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5 Tips to Make the Subject Stand Out in a Photo

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Have you ever seen a picture of yourself where everything seems to be fine - you look good, the scenery is beautiful, and it’s not out of focus or underexposed - but for some reason you don’t feel like the the photo is of anything. In other words, you can’t tell if it’s a picture of a person in a park or a park with a person in it. In this post I want to go over some techniques that can be used to draw the viewers eye to the subject of a photo, and make it clear what the photographer was trying to capture. Here are five ways to make the subject of a photograph stand out from the…

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The Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens

Gear: Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

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No matter what brand you use, the Nikon 70-200mm is a classic for photographing weddings. We picked ours up this Summer as a way to celebrate the booking of our first wedding clients since moving to Florida. Even though we bought it to photograph people, I couldn’t wait to break it in so I gave in to my inner nature photographer and took it for a walk in the park. Since then I’ve been using it during our couples and engagement sessions, capturing the more remote angles while Dannie gets up close and personal. The main reason I wind up carrying this lens instead of Dannie is that it is heavy. It weighs 3.4 pounds without the camera attached, and…

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July 2014 Financial Report

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Hi there, this is Jake, bringing you our first monthly report of the earnings we generated directly from our blog. You’ll recall I mentioned last month that we had decided to monetize our blog, hopefully generating a little extra income. To help incentivize people to root for us we are donating 10% of the profits from our blog to Operation Smile, just like we do with our prints and photo sessions. Our first month of this experiment yielded modest but more or less expected results. Here’s how our blog earned money: Google Adsense: $1.98 Google Adsense lets us put some ads in our sidebar. The nice thing about Adsense is that it is easy to use and there is no…

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The Nikon D800. Jakes Camera of Choice for wedding, portrait and wildlife photography

Gear: Nikon D800

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The Nikon D800 was the first professional grade camera we purchased, though we didn’t buy it with Jake and Dannie Studio in mind. At the time we had been married for half a year and we were getting ready for a trip to China. We had it in our heads to publish an E-book about our trip and we used that as the excuse we’d been looking for to upgrade our gear. It arrived while we were packing for the trip, and I read the instruction manual on the plane (I already had a pretty good idea how it works, but it’s always a good idea to read the manual). We went with the D800 because I was into nature…

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Monthly Financial Report

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Hi! Jake here, Ever since we moved to Florida our business has been growing slowly but surely. We’ve been delighted by the reception we’ve gotten from the locals, and we love the work we’ve been doing. We want to continue doing what we’re doing with our photography, but we’ve decided to make a few changes to our blog. So we’ll keep booking clients and taking photographs, but when you visit our blog it will look a little different. For one thing, we’re going to try to turn the blog into a resource page. We love writing blog posts about the shoots we do with our clients, but we also want to create a database of posts that can help our…

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Bread Cubes With Dipping Oil

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Every couple weeks Dannie starts fantasizing about a different exotic location. Lately it’s been Morocco. Traveling overseas is hard to fit into our schedule on short notice, but I wanted to to treat Dannie to a romantic evening so I made do. I don’t know much about Morocco, but looking over her shoulder while she bookmarked stuff on Pinterest I saw a lot of colorful textiles. I cleared off some space on the geometrically patterned carpet, laid down a colorful scarf, and set up a lantern for atmosphere. We just happened to have a few pillows that I thought looked a bit Mediterranean - on the carpet they went. We watched Netflix on the living room floor and enjoyed bread…

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Our New Lens: Wildlife Photography in Spring Hill, Florida

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Dannie and I recently invested in a new lens, and it arrived a couple days ago. The first thing we did was take it out for a spin on a walk around the neighborhood. The lens is a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens, and though we bought it to photograph people, I couldn’t help but try it out on some of the local wildlife that was out of reach using the fixed focal length lenses. Our old zoom lens had a little more reach (28-300) and I was always very satisfied with it. But wow, there was no comparison on the sharpness and the speed of this lens. The images of an alligator floating in a pond came out tack sharp…

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Garden Pizza: Food Photography

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When I was in high school I had a part time job at a pizzeria. Every once in a while I like to make a pizza for Dannie as a treat. It’s fun for both of us to prepare, and it’s (usually) even more fun to eat. This Saturday we made one with a dough we bought from the grocery store. Instead of shredded cheese I cut up a block of mozzarella into squares and spread them around. We used fresh herbs from our garden. and instead of pizza sauce which has lots of sugar we used Newman’s Own tomato basil pasta sauce. Newman’s Own is awesome because all of their profits go to charity. Ingredients: Pizza Dough from the…

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The Shrine Keeper: Travel Photography from Yunnan, China

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I was beginning to regret our decision to walk to Lige. The road from our hotel to the small lakeside village ran along the steep slope of a dusty mountain, bustling with traffic and littered with small stones which occasionally tumbled from above, coming to rest on the cracked pavement. The heights made Dannie nervous, and the sun beating down on was burning our skin.

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Girl Meets Buddha: Travel Photography from Leshan, China

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The Grand Buddha of Leshan towered over us, hundreds of feet tall, his giant head haloed by the afternoon sun. We were surrounded by people, hundreds of them, maybe thousands in the Leshan Buddha Park, and more in the tour boats in the river behind us. At an alter in front of the statue, Chinese tourists waited with uncharacteristic patience to kneel and offer a prayer before moving on. Dannie read from our entrance packet that ancient Chinese rulers had built the Grand Buddha statue, along with the thousands of others in the park, in order to spread Buddhism and to earn good Karma for themselves, presumably moving one step closer to enlightenment. Contemplating the years of labor this must…

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