James C Photography: Blog http://jamescphotography.com/blog en-us (C) 2017 James C Photography (James C Photography) Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:48:00 GMT Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:48:00 GMT http://jamescphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u640325041-o424156660-50.jpg James C Photography: Blog http://jamescphotography.com/blog 80 120 Abstracts for the End of Spring http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2018/6/abstracts-for-the-end-of-spring Here are my latest abstract smoke art pieces created at the end of spring. Let me know which you like best.

blue ice abstract artIceabstract ice

nearly white smoke snowflakeAbstract smoke snowflakea snowflake with a hint of yellow in the highs and purple in the lows

Abstract design of smokeAbstract design of smokesmoking white design

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Available Light Photo Session with Krista http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2018/3/available-light-photo-session-with-krista One of the most difficult things to do in photography is to create great images without having control over the light on your subject. The only way to do this is to move the subject around the light until it falls on them in the best way. This shoot was chosen for the sheer challenge of it. 

We went to Long Beach again after dark to shoot with available light. Available light refers to any source of light that is not explicitly supplied by the photographer for the purpose of taking photos. In this case, we found a mixture of sodium vapor, LED, and incandescent lights. The different lights have varying colors and render  the spectrum of colors in incomplete ways. Locations had to be chosen not for their interest but for the quality of the light in the area. The blue tile location had fewer mixed lights and more overhead light direction. This gives a more natural looking daytime feel. The overhead lights were LED and a bit blue in color. In front of Krista are sodium lights that are warm yellow-orange. This warm and cool combination really added interest from the color. Color combined with the excellent posing Krista provided created some stunning images.

 
Woman posing pinup style in front of a blue tile backgroundBlue Tile Pinup with Darling Krista 1Pinup like dress on this beautiful woman with stockings up to her thighs Beautiful woman posing on the sink in a dressBlue Tile Standing on sink with Darling KristaPinup like dress on this beautiful woman with stockings up to her thighs while she stands on the sink and poses
Woman posing long legs and arms covering herself in front of a blue tile backgroundBlue Tile Pinup with Darling Krista 2Pinup like dress on this beautiful woman with stockings up on her long legs Beauty posing pinup style in front of a blue tile backgroundBlue Tile Pinup with Darling Krista spreadingParting her legs slightly this beautiful woman sits atop of the sink
Her long legs and arms leading the eye to her beautyReclining pose of the of beautiful Darling KristaBeauty posing on the long bench in front of the foliage in Long Beach Long Beach brick road on which the beauty poses in ballet styleDarling posing in ballet dance style on the brick roadHer long appendages lead the eye to her beautiful pin up style dress

 

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(James C Photography) available light beautiful woman in long beach james conn jamescphotography long beach photographer pinup portrait photographer in long beach http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2018/3/available-light-photo-session-with-krista Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Quick Portrait Session with Darling Krista http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2018/3/quick-portrait-session-with-darling-krista With our busy lives, there isn't always time to do a full shoot. In these cases a quick portrait session can meet your needs. Darling Krista was kind enough to join me for this session. We stopped at the Pike in Long Beach to create some images. Being there at night there was little light and the street lamps were less than ideal. We made the most of it and still came out with some great images. The available light is a sodium vapor lamp, which is a typical street lamp. It gives off a warm yellow-orange color. Rather than correcting this is post, I decided to keep it and play up the warmth by placing the lamp between myself and Krista. This flooded the lens with the light creating a little haze and a decrease in contrast. I think it added something special to the close up portraits. What do you think?

Young beauty in a dress clutching her chest in from of a wood plank wall.Sweet portrait of this beautyIn the glow of the sodium vapor lamp, Darling Krista holds her hands close to her heart. Young beauty in a dress touching her hair and face in from of a wood plank wall.Beauty grabs her hair in the glowIn the glow of the sodium vapor lamp, Darling Krista grabs her hair and thinks about being naughty
Sodium Glow Portrait 3 Young female in a dress sitting on the back of a green chair while fixing her shoe.Sodium Glow Unusual PoseUnusual posing from Darling Krista sitting backwards in a chair. Not the right way to sit in a chair.
Young female in a dress sitting backwards on a green chair in from of a wood plank wall.Posing challenge 2Unusual posing from Darling Krista sitting backwards in a chair.  

 

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abstract smoke photography fine art http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2018/2/abstract-smoke-photography-fine-art It has been a while since I've posted some of my abstract smoke art. Daily life has a way of chipping away at my creative energy, but energy must be given to artistic expression. I took the time and was really rewarded with the most creative and intricate work completed yet. I just want to share this in hopes that it can do the same for you as well.

Coral reef in blue, black, and white smokeFine Art Abstract Coral ReefAbstract smoke photograph resembling a coral reef.

Coral reef in blue, purple, black, and white.Fine Art Smoke Photograph Coral 2An abstract fine art photography of smoke resembling a coral reef

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Huntington Beach Dumpsters on Parade 2017 http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/10/huntington-beach-dumpsters-on-parade-2017 Yesterday, I had the pleasure of assisting at the Huntington Beach Dumpsters on Parade event. This event is put on by the Huntington Beach Public Art Alliance in order to help beautify the HB downtown area. They selected 30 local artists from a list of submissions to paint 30 dumpsters which are visible from public areas. They provided up to $200 reimbursement to the artists for their painting supplies and grand prize of $2500 to the juried contest winner.

The artists pushed their dumpsters down Huntington Beach's Main street at 10 a.m. to the pleasure of all in attendance. After the procession, each artist had a booth on Main street in which they could sell their artwork. This was a big win for the local community and the local artists. I hope to see more community events supporting the arts in the near future. If this interests you, please contact your local city counsel and suggest doing a similar event in your city.

Supporting local artists and their community.A good turn out for the HB art eventHundreds show for the Huntington Beach Dumpsters on Parade event. Supporting local artists and their community. Art designs for HB dumpsters on paradeLocal artists submitted dumpster proposalsLocals vote on which proposed art designs will be painted on HB dumpsters
Supporting local artists by the Huntington Beach Local Art AllianceThe procession of dumpstersThe procession of dumpsters down Main street in Huntington Beach Huntington Beach supports these local artists and give them a chance to showcase their artwork.Artist's children ride in the dumpstersThe artist's children ride in the dumpsters as they are pushed down Main street in Huntington Beach.
Artists begin pushing their painted dumpsters down Main street in Huntington BeachCarefully maneuvering these painted masterpieces down Main streetManeuvering these painted masterpieces down Main street was a task for some as they put hours into these dumpsters Darling Krista supports the local Huntington Beach art sceneLocal artist Darling Krista poses next to her dumpsterLocal artist Darling Krista (seen on the left) poses next to her dumpster which took a full weekend to paint

 

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Who Owns the Rights To My Photos, Copyright Usage http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/8/who-owns-the-rights-to-my-photos-copyright-usage Pertains to the use of photographs and their copyrightLaptop with the Copyright symbol on the screenWell laid out desktop with a laptop displaying the copyright symbol

From time to time I find my photographs on other peoples' social media accounts without permission. I brought this up to a few of my fellow photographers and their opinions were mixed on what rights others have to use our photographs and conversely what rights we have. This led me to research the subject of photography and copyrights.

I decided to make this post in FAQ format so that it is easy to read and digest.

 

  • Who owns the rights to my photos? The photographer! In general, copyright gives the author of the photos copyright for each picture from the time the photo is taken through the author's lifetime plus 50 years. The photographer can license, sell, and resell any photos as they see fit.
  • Do I need to register my photos with the U.S. Copyright Office? No, you do not need to register each photo with the U.S. Copyright Office, but it does make your case stronger in case you need to pursue legal action.
  • Do I need to register each photo with the U.S. Copyright Office? You can, but I would suggest doing a group-register. Currently you can register a maximum of five hundred previously published photos at a time. They need to have been published in the same year. You can register an unlimited number of unpublished photos at once. The fee for group-registration is currently $30.
  • Is it necessary to place a copyright symbol© on my images? No, It may have been necessary to place a copyright © before March 1, 1989, but this is no longer required. Despite this, it is wise to place a copyright on your work to enforce the idea to those who may be on the fence about stealing your work.
  • Does copyright cover the concept, idea, or techniques behind my photo? No, copyright only covers your work. If someone else photographs the same concepts or ideas with the same techniques and even if the photo looks very similar, there has been no copyright infringement. This also includes making substantial changes to your work creating a new artwork.
  • How long can I wait to register my photos? You can register your photos at any time. If you register you photos within three months of publication allows more legal options.
  • Are there any exceptions to copyright? Yes, under copyright law “fair use”doctrine, libraries, schools, and non-commercial broadcasters can sometimes use your pictures without permission. The stipulating is that the use is limited to educational and noncommercial activities which do not diminish the future market potential of the photograph.
  • Can I take a picture of a copyrighted photograph? Yes you may take a picture of a copyrighted object under the “fair use” doctrine if it is for comment, criticism, research, or teaching purposes. However you may be infringing if you use it for commercial purposes.
  • Can I place a copyright symbol on all my photos even if I don't register them with the Copyright Office? Yes, the symbol is official since you own the copyright of the work with or without the symbol on the artwork.
  • If I'm hired to work for a company as an employee, do I own the copyright to the photos taken on the job? No, this is considered work for hire. The copyright belongs to the company.
  • If I'm hired for a job as a contractor, do I own the copyright to the photos taken on the job? If you signed a work for hire agreement then no you do not own the copyright. If you were contacted to get a specific picture, then you may not own the copyright. If you were given an assignment from a magazine, you likely own the copyright to the images you produce. Since this is such a gray area, make sure to discuss with those hiring you and read all contracts you sign thoroughly.
  • If someone infringes on my copyright, how much time do I have to take legal action against them? The statute of limitations on copyright infringement is three years. After that you have no recourse for damages.

Note that this post does not substitute for legal counsel. Also copyright law does change from time to time so do some research on your specific topics and for your local region.

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(James C Photography) business copyright office group registration james conn jamescphotography photography and copyright law understanding photographic copyright http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/8/who-owns-the-rights-to-my-photos-copyright-usage Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:15:45 GMT
Adobe Lightroom Mobile Gets an Update http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/7/adobe-lightroom-mobile-gets-an-update I use Lightroom on my computer on a daily basis. Truth be told, the mobile version was nearly useless to me. There were some essentials tools missing from it that made it so. With the latest update, one of these tools is now available. If you were on the fence about Lightroom mobile before, it is time to reevaluate.

The most notable tool now available is the Lightroom Adjustment Brush. This tool allows the user to apply local adjustments to specific areas of an image without effecting the rest of the image. There is also an erase option that acts much like an brush on a masking layer. This adjustment brush is the most powerful tool in the Lightroom arsenal, one that I use when editing is required but Photoshop is too time consuming. 

Screenshot Adobe Lightroom Mobile Adjustment Brush Tool in action showing maskingAdobe Lightroom Mobile Adjustment Brush ToolScreenshot Adobe Lightroom Mobile Adjustment Brush Tool in action showing masking

Next change is the addition of the Details tab. This includes adjustments for sharpening and noise reduction. While it is still not as fully functional as the desktop version, it is still a huge addition. An adjustment to sharpening can really make your images pop, especially when used selectively on your subject to make it stand out from the rest of the image.

Screenshot of Screenshot Adobe Lightroom Details section for sharpening and noise reductionScreenshot Adobe Lightroom Mobile Details tabScreenshot of Screenshot Adobe Lightroom Details section for sharpening and noise reduction

Lightroom mobile now supports raw editing from a spread of cameras and possibly your camera. In addition, there were also changes to the iPad and Android interfaces (which are rather minor in my opinion).

That's it for this update. Let me know what you think of the updates and how you use the new tools.

*Images from Adobe (All rights reserved)

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(James C Photography) adobe lightroom mobile adobe suite james conn jamescphotography mobile photo editing photo manipulation update review retouching http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/7/adobe-lightroom-mobile-gets-an-update Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:16:53 GMT
Top Instagram Hashtags in June http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/6/top-instagram-hashtags-in-june Social media (specifically Instagram) is ruled by the hashtag. You may have the best pictures and content and still not get noticed without the right tags. This last month I spent some time researching the top hashtags to use by photographers in the US and on Instagram. Here is a short list of these top creators: Selena Gomez, Zendaya, Rehahn, Dmitry Chapala, and Zalando.

While the following list is filled with some of the best hashtags for portrait photographers, do not use these without some thought. Make sure that the tags you use are applicable to your content.

#SmilePowerDay
#SmilePower
#SmileDay
#SmileMore
#SmileBig 
#FathersDayWeekend
#FathersDay2017
#ILoveMyDad
#selfie
#SelfieDay
#NationalSelfieDay
#NationalSunglassesDay
#SunglassesDay
#SunglassesFashion
#SocialMediaDay
#SocialMediaDay2017
#SMDay
#summervacation
#summerholiday
#portraitpage
#portraitphotography
#portraits
#portraits_ig
 

 

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(James C Photography) Instagram JamesCPhotography June Social media best of business hashtags photography photooftheday portrait top http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/6/top-instagram-hashtags-in-june Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:51:46 GMT
Passing of a Loved One http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/6/passing-of-a-loved-one I have been reluctant to share this post due to the very personal nature of it, but I think it shows a very important part of life that we rarely discuss and even more rarely memorialize in photographs. Death and the effects on our family. My grandfather passed away about a year ago. The family gathered around to support each other and celebrate the life that he lived. It was a bittersweet time as he led a great life, but we all feel the significant loss.

Dark portrait and background while grandmother lit by the sun holds it together.Grandmother after FuneralA dark portrait in tone dealing with the grief of death of a loved one.

I took this portrait of my grandmother after the funeral reception. It was a very sensitive time for all of us but her especially, having lost a husband of decades. The portrait was created with a dark atmosphere to show the darker emotions of sadness and loss. From that darkness the sunlight highlights her face as his memory will continue with her. Her hands are held together in a structured manner as she was "holding it" together and being strong for all of us. Her smile puts a nice face on the image but from her eyes one can see that something is missing, that the light is dimmer following such a significant loss.

This is a difficult time and many of us want to avoid such difficult and stressful situations. Death however will come for us all. Let us memorialize such feeling through our art. Express ourselves rather than dismissing such feelings. I hope to continue to use my art to deal with my emotions and help others begin down this road as well.

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Art Battle OC http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/6/art-battle-oc Art Battle OC at Art Supply Warehouse

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Top Instagram Hashtags in May http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/5/top-instagram-hashtags-in-may Social media (specifically Instagram) is ruled by the hashtag. You may have the best pictures and content and still not get noticed without the right tags. This last month I spent some time researching the top portrait photographers in the US and on Instagram to find the best hashtags. Here is a short list of these creators: Joe McNally, Eric Lafforgue, Peter Hurley, Rehahn, Dmitry Ageez, and Martic Schoeller.

While the following list is filled with some of the best hashtags for portrait photographers, do not use these without some thought. Make sure that the tags you use are applicable to your content.

#fashion
#fashionable
#fashionblog
#fashionista
#fashionpost
#fashionstyle
#filmisnotdead
#filmphotography
#fineartphotography
#ig_masterpiece
#ig_mood
#ig_shotz
#igshotz
#instaghesboro
#makeportraits
#passionpassport
#photooftheday
#picoftheday
#portraitoftheday
#portraitpage
#portraitphotography
#portraits
#portraits_ig
#profile_vision
 

 

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(James C Photography) Social media best of business hashtags photography photooftheday picoftheday portrait top http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/5/top-instagram-hashtags-in-may Tue, 30 May 2017 07:24:20 GMT
Nudes at Mormon Rock http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/5/nudes-at-mormon-rock I don't typically photograph nudes, but once in a while I get a request with a good concept. This one brought me to Mormon Rocks. There are giant sandstone rocks that have been eroded by the elements creating interesting features.

While it was a challenge to work in the bright sun, with the use of a large reflector several stunning images were created. Here are some of the images.

Standing in front of the large sandstone rocks the nude figure partially coveredImplied nude at Mormon RockStanding in front of the large sandstone rocks the nude figure partially covered Next to the large sandstone rock the nude figure faces the bright worldFacing the light nudeNext to the large sandstone rock the nude figure faces the bright world
Nude figure curled up in the small sandstone stone caveCurled up in stoneNude figure curled up in the small sandstone stone cave The nude figure holds her legs sitting in front of the small sandstone cave photographyHolding Herself Together NudeThe nude figure holds her legs sitting in front of the small sandstone cave
The two nude figures walk down the railroad tracks in the hillsWalking Down the Tracks NudeThe two nude figures walk down the railroad tracks in the hills The two nude figures stand side by side with their entangled arms raised highThe Strength of TwoThe two nude figures stand side by side with their entangled arms raised high

 

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(James C Photography) Mormon Rocks art fine art implied natural light nude photography portrait http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/5/nudes-at-mormon-rock Fri, 19 May 2017 00:29:31 GMT
Simple Exposure Triangle - Photography Basics http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/5/simple-exposure-triangle---photography-basics In photography, exposure is the amount of light in an area. It is how much light gets on the film or on the digital sensor in your DSLR. This amount is determined by a concept of the exposure triangle. The three points are the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. There is a balance between the length of time the film or sensor is exposed (shutter speed), the amount of light coming through the lens (aperture width), and the sensitivity of the film or sensor (ISO). 

Shutter speed controls the length of time that the film or sensor is exposed to light. Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, for example (1/15th of a second), 1/30, 1/60, 1/125. Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera sensor and are used for low-light and night photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. 

Aperture is the diameter of the opening inside the lens diaphragm. Typically this can be changed to allow or alter the amount of light coming through the lens. This is displayed in f-stops (f/1.4, f/4, f/32). This has a side effect of changing the depth of field.

ISO is the sensitivity of the film to light or the simulation of that idea on a digital camera sensor. The higher the ISO the more sensitive the film is to light (that is getting the correct exposure is faster with more sensitive film). 

Here is an illustration to show the balance:

The balance of exposure in photography is between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.Photography Exposure TriangleThe balance of exposure in photography is between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

When you take a picture you must figure out how much or how little light is needed. This is called metering and is typically handled through your camera system (we will go into that at another time). If there is too much light in your image, you should lower the shutter speed or ISO or reduce the aperture. If there is too little light in your image, you would work the reverse. The exciting things come from balancing these three to get the artistic effect that you want. If you want to capture a fast moving subject, you need a fast shutter speed. Then the image may be too dark so you must balance that shutter speed by opening the aperture and/or increase the ISO. These are the basics of exposure in photography. Next time, I will discuss the pros and cons of using the different points of the exposure triangle and what artistic things you can do with them.

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Bad Photography Phrases http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bad-photography-phrases Here are the phrases that irk me an my fellow photographers.

"Canon or Nikon?" - Honestly, the brand of camera that is used doesn't matter. Each brand is competitive. Each has pros and cons. It matters more what level of camera (point and shoot, entry level DSLR, full frame DSLR, Medium format, etc. And far more important is the experience and the knowledge of the photographer wielding the camera.

"I'm a natural light photographer." - Usually code for, I don't have the money or experience working with studio lighting. Truth is, all photographers need to have experience with natural light and studio lights. Continous lighting and strobe. They are different skill sets but a great photographer will use whatever is necessary to get the images that the client needs.

"Do you have a real job?" - This implies that one cannot make a living as a photographer (or as an artist for that matter). It is a devaluation of the arts despite the fact that art is involved in nearly every aspect of our modern lives. Everything we purchase is in a box designed with, at the very least, graphics if not photos. We watch entertainment on TV, our phones, and our computers. We decorate with art. We are literally surrounded by art. So yes, I can and I do make a living making photographs and artwork.

"I'll fix it in post." - Yes, with the power of our computers, many issues can be fixed in post processing. Photoshop is an amazing tool that can and should be utilized when necessary. But that does not mean that we photographers should get lazy with our lighting, staging, posing, or any other aspects of photography.

"Say Cheese." - It is just a way to make someone smile, but forming the word cheese ends up stretching the lips and making a forced looking smile. A better alternative is to make the motions for saying "Oooo" or "Ahhh." The best way is to connect with your subject to create real emotions that can be captured. Find common enjoyment. Tell a joke. Have them recall their favorite vacation. Use real emotions, it makes all the difference.

"What filter do you use?" - Please... just don't ask. No, we don't use filters. Filters are canned shortcuts to give similar results between photos every time. They are quick, blunt methods to achieve results that usually don't turn out that well. Any photographers or retouchers will not use filters for anything larger or more meaningful than little social media blurbs. Have fun using them yourselves, but don't assume we do.

If you have any phrases that bother you, feel free to leave them in the comments below. And as always, thanks for reading this.

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(James C Photography) Canon James Conn Nikon Say Cheese artist camera brand photography phrases http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bad-photography-phrases Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:25:42 GMT
BW Portrait Session http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/1/bw-portrait-session I had the pleasure of working with my friend Krista recently. She needed some good black and white headshot portraits. Wanting to keep the cost low, we skipped the studio and went with natural light. As we walked through Downtown Disney, I spotted a nice background and wonderful light. Midday sun is rarely conducive to making good portraits but this is what we had to work with. Rather than shooting her in the shade, I decided to use the harsh light to bring attention to her gorgeous hair. The use of the shadow from her hair to alter the light for her face was perfect. We are both happy with the results.

BW Natural Light Portrait
Krista smirks in this black and white natural light portraitKrista BW Portrait with SmirkKrista smirks in this black and white natural light portrait
Krista is serious in this black and white natural light portraitKrista serious portraitKrista is serious in this black and white natural light portrait
Krista is intense in this black and white natural light portraitKrista intense portraitKrista is intense in this black and white natural light portrait

 

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Nobody's Thinking About You http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2017/1/nobodys-thinking-about-you Too often I get stuck in a rut. I worry about the quality of my artwork and about its reception. Perfectionism rears its ugly head. Then fear of failure darkens my day. Nothing gets created and misery sets in. Well I found a great quote in the book "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert that inspires me to create.

"... realize this liberating truth - nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow." "People are mostly just thinking about themselves. People don't have time to worry about what you're doing, or how well you are doing it..." "You are free, because everyone is too busy fussing over themselves to worry all that much about you. Go be whomever you want to be, then. Do whatever you want to do. Pursue whatever fascinates you and brings you to life. Create whatever you want to create - and let it be stupendously imperfect, because it's exceedingly likely that nobody will even notice."

This is a truth that frees me to create. Yes, I still have to please my clients and pay my bills, but my art is done because I love it. Most people won't care so disregard their opinions and create what you love.

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The Addiction of Photography http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-addiction-of-photography This article is by Matt Corkum about the purchasing lifecycle of a photographer. Probably the truest thing about photographers. Every single one of us get that "gear lust" at some point and most of us make it out to discover the most powerful tool we own is out mind.

https://www.slrlounge.com/photography-is-a-gateway-drug-the-true-humorous-side-of-the-addiction/?utm_source=SLR+Lounges+News+and+Downloads&utm_campaign=36056dfe21-Newsletter_92b10_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c60190ad3d-36056dfe21-414186829&mc_cid=36056dfe21&mc_eid=31af430d9e

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Sugar Skull 2016 http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2016/10/sugar-skull-2016 I had the pleasure of shooting a Halloween theme with the lovely Harley Shortstacks. Our amazing makeup artist created the sugar skull and the painted top within 5 hours of body painting. The results amazed me and hopefully speak for themselves. Check them out and leave me a comment.

Sugar Skull Bodypaint
Sugar skull body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri. Halloween 2016Gazing Sugar SkullGazing off into the distance sugar skull. Body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.Sugar skull Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.Sitting on rich chair gazing off sugar skull. Body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.
Body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.Eye contact with the sugar skull beauty. Body and face paint.Halloween beauty shot Body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri. Body and face paint. Model Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.Playful sugar skull skirt liftSkirt lifted and having fun with Harley Shortstacks. MUA Terri.

 

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(James C Photography) James Conn Orange county beauty bodypaint facepaint halloween halloween 2016 photography portrait http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2016/10/sugar-skull-2016 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:30:00 GMT
Cost of Photography http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2016/10/cost-of-photography I read this wonderful piece about why professional photographers charge so much money.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/photography/291-why-do-professional-photographers-charge-so-much

 

In essence, the time spent shooting is less than a third of the time it takes to produce the images and get them to the client. From the time it takes to organize the shoot, get everyone on board, set up the lights and camera, prep the client, shoot, clean up the shoot, import the photos, select and cull for the best, edit the photos, deliver the photos to the client, and follow up.

Then there is the whole cost of doing business. This ranges from the cost of the studio to the camera and lenses. The often overlooked insurance and business maintenance costs. 

The breakdown is rather interesting in detail. I highly recommend reading the article.

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Darling Krista's Bikini http://jamescphotography.com/blog/2016/8/darling-kristas-bikini Had the pleasure of creating some bikini fashion photos for a client with my friend Darling Krista. The wonderful thing about Krista is that she has body awareness. She comes from a dance background and it shows with the flow of her movements. I was happy, the client was happy, and everyone had fun.

 
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