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Jumping for Jewels || Macro Photography of Jewlery

How I took macro shots of different jewelry

I love clothes and shoes and dressing up. What I sometimes struggle with is jewelry. I have jewelry but I don’t wear it often but I do love photographing it. I photographed these particular pieces of jewelry because it has the most detail.

With a macro tube and an LED light, was able to capture the macro photos below. These photos are perfect for a jewelry store such as Zales or Kay Jewelers. I love seeing the detail a macro gives to my camera.

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I hope you have enjoyed these photos. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

A Dream of Berries || Macro Photography of Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blue Berries

How I took macro shots of different types of berries.

I love berries. My favorite thing is to eat berries from straight from the bush in the summertime. With the use of macro tubes and an LED light, I was able to take macro shots of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Whenever I take photos with a macro tube, I am always in awe of how things look super close up. I like to ask myself “if I was an ant, what are some cool things to look at?”. Kingston Technologies has an amazing video on youtube of how to take macro shots using a macro tube.

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A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

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A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

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A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

A Dream of Berries, Macro Photography, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blue Berries, Macro, Berries

I hope you have enjoyed these photos. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Helping Others Brand Themselves || Client Photoshoot and Business Card

How I helped someone brand themselves

As a communications major, it’s easy to notice others struggle with branding themselves. I have noticed that the communications department at BYU-Idaho teaches students the importance of branding yourself.

I had a client who came to me wanting a business card to take to a gentleman’s club of their home town. This was a club where men would meet together and discuss things from politics to business entrepreneurship, to the economy. They meet once a month and any new members have to be referred by someone else in the club. All new members are required to have something they give out to have new businessmen get to know them. My client had the idea of having me create a business card for him with a QR code that would take them to his LinkedIn account. My client had been updating his LinkedIn profile but his photo was from 7 years. I had the idea to also include professional photos because it did not make sense to have everything on his profile updated but the one thing that lets people see you, your photo. In our deal, I added in photos as well.

My client had told me he was a bit nervous to take photos. He said he wanted something professional, with a very simple background and headshots of himself that he would use both in his LinkedIn account, and on his website, he is currently building to brand himself.

To create a simple background, I had the idea of photographing my client in three-point lighting using a Rogue modifier. I chose to do this because it’s simple and doesn’t include much light equipment.

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Client, Client Photoshoot, Helping Other Brand Themselves, Client Photoshoot and Business Card, Branding, LinkedIn, Photos

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My client is an assistant controller (in other words he’s an accountant) for a produce company. In the accounting world, it’s all stiff suit and ties. My client wanted to have serious photos as well as professional photos and photos that show more of his personality. The following are my client’s less serious photos.

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My client is a big jokester. He said he was known as being a class clown. To bring this side out of him, I had to give him prompts. For the photo above, I asked him to give me a pouty face, the same way he did as a child. This made him laugh a lot but then we went right into character and made this face.

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To get this face, I asked my client to give me a cheeky face. He immediately winked at me allowing me to capture this awesome moment.

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For this photo above, I asked him to pose as if we were going to be in the movie, the Godfather. The Godfather is one of his favorite movies, he immediately made this face. I have noticed that prompts have been a helpful tool to use when photographing people who don’t always take pictures of themselves. Prompts can be anything from asking to pose like a celebrity to asking them about something from their childhood or of a random memory.

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For business cards, I made these simple yet clean and professional business cards for my client to use. We added his name and titles in the front. The back has the QR code, email, phone number, and address. I had a lot of fun working with a client. I learned that headshots can be equally as fun for the model and the photographer.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post, please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Photo Contest Submission with View Bug

How I Submitted My Photos to a Contest with View Bug

As a photographer and a creative, it’s easy to compare yourself to other photographers and creatives. It’s easy to feel as if you aren’t enough because your work isn’t the same as everyone else’s. Something I have learned with this class COMM 316, is to do what I love and to never compare because it only leads to insecurities. It’s really just that simple. I decided to submit my photos to a photo competition through a website known as View Bug. They have a bunch of competitions for photographers. It’s anything from the photographer of the month, to colors, to animals, you name it.

TO submit photos to View Bug, you have to have an account. Because I am a college student, I chose the free option which allows you to submit 10 pictures per week. The View Big Pro membership allows you to submit an unlimited amount.

I chose the following photos to submit to 3 different photo contests in View Bug. Each photo was taken during my excursion back in October.

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I took this photo above while at the Sky Mountain Lodge in Victor, Idaho. We had a day where we learned all about product and food photography. On View Bug, I submitted this photo to the “A Big Thank You” contest. I chose a picture of this delicious cake because it reminds me of how far I have come from high school when I used to have an eating disorder. I used to be scared of food and would choose not to eat. This photo reminds me of how far I have come and how it’s okay to love food.

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I took this photo while we were on location at the Schwabacher Landing at the Grand Tetons. It was a cold but beautiful day to take photos. The sky was a perfect blue. I submitted this to the Winter Fashion Contest. One of the helpers there was a bit cold while we were taking photos. A classmate held a silver reflector at the perfect angle illuminating her face and snapped the photo. I thought this was a perfect photo for that contest because she looks all nice and bundled for a winter morning.

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This photo was submitted to the contest called “Together”. I gave it the name “The Gang is Back”. The instructions for the contest on View Bug encouraged the photographer to submit photos of people hanging out. I thought this photo perfectly resembled that.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my progress and viewing these photos. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Succa-for-you || Macro Photography of Succulent Plants

How I took macro shots of succulent plants

A big game-changer for me in my photography journey was the use of macro tubes. Macro tubes give you the ability to zoom in to a small part of an object to be able to get the tiniest of detail. It’s one of the few ways to be able to capture macro shots. This week, I was able to take macro shots of succulent plants at the BYU-Idaho Benson building. The Benson building is the building where the horticulture and other science departments have classes and create their projects. Plants are located all throughout the building. With the use of a macro tube, a 35-150mm lens, an LED light, and some cute succulents, I was able to take macro shots of these beautiful plants.

As I was taking these pictures, all I could think of was different succulent puns. I Love puns and can’t stop laughing when I tell them to my boyfriend.

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My favorite this about this picture below and the picture above is the ability to see the tiny detail in the succulent plant. It’s crazy the difference a macro tub can do for a shot like this.

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I hope you have enjoyed these photos. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

My Best Work from COMM 16 || My Top Photos

My best work from COMM 316 this semester

I have loved taking COMM 316. I have loved the friends I have made and the new techniques I have learned. I am so excited to end the semester and to continue to use all the things I have learned and implement them into my work. Before taking this class, I always struggled feeling confident with my work. I had always heard rumors that COMM 316 was a difficult class. Yes, I would agree this class is difficult but the things you learn are definitely worth it. I have never felt so grateful for taking COMM 316.

After learning of other photographers, my absolute favorite photographer is Lindsay Adler. She does an amazing job of capturing light, telling a story and creating beautiful masterpieces. She has an amazing portfolio with a wide array of different pieces.

My top photos were edited using both Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Bridge. Deciding which photos I wanted to show as my best work from the semester was difficult. I chose these photos because I loved how different each photo is and how it exemplifies my photography style.

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I hope you have enjoyed these photos. Please let me know what you think in the photos below.

Portrait Guide || How to Prepare for a Portrait Session

How to prepare yourself for a portrait shoot with me

Taking pictures can be nerve-wracking at times. Especially if you haven’t had the opportunity to take photos before with a professional photographer. I created a portrait guide to help clients be best prepared to take photos with me. I wanted to create this because there have been a few hiccups with past clients that I believe could have been prevented if they had followed my advice. I want my clients to be completely in love and satisfied with their final deliverables. This booklet will be given to them when they pay their deposit and sign their contract with me.

In regards to creating a portrait guide booklet, I got the idea from thelovenotesblog.com. I love how she made her guide match her branding and her editing style. Her guide is so simple and easy that I wanted to make something that would match my branding.

To create this, I first had to figure out what type of content I wanted to showcase. Obviously, I wanted to show my past work but I also wanted to show what I could do. I thought about some of the struggles I have had in the past with clients and talked with fellow photographer friends of mine about the struggles they have had. I came up with the conclusion that I wanted the following information: the color scheme of the photo in reference to potential outfits, poses and prompts, and my favorite locations to photograph people. These are all things to think about when taking portrait shots.

To showcase what I could do, I planed 5 photoshoots: an engagement session, a sport portrait session, 2 headshots, and senior portrait photos. Posts for these will be on my website soon. I chose these types of photoshoots because I wanted to show my versatility with a camera.

Something I love about taking portraits is the versatility it allows. One of my favorite photographers is Annie Leibovitz. I love how she has the ability to tell a story with her portraits.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Themed Portraits || Indians and Campers

How to Capture Themed Portraits

One of the cool things of photographing themed portraits is the variety you can get with a model, some props, a costume, and a cool location. During my excursion in Victor, Idaho, we took a quick trip to the Grand Tetons and took some amazing themed photos. Even though we stayed all throughout theĀ  Grand Tetons for these photos, our location with the park determined the theme, Indians or campers.

One of the coolest portrait photographers is Kristin Karkoska. She does ana amazing job at photographing theme portraits that all tell a different story. Here is a link to some cool ideas of hers.

Sometimes it can be really hard to find a theme. I was grateful that a theme was given to me. An awesome place to find ideas come from the blogger Sarcastic Mom. She gives some great ideas on how to start small.

In Adobe Lightroom, I edited these photos by adjusting the exposure, increasing the blacks and the shadows, removing some redness on the nose of the models, dodging and burning and adding the occasional radial blur to add more focus to the model. I also adjust the HSL for the reds, yellows, blues, and greens to make the colors of the background more vibrant.

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Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

Themed Portraits, Adobe Lightroom, Grand Tetons, Indians, Campers, Portraits, Portraiture, Kristin Karkoska

These Indian and camper themed models where great sports to allow us to photograph them. I hope you have liked these photos. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Headshots of Beautiful Women || Portraits at the Tetons

Headshots of Beautiful Women at the Grand Tetons

My love of photography began in highschool photographing my beautiful friends. I love taking pictures of the people around me. On my excursion last month, I was able to photograph my classmates while we were out and about exploring the Tetons. The Grand Tetons makes the most beautiful background for any subject.

One of the most amazing photographers is Lindsay Adler. She does an amazing job of capturing the beauty of women and of any model really. She also has some amazing tutorials for any photographer wanting to enhance their skills.

I edited these photos using Adobe Lightroom by adjusting the exposure, the shadows, the blacks, and my favorite the HSL. I also removed minor blemishes and enhanced their eyes. I did this so that nothing distracted from their beauty.

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Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Epic Portraits using a Speedlight

How to take some Epic Portraits at with a Speedlight

One of the best things about photography is the use of lights to take portraits. One of the cheapest ways to add lights is by using a Speedlight with a Rogue Flash Bender on it. The combination of the two allows for some epic portraits.

The idea is to take a picture of a model or subject but to specifically set your camera settings to expose your epic background. You then use auxiliary such as the Speedlight to also expose your epic model. When this is done outside in broad daylight, your sun acts as a fill light.

Nick and Eric from Improve Photography have an epic tutorial on how to use speed lights while on location. The concept they teach can easily be applied here.

Below is the photo I took using the Speedlight but with a perfectly exposed background. I was on an excursion in Victor, Idaho. The background was an epic view of the mountains as if it was from a movie. The only editing I did to the photo below was to decrease the amount of black in the photo. What makes this photo so epic, is having the background and the subject exposed.

Another thing to notice is the epic highlight on her cheek, adding a bit of definition to her face. We were able to do this by having a second Speedlight. Speedlights are super portable and easy to use which makes it a great option for auxiliary light.

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Below is the same photo as above. The only difference is that the photo below doesn’t have the Speedlights. The background is still perfectly exposed but subject’s face is not.

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Now, this photo has the subject exposed, but the background is way overexposed. Even though the subject is exposed, it misses the point of having the mountains in the background. That’s the beauty of having the speed lights. It allows you to use them anywhere you go so you can expose both your subject and your epic background.

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I hope you enjoyed these epic photos. Please let me know what you think in the photos below.

Hello! I’m Iris Aguila

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Hi there! My name is Iris Aguila. I am a senior at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I am a communications major with an emphasis in Visual media and a module in advertising.

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