Thursday, May 6, 2010

Practice, Practice, Practice!

As I mentioned the other day, I'm going to be photographing my first wedding this Saturday and as in anticipation of that I have borrowed a couple pieces of camera equipment from friends to supplement what I already have.  One of those pieces of equipment is a 50mm prime lens that is supposed to be the lens to have when shooting weddings as it's a great portrait lens.  The only drawback is that it's not auto-focus on the type of Nikon I have so I have to do it the old-fashioned way and focus it manually.  That called for a little practice by both myself and Amanda so I thought I'd share just a couple of the pictures from our practice session that I also did some editing on to improve the subject matter.  I'd be happy to hear what you think!

A classic black-and-white Amanda with just a hint of a smile! Perhaps this is her Mona Lisa look?

A picture of myself that I actually like for a change! Normally I'm not at all comfortable in front of the camera but I think Amanda did a very good job.
And as for this last one ...

... no, I'm not getting ready for a picture to post on an internet dating site - I'm sporting the customized paintball mask that Amanda just did for one of the guys at work! He wanted his face mask painted to look like Ghost from the video game "Modern Warfare" and I believe that's exactly what he got.  He seemed real happy with the end result so Amanda's hoping that word of mouth will get her a few more commissions which would be really nice and give her some money of her own.

 I don't know though, I think it's kind of a good look for me ... !


  1. THe pics look great, though that mask is a bit creepy... just saying!

    I have a terrible time with the 50 even in autofocus! I learned that when in doubt, just make sure the EYES are in focus. Especially when shooting with it in AV mode and the DoF is tiny. I have yet to master that lens, and probably won't even use it at the wedding. Except for details shots, those are my favorites. The rings, the decor, the flowers, the tables, the gifts, the sign in book, the cake!!!

  2. i'd call amanda's her sexy italian look... and i love the one of you too!

    smiles, bee

  3. Nice job on all of the photos. Really. You'll do a great job. Have FUN!

    Big hugs...

  4. I think they came out really good.

    Good luck with the wedding job!

  5. I think they look great! The post-editing you did on yours is very nice - sort of soft sepia-ish? I think that effect would be great for some of the wedding shots, especially the formals and maybe even the bride and groom's first dance.

    You'll do great! I'm rally looking forward to seeing them! I'm assuming the bride and groom have given you permission to share some with us?

    Big hugs xo

  6. I triple LOVE the middle picture of you!!! THAT should go on a dating website. :)

    And as always...Amanda's work is amazing.

  7. Love the portraits and Amanda's enigmatic smile - very Mona Lisa! :)

  8. I know you will do fine. Quit worrying. I like the first two shots very much, but the last one was a bit creepy. Well, I guess that is what that guy was going for.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  9. You practiced good :) Time to go "live" now. Good luck, Linda!

  10. I like the portraits! I think you're going to do great.

    I've been in enough wedding photographs to offer this one piece of advice...take multiple shots of the same pose!

  11. I had to stop and take the time to comment on these pictures. First off, the one of Amanda -I think that is the absolute best picture you have ever posted yet of her. Just beautiful. And the one of yourself -now that one IMHO shows the elfin-impish side in the eyes and the smile -and that's a lot of the "You" that quite often comes through in many of your posts too. Reminds me a lot of my daughter Amanda, who in many ways, looks very elfin a lot of the time and acts that way more often than not too. And as it is with you, that's the true self coming through.

  12. I really like the effects. The one of Amanda reminds me of the black and white "head" shots they did of actors/actresses in the early years. Very Nice! And I'm a big sucker for sepia. Jeni said much of what I was thinking about you...
    I love the mask!

  13. The pictures are great. I particularly like the one of Amanda. Also, if you have some real technical questions, you can always send Mike an email.


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