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Finding The Right Photographer

Here's the scenario.  You are a hair stylist with a plan to showcase your skills and decide the best way to accomplish your goal is to either start or upgrade your image portfolio.  The first thing you do is identify a few clients who are willing to be hair models and begin dreaming up the styles to show off your diverse skills.  Next, you need a photographer, so you start asking around or you turn to someone you've worked with before.  
At this point everything seems to come together and all you need to do is lock in a shoot date and you are all set.  The problem is, your project may have been doomed the moment you selected your photographer - especially if you were only focused on the cost of the photography or the availability of the photographer.  
Here are a few important things to consider when selecting a photographer to help you capture the vision you have.
Don't get stuck on the price - usually the first thing a client asks about is price.  Unfortunately, prices ar…
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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is a theme created by make-up artist Monique "Mo" Branch.  After working with Monique on several themed shoots, we decided to kick things up a notch and go in a different direction.  Not only did we call on our muse, Erika, but we also decided it was time to place Mo in front of the camera.  With that in mind, Mo decided to focus on contrasting skin tones, but added a unique twist that included flakes of gold and bronzer that created subtle golden highlights on her and Erika.

Pen Tablet vs. a Mouse for Photo Editing

For a little over a year I have been using a Wacom Intuous4 pen tablet to edit my images and absolutely love it.  As a digital photographer, I enjoy the entire creative process from the moment I power up my Nikon D90 to the final clicks in my Apple Aperture software and now that I can remove the restrictions of using a traditional mouse, I'm having more fun with my digital work flow.

Clamshell lighting - flawless beauty lighting Tutorial

I recently found this is a great video that offers an easy and affordable way to take great portraits with just two strobes/speedlights and a two umbrellas.  I use a similar approach with one strobe and a reflector on headshots, but I will be giving this a try especially for flattering shots on location.  I like this approach because everything is compact and can be set up/broken down quickly.

Be sure to check out my work at www.JulianRancePhotography.com and let me know if you are interested in working with me.

-Julian


1-on-1 Photography Lessons Available

Do you live in Charlotte and have an interest in digital photography but are not sure of the steps to take or how to get the most from the gear and equipment you already own?With my experience as a digital photographer and customized instruction you can create images that make your friends and family say wow or create an additional stream of income for your household.

Studio lighting Portrait Photography Tutorial

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This is a great video on using a large softbox.  In the video the instructor demonstrates several lighting techniques as well as a trick for metering the balanced output of the light to avoid a "hotspot." I actually use this metering approach to ensure that I don't run into dramatically un-even light in my images.

As always, be sure to check back for more blog updates!

-Julian

Charlotte,NC Photography Studio Share

The winter is just around the corner in Charlotte, NC and unlike bobsled racing, photographers sometimes need a warm, dry place to work.  Our studio share located in Matthews, NC currently has several openings for photographers interested in having 24-hour access to a comfortable workspace.  For $200 a month, studio share members enjoy the following: