Friday, March 28, 2008

Panoramic Photography

Austin Texas SkylineOne question the comes up often when clients visit us at our Round Rock Texas home office is "How did you do that?" as they point to a mounted Panoramic Skyline of Austin TX. Our reply is that the photo is three separate images - "stitched" together with modern photographic editing software (like Photoshop CS4 or Photostitch). When shooting for a panoramic image - the experienced photographer will know to add a 1/3 overlap of the image for the panoramic START and END images. Most often we will stitch together 3 to 5 images, but we have a stunning panoramic of the Austn Texas 360 bridge where we stitched together 12 images! This technique may also be used in a vertical image composites.

When we use this technique at a wedding - Often it will be during the ceremony to display the entire inside of the church or during the reception while the couple dances their First Dance or possibly during the toast. Star Hill Ranch used our Panoramic of their main street to display BOTH sides of the street of their unique wedding venue. Have fun trying this at home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Candid Wedding Photos

Candid Austin Wedding PhotographyOne of the best things about wedding photojournalism is when we capture the "Candid Wedding Image". This is how you can truly reveal special moments that happen for a brief moment in time. These photos can tell a little story all on their own. This style of photography may display a person’s character, a tear, laughter, mischief or how people interact with each other. Each unique photo will have its own special meaning and is based on a photographer's vision and timing.

Candid Wedding ImagePhotojournalism is a style in wedding photography that incorporates candid wedding imagery as a tool in hands of the wedding photojournalist. The sequence of candid images tells a story of the wedding day or moment in time. Candid wedding photography is not a series of snapshots. Snapshots are limited in style or technique. Use of techniques like selective focus, depth of field, and framing, etc set the candid image apart from the snapshot and the professional apart from the hobbyist.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Austin Wedding Photography -
think about what these pictures really mean ...

I was looking through my grandparents wedding pictures a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how nicely they were done. I mean you could almost jump right into them and hear the music and appreciate life in the 1940's. It made me wonder how they found their wedding photographer. I suppose there was a local photographer that had a shop and maybe everybody went to that same person (my grandparents gew up in a small town). The guy had probably photographed countless weddings and was probably the local newspaper photographer and probably worked with the police department. Needless to say the guy was skilled and knew what he was doing. His cameras weren't easy to come by and he probably had the photography market cornered in this small town and it was easy to choose your photographer.

Nowadays you never know what you're going to get. With the price of digital cameras going down in price, every yahoo with a couple of hundred bucks is advertising their services. They'll talk to you about shutter speeds and a bunch of other photography techno-babble that most of us don't fully understand but have in our checklist or spreadsheets - heck I wonder if some of them really understand what they're talking about.

If you want the kind of pictures that will not only last a lifetime but will make your grandkids think they could just step into the picture and join you in your wedding celebration you need to get past the shutter speeds and digital features. Come to better understand the photographers. What's their background? Did they just recently pick up a camera and start shooting. Do they do things differently? Have them show you some of the photos they're most proud of. The proof is in the picture. You can see the imagination, the timeliness, the instincts, the expertise in their photos. You want someone that's going to be able to do a good job with all the classic staged photos but more importantly you want someone that's going to catch the pride in daddy's eyes and the emotion in the bride and grooms "I do's" and all the wonderful candid moments throughout the night.

So, when you're evaluating an Austin wedding photographer make sure you narrow down your selection by capabilities and choose your photographer based on their product.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

USS Coral Sea

USS Coral Sea CV43I was thinking of my Navy buddies this morning and thought I would share this.
In March 25th, 1983 I took this picture of The USS Coral Sea as it passed under the Golden Gate bridge for the very last time, in route to Roanoke, Virgina - I had been waiting years for the opportunity to capture this angle. The photo appeared in the Sept 83 issue of San Francisco Magazine - We had up to 30 photographers attached to this proud ship and experienced many adventures on the Western Pacific Ocean.


View from inside the USS Coral SeaThe
Coral Sea was decommissioned 04/26/90. Stricken from the Navy List, she was sold by the Defense Reutilization & Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping on 05/07/93. My wife and I lived in Vallejo CA at the time and saw the ship salvaged - piece by piece. We couldn't bear to take pictures yet we just had to watch. It was a bit disturbing to watch as this was home to myself and many shipmates for 3 years.

If you would like a FREE HIGH RES digital file of this image please send me a request.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Stephanie & Kevin

Stephanie was kind enough to post comments on "TheKnot" in the Austin talk section. see quote below - Thanks Stephanie!

"My wedding could not have been more perfect. I got married on 11-11-07. married at Angel Springs Event center which was awesome, decorations were perfect, and we couldn't have had better photographers, everafter images. They took around 1500 pics or so, and we didn't even know they were there at ll except for the formal pictures. they were so great, all of our pics turned out wonderful, and they rates were reasonable and worked with us on payments, and the end result has been phenomenal. They did such a good job and we are gonna continue to use them for all of our future photography needs, family portraits etc. also they will go anywhere you want to have the portraits taken, around Austin. the package always includes 2 photographers, Ray and Debra are the best and will be our photographers for life."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chase SR Photos

I had a wonderful outdoor photo shoot today with Round Rock HS Sr. Chase T. Chase was very comfortable in front of the camera and easy to work with. He brought his guitar and a few outfit changes. This is a sample from todays session in Pflugerville Tx near my favorite wood pile. The entire session took about 1 hour - we met with with Chase's girlfriend - she made him smile a lot! Definitely, good for a photo shoot...

Bluebonnets 2008

Texas BluebonnetsIts that time for the Bluebonnets to bloom. If you would like your photo in the bluebonnets - please contact us.

Friday, March 14, 2008

FREE Engagement Photos

FREE Engagement Photos

FREE Engagement photos - with any wedding booked March, April, or May 2008- We are test marketing this blog as a tool to communicate with our future clients. Please give us a call at (512) 989-6952 to meet with the photographers of EverafterImages.

Regards, Raymond / Debra