There are several online photo editing websites out there that you can utilize for free without having to pay for Photoshop, Lightroom, Paintshop, etc. Some do more than others in terms of the capabilities they offer, but if you are looking to give it a go yourself, try these out! They are all FREE and web-based, so nothing to download and waste space on your computer (although you may need Flash)! There are many more out there. Get your creative juices flowing!
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I've shot at few different locations throughout Houston both professionally and for fun. Whether you want to take portraits, photograph landscape and scenery, or have the desire to hire someone to take your pictures for you, here are a few ideas!
A Park Near You
This is a pretty obvious suggestion as everyone knows that parks and nature make nice pictures! It doesn't need to be a huge one like Herman Park and there is probably one much closer to you (with less traffic). I live near Bear Creak park and it is perfectly acceptable for a shoot with lots of trees, playgrounds, and sports fields. The top two pictures above were taken there. Katy has several nice parks as well. Mary Jo Peckham Park and Cullen Park are lovely. Parks can pretty much be used for any type of session, even just for nature shots and they are many to choose from in the Houston area. You can also bring your pets!
Katy Heritage Park
Historical homes with vintage wooden porches, swings, and rocking chairs. Pretty landscaping and picket fences, a gazebo, and more. This place is full of old town charm! They welcome professional photographers and amateurs alike to use their grounds and appreciate their work.
Williams Tower and Waterwall in Midtown
This place is neat for portraits or just for photographing our city's unique attractions! There is an open field for picnics and playing for the kids. There are a number of benches and a small little areas with trees. The best part (of course) is the soaring skyscraper and the waterwall ampitheater with is impressive arches. Bring a wide angle lens and beware of the mist!
290 West during the Spring for Bluebonnets
In the springtime, you can take Hwy 290 out towards Brenham to take photos in the bluebonnets, which is of course, something every Texan should do at least once in their lifetime! We went in April and the bluebonnets were in full bloom and BEAUTIFUL! Just drive until you see a nice patch and park on the side of the road.
Yes, this one is a little far, but who doesn't love being on the water! Take photos from the boardwalk or take a boat ride out for some picutes on the water. Just make a day out of it and have some yummy food and ride a few rides!
For the lively traveler or pilot or just someone who loves planes, airports can offer some great photo ops. The smaller ones, such as Weiser off 290 work well as they are easily maneuverable and you can get right up on the planes for awesome shots. It's even more fun if you take a discovery flight and capture some aerial shots of our city! That will cost you a little bit, but the view is worth it!
Around Your Own Home!
Don't underestimate the value of photos taken in your own home or backyard. If you are just having fun with your equipment, shooting things like flowers, bugs, pets/kids, and clouds can be a whole lot of fun, plus, you won't have to go anywhere!
Other places to consider depending on your needs: the zoo, schools, churches, drive to Galveston for beach photos, abandoned train tracks, barns/farms/pastures, etc.
Hope you enjoy my new products! I look forward to creating some beautiful art with your images!
All my new products are handmade and customized for you. Semi-glossy finish. Tax and shipping included in the prices. Multiple pieces may require additional shipping charges. Please allow 2-4 weeks for production and an additional week for shipping. These are in most cases conservative estimates, but I cannot guarantee anything sooner as I may need to order the necessary supplies and let the products cure. Will ship to US only. Pre-existing photos will be edited if necessary before printing to make them the best quality possible.
I can custom make other products upon request...if you have something in mind, ask me!!!
See pricing for these and my other professionally printed products here: http://www.bmgphotographyhouston.com/a-la-carte-prints-and-products-pricing.html
Wooden Photo Plaques
Your choice of print mounted and sealed on a wooden plaque which can be painted any primary color. The size of print will depend on the size of plaque and the amount of border you want. Super cute on a gallery wall...order more than 1!
7x9, rectangle or rectangle with clipped corners
9x12, oval, French oval, Shield shaped, rectangle with French corners, rectangle with clipped corners
PHOTO COMING SOON! Construction is similar to that of the Photoblocks, but will have a nice pretty etching to frame your picture!
Wooden Playing Card Photo Box
Comes with your choice of 4x6 print mounted and sealed on a wooden card box which can be painted in any primary color. 6x4x1 in dimension. Great gift idea!
Photo Glass Jar with Flip Lid
Your selected photo(s) will be mounted, decoupaged, and sealed on a 4" square jar (8" high, 3" opening). Two images can be used (one for the front and one for the back). Perfect for gifts, candy jars or for storing pet treats!
Your choice of 5X7 print mounted and sealed on a wooden board. Sides and back will be painted in black. Hang with included ribbon.
Your choice of letter, print(s), and paint color. If the letter can be turned around and still look the same (like w's and o's), the back can be customized as well so you can flip it if you want a change! Otherwise it will be painted a solid color. This pink paint is glow in the dark! Too cool! Hung with ribbon.
So you've booked a shoot, had your photos taken, and LOVE your pictures (of course you do/will!), but some people might ask themselves, "Why did that cost so much? I was only there an hour!" or "I remember doing this pose, why didn't I get it?" or maybe even just wondering "What goes on behind the scenes?". There is ALOT of effort that photographers make on your behalf even when we aren't physically with you snapping photos. Maybe I can help to the answer some of your questions! This is my standard routine...
Before the Shoot
1) After making your appointment and getting the required documents back from you (for some photographers, this can even be a daunting task), even if I feel comfortable enough with posing, lighting, and camera settings, I always Google photos for the type of session you are booked for and ask you to do the same and to send me your faves too. Why? Just to get a visual and make sure I don't miss out on any photo ops, and to see if any new postings will give me a idea of how I can make your pictures more unique and the best they can be in your particular situation! I also want to gauge your expectations and try to use any poses that you may like to better your experience.
2) I then evaluate and gather up all the equipment I may need for your specific shoot and location. Every shoot is different and this can be very time consuming especially for indoor photos as more equipment is usually required and I have to determine lighting and other needs. I also determine plans for traveling to our destination based on the chosen location.
During the Shoot
3) I travel to you and photograph you and your lovely family and/or friends for the time allotted for you. This is one of the fun parts, where myself and the clients get to have fun and be creative! We collectively work together to create both candid shots and posed ones to get the best out of our time together. It can also be challenging in some situations with lighting and uncooperating children and I also have to remember all those photos I looked for on Google!
After the Shoot
This is where a good portion of my work comes into play, but I am sure the amount of time spent on your images after your shoot will vary from photographer to photographer. It is also one of the most fun parts for me as I get to edit your images, make any products or prints that you desire with even more creativity, and make sure you get the very best of customer service. Many people do not realize the work that goes into a photography session after the photos are taken. This is also where most of my time is spent during the duration of my contract with a client, making sure that their photos and prints/products come out wonderfully.
4) Most photographers do not just go out and take the perfect portraits the first time around and need some minor guidance with the help of Photoshop. There are many factors that come into play, such as lighting and the cooperation of those individuals being photographed, etc.
After your shoot, there is a good amount of editing that I do. Not necessarily because the photos I took are bad, but in some cases I must fix any lighting and other minor cosmetic issues. I also alter photos to make them more creative and customized to you! I spend HOURS if not DAYS, depending on the length of the shoot, doing basic edits and adding filters to my photos so that you have several to choose from as everyone has individual tastes.
5) After editing, I order any products or prints that you have specified. This can be time consuming too because everything has to be perfectly layed in my lab's software to my specifications and to your desires, but it will be PERFECT!
6) You wait for your images, prints, and products to be delivered to you (in some cases I may ship to you or you will receive your products from a third party vendor)! I will always deliver your digital images to you myself after downloading to a particular site or through email. Please note that time frames for receiving different products can vary.
If you don't get a photo that you remember taking as a specific pose, it's because it didn't turn out to my liking and I could not better it through editing. This happens as none of us are perfect and able to control every factor in our lives. I try to take extra measure to take photos under different conditions for the "just in case", but sometimes even that fails (this happens to every photographer at some point!).
Please also remember that photographers can only do so much for you and be realistic if you feel the need to complain afterwards. In most cases, we will do whatever we can to make your shoot and products/prints exceed your expectations, but we cannot control the "I look fat." or "My kids were acting up." factors when it comes to photographing.
7) After getting all of your pre-ordered products and images/prints delivered to you, you may have decided to order more or have a problem. I take care of these issues for the client too as long as long as they are reasonable and doable! Most photographer/client relationships last way longer then all of these steps and we want to make your experience the best it can be, but sometimes other needs and problems do unexpectantly arise.
I hope this post has answered some of your questions! As you can tell, a photographers job is not done after making your appointment and taking some photos of you. There is a lot of thought, planning, and overall time spent making your session and images/products as close to perfect as they can be. The money you spend for a photographer's time will be the best you ever spent considering all factors, and we work to please!
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Whether you are wanting to become a professional photographer or just want to better your own personal photos, here are a few of my opinions on the processes you need to go through. I've been there and am still learning more and more about these things on a regular basis!
First, and foremost, begin to learn your camera and how to use it manually! While your new fancy equipment can do great things on auto, you have so many more options to make your photos AMAZING when you figure out how it works. This also means you need to figure out how the camera actually functions which can be a confusing and time extensive process. For a general starter lesson on camera settings check this out http://www.slrphotographyguide.com/camera/settings/.
Purchase books, read articles online, ask a friend that knows what they are doing, and practice, practice, practice! You will have a hard time remembering all this information overload if you don't use the advice you've been given. Books designed for you camera will help you work the camera, and will generally provide you with additional information on what each functions does, but to fully understand all the functions cameras collectively, you may need to research further on how all of the aspects of lighting affect the final image your camera produces. For example, you might read that the aperature is this certain number on your camera and lowering the number by turning a certain dial lets more light in, but that doesn't really tell you much about how to apply that along with ISO or what to use in certain situaions. If you are shooting in Manual, you need to know this information because changing aperature affects ISO and you need to know how! That's why you need to fully understand the terminology and apply it as well, not just how to change it on the camera.
The second step in figuring out your camera and it's functions is to decide on a starting place. No photographer ever has just gone out after reading a book and figured it all out in the beginning. I started with learning aperature and began playing with that "A" setting exclusively. Once you feel as if you've mastered one setting add something else to mix and gradually work your way up to shooting in straight up Manual. This takes time and practice...don't be discouraged! Check out some starting point advice here http://digital-photography-school.com/aperture-and-shutter-priority-modes/.
You also need to learn the basics of constructing eye-pleasing photographs. Books and online articles can help you here as well and this is much easier than leaning the camera. But remember....photography is subjective and if you like it, then all is well! Check out this link for more info http://lifehacker.com/5814174/basics-of-photography-composition-and-technique.
This is must when learning your new camera and with your introductions to photography...just have fun with it and don't stress yourself out with it so much that our get burnout! You will see the quality of your images increase as you get more experience and advance in your skills. I was frustrated at first too because I wanted to know it all "NOW"! It takes time and patience, but has a big pay off in the end if you stick to it!
Once you've reached a certain level of satisfaction in your work, get more equipment and learn about the lenses and flashes (if you have a DSLR). This takes time as well, unfortunately, but the better understanding you have of lighting and your cameras functions, the easier this will be!
Finally, get a photo editing program and figure it out as well either by just playing around with it or buying a manual to read and study. This will help you enhance your photos digitally, especially if you are still learning and they aren't as "perfect" as you would like for them to be. I have Corel Paintshop Pro and it is good for the beginner as it is very simple and user friendly. Photoshop will most likely be too complicated for the beginner and can be REALLY expensive!
Hope this helps! Feel free to add or comment below. Happy Photographing!
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Well, hello again! So I have been compliling a list of a few cute gift items and other things that I think my avid photographers will enjoy! Aside from the obvious things (and more expensive, like lenses ad upgrades), here are a few relatively cheap items you may consider gifting or buying for yourself. Plus, you don't need to be a camera enthusiast yourself to understand and appreciate these things. I consider buying new lenses and other higher-priced items a very personal thing, and unless I tell you I need it and give you specifics, I'd rather spend my money on the expensive stuff and get some of the fun items below as gifts.
Pandora Camera Charm
Sterling Silver and oh so cute for Pandora wearers! http://www.preciousaccents.com/p-PND-790961.html
Other Photo Inspired Jewelry
DSLR Pendant at Café Press. They also have jewelry cases, earrings, and more that cater to photographers at affordable prices. Keychains and other small items and accessories are an options too. http://www.cafepress.com/+dslr_function_necklace_circle_charm,646281596#
Camera Lens Mug
Cool! You can also search Amazon or eBay for Cannon and other brands and styles. Can be used as an actual mug, or for pens in the office, or as a bank or storage for other things. You may also consider personalizing a photo mug for him or her as well. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KTJU9O/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_c7VDrb0WTP7SF
Camera Straps or Swings
You can get these just about anywhere. I just suggest get one with some degree of padding. Those cameras can get heavy and really take a toll on the neck!!! A photographer can never have too many and switch them out as he or she pleases. http://www.backdropoutlet.com/CAMERA-STRAPS/products/1270/
This bag is so stylish and at a good price! You can spend ALOT of money on a camera bag, but this one is of a great quality and functionality, so why should you?! If you don't mind spending more on a bag, and maybe want a different style or color, search for Kelly Moore bags on Amazon. Those are really nice too! I have a standard Nikon bag, but will be looking to make my gear more stylish soon!
Memory Cards and Storage Cases
You can get these anywhere from online, to camera shops, to your local drugstore. The higher the storage capacity the more expensive. The higher the class, the faster it write the images. Class 6 is typically good for most photographers, in my opinion (or at least it is for me). A photographer can NEVER have to many of these!
Ways to Display their own Photos
A photographer most likely is OBSESSED with displaying their own personal pictures in their home. Check out my previous blog for a list of both store bought and DIY ideas for photo displays. (link is under this picture)
Some other things not listed on this list are collages, coasters, calendars, photobooks, mousepads, phone/tablet cases and other items that I can actually personalize and make for you or you can buy at many other places online.
Wine Bottle Holder
Soooo creative! I love it! I think it may be a bit overpriced, but so unique it's worth it! There are some other ideas on this site too. http://www.occupationgifts.com/photographer-gifts-photography.htm
iPad Zoom Lens
This is so funny, and I have no clue if it works, but if it does, I WANT ONE!!! Other cute ideas here as well. http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/ipad-telephoto-lens/
Cute spin off of the original Monopoly...needless to say. Amazon sells it the cheapest, but you can alo pick up at your local Toys 'R Us. http://www.amazon.com/Late-for-the-Sky-4102345/dp/B000K6DAAG
A Tie for the Guy
Check it out! I'm sure you can find these at other stores as well. I have seen cufflinks on other sites that are pretty cool too. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/camera-tie
Photography Magazines and Books
There are many out there to choose from, just do a little research to see if the magazine matches the recipient's needs. Most photographers are always looking to learn new things and better their skills. Books would work as well...either instructional manuals or those that contain photo art! http://www.magazinediscountcenter.com/magazine-subscription/Popular-Photography-and-Imaging.html?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=Photography&utm_term=Exact_popular%20photography%20magazine
Great idea for those living in cold climates! These gloves allow the photographer to remain in control of their camera dials and buttons without getting numb, freezing fingers. Comes in men/women/unisex and in many different materials on this particular site. http://www.freehands.com/#womens
Camera USB Drive
Amazon has these in a variety of storage capacities and designs. Nifty (and CUTE!) devices that every photographer can use for photos and files! http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=camera%20usb&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acamera%20usb
Gift Cards and Certificates
This is probably the easiest and most obvious way to give your recipient something you know they can use for sure based on the person's needs and desires, although some people consider gift cards to be impersonal and "they easy way out". You can get creative here and get them from retail stores or any specialty camera shops or gift giving sites online. I also offer them for pictures and services I offer for your preexisting photos and ones I take for you. Check out my link!http://www.bmgphotographyhouston.com/gift-certificates.html
Some people may think is it a bit cheesy, but I think it would be much appreciated as a smaller gift for someone. This site has other gifting options as well for photographers and other professionals. http://www.giftsforprofessionals.com/item/photographers-camera-award
I have one of these, and while you in no way get a true professional print, it's so convenient if you just want a quick print of mediocre quality. There's no ink to refill so that's neato too! http://www.amazon.com/Pandigital-PANPRINT01-Portable-Printer-Bundle/dp/B0083CYMHO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368413503&sr=8-1&keywords=pandigital+printer
Shirts and Other Apparel
Funny T's, hats, and other apparel are great for gift giving!
Device to Calibrate Displays
This gadget will help your photographer friends calibrate all their devices so that the colors and brightnesses of images will be consistent on each device they use. Grand idea and I totally want one!
Business Card Holders
Most photographers carry business cards and this one is PERFECT for the photo-loving individual. This site even has pill boxes, money clips, nightlights, and more with similar camera designs. Awesome! http://www.kyledesigns.com/c=Pt66k79ZJO3Wk8HLGv6LnX6qk/product/BC260-CAMERAS-FILMS/Unique-Camera-Business-Card-Holders.html
If you still haven't figured something out for your photo buddy, you can always just ASK them what they want or need and go from there! You can also consider purchasing a new camera, DSLR or a point and shoot, or lenses and lighting equipment or props/backgrounds (can be an expensive and daunting task!), but as I stated earlier, just make sure they can use the new items with their current equipment and will that they will want what you have in mind.
Here are a few other options and tips:
Cheaper camera accessories like filters, cleaning supplies, spare batteries/charger, battery grip, lens caps, tripods, camera covers, portable studio supplies and stands, flash diffusers, remote shutter releases (may need to know specifics about the camera it is being used with on some of these)
Gift basket with a bunch of the inexpensive things listed above
Personalized or engraved items such as photo frames, apparel, and photo gifts
Waterproof encasing bags for their camera
Cheap, fun distortion lenses or attachments
Check out Etsy and eBay to see if you can find something that is handmade and cute
Hope this was informative and you now have some ideas for the perfect photographer's gift. Please feel free to comment with other suggestions!
Greetings all you photo nuts! Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoy the content I post which will all be photography related and idea inspiring! I will also post deals and special events occasionally so that you can be informed with the most up-to-date information on my services.
I wanted to start off this blog tonight letting you that you MUST stay tuned for new, handmade product offerings that will be coming your way soon! Bookmark this page http://www.bmgphotographyhouston.com/a-la-carte-prints-and-products-pricing.html! Some of these will be mentioned below....you do yourself or hire me to do it for you with many of these ideas that I found on the net and Pinterest.
Check out these DIY ideas for cute and creative ways to display your BMG Photography photos! All of these images belong to the website listed and are NOT my own photos.
Put your print in a mason jar with olive oil! Looks like antiqued or sepia pictures look the best, but you can read more on this website. I tried this and it was little tricky. Vertical pictures work the best and jars that have very little "writing" on them are better because the writing distorts the images. Still a cute idea! http://funkybeardecor.com/tag/picture-display/
Decoupage photos on a glass jar. I will be offering these soon personalized with your photots! This idea would also be really cute with vases and flameless candles!http://ontheupcycle.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/dog-treat-jar-made-with-modge-podge/
Such a neat idea for the extra space in your stairwell! http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbyc/4014291412/
Collage wall with DIY frames and decoupaged photos. Buy your frames at Hobby Lobby or another craft store, paint them, Mod Podge your photos in place and seal with an acrylic sealer and voila! I will also be custom making these in the future for purchase. http://www.smallchichome.com/2011/06/organic-bloom-frames.html
Photo flip book made from a video! Unless you are technically inclined, this one is best left to the experts. See their website for details. Neat idea! http://www.smallchichome.com/2011/06/organic-bloom-frames.html
Wooden picture boards hung with ribbon! I will also have these available for customization and purchase soon. So cute! Secure the wood size of your choosing and cut your picture to fit it. Paint the back and sides the color of your choice and glue your picture on the front. Mod Podge and seal, and finally, attach ribbon and hang...beautiful idea.
I pinned this on Pinterest and the link is unavailable...sorry!
Scentsy warmer for photos...add your pictures and they glow! I actually sell these through my own Scentsy site and they are so popular and cute! https://jillianwhite.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home
This one is pretty self explanatory and LONG so I left the picture out. Basically, a tutorial in how to construct a nice gallery wall in your home. http://pinsforyourhome.com/2013/01/16/picture-hanging-ideas-clean-and-organized/
I just thought this was too cute. The website, however, does not tell you HOW to do it, but with a little ingenuity I'm sure you can make it work to your liking! http://diyhomepin.com/2013/02/14/this-is-a-must-do/
Digital picture frames are a must for any photo-loving individual. You can get these anywhere, but Amazon.com has some amazing prices on most items. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/188-8159114-8265718?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=digital%20photo%20frames
I hope some of these were useful! If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to comment. Happy Photographing!