Maternity Photography in Bend, OR

These latest images from Bend Oregon Maternity Photography studio Jackie Lee are beyond stunning. Nothing is better than in-home images of a newborn in their first days home. The feelings are so real in these images, so gorgeously captured by the photographer.

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Maternity can be one of the hardest forms of photography. The woman’s body is changing rapidly and they’re sometimes self conscious about their newfound curves. The key is to make sure you’ve created an atmosphere of calm positivity. It can also be challenging to get the men to take the session seriously and open up. Sometimes they find it hard to show emotion and how excited they are to be bringing another human into the world. It’s smart to reinforce these ideas in their head during the shoot, allowing then to get into the correct mood for the images.

What’s new in the Photography World

2017 is coming to an end and much has changed in the photography world.

Mirrorless is taking over

Sony just released the A9II, Fuji is continuing to update it’s gear at a rapid pace, and Nikon/Canon both have rumored mirrorless cameras in the pipeline.

The wave of mirrorless cameras is fueled by a trifecta: lower weight, smaller package, and more affordable. It used to be that you’d pay a price with image quality, but no longer. Plus, on many systems you’re getting more technology.. like electronic viewfinders and new sensor arrays.

Stock Photography is cool again

There are multiple stock photography agencies that are featuring modern photography. My current favorite is Stocksy, they just opened up their call-to-artists after a few years at full capacity. It’s incredible to browse a stock photo website and be inspired by the level of work featured. Give them a look and consider applying.

Lightroom Preset Reviews

Lightroom presets are continuing to be extremely popular, this site recently launched that offers preset reviews. It’s called Good Presets and you should follow them on Instagram.


Preparing For Your Wedding: A Guide

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Your wedding is going to be amongst the most important day of your life. It is actually a turning point if not anything else since you will now be walking through the rest of your life with the same person. A wedding is a union between two people and you get a companion, a friend and a guide to be there for you through every phase of life.

Your wedding day is an important day since it marks the beginning of your life together. So, there is a lot of pressure to make the day perfect. A lot of young brides get stressed out looking at the perfect Wedding Photography of other couples. What they don’t know is that there is a lot of work behind these supposedly perfect weddings. So, we are going to help you with a few pointers so that you know where to start.

First of all, it is important that you get organized. Even if you are not an organized person, keeping a wedding binder will help you immensely. A wedding binder is a folder that contains all of your ideas regarding the dress, florists, arrangements, how to write a best man speech, etc. Giving you a tentative idea.

Planning your budget is another important aspect of preparing for your wedding. This is to help you narrow down your choices and know where you can and cannot compromise on. This will also help you avoid spending more money than you need to.

You need a guest list. The earlier you start planning, the easier it will be since you tend to remember certain names overtime and you cannot recall everyone you want to invite immediately. The earlier you get your guest list finished, the quicker you can send out the invites.

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If you are still struggling and feel that you cannot handle the pressure, you can hire a wedding planner. They can be a bit expensive but they will shoulder most of the responsibility and make sure that everything gets done on time.

You need to decide you wedding date so that you can look for possible venues. This is where you ask yourself if you’re looking for a small or large gathering, if you want to hold your reception in a separate place etc.

You need to look for caterers, florists and photographers. Does your reception venue offer catering or do you want to order your own caterer? For Wedding Photography, you need to ask yourself how many photographers you need, do you want them covering every event including a pre-wedding photoshoot or do you just want them at the reception etc.

Do you need an officiant or do you plan on having one of your loved ones step in? This is important since you need to book a professional officiant a few months prior to the actual date of your wedding.

You need to get your wedding dress and hair and makeup place finalized. This also needs to be done months prior to the actual event to avoid any hassle or misunderstanding later on.

Freezing Birds in Flight

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Bird-photographers are not satisfied by only clicking birds which are perched.  They try to take action shots which do not always give them the desired results as it comes with its share of difficulties. Here we list a few pointers which may enable you achieve better results in future:

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  1. Higher Shutter Speed: In order to freeze such fast action, a good AF tracking system along with a higher shutter speed is recommended. My recommendation would be a shutter speed of atleast 1/1600th of a second which may go up if you are photographing birds like the Peregrine Falcon.  In order to achieve higher shutter speeds, you have to raise the ISO.
  2. Proper Framing: Placing the bird in the right part of the image is crucial. You must try and avoid providing too much negative space on both sides. It is better to have space in front of your subject rather than behind it.
  3. Focus Modes: Along with keeping a high shutter speed, you have to set the Autofocus mode accordingly. You have to set your camera to “AF-C” mode for Nikon and “Al-Servo” for Canon. And do not forget to switch your release mode from “Single” to “Continuous” or “Burst” mode.
  4. Background: Try to get a clear and uncluttered background. Sometimes you may get blue sky or you may have to use other options when the birds swoop lower to the ground.
  5. Right Direction: The Golden Hour provides the perfect soft light which is great to capture flight. Press the shutter only when you can get the catchlight or the bird moves to a part where the lighting is more favorable. Remember to have the Sun at your back when you are trying to capture such swift action. In sunny conditions the lighting would be harsh and would be unfavorable to shoot birds in flight.
  6. Knowing your subject: Studying your subjects help a lot in understanding the time of flight or when they would take-off. Be ready and see to it that your settings are right.
  7. Panning: In case the bird is approaching towards you, get your focus locked. Keep firing the shutter while panning your camera in the direction in which the bird is flying and also at the speed at which it is flying.
  8. Tripod: Using a tripod with a ball head helps to balance your camera and lens. Less force is required to pan the camera both right and left and also up and down.
  9. Exposure Compensation: When you are photographing birds in flight, very often you will find that the features of the birds will appear dark and would not project much detail. You can change your EV meter to +0.3 or 0.7 depending on the situation.

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                               These are some of the techniques which may qualify you in attaining desired outputs. Practice and experimentation will help in getting the perfect freeze you always wanted to achieve. So, set out in the field where flight movements are move and get to work!!

Creating a Still Life Photo

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For the depiction of subject matter which is inanimate in nature and especially dealing with small number of objects, you need to study and know about still life photography. This particular genre gives you more leeway in arranging design elements within a composition which is being compared to other photographic genres like portrait or landscape photography. Significant aspects of Still life photography are lighting and framing it also includes application of photography to the still life artistic style.

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Perfecting the massive art of composition and lighting to create a beautiful image is certainly no easy task, however, once you get it correct, still life photography can be an enormously powerful form of art and can be utilized in projects from poster designing to calendar making.

Definitely, there are not innumerable photographic practices that date back further than still life photography because when photography was originated, it was intrinsic for the exposures to be long lasting, thereby making photographs of static objects the ideal subject matter. There are several advantages to working on still life as there are magazines, catalogues and lucrative businesses that often require product shots.

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How do you get started with Still Life Photography? Have a look at the following:

  • Concentrating on common perceptions – This being the most important aspect, you don’t require fancy studios or booths to begin with this kind of photography, your home space can be utilized, basically, perspectives have to be clear. With still life, you do not need to come across huge amount of variables as the content of creativity is already in front of you.
  • Choice of subject – Photography is completely up to you, so you can look for any homely commodity or some simple object as your subject, however, initially you must try to avoid reflective surfaces such as metals or glass as they become unmanageable with regards to lighting.
  • Angles and Tripods – The shutter release that you opt for should be depending on your lighting situation, I would recommend you to used tripods as they enable you to observe and work with your subject matter. Having said that, I’d request you not to let a static camera restrain your creativity as it quickly gets forgotten that your camera is made to be seated in a specific position for the entire shoot. Coming to angles, try shooting at variety of levels such as starting from the eyes of the birds to down into the subject like the shadows casted.
  • Getting the backdrop correct – This is a highly essential feature in order to get started as it plays a big role in the complete success of your shots. For smaller objects, you needn’t require backdrop, instead you need a surface to place the items on.
  • Composing the shot – The element of composition is necessary when it comes to making your still life photographs appear engaging and it’s always useful to think outside the box and vary the composition matter.

With the growing development of technology, the fascination for capturing still life has remained and still is considered to be one of the most operable professions in today’s world!

Photographing Cityscapes

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Cities have their own charm; even with all the chaos and city lights, tall skyscrapers and busy streets, cities can offer a numbing sensation and a good one too. Most often we can’t go to all the places we would like to go to in our lifetime but we can always look at pictures. Sometimes our bare human eyes miss a lot of city action and beauty, a lot of hidden places and angles that only the camera lens can capture; sometimes you need to have a different outlook and view to capture the magic of the city in which you may have lived your entire life. So here is a little guide to help you click pictures of your favorite city/cities.

Sunrises and sunsets

When the night just abuts on the daylight or vice versa, it is a great time to make a few clicks. Capture the fading natural along with the city lights sparkling below and you will get an amazing subject to work on. The variation of different natural tones is very difficult to get at any other time of the day.


The skyline tale

If you are of the opinion that skylines and panorama views are just for natural habitats, it is time to change your outlook. Keep the focal length somewhere between 12-35mm and include city features with the wide skyline. A wide angle is very helpful in these cases.

Bracketing exposures

Cities offer a wide range of lighting during the night and it looks spectacular when we look at it through our eyes but not quite so much when we have clicked the picture. This is because cameras are usually not capable of capturing images of such high contrast. In order to get rid of this problem you need to multiple exposures of the same subject. 

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Identify the leading lines

Leading lines are extremely important to capture serenity in chaos. So say, you want to capture the scene of a busy street with your lenses, you need to identify the leading line (which can be the pavement curve in this case) to create a sense of coherence in the whole picture. Slice up the images in the right composition to cut through all the chaos and bring out harmony.

Capturing motion

Still pictures are fine but capturing motion and freezing them forever requires special skill. In a city, try to find the busiest intersection and a continuous movement of traffic, both car and people, and click them while they are moving. Things are going to be blurry but not all of it. Keep a lightly defines line and then put all the blurry figures in it.

Pedestrians on the go

The most defining features of a city are perhaps its people. It does not always has to be an exclusive class; it can be everyone and yet no one in particular.

Capture the rainy city

Rain makes everything look pretty. It blurs away all the stark street lights and mellows down even the harshest of cities.

HDR Photography Tips

The kind of technique implemented in imaging and photography for producing a greater dynamic or wider range of luminosity is referred to as High Dynamic Ranged Photography whose motive is to create a more humongous luminous range than which is created through the usual visual system of humans.

HDR photographs depict real world scenes comprising extremely bright, direct sunlight from shadier objects and faint hues; this is often established by capturing and coercing narrower ranges and exposures of the same subject of matter. The two most significant types of HDR images are computer renderings which are photographs resulting by amalgamating numerous low dynamic range or standard dynamic ranged pictures; also HDR images can also be extracted using special image censors. Owing to the limitations of contrast in display and printing on HDR images, you must begin developing methods of display; the method of rendering an HDR image to a device which can print is known as tone mapping.

HDR photography

How to achieve HDR photography?

  • By capturing innumerable standard exposure photographs by employing exposure bracketing.
  • On encoding in the raw image format of camera.
  • By switching on the manual exposure mode in film cameras as they are relatively less suitable to be digitized.
  • It can also be achieved by changing the exposure time along with the aperture size which will indirectly affect the depth of the field.
  • You must create several images in order to reach a certain amount of luminosity.

How is HDR different from traditional photography methods?

Information stored in high dynamic ranged photographs technically correspond to the illumination and radiance of the real world unlike those in usual kinds of photography; HDR images are known as scene referred whereas digital photographs are referred to as device or output referred. In traditional photography, images are encoded typically for the human visual system; on the contrary, HDR photographs are generally gamma encoded. HDR pictures do not utilize fixed color channels like in traditional photographs in order to produce a comparatively larger wider range.

HDR pictures expose both the foreground and the background and enable merging of effects, shades and proximities.

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The aforementioned equipments can capture an enormously high dynamic range from a solo exposure and the captured images are compressed into a relatively smaller ranged electronic representation, non- linearly. With the following information, such images can be further processed into higher quality HDR images which are therefore employed in dynamic range applications such as in wedding photography or works related to automobiles.

For a beginner, the essentials for creating HDR photography are as follows:

  • A tripod or a stabilizer in order to align your images.
  • HDR photo-blending software to coerce images and achieve further effects.

Limitations of HDR photography:

  • You can’t capture objects in motion clearly owing to the nature of HDR.
  • You need to avoid subjects with a large contrast between dark and lit areas.

Keeping in mind all the limitations, HDR photography requires an immensely professional touch.

Using Forced Perspective

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Photography is primarily about capturing abstract moments, illusions and feelings, likewise, forced perspective photography employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, larger, closer, smaller than it actually appears to be; this genre of photography is usually used in architecture and film making.

The main aspect of this kind of photography is that it fabricates visual perception of human beings with the use of scaled objects, vantage point of the viewer or the camera and the correlation between them.

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How is Forced Perspective utilized in film making?

By placing a small or ordinary sized object, by use of camera the object can be magnified and made to appear comparatively larger.

Role of light in forced perspective photography – Previous instances of this genre used in less budget motion pictures showed objects that were distinctly differing from their immediate surroundings, generally blurred or at a light level which is completely different; the principal cause of this being geometric. In order to create illusion of an object at a specific distance being at the same proximity of a nearer object, more light is required with proper scaling. While shooting with forced perspective, it is necessary to have the aperture ceased in order to establish an ideal depth of field. As miniature models require to be subjected to a brighter background or a well lit area than the original focus of the camera, it is essential to make sure that the amount of heat emitted during the process, can be withstood by the incandescent sources of light.

The most amazing feature of forced perspective is that it enhances and adds further to the comic effects being processed; when a commodity or character is being portrayed in a particular scene, its size is defined by virtue of its surrounding, a character then interacts with the character or object thereby, depicting that the spectator has been fooled owing to the presence of forced perspective.

Use of this kind of photography in architecture:

In this field, a structure or a construction is made to seem taller or larger than its usual size or height; this is usually done by adjusting the scale of objects in relation to the viewer. By consistently diminishing the scale of objects towards the farthest point of the viewer in terms of convention and expectancy, a queer illusion is created that the scale of aforementioned objects is reducing owing to the distant location.


The plausible techniques involved in forced perspective:

  • Manipulating angular size of the subject.
  • Creating blurred effects which establish a contradictory impression of depth.
  • Perceptive depth of shading and lighting.
  • Fabrication in the relative size.

Not only in aesthetic fields, but also in theme parks is this kind of photography employed; illusion is created by utilization of brighter colors, distant shades because this technique enables the spectators to discern the distance between objects from a stationary source of light that illuminates the entire surrounding along with the subject.

It’s knows as single-eye photography as well!