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Wow, it’s been a great and busy Fall workshop season for Kaz Arts Photography.  Gleason’s Gym & Historic Brooklyn, The Cloisters, Bushkill Falls & finally Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia coming up on November 6.
Everyone has been having a lovely time on the trips, learning a lot and producing some fantastic results.

Last week, we ran two workshops to the Cloisters Museum in Manhattan.  The museum is a replica of a medieval French cloister and houses a vast collection of medieval art and architecture.  Almost all of the stone walls, pillars and doors  have actually been brought over from former monasteries and cloisters in Europe, particularly France.  Why come to The Cloisters for a photography workshop?  Because it is a great study in understanding light and composition.   Those are the nuts and bolts of photography, right?  The way the light pours into the windows and the way shadows are cast on both sculptures and architectural designs can be breathtaking.

Please enjoy the work of some of last week’s participants below:

 

Photo by Lane Lewis

Photo by Bette Schultz

Photo by Catriona Hill

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Check out the recent images from a shoot for a local jewelry designer in Bridgewater, NJ.

Bella Renna Jewelry is currently working on their website using the images that we shot.  Find a sampling of the photos below!

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One of our many current end of summer projects is to photograph portraits and the rooms of a local law office.  They are redoing their website and some of their print media and are in need of new & fresh – yet edgy images. Here are a few as a sneak peak.

Atrium Hallway

Atrium Hallway

Office Entrance Foyer

Office Entrance Foyer

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Kerry’s dream was to have her bridal portraits done while riding horseback on  a Friesian.  Well, we made it happen.  One of our clients knows a number of horse breeders in Hunterdon county, and we made a connection.  The horse you see here is named Fjoory, originally from Holland.  We’ve developed a nice relationship with the breeder, so hopefully we will be able to do photo workshops with horse and model sometime very soon.  Enjoy the photos!

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Storm Brewing Over Assisi, Italy

Storm Brewing Over Assisi, Italy

The rain poured horrendously…for about 5 minutes.

Then the sun came back out.

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Many people outside of workshop settings often ask me  how I get such sharp, crisp images.  Seriously, they do – and I usually tell them that I just have a really smart camera.  Although that might be true, there is certainly more to it than that.  In a not-so-formal essay, today I will outline some basic tips and techniques that I employ in order to achieve crisp photographs.  You can try them too, if you like.

While in workshop sessions, and people ask me how I get sharp photographs [particularly landscape & architecture shots] this is what I tell them:

  • I tripod mount my camera
  • Attach my cable release
  • I set my camera to the lowest native ISO
  • I close down my aperture approximately 2-3 stops from the widest opening (usually f/5.6-f/8).
  • Compose, meter, and focus the scene
  • Enable mirror lock-up
  • Depress my cable release

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Coney Island Boardwalk,  February 2009

Coney Island Boardwalk, February 2009

Nikon D3     Nikon 85mm f/1.4     f/3.5     ISO-AUTO @ 200

Check back later in the week for a full image gallery from the February 2009
Kaz Arts Photo Field-Trip to Coney Island

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