Three Tips for Getting Started in Photography (Business or Hobby)

Three photography tips for the beginner photographer include choosing the right camera, getting educated, and finding subjects to take pictures of. Pierce Brunson of Modern Photography Group, explains some ideas that will help improve your photography faster than “going it alone.”

 

Sports Action Photography: Part 2

The followup video to Sports Action Photography In Available Light, Pierce Brunson discusses his learned techniques for getting the best stop action images during evening games. Follow Pierce Brunson on Instagram @piercebrunsonphotography and follow his sports action photography @fireflyeventphotography on Instagram.

Sports Action Photography Tips Video

An unscheduled Shoot Review was needed to share my experience, tips, and results on capturing great sports action in the sunlight or stadium light available.

Part 1: found out some new techniques and will make a part 2. Pierce Brunson, shooting for Firefly Event Photography, shares his experience with his first sports photography shoot. The flag football tournament started in great daylight, then shifted to evening, then shifted to high school stadium lights. Video includes equipment used and settings.

Images captured by Pierce Brunson for Firefly Event Photography , a service of Modern Photography Group, LLC.

Beach Photography with On Camera Flash

Take a look at Shoot Review 003 where Pierce Brunson describes the techniques that went into this practice session with people on the beach at sunset. Golden Hour photography skills are a great way to express creativity and enhance the background of your images.

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How Did You Shoot That?

Among the many questions I get as a photographer is “how did you shoot that?” After novice photographers realize that it may not be the camera but their skill they immediately start asking skill based questions.  Since I have received this question at least 6 times this month I decided to start a YouTube video session called “Shoot Review.”  Shoot Review will be a video where I describe a recent shoot and how I achieved those results.  A few things before we start.

  1. I rarely edit in Photoshop but when I do I will let you know.
  2. I have trained myself (via many videos and books) to shoot well in camera.
  3. I spend more time shooting than editing.
  4. I will tell you exactly the conditions of all my shoots and how I achieved the results.

Being a better photographer is just practice and getting the results you want.  People hire me for my style of photography so I focus on improving my skill and process. I rarely worry about the results beyond the shoot because by then it is too late.

If you want some tips from a photographer that is constantly working to improve then follow our YouTube channel and Facebook page under “Modern Photography Group.”  Shoot Review 001 “My Camera Gear” is out now.

Tell me what you think and we have many more to come on a weekly basis.

Improving Photography Skill for Time Saving and Storage.

Lightfoot Family 2014 by Pierce Brunson Photography (33)Merry Christmas and all the shopping good times.  As photographers we take a ton of images, many are throw away images that are looked at once to see if we got the shot and never looked at again. Here are a few tips for getting great shots “in camera” and delivering quick results to your client.

A few days ago I had to to a shoot retirement shoot for a local organization.  At events like these there is always the “staff” photographer that is on the payroll.  By that i mean they are hired to do the photography professionally for their events according to the standard of the organization.  When these organizations want a “less stiff” look they hire more “artsy” photographers like myself.  I take these moments as a personal challenge to showcase my skills against my opponent (the other photographer).  Nothing personal but I rarely get to shoot against other photographers.  Work is usually based on post production skills.  Being a love of in-camera results this was my time to showcase my skills.  Here are the tips that I would have shared with the “payroll photographer.”  I hope they help you.

1. Bounce flashing is about angles.  If you never move the angle of your flash you can’t be getting consistent results.  There are times when you have to shoot the flash straight up so that the light from your flash “bounces” in front of your subject and onto their face.  Keeping the same angle while moving from two feet to 10 feet away delivers inconsistent flash results at the same angle.

2. Become a photo-sniper.  Snipers shoot their gun once, maybe twice to take out a target.  The subject is your target.  There is no need to shoot three images of every person “to make sure you got the best shot.”  Take an extra second to review your images and see if anyone closed their eyes then shoot it again if they did.  taking multiple images just because annoys me.  It truly shows that you haven’t developed the skills to take better images, improve your work flow, and save you time.

3. Know how to use light.  Aside from the bounce flashing tip, there should be no need to take three pics without flash and three with.  Why would you do that?  The answers? Hoping that one comes out correct.  Decide to shoot with flash or without but taking three quick images then turning on the flash for another three, is just terrible.

Keep building your skill.  I am growing everyday as a photographer from all the great blogs and YouTube videos that are available.  Be critical on your results and keep working toward becoming a faster shooter, reducing your throwaway images, and saving yourself time at the computer processing images.

Maybe I will do a blog on workflow and processing.

-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.