I had my Photo Booth again for more street photography, Clarkston photographer again at the Taste of Clarkston 2018. This is the 6th or 7th consecutive year I have been in the parking lot of the Clarkston News with my “tribute to Irving Penn” photo booth and background. For each subject I ask that they make a donation to a local charity. The local charity was DRAW Bucket this year. We raised $63. A bit lower than most years, but every little bit helps.
The background is a couple of sheets of 4 x 8 luan that I painted years ago. With a couple of moves and in and out of storage, the backgrounds are getting a little beat up. I don’t really see many of the markings in the final images and I really like the consistency of having the same background year to year.
The Taste of Clarkston is an annual event host by the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce and is held on Main Street right downtown. There are dozens of local food tents with a wide variety of reasonably priced food and drink. There is a beer and wine tent at each end of downtown. The Lions even have a mobile TV with the Lions game showing, I share the parking lot with them.
I have a handful off people that return every year. Some tell me they use the images for greeting cards. Whenever I see someone I know I ask them to come in for a quick shot. I write down their file number, they email me that number and I send them their images. Towards the end of the day the crowd gets a little thinner, so this year I tried to get as many dogs and owners as I could. I also try and cover as many volunteers and other helping out.
My friend Greg needed some shots for an upcoming article and asked for an executive location portrait. His thought was to stand in front a bunch of buckets and look all cool and hero like. We stacked a bunch of empty buckets, taped them together for stability (they fell down 3 minutes after we were done with the shoot) and just barely kept them up. Most are leaning a bit. He then ran through bunch of poses to show off his entrepreneurshipness.
Greg is the founder of DRAW Disaster Relief At Work, a local disaster review organization doing great work, helping people all over the country.
An example of HDR travel photography. When ever I travel I try and get off the big freeways and into the small towns on the Blue Highways. I started photographing Post Offices in the small towns as part of a continuing project. Years ago I would photograph ice cream stands, but not all of America has ice cream stands. Just about every town has a post office.
On a trip back up from Florida I was in the back roads of North Carolina, found this Post Office in Hot Springs and photographed it. I noticed a hardware across the street that looks interesting, it was indeed. This is one of the old time hardwares where they have just about everything you could possibly need with people that work in the store that know how to help you and where to find the stuff to help you. I walked in, loved it immediately and asked for permission to shoot in the store. They kindly agreed. I was intrigued by the texture of the displays and the repeating patterns. I will typically shoot HDR for the post offices and chose to do it for the hardware. HDR travel photography is a process of combining 3 to 5 different exposures of the same image and combining them in software. I did HDR on all these images and then applied a creative color edit to all the images that drained a little color and added sharpness and texture.
Executive headshot photography of some Easter Seals of Michigan. These headshots were done at Easter seals home Michigan office in Auburn Hills, MI when all the executives were planned to be in for the annual meeting. I brought my portable studio 3 light setup with a white paper background. My contact and I previewed my headshot style page and he chose the basic high key lighting and background you see here.
A day of executive headshots photography starts by me arriving at least 30 minutes before the planned shoot time to set up. I ask for one person to test and adjust the lighting at the end of the set up time. The photography of the headshots can go pretty quickly. I typically schedule people every 10 minutes or so and almost alway have time to get walk-ins done in between scheduled portraits. When people enter the room I ask them to check their hair to see if it is to their liking, look over their face to check makeup and for shiny skin, check to see if they need lip gloss or not. Once they get in front of the camera we check that their wardrobe is OK, tie straight, collars OK and then give them a once over with a lint brush if needed. All of these materials come in my Face Repair Kit that I bring. Once they are ready I work with them on direction, posing and expression, shooting left and right, arms crossed hands in pockets. If we have time I will often ask them for some fun expressions at the end. Maybe they look happy, sad, confused. These shots rarely get used but they are fun to do.
After the shoot make a simple webpage of the images, have everyone choose their favorite(s), do basic retouching and deliver a full resolution and web friendly resolution.