Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

LIGHTS! Camera! Great Subjects! December 30, 2007

Lighting seemed to be a big theme for me on Friday’s visit to Princeton. I noticed it as I was editing the photos. I thought I’d dedicate today’s blog post to it.

I love this old campus and the architecture…the fine details in things like lighting, doors, decorative details blow me away!

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PRINCETON II – At the Cathedral on Campus December 29, 2007

Firstly I needed to share this because it’s so me!

Today I spent another couple hours walking around Princeton University taking multiple exposures of the campus as well as the beautiful church on the campus which became my favorite part of the day for photos.

A few hightlights from today’s visit to Princeton University. I stopped in the huge church on campus and got some wonderful HDR shots:

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Working on July…. December 27, 2007

That’s right…I was working on photos from July of this year! I’m determined to clear out this backlog of photos since the weather prediction for the next 3 days is RAIN!

Kite flying over Liberty State Park:

My sister and I visited Weehawken, NJ and Liberty State Park to capture the NYC skyline. I edited a ton of skyline shots from Weehawken back in July but there were many that I didn’t get to. Here are some from Liberty State Park that I worked on today.

The view from Liberty State Park.

The view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park:

CRR of New Jersey:

CRR of NJ is located within Liberty State Park. It’s an old train station which was converted into Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty ticket office.

A couple others from today’s editing:


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! December 26, 2007

My family Christmas:

What would a photographer be without their camera during the holidays…well it wouldn’t be me!

These are my favorites from Christmas day. I shot them with the SB800 flash (mostly) pointed straight at the ceiling. What a great light it creates in the room when you bounce the flash!!

I love this one of my Mom:

My Cousin (he loves to make this face for photos):

My Aunt:

My Aunt & my Cousin (her son):

My Mom and the “gravy” (yeah, we’re Italian…we call tomato sauce “gravy”):

One of my favorites of the day… My Grandpa who we got to smile/laugh.
The pic of him I took before this one…looked like quite the grumpy gramps.

Ed & Amy:

And of course…every year I make the family pose for a group shot (thank goodness for a tripod and a remote shutter release!):


Christmas Spirit/Lighting Essentials/Backdrop Compresson Poles December 24, 2007

Wow this website is filled with great information:

Lighting Essentials:

Also, another DIY treat for those who want to save money on a diffuser:

DIY Studio Lighting – The Strip Light That Won’t Strip You

A link to 150 great blogs abput photograohy

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST – This just may be the answer to my backdrop hanging woes! A compression pole from the Home Depot! Watch the video on this site to see how wonderful this invention is for us DIY photographers!


After you watch the video in the one above and you get the idea – THEN CHECK OUT THIS POST THIS may be the answer for me! I’d prefer to not have to put the one above together and this one also lets you place it on a diagonal.

“THIRD HAND” Lighting Pole

So, it looks like I might be purchasing a set of these soon:

In the Christmas spirit here are couple Christmas tree ornament macros I just edited from yesterday:

My table is all set up for Christmas day tomorrow… 🙂

A few of my favorite decorations:

My mom gave me these salt & pepper shakers for my Birthday Saturday…I love snowmen and these are too cute.

Can you tell I adore snowmen??

And this is my tree:


The Art of Portrait Photography December 23, 2007

Comic courtesy of

Did a lot more reading today…didn’t take a single photo today though.

I upgraded the virus scans on our 2 PCs and our laptop…that’s about all the fun I had today (NOT!)

I didn’t even edit a single photo…:(

Some reading on brought me to these articles which I thought were interesting:

The art of portrait photography

So you’re interested in portrait photography, and you want to know what separates snapshots from art? Here are the things blogger/photographer Eric Hamilton considers vitally important:

16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques
by Brian Auer

Photoshop Techniques
by Brian Auer


Birthday! December 22, 2007

Today is my birthday!

Didn’t do much in the day but we’re going out to dinner tonight so I’m looking forward to that!

In the mean time I was keeping busy with my birthday macro lens.

I took a shot of an eye and the surprise was that you could see a reflection of me taking his photo in the eye! I loved it!

I’m calling it:

The “I” in His Eye

Also Santa Claus came to my town today and I snapped a shot:

I know it has nothing to do with the above topics but I just edited these shots of an ice sculpture we watched in Bryant Park in New York City from last week’s visit.