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Tip For Dance Photos: It’s All In The Timing!

Tip For Dance Photos: It's All In The Timing!

Photographing dancers is a timing thing.  I was a ballet dancer in my youth, so I have an understanding of how movement works, and when to click to catch the best image possible.  The trickiest thing is to click at the right time, which is at the end of the extension of the movement. So if it’s a step into an arabesque, you want to catch the shot right at the end of the step, when the arms are totally extended and the leg is as high as it goes.  It may take a few times before you time it correctly, but it works marvels.  If you have a model who is performing for the photos, you can use counting to sync your shot.  So 1, 2, 3 go! And you click on go! You got to be fast.  It takes practice. You won’t get it immediately, but keep trying. And don’t get impatient.  Keep shooting!  And if you want a pro to do your dance photos, call me at 877-263-4488 to schedule a photo shoot.

Wedding Photography: My Surprise Trip To Paris!

Wedding Photography: My Surprise Trip To Paris!Here is a shot I took from the window overlooking the street where I was staying.  I had been invited to Paris by my friend Paul to come for my brother’s wedding – a December wedding.  I was raised in France so I speak fluent French, and I still have a lot of my family still living there… No one (other than my friend Paul) knew I was coming, so it was a surprise.  I brought my camera with me to photograph the wedding and I was waiting at the top of the stairs at the City Hall of the 11th Arrondissement, to greet my brother as he was walking up.  It was like a Hollywood scene and we pulled off the surprise big time.  It was so much fun!  Weddings aren’t easy to shoot when there is no light in the room and I didn’t have my flash with me.  What I did is put the ISO at 2500 or even 3000. But when people move (or if I move unintentionally) the focus goes out… sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.  But for weddings, it can be okay that everything is not totally in focus, because that way, it’s more of an action shoot. The next time I do a traditional wedding, I’ll post some so you all can see the difference.

Party Idea: A Silly Photo Session

I had a wonderful time the other day at a friend’s party and I thought of sharing the idea with everyone. I don’t know about you, but I always like to have a happening during my parties.  It seems to bring everyone together and it makes the party more fun.  So here is the idea.  It’s a little like a photo booth, but without the booth.  You dedicate a space in the room for a photographer to shoot your friends being silly in front of the camera.  You can be one person, two people, three people, or a whole group of people being silly, and the photographer (who has to be a cool person!) snaps shots that are so funny that everyone laughs and ends up topping everyone else.  It really works well when there’s a bottle of wine or whatever people like to drink, because people get loose and make the silliest faces.  I had such a good time that evening, that I want to try it myself!  I am actually a photographer and I’d love to do this with you.  My site is: http://www.tanyaconstantine.com or call me at (877) 263-4488 to schedule one of these!

Photography: You Are Your Brand

Photography: You Are Your Brand

Let’s talk about branding and how important it is for an individual such as an actor, or a model, or a writer, or a businessperson to actualize what their brand is. THEY are their BRAND.  And what’s a brand? It’s what makes you immediately recognize a person or thing and know exactly what it is without even seeing the name.  Let’s take the example of the pretty woman I uploaded a headshot of.  Her name is Margaret Belton.  You can tell that she could be an actor, model, writer, or businesswoman.  Right?  This headshot has elements of who she might be: the black jacket might mean business, the head band might mean she is creative, her make-up (incuding the red lipstick) might mean she is getting ready to appear on television as a newscaster, and her eyes show she is committed to self-expression.   SHE is her BRAND.    So.  What is she?  She is an entertainer, a singer, an actor, model. http://www.margaretbelton.com/

In my headshot sessions, I spend time going through the person’s clothes that they bring to the studio, and together, we go through who they are and how they want to portray themselves. Colors, shapes, styles all work together to create this brand. They may need a prop or two, or they may not.  They may be able to convey what they’re offering with facial expressions. A lot of thought has to go into this.  If not, something might be missed. Then my job is to catch the right moments so that the image is clear, with no ambiguity.  I call this process Personal Branding. It works!  Try it! You’ll like it!

Photography: How to pose to get the best photos

Photography: How to pose to get the best photos

Photography tip: How to pose to get your best shots

How do models learn how to get the best out of their image?  Practice, practice, practice.  What else is new?  It’s always the way to go: to practice.

First of all, where does one stand in front of the camera?  Slightly in diagonal.  Your whole body must be in diagonal, not just the chest.  If you don’t move your feet, there will be tension – subtly – that shows throughout the body, including the shoulders, neck and head.  So the head is slightly to one side with the shoulders in diagonal.  The gaze is best when it’s straight into the lens, with the chin low.  When you bring your chin down, your eyes get bigger.  Try it in the mirror.  Lift your chin and see how your eyes get smaller.  Lower your chin and see how your eyes get bigger.  That says it all.

Second of all, NO FAKE SMILES!  I just have to say that in the model will laugh, because it’s kind of funny to hear, and bam! I take the shot.  That way, it’s a natural smile.