Yolio it’s my portfolio
I was able to learn so much about photography over the last couple of months, I have loved learning and growing in my photography skills. I feel like I have better developed my personal style. I was able to learn what type of photography I love to shoot, I love taking portraits but I also really enjoyed product photography and having to think outside of the box on how to make it the most interesting. I have learned so much and I’m excited to learn more.
Look at Architecture differently
For this set, I wanted to try to look at things differently when it comes to architecture whether that was inside or outside. Architecture is something that I have always wanted to shoot but really didn’t know where to start because you often see a lot of Architecture photography of these huge skyscrapers. I know a lot of people are near that but for me, the closest city with any skyscrapers is like three hours away. So this caused me to think of Architecture photography a little different. So I went to a building that I thought was interesting and started to shoot it. I wanted to find things that made the building one of a kind. They have this awesome wall with this painting on it so I wanted to make sure I got that. I also love the structure of the building and a lot of the more rustic accents, with these huge stone and metal pillars. The inside of the building also had those rustic features with large wooden beams throughout and a beautiful brick wall. This building had a lot of different elements to it and that was one of my favorite things to shoot about it. So even if you don’t come from a big city with skyscrapers you’re always able to find charm in your towns.
Check out this article about Architecture photography
Check out this Instagram meinnameistmia does an awesome job
How to get awesome food photography
A key to food photography is finding things that complement the food. I think a good example of that is the photo with the bagels, in these photos, we have the main subject and but the cloth really compliments the bagels, even the wooden floor, adds to the style of the photo. Another great example is the photo with the waffles and the strawberries. For this photo, I had someone poor syrup on the stack of waffles I also I had a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of the syrup. In the photo of the salsa, I wanted the main focus to be on the salsa but I wanted to have some drinks in the background so you could tell this salsa is spicey. I really like shooting food photography it causes you to think outside of the box, to make food more interesting and more appetizing.
Heres a great article about uping your food photography skills
Here is also an awesome food photographer Ilaria Guidi
New photo book get stoked!
I am a photographer and a huge nerd, that’s what inspired this book. I am a fan of collectibles. For this book I wanted to think of product photography in a different way specifically these collectibles. I remember watching TV and seeing the commercials with the kids playing with toys and thinking that toy was the best thing ever. I wanted to reignite those feelings, I wanted to create dynamic scenes to inspire imagination, I wanted to remind customers why they love these characters and why they are willing to pay so much for some of these. I was able to learn a lot throughout this process, there were two things I really wanted to learn, I wanted to get better at lighting subjects and I feel that being able to take these photos I was able to learn lighting on a smaller scale. I also wanted to get better at photoshop I had the chance to dive in a little bit more. Over all this was a great experience and I learned so much.
Women’s fashion shoot
I loved shooting these photos. The lighting was a lot of fun, the blue and pink look great together and it gives it a cool look. I also love the effect that the bubbles give.
I loved the style of this model. I think she had a great look and was great to work with. I love the lighting set up we had with the I love the light on the brick I think that it made it more of a dynamic look.
For this, I wanted to try something little different. I had the model hold up a tennis racquet to give her that texture on her face. I think that adds a lot to the photo.
These couples were really fun to take photos. These photos of the engaged couple were a lot of fun to take. My wife takes a lot of couple photos and she told me some prompts to get the natural smiles and laughter. What I did for these photos is had the bride and groom under their vail for one photo I got under the vail and took some photos. For the photo under this one to get them to smile and to get the natural look. I had them say cereal in sexy voices and this tends to make people laugh.
Men’s Fashion photoshoot
I really loved taking these photos and using the gels on the light to get the pink and blue colors coming together to give it a great effect. This model was great, I could tell he knew was doing. I asked him what one of his favorite poses was and he did this. I love this pose.
I really enjoyed taking photos with this couple they were so cute. For this photo, I had the model think of his bride to be and how he would feel when he saw her. I really like how it turned out.
I love the look of the white shirts on the grey wall it gives a lot of contrast. I think it adds to the photos a lot. For this, we had a light set up that gave great light on our subject.
Using Smoke bombs, speed lights, and slow shutter speed, but not in the same picture though.
I have always wanted to use a smoke bomb in a photo. I was really excited to shoot these photos a big tip I would have to give is beware of the wind. For this photo, because of the wind, I actually composited two photos together to get all the smoke I wanted. It turned out how I wanted it to. I love how the smoke turned out I love how it is enveloping the subject.
I wanted to create an image that looked super thirst quenching and creating a want to get these drinks. We used three speed lights to light and to freeze the water in motion. I really liked the way this turned out I think it adds an awesome effect. I feel like with using the lights it accomplished exactly what I was going for.
I love this photo, it’s so cool how it turned out with the stream of sugar coming down on to the fruit making it looked so appetizing. I think this such a cool way to get an effect that can make your images stand out from the rest. What you want to do is to light your subject, in this case, the spoon and the fruit. Then you want to get a funnel and pure sugar through it to get that stream.
Come check out my toy photography print!
I wanted to use one of my favorite images. This image I took with a snoot and a macro lens, I really like how this photo turned out, it’s really dramatic. One thing that made me want to print this image is because I mainly shoot toy photography so I was happy when I got the chance to print one of these photos. I took this photo and just fell in love with it. It’s subtly a toy photo and that’s what I like about it so much. It definitely falls under more of the fine art category.
You can find my print Hanging in the Spori building at the BYU-Idaho campus!
Awesome Post Production Effects!
For this first image, I wanted to do the dust effect from Avengers Infinity War. (Spoiler but its been out for a while if you haven’t seen just watch it. It’s on Netflix.) when all the people turn to dust at the end. I found a really helpful video that went through how to do this I also added my own effects to make it my own. You first start out with your copy photo then make a mask with your subject then you fade the edges with an explosion brush. You then take the original mask of your photo and make another copy with this copy you will use the liquify effect and stretch out your subject then you use the brush to make the effect through out the image.
For this photo, I wanted to add some more texture to my image so for this, I found something with a lot of texture. This was the wall in my house I used a light and had it flush with the wall to create the most shadows so that I would see the texture the best. I then opened my photo up and did some editing to get it just the way I wanted it. I then went into photoshop and opened both of the photos I had my texture on top. I used overlay with the texture and then made a mask so that I could show the models face. This is how I was able to add some more texture to my image. It’s pretty simple and can go a long way.
How to get epic portraits
How to get epic shots! As you can see in these three photos we have one were the subject is well exposed but the sky is blown out meaning there is little to no detail. You’ll see a lot of people who will just get a well-exposed subject and blown out skies some people do that for as their style but you do see a lot of beginners doing it.
you can also see how the sky is well exposed. You can see the clouds and the sky is looking good but we lose a lot of detail on our subject, their face is very underexposed. Therefore we lose the subject’s face but there is a very is a way to fix this.
In the third image, we see how the subject is properly exposed and so is the sky. How I was able to accomplish this was by using a speed light. This allowed the subject to be properly lit and the sky was able to stay well exposed.
Here is a great blog about Sam Hurds portraits
Learn how to take themed nature portraits
I had the chance to go out to Teton National Park and take photos with these awesome models. We were out looking for some animals to photograph when we came across some buffalos we followed them for a bit when we came across a small log cabin shack. This is where we had our first photoshoot with our great model Natalia. Natalia was playing the hiker, for this photo I wanted her to look like she was about to embark on an adventure, so I had her pose looking to the right with the mountain looking forward to the adventure.
For the Shot with the fisherman, we had Kory who is a great model who was willing to walk out into the cold water and pose for us. I got a lot of shots of Kory casting his line out to the left but I wanted to try something a little different so I had him cast the line out in my direction I was worried I was going to get whipped but in the end, we got some great action shots.
At the same location as out hiker, we had the chance to shoot with another awesome model Kiley who was the mountain climber. We used some lights with her photos they turned out great!
Thanks to all of our models!
I had the chance to wake up at three in the morning and drive out to these barns out in the Jackson Park and wait for the sunrise. It was so hard waking up that early but it was so worth it. Being able to see the sun peek of the mountain top and see how it lit up the Tetons was an incredible experience. This was something I was want to do but its always hard for me to wake up that early. I’m so grateful that I could see this. On the way out to get these shots, I thought about what I wanted to get. I knew that I wanted to get shots of the sun peeking over the barn and I also knew I wanted shots of the Tetons and the barn. There was definitely some trial and error in finding the location I wanted to. In the end, I was really happy with the shots I definitely have a favorite one from the morning. Being able to get the shot that I wanted was a really cool thing and I loved the shots I got.
Finding creative angles to get awesome landscape shots. On our way to the lodge, we stopped in a small town and for this cool old General Mills building that had a lot of cool texture. I wanted to get different angles to get these shots. Sometimes It can be hard to get a creative landscape shot. Finding this location really helped me think creative with this unique location. It is always good to look at your locations and your neighborhood you can always find an incredible location to shoot. Once we got to the lodge we had this awesome view of the Tetons. There were clouds blocking the Tetons but the clouds parted and we were able to see the Tetons and we were able to get some great shots of the Tetons. Having the chance to be up in nature for a couple of days with a camera and barely any cell service was an amazing experience that I will always remember. I was able to put away distractions and just focus on my photography I feel that I was able to grow so much as a photographer.
I had the opportunity to shoot at a beautiful landscape shots up at Jackson National Park. I have lived by the Tetons for a long time but I have never gotten that close to them. It was incredible to see the beauty of these amazing mountains up close and personal. This is such an incredible experience, I really tried to think differently when it came to these shots. The wide shot of the lake and the Tetons I used an ND filter so that I could have the shutter open for longer. This allowed the water to look smoother.
I got to an overlook to look of Jenny Lake and the Tetons at this overlook there was an old path that had crumbled so I made my way down to the shore to get this different perspective of the Tetons and I love the reflections I was able to capture in the water.
I also had the chance to shoot at sunrise at a barn that had the Tetons in the background I wanted the Tetons to appear closer so I used the lens compression to create this effect.
You can have a lot of fun with Long Exposure photos. Shooting long exposure makes you think outside of the box. I had the opportunity to shoot at night and shoot long exposure. When you use different lights you can get some really cool effects. For some of the shots when used a bike tire with some Christmas lights on it to get this crazy pattern and it created this really unique photos, we were also shooting next to a pond so we get this awesome reflection in the water. We also shot with some fiber optic lights that gave this really cool effect. Shooting with different lights with long exposure can give you the chance to get these awesome photos with practical effects. I really enjoyed shooting with long exposure because it had to be dark we were pretty tired and we were coming up with some crazy ideas and that’s how we ended up with the guy on the wooden horse riding across the frame.
Light painting is an incredible skill to have. It is something simple in concept but getting good at it is a bit harder than it sounds. I had the opportunity to spend time learning it. Something I love about light painting its something you can do on your own and you don’t necessarily need the craziest equipment. The first thing to do when it comes to light painting is open up your shutter for a long time you want to do something like 25-30 seconds. second, you want to have a flashlight so that you can actually paint your object. Then you want to have your space completely dark. Then when you take the photo you want to go over the object with your flashlight high lighting key elements. Something that looks really cool is when you paint from an angle to create deep shadows creating more of a dramatic look.
Light painting is something great to keep in your wheelhouse you can get a lot of different looks and its something that can set you apart from others. Check out Dave Black for incredible light painting.
How to create awesome product photography with Black Panther!
One of my favorite types of product photography is toy product photography. It gives you the chance to show off these very detailed toys in fun and creative ways. Toy product photography can be pretty different than most product photography and a big part of that is where some of these toys come from. A lot of toys are based on characters from movies or tv comic books, etc. A big part of shooting toy photography is asking yourself about these characters and what they’re like or what scene would work best for them. For this photo, I used a Black Panther toy, so I referred to some of the material and I remembered that in the movie there is a scene where Black Panther is fighting a bunch of bad guys and he is hiding in a tree. So I found a tree and placed this toy there and I wanted to create some atmosphere to give it a foggy humid jungle look. This is a little toy photographer trick but if you get the canned air stuff for cleaning electronics and hold it upside down and you get this fog effect and I’ll use this for all types of product photography to create a dramatic effect. Shooting photos of toys is a lot of fun because it makes you think outside of the box because when someone sees a toy in action it inspires their imagination. shooting creative product photography really makes you think creatively.
A toy photographer that really inspires me in Johnny Wu aka sgtbananas
Product photography is very interesting it can be portrayed in so many different ways. One thing I love about product photography is how you do have to think outside of the box to get compelling shots. For a lot of these shots, I wanted to have complimenting backgrounds or sceneries. For the mustache and beard balm and oil, I wanted to add the flannel because it felt very lumberjack to me and when I think beards I think of lumberjacks. For the Dutch Bros’ water bottle, I wanted to add the flannel again because it felt like it fits that younger culter of hanging out at coffee shops. Its fun trying to think of different cliches when it comes to product photography, I think of the target audience and what appeals to them. With the Clif bars, I put them into a tree because people who tend to eat them are more outdoorsy.
I had the unique opportunity to shoot photos of a celebrity, the Travelocity Gnome and yes it is the real gnome, not some cheap knock off. I wanted to shoot the gnome is such a way I could get the background and not have it too much out of focus. I did this so that we could see the gnome in a totally random and strange place showing that with Travelocity you can go anywhere.