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Shark Attack

Who Will Win?

Here is another vector that I found.  I really like how the colors go together.  I love how they did the shading of the different colors.  I like looking at different vectors and seeing how they did their shadowing so that I can learn and get better and make my vectors look better.  I like how this vector is a simple design but the shading makes it look even more complex.

If you take a look at the color wheel you can see that orange and blue are opposite of each other.  When using color it is really good to have 2 colors that are opposite of each other.  It makes your work look really good.  It gives it that added flair.

Leading Lines

The lines of the shark’s harpoons are leading your eyes right at the octopus’s face.  It really brings the two vectors together and makes it one piece of artwork.

Also, you have these curved lines that keep your eyes moving throughout this vector.  There isn’t really a main point where your eyes stop at.  These curved lines keep your eyes looking at the whole thing.  It really does tie everything together.

“I am the one who knocks!”

Breaking Bad Vector

Breaking Bad

I actually found this while I was on Pinterest.  I really like the detail that they used for this post.  They had really good use of color as well.

Leading Lines

As you can tell I drew on this vector.  I drew leading lines.  These lines are leading to their eyes.  It makes you wonder what they are looking at.  Those lines bring everything together nicely.  Those leading lines help you focus on their eyes more.

Fine Detail

The artist of this vector used really fine detail when doing the faces and the facial hair.  Even in the eyes, there is a lot of detail. Also, the artist gave this vector nice realistic shading.  Everything in this picture is very realistic.  There are multiple colors in the hair and giving it a nice realistic effect.

How to shoot portraits?

Shooting portraits with a speedlite.

How to shoot portraits

For this shot I had 2 different speedlites set up with Rogue flash benders on each of them.  I was able to position them in such a way to give some nice lighting on my subject.

I also had a trigger on my camera that would set off the 2 speedlites.  These speedlites were able to light up my models face getting that perfect light.

The next couple shots were also taken with a speedlite.

How to shoot portraits

How to shoot portraits

How to shoot portraits

How to shoot portraits

Delicious Muffins

Delicious Muffins

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS FOR DELICIOUS MUFFINS
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.

3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.

4. ENJOY THESE DELICIOUS MUFFINS!

The Nifty 50

A perfect lens for portraits

One lens that I love to use is the nifty 50.  Or in other words the 50mm lens.  This lens is perfect for portraits.  It’s not only a cheap lens but the f-stop on this bad boy is a 1.8.  So you can get that sexy bokeh.

Now all of these next shots were taken with the Canon 50mm lens.  What a great lens.  Love it!

 

Canon 50mm lens on Amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-STM-Lens/dp/B00X8MRBCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518240389&sr=8-1&keywords=canon+50mm

Why I use a 50mm lens

Good for more than just portraits.

If you are ever are shooting food, this lens is perfect for the occasion.  Who doesn’t love food? Here are some pics of different food shot all with my 50mm lens.  Having a 50mm lens

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Now with this shot, my f-stop was low.  Look at that beautiful bokeh! Delicious!

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As you can tell from this shot my f-stop was low causing great bokeh.

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Peep the 50mm on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-STM-Lens/dp/B00X8MRBCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518240389&sr=8-1&keywords=canon+50mm

 

Photography- You’re Doing it Wrong

Speedlites are more important than you think!

One important thing to any photography is lighting.  One way of lighting is off camera flash photography.  There are many ways you can use flashes.

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With a flash, you can light your object with making the background black.  I didn’t make it black in photoshop.  For this shot I was actually in a room with lights on.  I was using a flash bender as a snoot.

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Now this shot is thae same comcept as the last picture.  We were actually outside on this shot.  It works great for portraits.

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Using a flash will light up your shot better than with a continuoes light.  It makes it nice and fresh.

This is one of my favorite shots.  I had 2 speedlites for this shot.  I had one on either side of my model.  I’ll make a post talking about this shoot and everything that I did.  The speedlite gives the picture a nice look.

Here is a link to an speedlite on Amazon. Check it out!

https://www.amazon.com/IV-Wireless-Speedlite-Fujifilm-Panasonic/dp/B00PGTOX26/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1517549036&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=yongnuo+yn560+iv&psc=1&smid=A2EF3HY34Y6B9G

Flash Bender

https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Photographic-Design-ROGUEXLPRO2-Lighting/dp/B00SYIVZKO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1517634297&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=yongnuo+flash+bender

 

Shoot Through Something

It’s always important to notice your surroundings and what is easily available.

The next two pictures are of the same model same location.  Both pictures are within a few minutes of each other.  Both great pictures.  One just stands out a little more than the other.

Example

Shoot through something

Here is picture one.  Not a bad picture by any means.  I actually really like this picture.

Shoot through something

Here is picture two.  I noticed my surroundings and I was able to shoot through the tree that was by my model.  I didn’t even have to move that far away.  I was probably 5-10 feet to my right for the second picture.

Looking at your surroundings will help make your photos stand out.

You can also apply this to other types of photography as well.  Try holding something in front of your lens to get some nice bokeh.  This allows you to get a pretty good shot when you are shooting through, or past, an object.  Here are a few shots where I held something up to my camera to get that nice bokeh.  It gives your pictures an nice and interesting look.

Shoot through something

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With both of these shots, I held a fake pine tree branch in front of my lens.  This creates some interesting bokeh that makes your photo look even better.  Plus who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?

Here is another example of shooting through something.

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Now with this shot, I noticed some bushes that were in our surrounding area and placed my model a little ways behind them.  I was able to shoot through the bush giving the picture a little bit more color and add that extra umph to the picture.

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

What is Rogue Flashbender you might ask?

A Rogue Flashbender is adaptable for use off-camera flash/Speedlites. As a shapeable reflector, it can be used as a bounce flash reflector, gobo, or snoot to soften, shape and control your main, background, hair, rim, or accent lights.

All of these next shots use the Rogue Flashbender.  What an incredible photography tool.

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

You can even make the Rogue Flashbender into a snoot and get some pretty sweet shots.

These next 2 shots are done with the Rogue Fashbender as a snoot.

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Amazing Lighting with Rogue Flashbender

Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite!

Here’s where you can get your very own Rogue Flashbender!

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https://rogueflash.com/

Christmas Delight

My amazing Christmas food set up.

Here are some pictures from the food photoshoot.  I think that they turned out really well.  Take a peek at some of my work.

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Christmas Delight