Kids Portrait Shoot in Tampa by Pierce Brunson

Fox Kids December 2014 by Pierce Brunson PhotographyIt was another wonderful time taking care of one of my regularly scheduled families for their Christmas card shoot that features their children.  Since my summer postings I have made major adjustments in my photography systems for events and family portrait sessions.  The sessions are now more organized which result in faster returns for my customers.

Photography is, like any craft or skill, a lesson in growth.  I now find myself able to completely visualize the settings needed to gain the results I desire before touching the camera.  I have found a way to get into a shooters zone where I am seeing everything in my frame and knowing how the results will come after I release the shutter.  I am completely off post production software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for the final edits of my pics.  I only use those programs for fancy edits.  All of my images are ready to go once I shoot them and i have worked hard to make sure my in camera work is at 95% or above for what I desire.

To get to this point you must put in a lot of hours of practice shooting but you must also teach the skill.  Something about teaching the skill that made me a better photographer was having to know and prove the result on the spot with any camera that my students would bring to class.  If your skills are stagnant then take some time to teach a class a few times a year.  I teach 4 classes a year for 5 weeks at the local college. By having to share info and make sure my students were getting the results that they desired it helped me become much faster with my own camera and settings.

Give teaching a try.

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: 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: Google Plus Community

Google+ Community

Take your gmail account or make a new one that relates to you and photography. Boost your online presence by joining Google+ and then connecting to a wide range of communities that are within the Google Universe. These photography communities allow viewing and sharing of specific images while encouraging direct engagement with the creator. I am on G+ and administer “Creative Couples Photography” and “Homecomings, Proms, and Graduations.” I am also connected to all the communities that interest me.

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: 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: 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.

Photo Tip Wednesday: Take a Class

Take a Class

There is nothing like hands on. I am a pretty techie person so YouTube videos work for me but for those that need a tad more help check out your local community college. There you should find classes that are about 5 weeks long and are relatively inexpensive. I started teaching two classes in 2013 and I have learned just as much as I have helped others learn.

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: Read a Blog or Book

Read a Photography Book or Blog.

Even as a professional photographer I still read blogs from other skillful photographers. The understanding of the photographer’s lifestyle is to always keep growing and challenging yourself. I would start with “the digital field guide” for the make and model of your camera. You can pick these up in any Barnes and Noble and they are great to have when you are going shooting in case you get stuck.

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.