Had a wonderful time with Maroun this month photographing his senior portrait.  I like that he was game to step out of the box and go after a 'high-style' for his portrait.  Oh, and a great shout out to his sister, Mary, for wanting to be my assistant for his shoot.  Mary, you did great!  Congratulations, Maroun!  

A new "Wing" to my website!

I am announcing a new wing to my website - Fine Art Aviation

I had the wonder and amazement of photographing these aircraft.  I hope you will enjoy the beauty of their forms.  If you are interested, these images are for sale.  Please email me for information.

Stay tuned!  More to come!

All images copyrighted by Dana Attebery 2016

What Should I Wear for a Portrait?

First, think about what kind of portrait it is.  Is it for a business headshot, family portrait, etc.?  Each one requires something different from casual, semi-causal, to full dress in suit and tie, or dress.  But, here are some basics to think about for your next portrait:

1)  Wear clothes that complement your hair and skin color.  You know what looks best on you, but if you don't know, get a trusted opinion from a friend or someone in a clothing store.  

2)  Stay away from stripes and logos.  Graphic items like those are distracting to the viewer of your image.  You want them to remember your face, not your loud clothes.  

3)  Don't be too revealing.  I say that because you want them to remember your face, and not other parts of your body.  This is very important for business portraits.

4)  Make sure your clothes are pressed and ready to go.  

5)  Don't put on more makeup than you normally do.  Try to keep it light and natural, wear what you wear on a daily basis, or if you like, put on what you would for a casual night out.

6)  If you are going to get your hair cut, do it at least one to two weeks prior to your portrait.  This will give your hair time to settle and look natural.

7)  Get good sleep the night before and drink plenty of water.  Why water?  Water will hydrate your skin and make it look healthy.  Also, it will reduce the inflammation around the eyes.  So, don't drink any alcohol or caffeinated beverage the day before, or the day of your portrait.






The Value of Light - Part 1

How do you see the light?  For those who can, it's more than just opening your eyes.  But, as a photographer, or someone learning photography, how do you see the value of light?  A lot of times clients will ask me when the best time to photograph outdoors using the sunlight.  The common response is in the early morning and late afternoon.  And the worst time is known to be between the hours of 10am and 2pm, due to the sun being right overhead and at it's brightest.  But is it?

I remember a TV meteorologist commenting to the anchor that weather is neither good nor bad, it's just weather.  It has different qualities, but we put values on it in terms of how it meets our needs at a given moment.  As with sunlight, it has different qualities as well from brightness and intensity, angle, color temperature, and so forth.  Each part of the day offers something different.

I remember one of my first photography classes started with the assignment of photographing a location at just before sunrise, then multiple times throughout the day, and then finishing just after sunset.  The project was meant to train one's eyes to see how light can transform a location's look.  The color of the sunlight will range from cold to warm, it's intensity can grow harsh and then soft, and the shadows it produces can be short and curt, to long and dramatic.  

( I took the photo above of my wife's sunglasses on the counter at In-N-Out while we were waiting for our order.  I just love how the light was streaming in at that time of day.  It was also coming through a screen that softened the light just a bit.  Soon, I will be taking about how to shape light.  Stay tuned!)

So, why do I say all this?  Well, light is at the core of why photography exist.  And light has a variety of values that one must train their eyes in order to properly see.  Always be observant to how light is interacting with everything around you.  How is it shaping the way you see people, places and things?  How is it affecting your emotions?  Take the time to look around and see how the sun's light can transform your environment throughout the day.

What you can do with an iPhone

Not to long ago I was traveling through Maine's coastline and came across this beautiful lighthouse.  Not having my camera with me, I shot it with my iPhone.  I had someone like it so much that they wanted a print of it.  After enlarging the image on it's own, the quality wasn't that great.  But with a little Photoshop texture magic you can transform it into a usable image.  Ask me how!