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Cell Phone Camera Tricks

new_imageI am going to start this post very irritated. There is a cell phone company that has a commercial that makes erasing unwanted subjects and objects from an image look like magic. In case you have not seen it, a family member is sitting in an audience and watching a graduation ceremony. Someone jumps in front of the graduate and the person taking the picture says no problem, I will just erase it and like magic the person who jumped in front of the graduate is gone. Well first of all that is absurd. If you take one image and someone jumps in front of the subject, that photo is one dimensional so there would not be a graduate behind the person jumping in front. What the cell phone company does not show you is that you have to take several images of the same pose in order for this to work. Firstly, what would be the point if you had other images of that exact pose. If there was only one image of the graduate receiving the diploma and someone jumped in front of that image, there is no way to have an image of the graduate receiving the diploma.

I pay professional graphic artists to remove people from family portraits all summer season. This commercial makes their job seem easy and makes it look like anyone can do this. This is simply not true. It take professionals hours to to this correctly and commercials like this trick the public into thinking it is automatic.

I just want the public to know that these functions are not what they seem. When you see your proofs and there are lots of unwanted objects in your image, Our professional graphic artists are not just clicking a button to remove them. They work very hard and use their professional skills turn your raw image into your perfect family portrait

Now my rant for the day is done.

Here is a video that shows exactly how this works:





Should a professional photography studio sell raw unedited images…..

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The big question is (drum roll please) Should a photography studio sell raw unedited images? I read many articles, and this one explained it best…..


The Exposure Triangle by Myrtle Beach Photography

Before you begin reading this post, be sure and click on the previous post that explains the elements that go into the EXPOSURE TRIANGLE. The post is called The Mystery of Manual Photography. It covers aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. This will help you understand and apply the exposure triangle theory.

exposure triangle

To understand exposure it is important to understand “The Exposure Triangle” and how ISO, shutter speed and aperture come together to effect each other. In order to maintain the “correct” exposure, any change in one element needs to be compensated with an opposite change in one of the other elements. By adjusting the shutter speed we can better freeze or express movement. By adjusting aperture we have play with depth of field thereby either highlighting a small element of our subject or expressing the grandness of our subject. But in doing so, we now know how to get back to that “correct” exposure! Once you start understanding exposure in this way you are well on your way to increasing your photography skills.


Who Wants to be a Photographer?


As many of you know, I own a photography studio, Myrtle Beach Photography, but I am not a professional photographer.  I post tips that I have learned from owning a studio and  seeking answers from my staff of brilliant professional photographers.  I know there are many photography tips out there from professional photographers that are much more technical but I am trying to take this information and translate it for us “want to be photographers”.

I really would like to know how many of you want to be photographer?

For those of you who want to become professional photographers, what are some things that you would like to know?

It has been my experience, while working with many professional photographers, that they know how to take beautiful images but the business side is baffling to them.  I guess I would really like to know if posting about the business side of running a photography studio would be of interest to you.

I will await your responses.

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What To Wear To A Photo Shoot

Tips On Clothing Style And Accessories

  • Very simple garments always photograph best.
  • Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering provided that neither is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly deep V-neck garments as well as bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck.
  • Long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face.
  • Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants, in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
  • Men should have their hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time it is styled.
  • Light colors are always best, especially on the beach. Try to be coordinated without looking too uniform. What I mean is instead of everyone wearing white shirts and khaki shorts, women wear white dresses, men where khaki long slacks and white button down and kids wear khaki shorts and polo (for boys) and white sun dress (girls). This makes for a much more natural photo.

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