Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Captivating January 31, 2008

The other night when I did my self portraits I asked my husband to sit in the seat so I could focus on him and then once it was focused I would be okay to sit there and shoot away.

It worked for a lot of the shots but then eventually became unfocused….so the process had to be repeated.

Trees seem to have been my thing lately…these were taken the same day that I took the tree I wrote about a couple weeks ago in my blog post called The Story of the Tree. I found 4-5 great trees that day on my way home but with the lack of light I had to bump up the ISO and try to hold the camera very steady.

When I edited the photos tonight I saw a lot of noise in the photos so I decided to embrace it and add more texture to the shots. Not sure if it works….need opinions (be sure to click on the photo to view larger):

For this one, the noise in the sky really bothered me so I decided to burn the entire sky! Normally we would scoff at what we call “blown out skies” but I purposely make the sky look like this and I like it. Who’s to say we can’t have a bright white looking sky like this in a Black & White? Why do these perfect photography rules need to always be followed? Who’s to say what the rules are? Isn’t photography and artform? Aren’t our photos our own personal artistic creations? I think so!

Sorry for the rant…I just really feel this way sometimes. I sometimes see photos critiqued in a negative way that don’t follow the “rules” that I think are beautiful so I just make sure speak up with my own opinion when this happens…

Just food for thought….

To view more of my landscape shots click here: http://jenweaverphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/2750159/1/249268735

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Great Photography Articles, Tips & Techniques! January 30, 2008

Oh! And one more thing I forgot to include in tonight’s post directly below this one….

Great articles below!!!

Five Simple Steps To Get a Great Shot

5 Most Common Digital Photography Mistakes

7 Bad Habits of Digital Photographers

85 Great Photography Blogs, Galleries and Sites You Can’t Afford to Miss

87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds

I may have shared this already in the past but it’s worth sharing again:

16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques

Warning: These 9 Photoshop Techniques May Result In Great Photos

So You Think You Know What An F-Number Is

You should look into subscribing to the RSS Feeds for some of these sites if your e-mail supports RSS feeds…great way to get news right at your doorstep (or in your e-mail if you want to get literal! LOL)

 

Are You Tired of Seeing Me Yet? And Lightroom Presets

The following links to Lightroom Presets were shared with me so I thought I would sare them here:

http://www.lightroomkillertips.com/

http://www.prophotoshow.net/blog/2007/11/09/where-to-get-free-lightroom-presets/

http://pinkinkstudios.com/

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And back to me again! LOL! Now I just have to get some friends over to use these poses that I came up with. During the quiet time when I’m doing self-portraits is where I come up with my best pose ideas to use when I actually have models!

ORIGINAL COLOR:

HIGH FIDELITY:

HIGH FIDELITY WITH B&W:

I like this pose since I know that I was looking up at my husband on the couch during this shot… 🙂

ORIGINAL COLOR:

BRONZED GOD ACTION:

BITCHIN B&W ACTION:

And a whole other variation on the poses of the day…the standing pose:

ORIGINAL COLOR:

BRONZED GOD ACTION:

BITCHIN B&W ACTION:

 

Self Portraits and My Set-up/Burning & Dodging Tutorial January 29, 2008

With the lack of models I have I decided to take some self portraits tonight.

I like they’re not perfectly focused but it was the best I could do for MYSELF!

This is the set-up that I had in my living room (except the stool goes in the middle of the backdrop (obviously) and the camera on the tripod (duh). The lights are hardware store bought clamp lights that I clipped to a lamp I had in the room.

Normally I’d clip my reflector to something on the left of portait area so that the clamp lights would bounce off of it.

(REMEMBER CLICK EACH IMAGE TO VIEW IT LARGER)

Now, on to the self portraits (I did a few different actions on this oneI figured I’d share them a couple):

2 versions of this one:

Yes…more of me…

Cross Processing Action:

And a black and white treament:

I like this pose….see all of these self portraits help me think of poses for when I do portrait sessions. If I like how they came out for me then I will most likely like them for others!

Another action to change the look up of the color:

I love how the Black & White came out for this one!

And lastly a funny one that I randomly did – don’t ask me why I pointed at the camera but I did…LOL! Then I applied some fun actions to it to make it look like this:

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And you thought I’d never get to the tutorial I mentioned?

So, before I forget to share…here is a burning & dodging video tutorial I found courtesy of George who share an e-mail that let me to an online photo mag for the UK:

 

EJ’s Baptism Day January 28, 2008

My 150th post! WOW – time really flies when you’re having fun!

I really love writing this blog!

Today, I attended my childhood friend’s baby’s baptism. I promised her that I would capture the day for her. We’ve been friends since 2nd grade so being able to capture a day like this for her is really special for me.

Here are the photos from the church taken with the 18-200VR and the SB800 flash.

The whole family:

At the after party:

You’ve seen these 2 little cuties before in prior photo shoots…

The deserts! Must capture the ice cream cake!

Grandma and EJ…isn’t he the cutest??

And I got to jump into a photo! Gotta make sure the “photog” gets in at least one or two shots!

 

EJ’s Baptism Day

My 150th post! WOW – time really flies when you’re having fun!

I really love writing this blog!

Today, I attended my childhood friend’s baby’s baptism. I promised her that I would capture the day for her. We’ve been friends since 2nd grade so being able to capture a day like this for her is really special for me.

Here are the photos from the church taken with the 18-200VR and the SB800 flash.

The whole family:

At the after party:

You’ve seen these 2 little cuties before in prior photo shoots…

The deserts! Must capture the ice cream cake!

Grandma and EJ…isn’t he the cutest??

And I got to jump into a photo! Gotta make sure the “photog” gets in at least one or two shots!

 

Tiffany! January 27, 2008

Took me all day but I finally finished…Here is a variety of my favorites from the series with various post processing techniques. I know some of them are not for everyone but I like to mix it up.

I normally do about 3 different edits to each of my favorite shots…here are the ones that stood out to me and are my favorites of the photo shoo:

She’s a hairstylist so we had some fun with the scissors:

I shared one similar in a pervious post but this one doesn’t have the shadows the other one did so I love how this came out:

If you’re interested…the entire gallery from this shoot can be seen here: http://jenweaverphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/4228409/1/247301397