Thursday, September 30, 2010

Snotty photographers

One summer of college, I worked at the Grand Canyon National Park. The only photo equipment that came with me was my old film Pentax camera, the only photo equipment I owned at the time. Every day during the summers, professional photographers would set up at the porch of the El Tovar hotel to sell their pictures. I was always amazed at their skill, but they were SO INTIMIDATING! I mean, they were so much better than me, and there's no way I'd ever be that good, and why would they ever want to talk to me?

After weeks of thinking like this, I came up with one burning question about my camera (which I don't remember now), gathered all the courage I could muster, and went up to one of the photographers. I showed him my camera, asked my sincere question, and waited. You know what he said? "We are selling a lot of pictures right now, and I don't have time to talk right now. You'll have to come back later."

I was crushed!!
In the history of my self-taught-ness of photography, I've run into a few photographers like this, who don't share information, and who don't want to give away the "trade secrets" of their photography. Each time, I was hurt, and vowed to NEVER be like that.

Let me be clear- I have no secrets. There is nothing that I do in my pictures that you can't do too with enough practice and effort. I wasn't born with this "skill"- I learned it.

So that's why I'm offering this photography class. If you want to learn how to do better with the camera you have, take the class, and I promise not to make you feel stupid or blow you off, no matter what your skill level is. And, I promise not to break your pocketbook for this information.

Any questions? Give me a call. 225-634-7229 or shoot me an email.

Assignment for the week- Take a picture of something yellow, outdoors, at sunset. :) Tell me how it goes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lauren Mistretta Senior

Lauren and her mom drove to St Francisville from Gonzales. Can I just say that I love St. Francisville? I love the history and feel of the town, and I especially love that in such a small place, there are SO many spots for photo shoots!
Lauren is going to be one of our models for the photography workshop photo shoot.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kristin & Jeremy Engagement - LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

No, we did not get arrested while shooting these pictures. Yes, they are in the Alex Box Stadium at LSU. Yes, Kristin & Jeremy are baseball fans and shared their first kiss at a baseball game. I can't wait for their wedding in December!

Monday, September 13, 2010

4 ways to change exposure

So I've talked about the different settings on your camera dial and what they mean. And, I've talked about ISO. So now, here's a summary of five things that can affect your photo's exposure (the lightness or darkness of the picture). Beware, though. Each of these has a "BUT"- a downside to using them.
1. ISO. The higher it is, the lighter the picture. (BUT higher ISO also makes a grainier picture)
2. Shutter speed. The lower it is, the lighter the picture. (BUT low shutter speed can make a blurry picture)
3. Aperature. The lower it is, the lighter the picture. (BUT, the lower the aperature, less of your picture will be in focus.)

4. Existing light available (called AMBIENT light.) The more light that's available, obviously the lighter your picture can be.
5. Flash used or not. Using a flash makes more light.

OK, hopefully you knew these last two, but I'm just pointing them out. And notice that these two don't particularly have a "BUT' attached. (he he). These two, existing light and flash, are in my opinion two of the easiest to apply and control.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

$10 iTunes gift cards giveaway

When I was in college, I HAD TO have music. Whether I was studying, taking random road trips, exercising, working at my student job, or just laying around like a bum in my dorm room, music made a soundtrack for my college days. But back in the dark ages when I was in college, we didn't have ipods- only old-fashioned CD players and downloading programs like Napster (which was later deemed illegal). Oh well. Regardless, now I love iTunes and spend an ungodly amount with them to give me inspirational music for my life's soundtrack and to download the "necessary" apps on my iphone, like Angry Birds and Bejeweled.

It's time for the 2011 seniors to begin their senior pictures. As you can see (above), I'm an old lady and don't know all the cool people in high school. So, I rely on people like you to tell your friends about me. But what do you get out of it? This year,

For every friend that uses me for their senior pictures, I will send you a $10.00 iTunes gift card.

Here are the ins and outs of this offer:

1. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of gift cards you can win.

2. Your senior friend must list your name on the "How did you find Tara Marie Photography" line on their signed contract.

3. This deal will end November 10th.

4. iTunes will come to you right after the friend's photo session. Sorry, but I can't send you cash or any other replacement prize.

Use your free iTunes to make a new soundtrack for your college life, or to download "necessary" apps to use during those interesting lectures about theories, history, and all other totally interesting freshman level college subjects. And be thankful you don't have to worry about your CDs skipping.

And just to reward my blog readers and facebook followers, I'll choose 2 of you randomly to receive one each on Friday. Just leave a comment on the Tara Marie Photography facebook page or on the blog to enter.

Best of luck!


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