TerrificShot Photography: Blog http://terrificshot.com/blog en-us (C) TerrificShot Photography info@terrificshot.com (TerrificShot Photography) Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:28:00 GMT Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:28:00 GMT http://terrificshot.com/img/s11/v27/u1011195109-o1027171610-50.jpg TerrificShot Photography: Blog http://terrificshot.com/blog 120 86 Great Corporate Photo Session = Being Comfortable by TerrificShot photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/6/how-to-photograph-corporate-business-executive-in-studio-and-outdoor This month, we would like to share the following Bay area Corporate companies that we have photographed either for an event or shooting headshots and office shots for the staff.

Palo Alto Housing, is a Silicon Valley's top resource and provider of affordable housing and below market rate (BRM) housing programs.  Currently
Mountain View Mayor, Ken Rosenberg was present and said few words about this project.

“It was in June last year where we, as a City, stepped up and invested $8 million in development funds for this Palo Alto Housing Corporation project because it is bringing 67 new affordable studios with easy access to mass transit,” 

Our photo was feature in the Facebook City of Mountain View - City Hall

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“It was in June last year where we, as a City, stepped up and invested $8 million in development funds for this Palo Alto Housing Corporation project because it is bringing 67 new affordable studios with easy access to mass transit,” said Mountain View Mayor, Ken Rosenberg.

 

“This project is a great example of how both cooperation and smart development can make our City more accessible by increasing our overall supply of affordable housing and making a great place for our veterans to come home to.”

 

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Study.com's mission is to make education accessible. After over a decade of work, Study.com is now a profitable, self-funded company that reaches over 15 million students a month.

Study.com is located in Mountain View near the call train station.  We were invited at their office to take a group photos.  Study.com team is more than 100 people at the time of this writing. 

In order to achieve the following shot, we needed a ladder (do you spot me in the below pic :) that we set across the street.  Some photoshop job is done to adjust few things (remove window light reflection, re-center the logo, remove stop sign...)

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DA LUSSO is a San Francisco company which has expertise in Home Staging and Interiors Design.  

We were delightful to welcome and photograph in our Sunnyvale studio six wonderful and beautiful women from their design team.

Creating the moment of confidence and approachability in a headshot should always be the main focus of a photographer.  Lets Face it, getting your headshot taken can be intimidating. The moment has to be created, to make you forget that you are in front of the camera. TerrificShot Photography Studio’s mission is to bring out the best expression in you.

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KEYPOINT Credit Union is a Bay area company that has served the high-tech industry with competitive financial products and personal service since 1979.  We were invited to shoot headshot for few executives at their Santa Clara branch office.

The company did not want to use a plain studio backdrop.  They wanted a natural building background and engaging and lifestyle corporate headshots. So below was our studio setup at their office. 

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Topstone Investment's mission is to create affordable housing while revitalizing neighborhoods through recycling old housing stock.  

We had so much fun to shoot this executive team with natural light at the park.  One of their request was to have a few photos with house and building in the background.  After some scouting, we were able to find a quiet not through street across the park. 

Great Photo Session = Being Comfortable

We believe that the success to a great photo session is confidence and feeling comfortable with the client. The first part of the session may be spent getting to know each other. If you are at ease, the images are more authentic and believable.

 
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Lisa makes pregnancy look so easy and glamorous. She glows and just looks so amazing. We also loved seeing how Jeremy dotes and loves his wife and soon to be Mother of his child. He would take out his cell phone to photograph her during our session and we found that to be so incredibly sweet and loving.

Their baby girl is so blessed to have these two for his parents. They have so much love for each other and we know that love will grow and be shared with their baby.

Congratulations you two and thank you for having "TerrificShot Photography" document this time in your lives!

 

 
 
 
 

 

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In honor of Mother’s Day | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/5/mother-day-family-session-portrait-big-group-terrificshot-photography Every mother loves photos of her family!  Capturing moments in time is something you come to understand in a different light, once you have children of your own.  

One of our favorite sayings about motherhood is, “The days are long but the years are short.”  

We like it because it helps remember to be present in the moment (special milestones or just everyday life ) and embrace these times with the family.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to share some photos of a three generations family who specially travels from Hawaii to celebrate this special day. It was a great family photography session at the park.

 

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How We Photograph Architectural Interiors and Exteriors | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/5/how-we-photograph-architectural-interiors-and-exteriors-design-photography We were recently contacted to shoot this neat home in south area of San Jose California.

There are several ways or traditional techniques to shoot Real Estate or Architectural Interior/Exterior design. Such methods and techniques are Tonemapped HDR, Exposure fusion HDR or on Camera flashes.  

This blog entry is not to discuss the pros and cons with those techniques. Everyone has their preferences. But based on our experience, when it comes to quality in order to deliver a sharp, natural and crispy photo, we use a light painting technique that allows us to control every source of light seen in the image.

The technique is quite straightforward. Instead of trying to light the entire scene with on camera flashes or umbrella bouncing against the ceiling,  we prefer to add the light where it is needed.

Of course,  the final photo will requires multiple shots:  One shot to correctly expose the interior ambient light. Another one for the exterior in order to get the a clear view from any window.   And next, it is just a matter at looking at the scene and add lights here and there. So we put our flash on a stick and we walk around the scene.

The camera is on a tripod remotely controled from our iPad.  We look at the scene through the iPad.  Any camera settings can be changed from the iPad app such as shutter speed, exposure, focus point, iso,…

For Twilight shot, we create a stack of 15-20 images. 

Next with Photoshop app, we layer the images and masking away for the lit area. 

We can accomplish far more complex images than we could with one frame and any amount of big lights.

Here some After and Before photos:

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Family of Three! | TerrificShot South Bay San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/5/family-of-three-terrificshot-Photography-outdoor-portrait We are excited to post amazing family session! Here Andy, an adorable little guy that has just turned one . We had a great time exploring the park and checking out the grass. We loved capturing his interactions with Mom & Dad too – he’s a super cute little guy!

Thank you all for the wonderful session! We had a great time with all of you !

 

 

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10 Basic Tips for Special Event Photography | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/4/10-basic-tips-for-special-event-photography-terrificshot-photography Recently, we photographed the MIT 2017 Tech Conference, "The Future of AI" in Redwood City, CA

 
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The event was bringing together machine learning experts, forward thinking executives, data scientists, and product and engineering innovators to discuss the "Future of AI" and the opportunities that have them excited.

We have compiled a short list of 10 basic tips to keep in mind for event photography:

1) Take the right equipment for the job. 

Every time we get hired to photograph an event, we definitely make sure to bring the right equipment. Many  corporate events take place indoors with a very limited amount of ambient light. If possible, we prefer to scout the location and analyze the lighting conditions before the event. 
Do ask the organizer if you can visit the venue beforehand to get a clue about what you will be photographing.

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2) Get a complete schedule of the event from the event organizer. 

You need to know what is going to happen and when, and when they need us the most.
Do ask the event organizer to introduce you to the “big guys”. You must make sure that you know who to photograph.

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3) Do not interrupt important conversations.

First, try to be as discrete as you can. Do not interrupt any conversation. You can tell if it is important conversation just by looking at how people are engaged.

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4) Have a good lunch/dinner before the event. 

During long event, if they offer something to eat, just move away from the crowd to a different location and eat there.
Please do not take pictures of people eating.  

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5) Be as polite as you can

Even with people that are not polite with you. If someone asks you to take their picture, do it with pleasure.

6) Make an effort to compose

Do not frame all your shots with people in the center. Be more creative. Try to frame your shot differently. Position yourself properly and paid attention to distracting background behind the subject. In fact, if you have noticed a better background, ask  politely to move around a little bit.  They will be happy to do that for you. 

Do not shoot direct flash. It creates nasty shadows and really ugly skin tones. Bouncing flash off white ceilings and walls gives a natural-looking light with very soft shadows. 

If you are not allowed to use the flash photography, you will need to talk to the event organizer about increasing the amount of ambient light in the room. If not possible, you must bring a low-noise DSLR camera with a fast lens.

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7) Closeups and wide angle shots of any speakers

It is important to get as much as possible shots of speakers that show branding in the photo. Don’t you can close to the stage. Bring a telephoto lens and just be prepared possibly to shoot from distance. 

Below actor Jeff Applebaum  and Megan Smith who was the 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO) and Assistant to the President, serving under President Barack Obama.

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8) Get shots showing the event is well attended

Avoid to take shots showing a full room where only half of the seats are filled, you might want to focus on larger group of people to provide shots that indicate the event is well attended.

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9) Be fast

You must be fast and quiet while shooting panel discussion or candids.  At a cocktail hour, be ready to go, take a step back, click off three frames and move on. When shooting anything on a stage, use a long lens and turn on silent mode on your camera!. 

 

10) What are the  key shots you need to get?

Main speaker shot

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Group photo

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Speaker and Guest photo

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Emotional breakthroughs

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Candid shot

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Candid interaction shot

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Reception photos

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Fun shots

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Key moments

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Do you photograph events? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? Please do so in the following comment section below.

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Before and After Hotel Rooms Photos | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/3/architecture-interior-design-hotel-rooms-bay-area-photographer Shooting Hotel Interior rooms is something fun we like to do since we can see an image really come to life over the process and every location is different.

From our last trip to Paris, France, we stayed in this beautiful hotel called “Felicien”.  

We tried some new technique that uses multiple exposures taken with handheld flash to selectively light portions of the scene that will be  imported into Photoshop and merged properly.

The final result is a photo that contains interesting lighting that can’t be simulated with photoshop techniques alone.  

Here the before/after photos of the rooms:

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7 Great Tips For Wedding Posing | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/2/great-tips-for-wedding-pose It used to be a time when wedding photos were just a formality and were just done in studio.

Those photos were not creative; I was a formal posing. It was an necessity because extremely slow films, equally slow lenses, and a lack of artificial light sources necessitated long exposures. The poses looked unnatural and the face expressions were at best grim. 

It is not until the 70s-80s that candid shots at wedding ceremony came to life capturing a more genuine emotions of the event and people. 

If you plan to become a wedding photographer, here are some tips we give away to keep natural your wedding shots. 

1. The Connection Pose

This tip could apply to family or engagement portraits.

Photos must show the intimate connection.

As a photographer, keep in mind to minimize the space between couple or groups.  

Don’t hesitate to tell them “Get close, very close! Hold you hand, arm, show that you love each other !” 
For instance, with the groomsmen, ask them to do silly things with the groom.

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Tell the bridesmaids to get closer and to lean forward. This pose gives a stronger physically connection with each other.

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2. The Walk Away & Come Back Pose

This is an easy shot to get natural some candid moments. Before clicking the shutter, ensure you have the correct exposure and just ask the bride and groom to walk away.  

After few shots, ask them to come back.

We love this natural shot because it is natural and relaxing for the couple.

Before they walk away, tell them to discuss things; it helps them to forget the camera and the photographer.

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3. Adjust The Bowtie Pose

Ask the broom to adjust his bowtie or tie will give you these masculine shots.  You can also ask him to button or unbutton his jacket. Put his cufflinks can provide another natural posing moment. 

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4. The Groom Getting Ready Pose

This is the money shot you should not miss.  Having the groom’s father or best man to adjust something or help the groom to get ready. Again a natural moment that looks great. 

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5. The Wedding Dress Spin Pose

Just ask the bride to spin. This is an artistic way to capture the beauty and dimension of the wedding dress by giving it this spinning effect.

Now, as a photographer, if you want to get the photo sharp, ensure your shutter speed is high.  But you can have fun by slowing dow (1/30sec) to provide this blurry effect as shown in the below photo.

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6. The Duo Pose

During the wedding party, try to get these shots between the bride and each bridesmaids separately. Same for the groom and each groomsmen. Tell them to do some silly things that can show their personality. 

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7. The Almost Kiss Pose

This is a photographer choice.  We believe the "Almost Kiss' gives a much more natural posing rather than an too intimate kiss.

Ask the bride and groom to get close and pretend a kiss.  Fire few shots and ...well ok, "YOU CAN KISS NOW!!". 

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Hope you enjoy reading our few wedding posing tips for more natural moments.  Feel free to add your comment below and share your wedding posing ideas too.

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6 must-see places you should visit in Burma (Myanmar) | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/2/6-best-places-to-visit-in-burma-myanmar If you come to TerrificShot Photography studio located in Sunnyvale, you will notice our Myanmar trip photos displayed on our wall.  

As Rudyard Kipling once said about Myanmar: “It is quite unlike any place you know.”  He could not have been more accurate.

Burma (the military government junta officially renamed it to Myanmar) opened to tourism in 1996. Burma is now the fastest growing country in Asia.  

Myanmar is a country a bit larger than France in Southeast Asia.

We visited Myanmar recently and among the different places in Asia,  we fell in love with it. 

Here are our 6 must-see places you should visit in Burma.

1.YANGON

Yangon is the largest Burmese city and for sure a photographer’s dreams; the city offers all sorts of interesting things:  shimmering pagodas/temple, lakes, parks, british colonial architecture, fascinating markets filled of merchants selling food, fruits and unique night life. Don’t miss out this exotic city. 

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Shwedagon Pagoda is the biggest Pagoda in Myanmar. Built with gold-plated, it shimmers in the day light and sparkles at night.

Nearby is Kandawgyi Lake, We recommend to go to because this park provides stunning views of the Shwedagon Pagoda which it is not too far from walking distance. 

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2.INLE LAKE

Expect a lot of tourism in this area.  

Hotel prices have increased over the past 2 years.

But this place possesses lot of charm by the unique leg-rowing techniques of the local fishermen.

Immerse yourself in Intha's way and visit Nga Phe Kyaung, where monks have taught cats to jump two feet from the ground! 

 

 

3.BAGAN

It is without a doubt one of the most greatest archaeological sites on earth with its thousands of pagodas that you can explore simply by grabbing a bike.

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The size of Bagan is closed to Manhattan. It is truly a "must-see" on any adventure to Myanmar. 

If you are into Art photography, we recommend with the help of a local to borrow young model monks from monastery (in exchange of donation). 

Be in the countryside or a city, Buddhist monks are present in almost everywhere across the country. The country has suffered from dictatorial government for years, and you can feel they enjoyed asking questions about the western world.

Buddhist monastic schools play a great part in education. Many of these boys would receive no education without these schools since they cannot afford the fees required to attend state supported schools. Many of these boys are homeless.

This is truly the best adventure you can experiment in Bagan.  Behind the purpose of an Art photo, you will spend time with locals, learning about their way of life. They are always happy to talk and spend time with you despise few of them speaks English. 

4.U-BEIN BRIDGE

This is the  world's longest teak bridge and one of the most photographed.

It offers a perfect silhouette at sunrise/sunset. 

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We recommend to rent a boat to get a better panoramic view of the entire bridge.

Don’t forget to observe the Burmese everyday life taking place along U Bein Bridge.

 

Not too far from it is the famous Maha Gandhayon Kyaung monastery. Lots of tourists go there.

This is not the most awesome spot to shoot and it makes you feel uncomfortable.  

Around 10am, the monks get out to receive their daily food and they line up in front of the communal hall.

Horde of tourists are pointing their cameras into the face of the monks.

 

 
 

5.GOLDEN ROCK PAGODA

This is the most Buddhist site in Myanmar.

Best time for photograph is near sunset.

It is surprisingly a small pagoda built covered with gold leaves pasted on by people. 

To get to the Golden Rock you have to take a dump truck redesigned with seats to fit passengers. 

This is not the most comfortable transportation. You will end up sitting on each other, and won't leave until they are full. 

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6.KALAW and TREKKING 

Since Myanmar has opened up to tourism, the trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake has grown in popularity.

Kalaw is a small town in Shan State, Northern Burma.

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Few tourist ever visits the Buddhist monastery which is located a little bit outside of the town.

It has great views of Kalaw and the surrounding hills. You could see the monks studying and how they live, quite impressive. 

The trek will take you through Shan villages. People living in these areas will run out from behind their bamboo houses to welcome and gaze at you. You will sleep at the habitants on thin, yet comfortable, mattresses in the stilted homes of village elders.

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You will enjoy the traditional food.

Impossible to get shortage of dishes to eat.

In the villages we stayed, we were always welcomed into neighbors’ houses to drink fresh green tea with them.

They never asked for money and were always up for a laugh.

 

 

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We Love Pets In Our Studio | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/2/tip-and-trick-for-pet-studio-photography Yes, we enjoy photographing man's or woman's best friend :)

About 2 weeks ago, we did a portrait shoot for a client (Jonathan), with a slightly difference. Jonathan wanted us to shoot his pet as well, a beautiful male greyhound dog called “OM”. 

Today we’re going to look at few images from this photo session, and provide some tricks and tips we used to keep the pets in the frame.

When Jonathan arrived to the studio, he requested to get few headshot portrait for himself and as well for OM. 

He let us suggesting ideas about lighting and background.  The session lasted 90 minutes.  

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TIP #1 : What to do with a nervous animal?

To nail these type of canine portrait session, it’s important to have a relaxed animal. 

OM was little nervous when it entered our Sunnyvale studio. 

It could not stay still.  

We asked Jonathan to take OM for a little walk in our neighbour for 10mn.  it helped the dog to relax.

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TIP #2 : Be relatively quiet, and don’t force yourself on the pet. 

It is important to minimize distractions, such as moving light all around, changing the setup too much. It can scared the animal. 
Don’t  have people yelling at the pet.  If you relax, and everyone in the room relaxes, the animal will relax.  So, keep calm and take your time.

To make the pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of forcing him to come to you, just go to him. Getting down to its level is important: Sit on the floor  and remember shooting from its eye level or below.

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TIP #3 : How to deal with dogs that are afraid of the strobe lights ?

We would say that cats will definetly freak out with the strobe lights. 

A dog,in general, will freak out about everything in the studio : the photographer, the space, the lighting , the action …

We were lucky with OM since it was very cooperative. For really tough dogs, you have to wait out.  We usually back up and ask his master to interact and loosen up the dog.

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TIP #4 : Treat or not treat

It is better if the animal is treat motivated. You can give a treat every time the lights go off.   

The trick we use is that we do not always give the treat. We keep the treat in our hand and we go up to the dog and let them sniff it. We grab its attention and we snap a photo.

After few shots, we give the treat. What we found is that treat motivated dogs totally ignore the strobe lights in favor of the treats. 

But non-treat motivated dogs stay afraid since they are too scared to care about the food. 

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TIP #5. Surprise the pet

Pets usually does not hold still.

Trick is to let them play quietly and, once you ready to shoot, have the owner or someone to whistle or call its name.

This trick will surprise him and caught his attention. But remember, you will have 2 or 3 seconds to capture the shot.

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TIP #6: The “stay” command

This is a no brainer tip but having the owner involved is important. You would be surprised how many owner expects the photographer to deal with the pet.

So we usually get our clients involved, and tell them to calmly pet and soothe their dogs once they’re in the position we want. 
Once the pet is calm down and get used to sitting/laying, the owner will move away at the last second, and we will ensure to be quick on the shutter in order to get the shot. 

The more obedience a dog knows (especially the “stay” command), the better, and the easier the photographer’s job becomes.

In the below photos, we wanted Jonathan and OM to lay down together. In order to keep it still, we asked Jonathan to put his arm around his pet and with his hand to control the dog head angle. 

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Where to take Photos in the San Francisco Bay Area | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/2/where-to-take-photos-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area-terrificshot-photography What are the best places to do portrait photography in San Francisco Bay Area ? 

One of the main aspects of portrait photography is to select a suitable location. 

Below is a short list of our go-to places we love doing our photo sessions (such as headshot,  family portrait, maternity, Engagement or glamour).

Because we are familiar with these locations, we know what lighting and props to take, or which clothes the client should wear.

In the case of the client has chosen a location, such as his family home, or a special place with memories where they’d like to be photographed. We will ask questions about it while confirming the shoot. We don’t want to find out that we need extra equipment.

 

Cuesta Park, Mountain View

This our favorite park.  It offers great diversity of background.  The lighting is beautiful any time of the day and we barely use our flash. We shoot what we call "open shade". It is easy to park during week ends.

Address : 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View

 

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Shoreline Park, Rengstorff  House, Mountain View 

Address: 3070 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Well, the place does not offer a lot of shaded area except around the Rengstorff house. The best time to go there is early morning or late afternoon when the light is soft. we May need to call before there are no other events such wedding at the Rengstorff house.

 

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Vasona Park, Los Gatos
 

Address: 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

This location can be very crowded on weekends. For best results, we recommend weekday session.

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Gamble Gardens, Palo Alto

Address: 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

(We may check before to be sure no other events are happening)

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Baker beach, San Francisco 

Address: 1504 Pershing Drive,  San Francisco, CA 94129
On sunny weekends, be prepared for crowds and parking congestion. 
The weather can be unpredictable. But it is such a great place with Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

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Crissy Fields, San Francisco

This is not too far from Baker Beach.  It also gives great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco 

Address: 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This is place is loved by Wedding photographers.  Very crowded on week ends.

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Lovers' Lane, Presidio - San Francisco

Address: Lover's Ln, San Francisco, CA 94129

It can be difficult to park but this is a wonderful area with trees and shade.  Kids enjoy the area.

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Stanford University, Palo Alto

Address: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

it is required to have a permit.  We recommend to go there on week ends.
 

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Half Moon Bay by Ritz Carlton

Address: 1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
We ask our clients to park at the coastal trail parking just before the Ritz Carlton.

The trail leads to a nice wooden bridge and to the beach. Golden Hour is the ideal time to go.

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Your own BACKYARD!  

Address: you tell us :)

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6 Tips For Taking Better Exterior and Interior Architectural Home Photos | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/1/photography-tips-for-taking-architectural-interior-exterior-home-photos Photography is one of those fine art forms that people think is easy to do until they give it a try. If you have a home design blog or website, you know how difficult it can be to truly portray how gorgeous your new office is on a dinky digital camera with three flash settings.

In this blog, we will provide 6 tips on how to improve your architectural interior&exterior photography.
 

Tip 1. Add and Control The Light

When shooting exteriors, we recommend to do the session at dusk or dawn when the light is soft.  It usually makes the photos more flattering, and it softens the exterior. No harsh  light. Early evening or late afternoon is the perfect time. 

As far as photography is concerned, waiting for the right light is a tried and true method to improving your images. But sometimes, we don't have a choice; sometimes scheduling doesn't work to our favor, or we've got a client that needs the images NOW, and we might not have the luxury of waiting a few hours for the perfect golden light.

There are a number of reasons why lighting a space will improve the look and feel of a photograph. When we don’t add our own light to a space, we are often at the mercy of the weather, poorly designed interior or exterior lighting, and a number of other factors that are out of our control.

When we control the light, we’re able to convey emotion and feel, add emphasis or interest to select areas in the photo, add life, bring out color and detail, improve contrast, and so much more.

Tip 2. Take Some Time to Stage and Organize

At the first glance, the brain always overlook a room. It does not pay attention to the hidden mess, books on a coffee table in disarray, coffee cups or crumpled blankets. Once it comes to photograph the room, everything must be placed very deliberately else all these flaws will become more obvious.

Yes, things can be photoshopped, but it's a good practice to correct as much in person to save time.

Remove any elements from the scene that could be distracting is a start.  

The room must be attractive: the owner or the real estate agent might have already staged the place before we arrive. At the end, the picture we are trying to take is the one what the owner wants to portray.  Don't hesitate to move furniture or rearrange the room to take better advantage of placement and lighting. 

In the below image, could you find elements that have been moved around? Look at how the pillows lay on the couch. Pillows tend to look sad and dejected in a photograph if you don’t take a minute to fluff them up, uneven blankets on beds will photograph terribly, crooked carpets can ruin the perfect composition. We achieved this shot with 2 simple exposure.  This is an hotel lobby and it was necessary to show the view from the windows.  So we exposed properly the windows and blended them in post processing. We added some spot lights in the background elements using the Flash technique explained above.

In the below kitchen image, we removed few elements that causes the scene too be to clutter. We rearranged few things on the counter such as adding a little plant. You don't want the area too look too messy. By adding element and create spaces between objects makes the mood of the kitchen much better. Exposure and lighting are more well balanced. 

Tip 3. Focus and Exposure 

Choosing the correct exposure to avoid overexposing or underexposing a photo. We usually take as many shots of the scene in order to capture the full dynamic range.  No clipping shadows or highlights such as not having the windows completely blown out. 

Shooting with great piece of equipment is mandatory. If you want to emphasize depth of field, use a tripod and set the lens somewhere in the middle — around 11. That's ideal. We found with 16-35mn lens, the sharpness is at its best.

Tip 4. Framing and Composition 

When shooting an interior, we prefer to use as much as possible of natural light first. We start with an ambient shot with the correct exposure.  it necessary, we add lights one by one to make the scene popups, using either small flash units or large strobes. 

We do add post processing lights keeping in mind to preserve the natural-looking lighting, and we want people to know it's there, but we don't want them to be able to figure out how we did it.  

In the below photo, our photographer is flashing the scene here and there to make some areas to popup.  In Post-processing, we blend the shots together. 

Shooting lower to the ground is a good practice, such as about the height of light switches in a room.  Shooting too high makes the furniture look distorted.

With a lower camera angle, it allows the images to feel more intimate to the objects in the room. Trying to frame the shot with an element in the space will make the viewer feels more like they are already in the shot.

Both wide frames and tight frames work well for interiors. But keep things straight up and down — move the whole camera higher or lower to get what you want in the frame. In order to get an interesting shot, just think if you would want to walk into the space. Interesting shot is the one that you draw in it.

We usually take a wide selection of shots and we experiment different sorts of angles and frames. 

Shall we include people or animals in the shot? it is mainly the decision of the client. If you decide to include them, keep in mind to not shoot them straight on. It is better to get a side or profile view.  If there is not people included, it's always nice to create the illusion that the space is lived in. You can a glass of water, or plant in the scene.

Tip 5. Choose the Right Perspective

Before you start snapping your business’s space, take a second and decide what impression you’d like to give your viewers. Do you want to give them a warm welcome by shooting your home entrance? Or maybe your impressive space calls for a panoramic point of view? Once you’ve decided out what impression you’re looking to make, you’ll have an easier time deciding where to physically place your camera in order to achieve your goal.

The below  image is the backyard view from the above home.  We started shooting at dusk.  Unfortunately, the place has not spot lights.  How could we improve this by adding a little of warm welcome.  A difference that we make the viewer feels to stay and seat in the depicted chairs. We simply again popped the flash here and there.  Blending shots was done in post-production.

Tip6. 3 things that we might want to wait for

Photographing architecture, interiors, or anything that doesn’t move for that matter is an exercise in patience. 

1) Wait for the right light. Since we’re shooting stationary objects, wait until the scene is bathed with golden light can do wonders for your photos. If you are using supplemental lighting, having the best possible natural light combined with well-placed artificial strobe light can create amazingly dynamic images that simply aren't possible otherwise.

2) Wait for eople, cars, and other objects to get out of the way. Waiting just five minutes for the area to be clear of people or cars can go a long way to ensuring that the viewer’s eye stays on the subject and doesn’t wander or get distracted by elements that aren’t adding anything to the final photo.

3) Be patient and double checking everything. Taking a minute to clean these up:

  • Crooked vertical lines in the composition
  • Misaligned furniture, carpets, and chairs
  • Leaves, trash, other detritus on the ground
  • Object reflections that could be difficult to photoshop in post-processing
  • Crooked lampshades, uneven bedspreads


 

 

 

if you have any question, feel free to visit our page why should we hire an Architecture Interior Design Photographer.

 

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What Women Should wear for a Business Headshot? | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/1/what-should-i-wear-for-a-woman-business-headshot Are you still undecided about how to dress for business headshot?

This article highlights 5 tips to help you decide what to wear for business headshots.

What is the  company culture with dressing code ? It makes influence your choice of clothes. Also the location of the photo shoot (in our studio or on location) might have a bearing on your best camera-ready outfit.

At the end, only one thing to remember is the business headshot  only focuses on your face.  And others elements of the picture  (the background, lighting and clothing) should be not distracting and keep simple.

Let's talk about the 5 tips:

 

Tip 1.  What colors?

Color to choose that flatters the most are those mid-tone in green, blue, purple.  

Do not wear tops matching your flesh tones such as pastel, peach, yellow, beige or cream because the top will blend your into your clothes. 

Avoid red and orange, specially red color (which is associated to the color of violence).  

Please select plain colors! Avoid patterns, logo, it simply distracts your photo as shown below.

Sorry to say but red top with patterns does not look great.   Select plain color is better.
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Black and White are too neutral and also have the tendency to match studio backdrop colors.  Replace black with a better neutral color such as maroon, forest green, chocolate or navy. 

Ok, let me give a useful tip here about how you can choose the color of your top.  Just pick a top that accentuates your eyes!

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Tip 2. What about the jacket and the neckline?

Wearing a v-neck jacket is very flattering because it lengthens your neck and shows, as we say in french, the "décolleté". 

How should a pair my jacket and top ? avoid top with collar, it has tendency to be too distracting!

Always keep the neckline simple and sleek. 

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Tip 3.  I love jewelry, should I wear some?

As we mentioned earlier, the picture is about your face, not your jewelry!  Plus we believe jewelry will date your photo.  

  • just wear jewelry that is simple and small
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

Tip 4. How should I wear my hair and how much should I make-up?

Your make-up must be natural and clean. Avoid those products with plenty of sparkle or shine.  

Part of the session photo is the post retouching,  we understand some client shows up with an heavy layer of powder and make their face flawless.  We recommend to keep simple, avoid frosts or overly-bright colors.  Your face features are important and define who you are.  

As it might sound, we do not recommend to get a new hair cut just before the photo shoot.  it is better to let it grow a bit and get used to your new cut.

Tip 5. How should I Pose? 

That is our job to answer this question when you will be in front of our camera.  Check our previous blog entry about how corporate headshot should be done

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Tips For Taking Better HeadShot Portrait Photo | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/1/the-art-of-headshot The Art of HeadShot | TerrificShot Photography

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to invest in a great headshot! It is your calling card and the first impression your next employer, recruiter or a casting directors will have of you. A great headshot will open doors. It is the most important tool you can invest in. If your headshot does not catch the eye of them they will never know how talented you are because you will not get an interview or audition.

For each client, TerrificShot team sets an imposing goal: We  try to capture a look that’s unique to you. All of us  have singular expressions and gestures that define our personalities. That’s what we are after

Part of this approach strives to create a photograph that has a quality. A photograph that shows something in a person’s facial expression, posture, and body language that engages and holds the attention of viewers.

Headshot should be 10 percent photography and 90 percent communication. The best advice we can give you is to have fun with the photo shoot. If you take it too serious you will be nervous and your photos will probably end up looking stiff and lifeless. If, on the other hand, you are relaxed and having a good time you will get amazing photos with life and personality. At TerrificShot Photography, we love interacting with my customers and we'll make you feel comfortable from the start in such way eventually the camera will disappear for you

On technical side, we shoot headshot using the standard lighting technique called Three point lighting. 

The goal of three point lighting is to create the illusion of a three-dimensional subject in a two-dimensional image. While you can create dimension a number of different ways, there’s no doubt that using light and shadow is a powerful way to accomplish this, and three point lighting is the lighting technique most commonly used.

What are the three points of light we’re talking about?

  • The Key Light – This is the main light used on your subject.
  • The Fill Light – The purpose of this light is to fill in the shadows created by the key light, preventing them from getting too dark.
  • The Back Light – This is used to separate the subject from the background.

For men, we often don’t fill from the bottom. we like men to look a little rugged. we like to see the detail in their faces, and don’t mind lines and other imperfections. It gives them character.

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For women, this lighting usually fills in every shadow, rendering complexions smooth and wrinkle-free.

 

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As the shoot progresses, we search for what is commonly called a person’s “best side”. We ask subjects to angle their heads slightly one way, then the other. Even very slight rotations of the face can make a huge difference in the image

To find this “best side” comes from looking at each feature of the face—eyes, nose, forehead, mouth—and noticing when each looks its best. The process is very subjective and is all about how the features play off of each other to create an overall impression.

The Nose

We start by looking at the subject’s nose. Some are curved or lean to one side.  We make slight changes to the angle of the head, and find a place where the nose looks a little straighter. Most people prefer those shots.  

Finding angles that accent a person’s attractive features—and conceal the unattractive—requires focus, and is usually achieved with tiny adjustments to the angle of the face or the way the light falls on it.

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The Jawline

Another goal? Accentuate the jawline: If a person stands normally, with their chin slightly tucked in, you get something of a double chin, even with people who aren’t overweight. So, we the subject to bring their foreheads out and angle them down slightly. It has the effect of extending and better defining the jawline. Moving the forehead out and down pulls the skin taut around the jaw and reveals bone structure and the shape of the face more strongly. 

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and finally, the Eyes

During the session, we suggest you squinch to give an intensely focused look. (below images, Hervé, TerrificShot team member, explaining how to squint the eyes to a client)

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If you're unaware what squinching is, here Merriam Webster defines it as:

SQUINCH

transitive verb 1: to screw up (the eyes or face); squint 2: to make more compact.

Squinting slightly - by raising just the lower eyelid a bit - brings to portray more confidence and self-assurance as opposed to the fear and uncertainty that you project when you stare wide-eyed at the camera. Crucially, it's a little different to squinting, which leaves you looking a bit... odd. Instead, you lift and tighten your lower eyelids, and let the top ones come down just a fraction.

While the squinch takes most subjects some practice to perfect, once learned it can lift the portrait from boring to brilliant in an instant.

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Please click here, you still ask yourself why hire a professional photographer for corporate headshot.

 

 

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