Product Review: Inexpensive Photo Backpack Perfect for Travel

As a “professional” photographer with a personality trait to over-pack for even the simplest vacation I forced myself to pack light (photo gear) for my recent trip to Colorado.  Though I failed at packing light when it came to my clothes, I hit a home run with the small Acuvar photo backpack that I purchased from Amazon.  This backpack was under $30 and was a perfect size for all that I needed to carry on the trip.  Check out the video for a full review of the Acuvar photo backpack.

 

 

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Photography Tips: Practice to Improve

One of the things photographers must do is practice.  Photographers must see their craft as if they are a sports star.  The paid event is the time to shine and put on display talents that will wow the customer.  Paid sessions, aren’t the time to try out some super creative idea that just came to your mind, they are about results. You must show up to your paid shoots ready to get results for your customers.  When I do a practice session I am looking to improve on,

  1. Order of my photography process.
  2. Confidence in any condition.
  3. Capturing “wowing” results.

Pierce Brunson Photography Sample ImageIn order to get these things to happen on paid shoots you must practice.  As a photographer, I have had to do plenty of free shoots just to keep my skills up with the great photogs in the Tampa Bay area.   We all desire a ton of paid customers but you will get more customers if you constantly show an improving skill set.  Here are some tips that I use for practice shoots.

  1. Find a person (outside of family memebers) you can practice with for multiple sessions. Let them know this is a practice shoot for you and what your approach is going to be.  If the person can’t commit to multiple shoots then find another person.  You must work with a person that you are comfortable with and understands that you will be a bit slower and mechanical at the shoot.
  2. Schedule a practice shoot monthly.
  3. Shoot at locations where you would take paying customers.
  4. Keep shoots to one hour.
  5. Keep shoots to one wardrobe.
  6. Shoot one location, two spots.
  7. Decide on natural light or strobe.
  8. Work to deliver up to 5 great images.
  9. Work slow, check surroundings, understand wind, light, time of day and other things that will help you in the future. Look for small details.
  10. Do a pre video before the shoot logging your expectations, location and weather challenges. (add pics and upload to YouTube if you wish)
  11. Audio log your experience right after the shoot. Don’t wait to write your notes later.  While it is fresh be honest and critical.  Review audio log later.
  12. Get feedback from the model.
  13. The next day, make changes to your website or process.
  14. Throw your results up on social media.

Good luck on your continued improvement.

-Pierce

Photo Tip Wednesday: Compete

Compete

Is there a local photography club that has the opportunity to enter contests? Then take some of your best images and give it a shot. The worst that can happen is that you don’t win but oh well. Get’em the next time.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer, author and entrepreneur that lives in beautiful Tampa Bay, FL. He is a former high school teacher that now works to improve the high school experience through motivational speaking, writing, and his photography venture Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com). He enjoys family, friends, taking pics for his social media accounts and pondering his existence. He also teaches photography classes for Saint Petersburg College in their Lifelong Learning Program where he helps those with a camera become skilled photographers. Find Pierce Brunson all over social media. Visit www.piercebrunson.com for more info about the rest of Pierce’s talents and passions.

Photo Tip Wednesday: Follow Blogs or Websites

Follow Blogs or Websites.

There is a difference between reading and following a blog. I only follow a few photography info blogs via my Facebook page. I follow a ton of photographers but just a few that mostly send out info. Some great sites for photography are www.the-digital-camera.com, www.digitalcameraworld.com and www.digitalphotographyschool.com . These sites offer a wealth of information that can help you create the images you desire.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer, author and entrepreneur that lives in beautiful Tampa Bay, FL. He is a former high school teacher that now works to improve the high school experience through motivational speaking, writing, and his photography venture Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com). He enjoys family, friends, taking pics for his social media accounts and pondering his existence. He also teaches photography classes for Saint Petersburg College in their Lifelong Learning Program where he helps those with a camera become skilled photographers. Find Pierce Brunson all over social media. Visit www.piercebrunson.com for more info about the rest of Pierce’s talents and passions.

Photo Tip Wednesday: Gather With a Group

Gather with a Group.

Do you have a few friends that are interested in photography? How about you guys get together, enjoy some coffee and then head to a location to take some pics. Many of your locations will have coffee there so it should be a win- win for your photography skill improvement.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer, author and entrepreneur that lives in beautiful Tampa Bay, FL. He is a former high school teacher that now works to improve the high school experience through motivational speaking, writing, and his photography venture Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com). He enjoys family, friends, taking pics for his social media accounts and pondering his existence. He also teaches photography classes for Saint Petersburg College in their Lifelong Learning Program where he helps those with a camera become skilled photographers. Find Pierce Brunson all over social media. Visit www.piercebrunson.com for more info about the rest of Pierce’s talents and passions.

Photos for Answered Prayers Cross

Making Crosses at Answered Prayers Cross in St. Petersburg, FL

Making Crosses at Answered Prayers Cross in St. Petersburg, FL

The process video where I brought in the 85 watt studio light to add some soft light into the environment.  I used the 50mm 1.8 all night to really get details of the act of creating the crosses from shaping to painting.

Equipment: 85 watt daylight studio light with stand and white 33″ umbrella. Canon 50d Canon 50mm 1.8

SS stayed at 100 however the ISO was moved up to 640 as my standard ISO of 400 was too dark. Aperture was between 3.2 and 5.6.

Visiting Answered Prayers Cross (www.answeredprayerscross.org) to shoot a few shots for their new book by Elizabeth Bunbury who is the founder of this non-profit organization that is helping thousands of people around the globe.  I was excited to capture the working hands that create the crosses as they fellowshipped together.

Answered Prayers is in St. Petersburg FL.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer and entrepreneur that works in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.  The main goal is to capture great images that clients will enjoy well into the future.  Areas of concentration are maternity, newborn, families, high school seniors, and social and corporate events.  As a strobist photographer Pierce works to capture the best images and deliver as quick turnaround so clients can enjoy their images longer.

Making Posing Guides for Personal Use

Making Posing Guides by Pierce Brunson

This segment is about posing guides.  It is really simple to do and I think you need to have these with you when you go and shoot to create a more organized shoot.  You can still get creative by using the posing guides as it helps you have a starting point at your location.  I basically Googled posing guides and found some free downloads that were simple drawings.  I then took those drawings and put them into a chart in a word file.  The images are about 1.2 inches tall and it creates 18 boxes to fit the images in.  After that I printed them out at home and took them to Office Depot to be laminated.  The lamination was the 10mill.  Don’t go thinner than that.  The cost for two laminations and two double sided photo copies was $5.33.  Now they are protected, and you can punch a hole in them for a ring or a clip.  Make sure you put your name and contact number at the bottom of the page.

I decided to use posing guide images with no color so my subject could focus on the pose and not the person in the image.

In 2014 I will use posing guides on every shoot with the intent of having a more dynamic range of images, reduce laziness, deliver a better product, improve my portfolio and make more money.  Enjoy!

VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/s6ZG9hAkiU4

Pierce Brunson is a photographer and entrepreneur that works in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.  The main goal is to capture great images that clients will enjoy well into the future.  Areas of concentration are maternity, newborn, families, high school seniors, and social and corporate events.  As a strobist photographer Pierce works to capture the best images and deliver as quick turnaround so clients can enjoy their images longer.