The world is continually growing in sophistication. Technology continues to advance, and many of us eagerly await the new TVs, cell phones, cameras, and more. Do you remember a time when you would simply sit for a portrait? The photographer would comb your hair, straighten your clothes, tell you to sit up straight, and then ask you to say “cheese, or pizza, or ice cream?” Today, there are many more styles of photography than traditional portraiture to choose from, and it can be a bit confusing. For instance, what is the difference between lifestyle photography and traditional photography?
If there is one thing people love, it’s taking pictures of their children. You can never have too many pictures of your child growing up. They are cute as heck as babies, rambunctious as toddlers, fascinating as adolescents, temperamental as tweens…well you get the picture. Then there are the annual class photos to document their physical development each year, and once in a while we all like to have professional pictures taken of the kids, or the whole family. Don’t pass that up. Nothing means more when your kids become adults than looking back on a professionally done family photograph! However, if you’re considering taking a few photos yourself, here are some tips for photographing children, from your Dallas photographer.
If not, you don’t know what you’re missing! Really! How many people get to play with their food without their moms yelling at them? Although we don’t know if Doug was allowed to play with his food as a child, we do know he certainly enjoys playing with it as an adult! Doug Davis, professional Dallas photographer, loves his job. For the past 20 years and more Doug has been producing product, lifestyle, food, and creative design photography and videography at D-Squared Studios in downtown Dallas. This month he and his team produced a creative design using food for a Pollo Tropical Food Sculpture campaign. Do you play with your food? Doug does, and what fun!
Lights, Camera, Action! Is that what you think of when you think of a film or photography director? You may think that a director of photography does everything to reach the creative end of a photo shoot, video, or film, or you may think that the role of director is quite a mysterious one. After all, do they do everything? Perhaps, they just “overlook” the process to make sure things are being done correctly. What does a director of photography do? Take our fun quiz below to find out!
If you’re a photographer you can’t help but be interested in the differences between digital photography and traditional photography. There is, and may likely always will be, an ongoing debate as to which is better. Digital photography requires an array of electronic photodetectors to capture images. Each image is recorded as dots and stored in memory. The density of dots (resolution) determines how sharp the image will look. With traditional (film) photography, as photons of light pass through the film they react with the film leaving layers of brightness. When the film is developed, these layers of brightness present as an image. So, which is do you think is better? Welcome to the debate between digital and traditional photography.
While many of us may think a photo is a photo, there are actually several types of photography. While you may have heard of food photography, lifestyle photography, product photography, and perhaps creative design photography, have you heard of conceptual photography? Conceptual photography seems to be one of two things, either it occupies a playing field of its own, or it is vaguely defined and blends in with all other types of photography. However, conceptual photography is a style of photography in and of itself. So, what is conceptual photography?
Everybody knows the popular saying “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and if you are not a Texas native there is no doubt that is one of the first things you’ve noticed. However, when you think bigger, you think more land, wider spaces, bigger highways, bigger buildings, bigger steaks, but would you think bigger weather? Texas may not get snowstorms, but when it rains it pours, and hails! In fact, over the past couple of days the DFW Metroplex has experienced hailstorms with hail nearly the size of golf balls! The wind and lightening during Texas storms can make for some fascinating shots, too, if you are into photographing the weather.
June is the most popular month for weddings, but it’s not too late to hire a professional videographer. Wedding videos have been popular since the invention of video cameras, but they weren’t always as successful or artistic. Modern, advanced equipment has made wedding videos creative, artistic, and even cinematic. And weddings aren’t the only family events that are recorded on video. Other events include anniversaries, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, and even birthdays. So, if you are going to the chapel, or celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other special event this summer, you’ve come to the right place.
Do you love photographing sunsets, or perhaps just enjoying their vibrant colors before nightfall? Sunsets are some of the most beautiful events on our planet, don’t you agree? The colors can be so vivid, and each evening in a different unique pattern. Sometimes various colors can seem like brush strokes painted there deliberately for effect. Sunsets give you reason for pause. In fact, the saying “Stop and smell the roses” can be replaced with “Stop and enjoy the sunset!” However, what can be frustrating is trying to capture them in a photograph, especially if you are using your smartphone! Today we talk a little about the science behind sunsets, and how to catch their striking beauty in a photograph.
Other than a printed description, the most important aspect to marketing your product is a picture of it. There is a reason behind the saying “A picture paints a thousand words.” People look at the images of the product they are in the market for, then read the description, and then look at the image some more. Even if they are not in the market for your particular product, the right image can make them want to buy it! What product are you selling, and what kind of images are you using to sell it?