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: 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: Ask Questions

Ask Questions:

The idea of social media is to engage the followers with the content. Instead of just clicking like or plus ask about the image and its process. You can learn a lot from a few tips from the creator if the image you admire.

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.

Photo of the Day: Photo Classes Starting Soon!

Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

The Grapevine by Pierce Brunson Photography

Learn how to take great images with your DSLR camera at Saint Petersburg College through the Lifelong Learning Program http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/  There are always a good number of people in the classes so come and join a great group of novice photographers.  Your skills will be developed every week and you will leave the five week program knowing how to take a great image with your camera.  If you have always wanted to learn more about basic photography this is for you. It is time to take a photo class that is casual but challenging. Sign up today.

-Pierce

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.

Photo Tips and Tricks: Classes Starting Soon!

Urban Landscape by Pierce Brunson

Tampa, FL by Pierce Brunson Photography

Time to take that class! Do you live in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or surrounding Tampa Bay areas? Learn how to take great images with your DSLR camera at Saint Petersburg College through the Lifelong Learning Program http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/  There are always a good number of people in the classes so come and join a great group of novice photographers.  Your skills will be developed every week and you will leave the five week program knowing how to take a great image with your camera.  If you have always wanted to learn more about basic photography this is for you. It is time to take a photo class that is casual but challenging. Sign up today.

-Pierce

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.

Three Items That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography

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Pierce Brunson Photography Photo Tips

Want to improve your photography but don’t know where to start? Here are three items that will help you, like they helped me, greatly improve the images that you capture.  Your results will improve by incorporating plenty of practice and reflection along with learning a few new techniques.

Three items that will greatly improve your photography are as follows: Flash: I use the Canon 580EX II 50mm 1.8 Lens Flash Trigger: I use the Yongnuo RF-602RX  receiver with the RF-602TX controller.

Cost and more info in video.

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.

Video Here: http://youtu.be/n_IxWGT9g24

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