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In this 90 minute LIVE web event, you will learn:

  • What you MUST DO to set the foundation for a killer marketing plan
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  • The REAL NUMBERS on how much marketing you need to do to fill up your calendar
  • 3 Marketing Strategies that work like crazy

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MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WEDDING DETAILS | TEACHING TUESDAY

Guest Contributor | Stacie Jensen

Macro Techniques: How To Create Crisp & Detailed Wedding Ring Photos

 

Macro photography is a passion of mine and I love to experiment with getting sharp, clean shots. Achieving the desired results however, was not as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t until I tested a macro light that I was awakened artistically.

“How in the world do you get those sharp & detailed shots?”

Who doesn’t want to hear that from someone, especial another photographer? But honestly, I didn’t know how to produce what I wanted my photos to look like. I had the vision, just not the technique. It wasn’t without trial and error that I learned the tricks to macro photographs.

Originally I was producing softer images that just didn’t pop. I knew I needed some reflective light, which isn’t usually my style but I had to step outside my comfort zone to get the finished product I was looking for. I didn’t want a “flash” so I started researching to see what else was out there. Of course during my experimental stage I didn’t want to purchase something too pricey so I went onto Amazon and found a simple Macro LED Light that attaches to my camera. I spent approximately $34 and transformed my photos into art.

Attaching The Light

Attaching the light to my lens was very simple.

  • First place your macro lens onto your camera.
  • Then place the attachment ring that comes with the light to the front of your lens just as you would a lens filter.
  • Next slide the light onto that attachment ring.
  • Connect the power source to your hot shoe mount and power on.

The amount of light given off by this product is perfect for diamonds but you also have the option to turn off half this light if it appears to be too much.

 

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Setting Up The Shot

Start with a very clean ring. Macro photography will show water spots, fine lint attached to the prongs and even fingerprints. Inspect it carefully first. I like to take one test shot, zoom in on my LCD screen to see if the camera is picking up something I can’t see with the naked eye.

Setting up the shot is all about your artistic style. I like to find textured elements around me to set the ring on such as this decorative ball and patterned placemat underneath. You can use things such as flowers, candy, branches, rocks … the options are endless because when looking at these items through a macro lens they become a world within themselves.

Settings

I place my settings on the lowest ISO to ensure no grain, a middle of the road f-stop such as 3.5 and focus in manual mode. I just can not seem to get a sharp macro in auto focus, especially with diamonds.

Take your time slightly adjusting your focus ring to ensure you are getting tack sharp diamonds. Also play with the angle you are shooting, the great thing about macro photography is you are without a horizon so you aren’t controlled as much by the need to be level.

 

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The difference

The difference speaks volumes to the detail. You get reflective sparkle and depth that you wouldn’t otherwise get if shooting without a macro light. Any wedding photographer looking to create a beautiful shot of their clients rings can use this technique to enhance their image. The added kiss of light transforms a thoughtful shot of your clients ring into a piece of art that truly reflects the memory of the day.

 

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Hello, I am Stacie Jensen and the owner of Colorvale Actions and I am also a wife to the coolest husband ever and a mother to four of the most fantastic children a woman could ask for. I am a professional photographer specializing in wedding & senior photography and love every minute of capturing moments in people’s lives. I get a little strange during my photo sessions … I am constantly saying “wow!” “crazy amazing” “wait, don’t move” “just one more shot” … it probably gets annoying but I am in the moment! I love what I do!

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Thank you,

Stacie Jensen
President & CEO, Colorvale, LLC

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

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Inspiring quotes by Leslie Vega for Chic Critique Form
Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
Leslie Vega
Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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Leopard and Red Outfit | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

I love that leopard is in right now because it’s such a sassy but classy print! Pair it with a pop of red and some gold jewelry and you’ve got a fun Fall look that’s sure to get noticed. I recently wore this outfit to a client’s Bridal Shower and felt fabulous!

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Leopard shirt | Target

Jeans | Target

Red bag | Nine West | Similar

Black Stilleto Heels |  Lilly’s Kloset | Similar

Gold Spike Necklace | Forever 21 | Similar

Triangle Cuff | Forever 21

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Then & Now, Part 5 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved

We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.

We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.

WANNA SHOW OFF YOUR THEN & NOW PHOTOS?

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum@gmail.com. We’ll be featuring of 5 different photographers each week.

Lyndsey Wright of https://www.facebook.com/LyndseysPhotoCo
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Lea Ashley of https://www.facebook.com/abpartisticimage
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Sarah Kane – Dia Marie Photography of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dia-Marie-Photography/178000878901178
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Violeta Patrichi of https://www.facebook.com/violetapatrichiphotography?ref=hl
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Keli Anderson of https://www.facebook.com/keliandersonphotography
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Freebie Friday | October 2013 Style Guide

It’s Freebie Friday for all Chic members! You know you want stylin’ clients and the best way to get well-dressed clients is to educate them on what to wear. All Chic members get FREE What-to-Wear guides from I Adore Your Style {value of $48/yr} to teach your clients how to be more stylish. You can showcase them on your blog (who doesn’t need more blog content?), send them in a newsletter, or email them to individual clients whose sessions are coming up.

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Each style file comes complete with UP-TO-DATE corresponding links of what’s retailing right now for every outfit! That means your clients can go buy those clothes online today!
Monthly style files include one family ensemble plus an additional file for either couples, seniors, children, or babies.
What-to-Wear Guides are only available during the current month so be sure to download your October WTW Guides by October 31st!

Download yours HERE in the forum.

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