Improving Your Photography Website

In Shoot Review 004, Pierce Brunson give a few tips on photography website improvement that anyone can make.  These tips help with organization and customer service so that you can help your customers with their needs.

See It All On YouTube

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Along with great photography and your easy to access images you can now enjoy your personal slideshow from your photo shoot. This is an extra value that has been added to all of our shoots.  Our parent company, Modern Photography Group, LLC, is dedicated to making it easier for our customers to share their images. The best way to save your friends and family time is to share your slideshow.  It helps move your pics along in a attractive manner without the person having to click through your gallery in a time consuming manner.

This perk will start in August of 2016.

Head to the YouTube page here. Subscribe to see videos on photography tips and other photo shoots so that you have great ideas when you shoot with us again.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZQngV1BvmhN97bNXdglPbA

 

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: Plan a Formal Shoot

Plan a Formal Shoot.

This is the point where you are getting a group of people together and taking images that you want them to enjoy. You need to take some time to plan the shoot. Scout out the location and pick 5 areas where you want to shoot. Then plan on having people in those locations. You want to visit the location before the shoot at the time of the shoot to understand how the light is working in that area. Plan the shoot, complete the shoot then ask your subject what they think.

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: Right Click

Right Click.

Many images on the web also deliver information with them. When you see an image you may be able to right click and click properties to see the settings they used to capture the image. I do this on Google+ with my photo classes as a game. We look at the image and try to guess the settings. We also tell why we think the settings are what they are based on the elements in the image. This is one way I really learned what certain lenses could do. Play this game enough and you will start to see your photography improve as you know understand how to deliver great depth of field.

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: YouTube It

YouTube It:

If you visit Pierce Brunson Photography on YouTube you will see many videos of me on location. During this time I am describing my settings and what I see at the location. At the end of each video you can see the results of my images. I record all the video on my Samsung Tablet and hold the camera myself. If you aren’t ready for that deliver a YouTube slideshow video of your latest images. You don’t need to make it two minutes, just 30-45 seconds will do. Don’t forget to tag your video and write a great description.

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.

Three Actions That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography

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Pierce Brunson Photography Photo Tips

Here are the three actions I have used and suggest for greatly improving your photography.

1. Decide where you want to be and what level of photographer you want to be.

2. Get a Digital Field Guide for your camera brand and model.

3. Take a class at your local community college.

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.

View Video: http://youtu.be/ZrSjmsr8dao

 

Family Photo Shoot on Overcast Day

Family Photo with Tree in Background

Family Photography by Pierce Brunson

Results from a photo shoot on an overcast day.  My goal for 2014 is to use my 70-200 2.8 “all world” lens. In this video I actually say that I will be using that lens and show you the results.  Well, I chicken out and head back to my trusty 28-135.  Oh well.

The key here is taking the images they want.  They wanted traditional images with a nice background. I think we accomplished that.  I also used my 580EX II at 20 feet away on +2. I have to have it there when I shoot at F-11.  I wasn’t too happy about the location as it has been overgrown and a bit too woodsy for my tastes but today there were some nice shots to capture in this area.

Canon 50D

ISO 500-800 (Which I hate going that high)

F-stop 9-11 (I shoot at these ranges to get a nice look at the sky, on a grey day you need to get as much detail as possible)

Shutter 125

Flash: Canon 580EXII +2 at a distance of 15 feet.

Information Video:  http://youtu.be/E1czWIUqQXY

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.

 

Photo Tips: How I Improved My Skill

Over the last few months I have had many people ask me how did you become such a good photographer.  Being thankful for the compliment I started to wonder how did I get to the point where I capture what I want about 85% of the time I click. Good is so subjective but there are things that all photos have that attract the majority of viewers.  Most know it is practice but they want a fast track of knowledge and eliminate the fluff so they can impress others.

With a limited amount of funding you can greatly improve your photography skills. So here is my list of deeds.

1.  Facebook’em:  Follow active photographers on your favorite social networking site.  I personally follow 25+.  They should be from all walks of photography that you want to learn. When they post a sample of their work look and like.  Then try to create a similar image using your style.  It make time to grow your style but keep viewing photogs.

1A: Google+ yourself and join a community. You can follow me Pierce Brunson  and join my community: Creative Couples Photography https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108953678629444739968/communities/109069531620365003982

2. Youtube’em: Same as #1 but photogs show you technique for free. Use the search.

3. Take a class: Live instruction great.  Go into the class (probably at your local community college) with a strong basic knowledge of photography. Taking a class and doing the assignments will help improve the questions you have and confirm some things you already know.  It doesn’t have to be a semester long. I currently teach one that is five classes over five weeks.  Sign up and improve your basic skills. Find me here Spring 2014: http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/

4: Buy the “Field Guide” book for your camera. You will learn things, crazy cool things.

5. Favorite educational sites or join email lists:  I have many favorites on my email list but I also get notifications in my email. If you don’t know about DPS you ain’t trying to improve.  They are just giving away knowledge.  I read one article a week.  Here is their link http://digital-photography-school.com/.

6. Shoot a lot: C’mon it is digital files not film. No need to not shoot as much as possible.

7. Shoot slow:  Take your time to improve.  Don’t go clicking like you are shooting off an AK-47. Focus on what you want to shoot.

8. Plan a shoot:  Go out to shoot with a purpose.  Walking around is a great way to capture images but your photo shoots should have a plan of image capture.  Start working on your knowledge of simple poses, finding your favorite spot, and learning yearly lighting conditions in your area.

There are many more but these are the few that helped me improve
my photography skill. Thanks.

Pierce Brunson

Let me know how you improved on our Facebook page.

Photo Tip: Take A Class!

Senior Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

Senior Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

Photo Tip: Take A Class!  One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to take a class.  I know that everyone is busy but there are plenty of classes in every community for every level of photographer to attend.  It could be a weekend session or a five week class at your local community college.  If you are interested in improving your photo skills get the help that is necessary. Sure you can learn a lot from a YouTube video but there is nothing like hands on learning environments.  If you are in Pinellas County I teach a class for adults in the Spring and Fall for adults through the St. Pete College Lifelong Learning Program.  Contact me directly or view the SPC LLL page here http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/.

Have a great time learning!

My name is Pierce and I am a professional photographer that focuses on capturing the most memorable moments for families and social events.

My dedication is to deliver the images that you envision without the hassle of confusing fees for services rendered.  My sessions are stress free and enjoyable for all of my clients.

Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a regular professional photo session without wondering if there are hidden fees or bait and switch tactics.  When you work with me I always deliver a high number of quality images, multiple poses, and include access and downloading of image files.  Bring your ideas and we will work together to create the photo shoot results you desire.

My customers enjoy the results from our photo session as they return for other sessions in the future.  Connect with me at (727) 599-6153 or contact@piercebrunsonphotography.com to set up a session.

-Pierce