Photographing for Social Media

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Summer is around the corner and it’s time to experience, capture and share moments. Not as often as some others, but I have checked into places, shared food porn photos of the best places I’ve eaten at, and Instagram’d away of places I’ve visited with my sidekick, Sock Monkey. While it’s fun, I put in a little extra care and thought on composing photographs since every social media platform is different on how they display images. I put together a cheat sheet on what to think about when composing. Also, I do like adding my logo and invisible watermark (metadata) along with editing my photos in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. Not everyone has to do it, and I do admit it’s a lot more work for the few clicks it takes to upload photos to social media, but it’s also too easy for people to download images from sites like Instagram. Check out my quick tips below along with a more enhanced look at various social media sites from LouiseM.com’s site.

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A better view of these tips can be seen on my official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/grecelnepomucenophotography/posts/643978345740742

Here’s a more detailed look at various social media sites via LouiseM.com:

http://louisem.com/2852/social-media-cheat-sheet-sizes

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Portraits

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Have any of you tried pet photography?

If you have, you would know the difficulty in capturing pets because they are constantly moving around. With the guidance of the owner, you can get a pet to look at the camera with commands and calling out their name. I had the experience of photographing a handful of pets to build a portfolio. While difficult, especially with the last dog being blind, I found it tiring as well as satisfying.

I’ve talked to several people about pet photography. For those who have lost their loved ones, they have told me they wish they had professional photos done as a keepsake. Up until I had three cats, I never understood why people were so attached to their four-legged fur friends. I now know that pets are considered family and it’s tough when you lose one. I once gave one of the kittens away when my cat gave birth to three. I cried.

As I begin to practice more with pets, I managed to capture a few photos in HDR – high dynamic range. For those who know, HDR photos require more than one photo bracketed in different exposures. When merged, it will give a greater tonal range between highlights and shadows. To achieve this is extremely difficult with pets because they are always on the move unless resting. An example below is my pet cat in HDR.

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What separates a picture from a portrait is how the image is captured. A plain picture can be made extraordinary by changing the angle or zooming in to give it a different perspective.

For more images on animals and pet photography, click on the link here: http://goo.gl/IKwJQc

My Portfolio

For a brief moment in my blog titled The Price of Being Single and Independent, I slightly touched upon being laid off and being in a career transition. I was laid off four years ago. While I continued to try to find work in my previous field, I started to think about what I want to do. Do I really want to work hard for money while feeling unhappy and unsatisfied? I mean… I’m not that old. I did spend thirteen years at the one job, not twenty like some of the others who were laid off along with me. I took a publishing course and realized I was competing against mostly English major students in class. Maybe I should leave these jobs to them knowing they’d probably be better at it. From then on, I just picked up a camera and started photographing. At first taking hundreds of photos trying to figure out the settings and seeing how it looks. I did take classes as well as some workshops. Eventually, I ended up interning at Bell in their PMP program as a photographer. Honestly, I know my portfolio wasn’t strong back then. I learned a lot from them and have now come out with a portfolio. I am trying to get a website together. In the meantime, here is some of my work on Flickr.

Studio Shoot Set

Studio Shoot

Photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/

Bell PMP
http://thepmp.ca/pmp/

“I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.”—Ansel Adams

Top Photos From My Flickr Photostream

Since reactivating my Flickr account after a four year absence, I’ve uploaded more photos and renamed my account. Here are the top photos from the last three months:

FIRST

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SECOND
Tied

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Bon Echo Provincial Park – taken from a kayak

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Puerto Montt, Chile – Puerto Varas to Frutillar tour

THIRD

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Pinnacle Grill hamburger, MS Veendam cruise

I am happy to report that I have been accepted to the PMP internship program at a major telecommunications company as photographer. I have a lot to learn and a lot to prove, but I am glad to even be accepted where there is only a 3% hiring rate for this program. I will be uploading more photos as soon as they’re ready.

Please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/

Fashion Cares

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Recently, I attended a fashion shoot to help build my photography portfolio. Toronto Photographic has held many workshops and events to help every day people build their work and encourage them to be creative. This event was hosted in conjunction with Creative Image Studios. Coming to this fashion shoot helps me to see how it’s really done – getting a location, finding models, having a collection from a designer, makeup, lighting and then getting creative with the photoshoot. Yes, it was fun, even if I couldn’t stay as long as I wished to. As expected, workshop #2 and #3 ran late. I had to leave for a charity event. I was shooting a fundraiser for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. That was a lot of fun and a success. Whether or not they like my photographs is another story. It was during this event I heard the classical song Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev for the first time. It is a narration set to music. Beautiful is all I can explain it.

Back to the fashion shoot and Toronto Photographic. I learned about how to work with models. While some needed some direction, others worked well to show off the clothes they are wearing. I also enjoyed the company of people like Dario of Creative Image Studios and Stephen James of Toronto Photographic. I was allowed to take some photographs behind the scenes like the models in the make up room.

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Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra


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Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra

BEHIND THE SCENES

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Testing the lighting system

When I got started with my Nikon D7000 camera last year, it was a learning curve. In the beginning, I took several photos of the same thing with different settings to see how it would look. I have gotten better, but I still have a lot to learn. Instead of hundreds of photos of the same image, it’s now thousands of photos of different things. What I know is learning to be quick and patient at the same time. Learning to be patient so that I can get an image in focus, but at the same time to be quick to capture the moment. At last year’s Digital Imaging Show in Mississauga’s International Centre, I captured an all grown up Miss Red Riding Hood. Hello, Red. How are you? This is where I saw a seminar about lighting and ended up buying a Manfrotto umbrella and stand set on sale. It’s the best thing I could do. With the help of my friend, Stephen, I learned how to use an external flash with the umbrella and create a studio for portraits.

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© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno

Toronto Photographic also hosts small workshops to learn the basics of Lightroom to help you edit your photographs. I have the pleasure of meeting Stephen James, one of the organizers of Toronto Photographic. We have become friends over the past year. Not only has he been a good teacher and mentor, he has encouraged me and helped me whenever he can. Most recently, I started using Flickr again to feature some of my photographs. I tried to keep the number of photographs under 200. Once you reach that number, you must upgrade to pro and pay. Well, considering my financial situation, I just can’t right now. So, to add some of my more current photos, I had to delete a few older (less popular) ones. I explained this to my friend, Stephen, who, by the next morning when I woke up, had paid for my upgrade so I can upload as many photographs as I want for at least a year. Thank you so much, Stephen. Not only are you a professional in your field, you are a good friend. I appreciate the encouragement and the help you have given me so far.

Please visit my Flickr account as well as my friend, Stephen’s:

Greceln (a.k.a. iFoxyGN)
Fashion shoot and people: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/sets/72157629718900211/
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn

Stephen James, digitalTouch Media
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitaltouch/
website: http://www.digitaltouch.ca/