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TIP of the DAY: Try actually being in some of the photos that you shoot. When I saw my husband sitting on a wooden log fence, reading a magazine one late autumn afternoon, I knew I also wanted to be in the photo with him. So I manually adjusted the settings on my camera to blow out the sun, and changed my internal lens setting to automatic focus to reduce camera shakiness. I stood exactly where I wanted the photo taken from, had my cousin take my position (after showing her the framing I…

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TIP of the DAY: Having a tripod is an essential piece of a photographer's kit, however, I often find myself out in the field without one, or without the time to set one up; lest I lose a precious moment. Over the years I've experimented with a technique that I now rely on in many shooting situations. When shooting volleyball action shots of Jessica, we were losing light fast! I braced my right elbow against my abdomen, counted in her jump, and timed it with me taking one deep breath. At the…

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TIP of the DAY: It's always great to have a vision of what you'd like to capture. However, collaborating with other creatives can really take your ideas to the next level. This photo was taken on my very first gig in London with a local music artist. I often admired the personal style and creative aesthetic of a colleague of mine, so I asked her to come and help style the shoot. She brought so many fantastic ideas to the process! Since that time three years ago, Stacie Bee and I have…

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TIP of the DAY: It's all about details...or rather details you might not see if capturing from a different angle. When shooting promotional images for Nyla Helene, I noticed Ayoki's amazing profile; a beautiful combination of curves, lines, and her perfectly symmetrical heart shaped lips. Experiment with angles, and allow the details to tell their own story! www.eulandasheadphotography.com

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TIP of the DAY: Capturing moments shared between two people who love each other is always an honour. The power of perspective can be a vital tool when photographing couples, families, etc. I captured this lovely mother and daughter moment from the ground up. I was fascinated with the combination of the tall gate, and the soft, filtered light coming from the the oval archway. There were so many layers to the image, often like the the loving complexities found between a mother and daughter…

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TIP of the DAY: The ability to direct subjects in order to achieve a certain look or objective is a desirable and highly valued skill as a photographer. However, I suggest fighting the desire to "over" direct. When shooting actors for Virgins Die Horny - A Play by Sal Cesare, I explained how I work, and encouraged them to "exploit each moment." Meaning, if they found a moment really intriguing, I asked them to explore all aspects of it; by looking through it, around it, and pushing their…

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TIP of the DAY: What's the relationship between my subject and their shooting environment? How does the architecture of the environment influence the movement of my subject? These are questions I constantly ask myself. It doesnt matter if it's in the studio, on the street, stage, or in a cafe. It's important for me to really examine the architecture surrounding us, and seek to understand the relationship that might develop as we shoot. I often put on music while we shoot. I find that it's…

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TIP of the DAY: Understanding the relationship between a model, and the product they're wearing/promoting is important! When shooting images for Ziindya Crea, we struggled with how best to present a very small threaded necklace & bangle. Today's buyers often like to see how the products look on a model with other ensemble choices, plus it potentially upsells the client into purchasing other items. I didn't want the necklace & bangle to get lost by showing the full length of the model, so I…

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TIP of the DAY: Advertising agencies often use the classic technique of "forced perspective" to make objects/products appear larger than what they actually are. When I shot cupcakes for Two Sistahs Eat-n-Treats holiday promotion, I positioned each flavour of cupcake at a distance in front of the others; increasing the depth of field. One might develop the impression that the small cupcakes appear larger than they actually are. Don't they look yummy though? Give it go, and remember to…

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TIP of the DAY: Shooting the profile of your subject is a great way to "flaunt" unique features of your subject. When shooting campaign images for BeUNIQUE Hair Care , I could not help but notice the lovely model's striking profile! Find angles that really highlight your subject's standout features, and always #workyourflow! www.eulandasheadphotography.com

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