Ep 50: Putting the “life” into lifestyle photography: How to take lifestyle images

December 3, 2015 In Podcast



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Brighton Baths Health Club
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Samuel Ullman

I had the most inspiring day photographing members of the Brighton Baths Icebergers. These men and women, mostly over 50, enjoy a dawn and early morning ritual of bathing in the last remaining sea pool in Port Phillip Bay.
In winter the water temperature is close to freezing and the Icebergers are hooked on the benefits to both body and mind.

One thing I noticed in all the swimmers I photographed was a sense of joy and a positive energy. This is Jan, she is 79 years young and has been open water swimming for 30+ years, and is a regular winter swimmer.
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Bright, Victoria
Fujix100F + Speedlight and Gary Fong “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen

I spent my childhood feeling like a misfit and then I went to art school and found “my people”
Artists spend their lives seeing and feeling things the rest of the world ignore. I think we are the sane ones and the rest of the world is crazy.
Bali, Indonesia
FUJI X100F “A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.” ―Arnold Newman

Ep 232 of my podcast with the amazing @valeriekhoo is out. eady to start a photography business? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Giving up your day job.
Quitting too soon
Ignoring social media
Only relying on social media
Placing all your eggs in one basket
Poor training and mentorship (learn how to shoot, how to charge etc)
Charging too little
Investing in gear too early
No networking skills
No basic business skills (TAX, insurance, contracts, cashflow)
Lack of Editing and workflow knowledge
A business name that nobody can remember or find.

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#balitravel
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Fuji x100F
“When you buy something from an artist you are buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul… a piece of someone else’s life.” –Rebekah Joy Plett

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#BW #bw_addiction
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Fuji x100f “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
Having the WRONG mindset will undermine more photo opportunities than upgrading to the best lens and camera combo will ever give you.
How many times have you seen a fantastic photo opportunity and then talked yourself out of it because you believed the dribble your inner voice is saying to you?
How many times have you passed on an opportunity because you thought you weren’t ready?
How many times has a fear of failure OR ridicule stopped you from trying something new?
“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.” –Suzy Kassem
The great thing about changing your mindset is that you can do it right now. You can decide at this moment that you want to shoot in manual mode, use off camera flash or start a photography business. The only thing stopping you is you.
There are a million different ways you can fail at achieving your goals and a million different ways you can succeed, but it’s pointless focusing on negative thoughts.
This is the dribble your mind tells you to keep you small. To keep you safe. To prevent you from succeeding. It’s a hangover from your caveman brain that needed to manage risk, so you didn’t leave the cave and get eaten by a dinosaur.
So next time a negative thought comes up, ask yourself these questions:
“Am I in danger of being eaten by a dinosaur if I do this?”
“Will shooting in manual mode, asking a stranger to photograph them or attempting off-camera flash jeopardize the safety of my family?”
If the answer is no, then take the leap. Say “yes” to the opportunity. Share your work, take the class, ask the question.
Switch your thinking, instead of “what if I fail?” ask yourself “what if I succeed?” Changing your mindset and attitude is the best upgrade you’ll ever make.
Success and failure begin in your mind.
Nusa Penida Island
Seaweed fisherman, Bali #Fujix100f
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There are three elements to a great portrait: light, subject and location.
Which is more important? Let me put it this way: if light, subject and location played paper, scissors, rock; light would always win.
Why? A beautiful subject in an awesome location can be ruined by poor light. So when you’re organizing a shoot, looking for good light should be the first thing you do.
The results you can achieve shooting in natural light can be incredible, but natural light is fickle. It will never look the same twice. To find yourself with a spectacular background and great light is incredibly rare so if you can recreate the beauty of natural light, you can create a beautiful photo anywhere.

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South Africa
Boy with bible #SouthAfrica #canon5DMK4
“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible”
Spotted this beautiful boy outside a church just near Soweto. This is one of my favourite portraits of the trip so far far and is par of my ongoing series of environmental portraits from locations allover the world.
If starting a personal project is something you might be interested in starting then do check out EP 230 of my podcast with uber talented curator, artist and writer @valeriekhoo.
This week Valerie and I chat with photographer Craig Wetjen, an award-winning professional photographic artist and a best-selling author with 33 years in the photography industry. Craig started his photographic career shooting for local newspapers in Connecticut, USA. He went on to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before moving to Australia where in he established Melbourne’s RMIT University’s first digital imaging subject.
Craig’s published a book in 2016 titled “Men and Their Sheds” which, just after 3 months on the selves became a best-selling book. He documented 101 men and their relationship the shed has to his physical and mental health.

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#Canon #canonaustralia
e#ig#portraitphotography#photooftheday l #portraiture#portraitmood #instagood
#streetclassics #canon5dmarkiv #passionpassport #myfeatureshoot#artofvisuals #peoplescreatives
#colour #composition #exposure#focus #moment #photo #photogra
South Africa
Some people glow from the inside out.
Happy 2019, I’m in my happy place. My heart is full. So much colour and soul in this incredible country.
Photographed with canon 5D MK4
#southafrica #canon #canonaustralia #landscapegardeners
Bali, Indonesia
Grndma Yanti, Penida #Fujix100F

She is beautiful but her looks never stood a chance compared to how breathtaking her soul is -Joseph colombrita
What a face! Meeting and photographing Yanti was a definite highlight on my trip to Nusa Penida.
For more tips on portraits check out Ep 224 of my podcast with @valeriekhoo.This week we do a deep dive on how to take flattering portraits of anyone. Just look for “So you want to be a photographer” on ITunes
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Bali, Indonesia
Ketut #4 Fuji x100F
I spotted this beautiful soul on the East coast of Bali. His name is Ketut. He is the fourth born. “Ketut”
in Balinese means “little banana” or “on the outer of a bunch”
The fourth born is a bonus or a gift. Thank you Ketut, what a beautiful gift you are to the world.
thanks @fotinihatzis amazing light whisperer and navigator x
Speaking of gifts, Ep 224 of my podcast with @valeriekhoo is out. This week we do a deep dive on how to take flattering portraits of anyone. Just look for “So you want to be a photographer” on ITunes
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Oh and thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show on social media, rating and reviewing on iTunes. You guys rock. BIG TIME!!
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#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #fujiframez#fujilove #ig#portraitphotography#photooftheday l #portraiture#portraitmood #instagood
Mike Fuji x100f
” Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

Speaking of light on this week’s episode of my podcast with @valeriekhoo we do a deep dive into the world of speedlights
I share my step by step lighting technique,fav lighting styles and heaps more. Just look for So you want to be a photographer on ITUNES.
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@Valeriekhoo and I love bringing this podcast to you
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Oh and thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show on social media, rating and reviewing on iTunes. You guys rock. BIG TIME!!
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Bright, Victoria
Chief Petty Officer Lindsey Smith Fuji x100f “Sometimes when life closes a door, it opens a window”

Had a blast teaching lighting and posing workshops for Bright Festival of Photography last weekend.
Met some amazing photographers and loved the location.
Thanks to everyone involved for such a fab experience and special thank you to Chief Petty Officer Lindsey Smith
who turned up out of the blue ( or I may have hunted him down when I spotted him out of the corner of my eye) What a gift!
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Oh and Ep 217 is out! “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”. The most important day in a photographer's life is the day they start to see light
The second most important day is the day they know how to work with it.
Knowing how to see and read light is a game changer. Just like every other first time, you will never forget it.
This week on the podcast @valeriekhoo and I do a deep dive into lighting and teach you how to “see” and “read” good light because caca lighting =caca photo
@Valeriekhoo and I love bringing this podcast to you
Hope you enjoy the show!
Sign up to the newsletter for great tips, and free Lightroom presets
Oh and thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show on social media, rating and reviewing on iTunes. You guys rock. BIG TIME!!
Want to improve your photography? I'd love to work with you. Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything”
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