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Making a list and checking it twice

howdy folks,

It’s been pretty busy around here so I haven’t been writing as frequently as I would like.  I had a portfolio shoot the other day.  I asked a couple of coworkers if they wanted some “free” family photos in exchange for letting me use them in my portfolio.  There are a lot of topics I could cover (but I’ll save them for another post). Some topics of consideration were: location scouting, outfit considerations and getting model releases.  Today I wanted to talk about the shot list.

Have you ever gone on a photo shoot and after the shoot you suddenly remember that one great pose that you saw the other day. You think “dang” (or insert your explicative of choice) because you didn’t remember the pose until it was too late. 

I remember studying wedding photography years ago.  One topic that kept popping up was the shot list with all of the various (almost mandatory) images that the newlyweds will expect to see in their photos.  Imagine no picture of the cake, no boquet toss or boquet for that matter, no first kiss, no bridesmades.  You get the idea.

Whenever you see a great pose, write it down so that you can reference it when you need ideas.  Before you head out on a shoot, review your pose catalog and make a list of poses that will be relevent to that session.  I am currently in the process of building four or five lists myself, that should cover most of the common situations I encounter.

***As a bonus, we originally planned to take all of the pictures in an extremely small park downtown, but another photographer showed up after we’d been there only 20 minutes.  I decided to pull my models and we shot in the alley.  I had scouted it a week ago and found a couple great locations.  There were a lot of great free props in the alley and it was much more visually interesting than the brick and stone found in the park.  Almost all of my favorite images were from after the park.  Rusty window grates and urban decay abounding, even the gravel parking area turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

In case you’re wondering here are a few pics from the shoot.

I think I took around 250 pics in 45 minutes.  I pulled around 80 to 100 images ( approx. 50 images for each family) for the DVD session I’m giving to my models.  I spent about 2.5 to 3 hours total in post (mostly in lightroom) cleaning and tweaking the final images.


There’s 3 kinds of blogs…and then some…(a list)

As far as I can tell, there are three kinds of blogs.

  1. News (news to you) blogs
  2. Educational blogs
  3. Journal (news to me) blogs

News blogs are great, but require tons of new constant updates.  Three of my favorites are:, and  between these three I can usually find a wealth of new photography related content.  The other big three that I read are: Gizmodo, Digg and Canon Rumors.

If you are looking for an educational blog for tips, tricks, techniques as well as projects, I recommend the Strobist, Digital ProTalk and for photography as well as the general site: Instructables.

Finally, there is the journal blog which pretty much is just about what someone has been up to.  Of all of the major blogs that I follow, I have found that Joe McNally’s blog fits the description best.  It’s not a bad thing, I enjoy reading it, but that’s just what it seems to be.

Two other blogs (just in case you’re not tired of reading my list yet ;-}  ), PixSylAted is a hybrid between news and education but a very good read.  Probabably my favorite for content – I especially like the regular post of “lessons I didn’t learn in Photo school”.   The other is one that most everybody already knows about (just like most of this list)  PhotoshopInsider.  It is a combination of news and journal – the author (Mr. Kelby) has plenty of other outlets for providing educational content.  One great item worth noting about this blog is “guest wednesday”. It is a section where a guest author writes for the blog and provides a lot of great content. It is kind of a who’s who of blogging special honor to be invited to write for this column.

That’s it, my list (not a complete list- just some of the big ones) of blogs by category.

Hardware Lists and a little entertainment

On my main website –, I have added two sections in the hardware category (cameras and computers). They are listings of manufacturers, some retailers, and a few review and news sites. I have also added a couple of links in the entertainment section. One is for a web comic that deals with photography and the other couple of links are for photography related t-shirts, clothes and other merchandise.

Also, I added a book – The Complete Guide to Light and Lighting in Digital Photography– to my essential reading list page on this blog as well as a couple of magazines that I consider indispensable.