together, not so much with Lightroom and Photoshop tweaks, but instead by looking and understanding the compositional elements of the scene.
By understanding compositional dynamics, we get a better idea how to crop the image for its best presentation to the viewer. In this tutorial I'll discuss how to frame up the image within the camera. I also want to take it a step further and discuss other elements within the scene, that when recognized within the composition, can add further interest to the final result.
I know all this may sound a bit complicated, but its not. Just hit the PLAY button below and enjoy the show.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. We've got to hit the road. It's about a 3 hour drive to Minneapolis and we've got lots and lots to do once we arrive. Hope to see a lot of you there this evening. Please be sure to come on up and say HI. -David