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Client Photos for LinkedIn Profiles

Client Photos for LinkedIn Profiles

With the current economic environment which, let's be honest, is pretty crummy - people are looking to expand their job prospects as much as humanly possible. In this era of social networking, LinkedIn has become the de facto site for networking professionals. Of course, Facebook still rules the web, but your future employer doesn't want to see pictures of you doing keg-stands at that 1997 frat-house kegger. And that "cute" photo you posted of you and your better half yucking it up in Puerto Vallarta isn't going to curry any favors with the HR department - unless they like that sort of thing. And that's just creepy.

Be Professional!

When it comes to resume headshots you need to start off on the right foot by understanding that your LinkedIn profile is essentially an on-line resume. It should be presented just as professionally as a hard copy resume, and...

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A Holiday Cookbook Cover :: Commercial Photography

A Holiday Cookbook Cover :: Commercial Photography

As the holidays are now in full swing, many of us begin preparing Christmas cards and various forms of well wishes to share with those who've meant the most to us over the years. To commemorate the festive season, D.L. Adams Associates, the premier acoustical, theatrical, noise control, information technology and audio visual systems design and engineering firm in Denver, sends out an annual cookbook to friends and clients. The unique aspect of this cookbook is that it is comprised of recipes that come directly from its owner's and employees' kitchens.

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Motorcycle Racing Photography :: New Gallery Added!!

After some delays in getting my new site layout finalized, I'm finally back to updating and populating the galleries. My latest addition features photos I took this past summer on my ventures out to High Plains Raceway, about an hour east of Denver (just past Byers), and is dedicated solely to Race Motorcycles. Being a motorcycle rider myself who follows Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, and Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP series, I'm amazed at what racers at any level are able to do with these machines.

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A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A PHOTOGRAPHER'S TALE I've found that my interest with photography continues to grow as I find new challenges and aspects of imaging to undertake. This couldn't hold more true with my discovery of (and now likely a serious addiction with) off camera flash, and the new levels of creativity it brings to my photography. Off camera flashes in and of themselves can open up a whole new world to a photographer. Then add in the multitude of modifiers out there (snoots, grids, gels, umbrellas: shoot through and reflective, diffusers, reflectors, gobos, etc.) and the creative opportunities really become endless.

I took this approach on a recent gig I had with a local motorcycle racer, who wanted some unique photos of himself with his new bike. I figured the most dramatic effects would be achieved my incorporating off camera flash techniques with well-selected backgrounds. After my experience on the shoot, which ended up incorporating strobes, umbrellas, grids, snoots, and gels, I wanted to share my tale in hopes it might benefit some other photographers who are considering enterting the strobist world.

Now -- before I get into the strobe techniques I used...

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Senior Portrait Shoot :: On Location in Downtown Denver

Senior Portrait Shoot :: On Location in Downtown Denver

I understand this time of year can be a little hectic for parents of seniors; focusing on their child's future, scheduling college interviews, and tying off the loose ends like prom, yearbook orders, and getting those senior photos taken. For me, shooting senior photos is a blast, especially when a client wants to go "on location" and explore the settings downtown Denver has to offer. As a photographer, there's really nothing I enjoy more than incorporating vibrant and unique backgrounds into a shot. When Omar's parents contacted me to book a shoot for their son's senior photos, they let me talk one-on-one with Omar so we could discuss the project. He immediately liked the concepts I had in mind; and was excited about using Denver's eclectic Five Points neighborhood as a backdrop for his portraits.

Since playing and writing songs on his guitar is his favorite pastime, I had Omar bring his acoustic guitar along on the shoot. On the day of the shoot...

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Abby at the Gardens :: Child Portraits

Shooting child portraits are always a blast for me; kids are (usually) fun to be around and can be very energetic in front of the camera. Abby was no exception - she was a total ham who loved expressing herself! Having this kind of subject can really make my work easy, and helps give the family photos that they will cherish for a long time to come! For this shoot I used a 70-200 f/2.8 telephoto lens. This kind of long lens with a wide aperture really helps to blur out the background, which can provide some separation to make Abby pop from the image a little more. I also had an assistant use a handheld reflector for a few shots; the extra light is used to fill in the shadows that can form as the morning sun gets higher in the sky.

Here are some samples of our shoot at the Botanic Gardens here in Denver... 

The Art of Panning :: Motorcycle Photography

The Art of Panning :: Motorcycle Photography

Tracking a moving object with a camera to capture the motion, or "panning" as it is commonly referred to, can be a fun and exhilarating part of photography. However, it can be equally as frustrating when the resultant images are severely blurred and lacking any detail whatsoever. While I am by no means an expert at panning, I am sharing my recent experiences with panning and photographing motorcycle races at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. I hope this may help others who may be trying the panning technique for the first time.

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