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Tilting your camera, or not… opinion or facts?

Tilted in photoshop...

I’m not a ’tilter’, in fact most of my work is very ‘squared up’, but I’m not the type of person to put opinion in front of facts, truth, or good sound reason.  That being said, I learned a lot of my photography thought process from Zack Arias’ critique episodes on his blog.  He hates needless tilting.  I love his work, his generosity, and his teaching methods…  with that in mind, I began to wonder if the distaste I inherited for a tilted photo is mere opinion?  If so, I’m ok with that, but I still wanted to know.

While I personally don’t care for the tilt in most instances, I also don’t care to be overly polarized on something that has little effect on me, especially since it’s not something I tend to do.  I see some photographers who are, in my mind, pulling off a successful tilt, and others who are just doing, it seems, when inspiration isn’t striking.

I never had a problem with this, for some reason my mind works in very a very linear organized way, and I tend to fit my creativity into that.  More often than not, I’ll find a way to tilt my subject, rather than my camera.  Now when I say tilt, we’re talking about angling horizon lines.  In my mind, even if I tilt my head, I still perceive the horizon as level… and that’s probably the biggest cause for my natural inclination to shy away from it.  However, photography is about showing things as you perceive them… and that’s why I’m pushing further and looking for thoughts.  Not everyone is the same.  Not everyone sees things the same.  So why tilt?  What makes a tilt successful?  To some, a tilt will never be a success, but in reality, there many photographers making plenty of money with dynamic looking tilts.

The one thing I have concluded, that I feel very strongly about, is that tilting your camera at 45 degrees does not equal a composition… any more than a thoughtless straight shot would.  Rather, whether your camera is vertical, horizontal, or tilted, you need to be putting the same amount of thought into your composition.

In the spirit of objectivity, I asked a few photographers, who’s work I admire, to give me their thoughts on the issue.  These are people who I knew tilt, or had thoughts on it. (more after the jump)

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in All-Star Studios

 

Promos are still going!

Photography Promotion

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

Someone I know forward the following message to me… I found it worthwhile.  This is a photo I took last winter.

THIS IS A GREAT THOUGHT
Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

November Promos Have Arrived!

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Shelly Lynn

Shelly Lynn

I broke my own rule of keeping my blog posts to 5 images from a shoot.  Shelly has such a strong presence in front of the camera that I just couldn’t help myself.  Combine that with with hair styled by Christopher Hartl and Jessica Rondinelli, along with Jai Schmidt for make up and you have a very strong, dynamic crew! 🙂

It’s really been an amazing experience to step into a realm of working with a good team on photo shoots.  It’s all about trust and helping each other.  If you can find good people to work with, you can trust them to do their part so you can focus and do the best you can on your end.  It also add a fun element of pressure, because at that point, it’s all on me to not let everyone else down.

So here’s to a great shoot with a great team!  Thank you ALL! 🙂

 

 

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in All-Star Studios, photoshoot

 

Nicole

I’ve had the honor of working with Nicole several times; each time has been amazing and this round was no exception!  She had a haircut this summer that didn’t quite go as planned; Colour Law and myself thought it might be fun to make the best of it and capture the new hair in a fashion shoot!  So in August, I was invited to do this shoot side by side with Mark Anderson in his studio, and we all just had a blast hanging out and ‘playing’.

A big thank you to Law, Emma Harris, and Mark for adding to Nicole’s beauty and facilitating our shoot!  Thanks to Besselli and Lady Savannah of Green Bay for wardrobe!  And of course Nicole… your talent and beauty speaks for itself.  I  just love these shots!  Hope you do too!

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Tiffany Lavender

Before we had our daughter this summer, I had another chance to photograph Tiffany so I snatched it up! 🙂  Sadly I’ve been so busy, I’m just finally catching up on my editing.  In a sense it was a little fun for me to have to wait to get at these.  I usually am pretty quick to edit, so I did have something to continually look forward to! 🙂

Tiffany is a really sweet woman with a warm personality, and I think that shows through when she’s in front of the camera with that already gorgeous face!

Additionally, I’m taking a new approach to how I’m displaying work on this blog.  I’m going to avoid all temptation and stick with 5 or less images per post.  My top favorites.  Please, let me know weather you like this or not as I continue!    Here’s what Tiffany and I came up with:

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized