In summer of 2015, we had our first photo session. We both didn’t exactly know what to do- how to shoot, how to pose.. I struggled with my camera settings, lens choices, composition.. We did get a few decent shots or so we thought, which were pretty much ruined by me not knowing how to post-process them best.. So next year, we started planning in advance as far as mood, style, location, lights, everything.. Gintare did amazing job posing, I handled camera and photoshop much better this time and so here’s the result below.. One of the images even won #400 in portrait category in the international competition with 100,000 participants..
When I travel, I like to be a tourist and do things that all the tourists do- explore, learn, experience, relax and enjoy the new surroundings, the culture, the history and the cuisine among many other things.. But I do love photography as well.. Sometimes, if you’re serious enough about photography and you’re on vacation and, especially, if you’re on vacation with your family, wife, etc.. it can be a challenge to do well both things.. So I take with me a smaller camera and just one lens with no specific plans for photography. This way, I can enjoy being a tourist and still capture any moments that present themselves without specifically waiting or looking for one.. So here’s just a handful of such moments in black and white..
I thought I would write a few basic guidelines for folks thinking about getting their headshots done, what preparation is needed and some other tips. But then.. there's so much information already available, so I have decided to simply post a couple of links to some great resources on the subject. One of them is a blog of a fellow headshot photographer Jessica Pettyjohn: http://www.headshots101.com/. It's geared towards actors, but anyone will find a ton of useful information there.
This was definitely a new experience for me, so when a friend asked me to photograph their band during a local Octoberfest festival I have agreed immediately, although, honestly, I didn't know what to expect.. For example, I didn't know the venue. I didn't know how far or how close I would be shooting from, how much light it would be available, etc.. So to cover all the bases, I took 3 lenses with me- a wide zoom, a 23mm F1.4 prime and a 55-200mm telephoto.. In the end, everything worked out fine. I used the telephoto during band performance and the 23mm for some band portraits. The stage was outside in the harsh sunlight with some spotty shadows from the nearby trees, so while not ideal, it was way better to photograph it than if it were inside some school auditorium, for example. The band names pictured: The Zen Rebels , Dr. Fuzz.
Actually, this was only a half-day stop in the capital of Norway since we arrived well past noon and spent a good hour looking for our hotel, which, we eventually realized, was in the same Train Station building we just exited an hour ago. So here your are- if you ever wondered how this city looks to a tourist who just took an overnight flight from Boston, MA, you have a chance to see it through the lens of my camera.