Come and visit with Santa Claus at this revolutionary photo experience, where we step outside the box of the traditional “sit your children on Santa’s lap” photographic session. Santa will interact with you and your family during a 30 minute appointment. The dates available are November 18 from 10am until 2pm.
Santa Claus can check your children’s Christmas list at his workshop table, check his naughty and nice list, share cookies and milk, read a story, decorate the tree, and if time permits, he will even pose for a traditional portrait session. The goal for you and your family to have an interactive and pleasant experience with the jolliest of all elves. Our goal for us is to provide you with the highest quality of photojournalistic images for you to enjoy for years to come.
This special photo session comes with a print package. You will receive (1) 8×10, (2) 5×7 and (16) wallet sized custom color prints of the same image which your can choose in an online gallery.
We are also offering USB drives of all images made for you to print as many times or sizes as you like for a special early booking price of $250 ($150 reservation and $100 for the USB). On the day of the shoot those USB drives will be available for $200 for a total cost of $350.
Delivery dates for prints and USB drives will be as follows:
Tuesday November 28th 7p-9p (Yardley)
Thursday November 30 12p-2p (Yardley)
Saturday December 1 11a-2p (Yardley)
After the session, all images will be available in print form only as individual prints or packages.
During one of my basic photo classes a few weeks ago, the subject of photo apps for iPhone and Android came up. A student asked what kind of photography apps I use for my iPhone.
In no specific order, here are 6 of the apps I utilize most.
Camera + – Has allot of pretty cool filters and tools. You can edit the image, adjust horizon, add special effects as well as borders. One of my favorite things about the app is the HDR filter. Sometimes when using my iphone camera, the shadows are a bit dark. The HDR filter picks those up and makes the image pop. Some of the tools include image stabilizer, timer, and burst mode for fast shooting. You can share the images on FB. I don’t actually shoot with this app. My workflow with Camera Plus is as follows: Import image, edit (usually clarity filter to start), then FX filters, then export to camera roll. Then to Instagram or Facebook.
Instagram – If I shoot something with the iPhone, I almost always share it on Instagram. You can crop, add filters, tag, locate, share. Pretty fun app that helps me keep in touch with some of my fellow photographers.
BTW: My instagram is http://www.instagram.com/cainimages
PhotoCalc – (No longer available) This app can be used to calculate depth of field, flash exposure, a solar calculator, and reciprocity. I don’t use it as much as I’d like, but it’s still a great little app.
LightTrac – This is an app that I use to determine the best time(s) to set up a shoot. It comes in handy especially for weddings. One day I was chatting with a bride about the flow of her day and we were trying to decide the best time to do portraits. She said, “What time do you think the light would be better on my wedding day?” I pulled out my iPad and opened LightTrac. The app told me the best time would be around 4:30pm, so we’d have at least an hour or two of decent sunset light for the portrait session. Love this app!!
Pocket Light Meter – I’ve just recently started using this app. One day I wasn’t sure if my light meter in one of my Nikon cameras was working properly. So, I downloaded this app, and made a quick test image and metering the spot in frame that I needed to expose correctly. This thing was great!! Not only does it give you a picture with the exposure alongside, it shows the date and time as well as GPS coordinates. Well worth the $1.99.
Easy Release – This app is a wonderful tool. Rather then carry a clip board with paper releases, I carry this on my iPhone or iPad. It has model and property releases and you can make a headshot of your subject to attach to the release form. Once the model has signed the release on your iphone or ipad you can email a copy to all parties. Very, very cool!!!
Can you tell if this was lit by natural or artificial light?
Allot of times photography is about finding the light. Sure a good subject helps, but the right light can make an image pop. That was the case when I photographed the Das family in Tyler State Park in newtown, Pennsylvana recently. For the first 10-15 minutes of the shoot I walked around with the couple placing them in various nooks and crannies of the park until I found the perfect spot. My goal was to make the couple look as though I had lit them with studio strobes. I believe that’s what I achieved in the image below.
Originally married 5 years ago, the Frascella family had been photographed at the formal gardens on the campus of Bucks County Community College. The photographer they hired had a problem with a disc, so the couple had no images from their portrait session as well as other gaping holes in their wedding photographey coverage from the day.
On Thursday in between thunderstorms, I was able to squeeze in a photo shoot with them at the college. I had them walk through the gardens and act like I wasn’t there and just enjoy each other’s company, eventually while dodging rain drops. There are some really nice moments that show their personalities as well as love for each other.
This may fill some of the gaps, but the original photographer should have attempted to try to help them out a bit more then saying, “sorry, we had a problem.”
On Thursday I did a mini workshop at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield, Pa. The objective was to work on freezing motion and showing motion as well as depth of field. I brought a Nikon D200 as well as my old Nikon D1, which was one of my first digital cameras. Hard to believe that it cost $4,999 in 1999.
Now that camera is used mostly for workshops and black and white shooting. I decided to play around with panoramics while the students where shooting. Below is an image that is composed of 10 separate images stitched together in Photoshop CS6. They are shot as verticals simply because it is much easier to stitch together verticals then horiizontals. I’ve found when shooting horizontally for panoramics that I always lose a good portion of the top and bottom. Vertical shooting lets you get the most out of the panoramic scene.
This was a raw image shot to freeze the fountain water and tweeked in Photoshop CS6.