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MY PROMISE TO YOU!

Posted on 21 November, 2017 at 4:05 Comments comments (0)
Dear Readers. I recently discovered that some links from the website (http://www.shutterreleasephotography.com.au) were not working properly. I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused but can now assure you that the site is fully operational, yet again! A common response I receive when scheduling Photographic Sessions is: "I just don't like getting my photo taken" - I can fully relate to this myself. However, sometimes in order to achieve our desired outcomes we must venture outside our comfort zone! It is my promise to you that you will have a pleasurable experience with myself at Shutter Release Photography. My style is fun, relaxed and natural as opposed to rigid posing. You will receive high quality Family Portraits depicting your true inner essence. If for any reason you are not happy with the results, I will refund you your money! (from the Session Fee). Contact me now to secure your Photographic Session on: 0428 442951. I look forward to working with you! Alison xx

HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF CHILDREN

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)


Hi Readers!


I must apologise for not having posted in a while, things have been quite hectic and my health hasn't been the best.  I'm back on track now though!  With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be useful to share some tips on Photographing Children.  This is a question I'm often asked.  I have compiled some useful tips below:


SETTINGS:


I would start by switching your camera to Aperture Priority Mode.  This allows you to have some control over the depth of field which is important in portrait photography.  If you do not have Aperture Priority Mode on your camera, select Portrait Mode instead.


I would then start by selecting f5.6 for my aperture setting, which can be altered up or down during the shoot.  This will leave the background out of focus, with the primary focus being the child/subject.


The ISO function on your camera should be set as low as possible.  Try keeping in at 800 or lower to avoid pixelation in your images.  A setting of 200-400 is usually effective, providing there is enough light to shoot with.


The shutter speed should be kept at 1/200th of a second or faster if your children are moving.  You may need to shift it to 1/500th or more if this is the case.  If you are not confident with setting your shutter speed on your camera, you may wish to set it to sports mode instead.


Set your camera to Auto focus / single point focusing.  This enables you to know exactly where it is that your camera is focusing.


Try setting your camera to RAW shooting mode.  This allows you to have more control over editing your images following the shoot.


I would suggest limiting using the flash on your camera.  Instead try opting for locations where there is plenty of available natural light.


I prefer using my 70-200ml zoom lens when photographing children, as it allows you to fill your screen with the child without having to be super close to them!



THE SHOOT:


The most important tip I can give when photographing children is to spend time making them feel comfortable with both you and the camera beforehand.  Engage with the child as much as possible.  Perhaps you could show the child the images you've taken and let them look through the viewfinder on the camera.  You want the child to be as relaxed as possible during the shoot.


When it comes to the location, I prefer to photograph children outdoors, as this is their natural environment, whilst at play.  Maybe take them to the park or beach or gardens; somewhere they can relate to and have 'fun!'


I prefer to photograph children candidly; have them engaging in what children do!  This playful and more natural style results with great looking images.


I find with posing my subjects, children often have a relatively short attention span; being able to operate quickly is important.  Also, they tend to get bored and tired if the shoot goes for too long.  Older children / adolescents tend to follow direction better and you are able to 'pose' them more successfully.


It is important when photographing children, to get down to their level.  This provides for more intimate shots.  In contrast to this however, by altering your perspective, and photographing the child either from above or below, can often result with great images.  Maybe try both styles!


I prefer to focus little on the background, and instead fill the frame with the child themselves.  Get in nice and close!  This keeps the focus on the child as the main subject.  Also some backgrounds can be distracting, so opt for very plain and simple backgrounds during the shoot.


When focusing your shot, it is best to focus on the eyes!  This is what the viewer is most drawn to.  As the face is the main focal point it's important that the eyes are sharp.


Pay particular attention to the background when photographing children.  They can often prove distracting. To avoid this, have the child fill the frame of your shot, as well as placing your subject in front of a simple background with no distracting elements, such as a wall.


Do not be afraid to photograph the child in an abstract manner.  Focus on their shoes, hands and eyes only, have only part of their head in the shot.  This will provide some interesting shots as well as add to your variety of images.


WIth regards to clothing, I make sure the child is in something they are comfortable with wearing.  Often plain, bold colours produce great results.  Maybe have a few different outfits on hand for the child to change into.


When photographing children outside especially, have your camera set to continuous mode for some of your shots.  This is when the shots are fired automatically and provides for some great sequential images!


My final tip when photographing children is to make sure they are having 'fun.'  Do not be afraid to show your personality in order to have the child become comfortable with you.  Tell jokes!  Be a big child yourself! Make them laugh and engage with you!  This provides for the best images!




Good luck!


Alison




Taking Great Family Portraits

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 22:05 Comments comments (0)
Hi everybody! As a Family Portrait Photographer, I'm often asked 'how to take a great family portrait'. Try these tips to help improve your Portraits. 1) What is the best time of day to take pictures? The best time to take outdoor pictures is either early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is quite low and soft. Midday light is too harsh and can result with many harsh shadows. The warm light, either early morning or late afternoon, is ideal for achieving optimum skin tones. 2) Gaining Peoples' Attention at the Right Moment Interacting with people always results in the best expressions in photography. It is important to make everyone feel at ease and comfortable and to bring a sense of fun to the sessions. Encourage children to play with and/or interact with each other and their parents. Photographing people in a natural environment, such as a park/beach/garden helps create more natural, candid photographs. 3) Indoor or Outdoor Photos? I prefer photographing people outdoors. The environment is natural and you are able to make the most of beautiful, outdoor light. 4) Photographing Children and/or Pets Photographing young children and/or pets can be quite challenging, as you need to work quickly, to keep their attention. I prefer to photograph babies/pets whilst they are playing and interacting with each other, as it provides for more natural results. If I do wish to have them looking at the camera, I will make different noises to capture their attention, such as that of a dog barking! Patience is key when photographing children and/or animals! 5) Black and White or Colour? I prefer to alter pictures with a 'moody' feel to black and white to enhance the overall feel of the image. When I am dealing with natural, neutral tones, colour works best. 6) Will my photograph look good enlarged? Before getting your photograph printed, check the resolution. You can ask the lab to display your picture in the size you are wanting it to be printed and to zoom in 100% to determine whether or not there is any pixilation issues. In order to enlarge prints to a reasonable size you will be required to have a relatively decent camera. You may take a great photo with your phone camera, only to realise later that it is blurry when enlarged. 7) What to wear when being photographed? The main thing to remember when choosing what to wear for a photograph is to avoid any large/distracting patterns or logos. Primary colours, complimented with beige, white and neutral tones work great together. Make sure that when you are all standing next to each other, none of you 'clash.' Thanks for reading.....until next time Alison

Taking Great Family Portraits

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 22:05 Comments comments (0)
Hi everybody! As a Family Portrait Photographer, I'm often asked 'how to take a great family portrait'. Try these tips to help improve your Portraits. 1) What is the best time of day to take pictures? The best time to take outdoor pictures is either early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is quite low and soft. Midday light is too harsh and can result with many harsh shadows. The warm light, either early morning or late afternoon, is ideal for achieving optimum skin tones. 2) Gaining Peoples' Attention at the Right Moment Interacting with people always results in the best expressions in photography. It is important to make everyone feel at ease and comfortable and to bring a sense of fun to the sessions. Encourage children to play with and/or interact with each other and their parents. Photographing people in a natural environment, such as a park/beach/garden helps create more natural, candid photographs. 3) Indoor or Outdoor Photos? I prefer photographing people outdoors. The environment is natural and you are able to make the most of beautiful, outdoor light. 4) Photographing Children and/or Pets Photographing young children and/or pets can be quite challenging, as you need to work quickly, to keep their attention. I prefer to photograph babies/pets whilst they are playing and interacting with each other, as it provides for more natural results. If I do wish to have them looking at the camera, I will make different noises to capture their attention, such as that of a dog barking! Patience is key when photographing children and/or animals! 5) Black and White or Colour? I prefer to alter pictures with a 'moody' feel to black and white to enhance the overall feel of the image. When I am dealing with natural, neutral tones, colour works best. 6) Will my photograph look good enlarged? Before getting your photograph printed, check the resolution. You can ask the lab to display your picture in the size you are wanting it to be printed and to zoom in 100% to determine whether or not there is any pixilation issues. In order to enlarge prints to a reasonable size you will be required to have a relatively decent camera. You may take a great photo with your phone camera, only to realise later that it is blurry when enlarged. 7) What to wear when being photographed? The main thing to remember when choosing what to wear for a photograph is to avoid any large/distracting patterns or logos. Primary colours, complimented with beige, white and neutral tones work great together. Make sure that when you are all standing next to each other, none of you 'clash.' Thanks for reading.....until next time Alison

AS COLD AS ICE!

Posted on 19 July, 2017 at 3:45 Comments comments (0)

Welcome back readers! I hope you are all keeping warm in this extra cold Winter we are having! It sure doesn't make getting out of bed any easier!


I have had a very busy but productive past week. I've been working on the website as well as attending a Small Business Course and implementing some great ideas I've learnt to my business. I have been fortunate enough to have an excellent Mentor/Presenter in Bruce Hall. As well as offering us all an 'additional' session at no extra charge, Bruce has kindly made himself available outside working hours, should we need any assistance with anything we have learnt within the course. Such exceptional service which doesn't go unrecognised! It is great to know that there are such generous people out there, offering their time and knowledge to assist you, despite them being exceptionally busy people themselves. Bruce has helped me so much throughout the Course and with my Website as well. I cannot thank him enough!


Tips for budding photographers


For all you budding photographers out there, or anyone who has an interest in Photography, I would like to share some tips with you! HANDY HINTS:


  • Know your resolution setting - a minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended
  • Fill the frame with your subject 
  • Always carry a spare memory card and batteries
  • The flash can be used outside as well as inside
  • Avoid using the digital zoom on the camera. Walk towards the subject instead
  • Use your red-eye reduction setting - Take a lot of photos! 


 How awesome was it to see Roger Federer win yet another Wimbledon! Such a humble sportsman and a real gentleman, Federer has made history! I sure hope he's got some more tennis left in him! He is so classy to watch, with his style of play seeming so elegant and effortless. I'm a huge fan of Roger!


I hope your Footy Team is contention for the finals which are approaching so quickly! It was great to see Collingwood have a win against Gold Coast last weekend, however it is a little too late for the Pies to be in the final series this season. Next Season, Pies!


Be sure to contact me should you wish to confirm a booking for a Photographic Session. You can phone me on: 0428 442951 or email me at: [email protected] Stay tuned and bye for now! Alison

Winter is Here!

Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 1:05 Comments comments (0)
Hi all. I hope this finds you fit and well. I cannot believe how cold it has been! Despite it being Winter, I cannot recall it ever having been this cold! I hope your Football Team is doing better than mine. Poor Pies; they're not playing too badly, they just cannot seem to get over the line! For those of you wanting to learn more about Photography, from beginners to advanced level, I've included a helpful and informative link: These are free Photography Tutorials: (http://www.geofflawrence.com/) I am often asked about ways to better photograph pets! For they are now super important and also a part of the family! A lot of patience is required when photographing our furry friends as their attention span isn't the greatest! And it is super important to be on their level when taking their picture; so get down low and go, go go! Here is a link for you to help inspire you to take better photographs of your pets: (https://digital-photography-school.com/9-pet-photography-tips/) For those of you wanting to have a Family Portrait taken with myself at Shutter Release Photography, please don't let Winter hold you back. This is a time that makes for great images; with everyone all rugged up in their winter warmers! My style is natural, fun and candid which helps me achieve the best possible results and helps capture the very essence of you! Each Photographic Session is held outdoors, in a location, predetermined by the client and/or photographer. Please navigate through the pages of my site including: 'Frequently Asked Questions' 'Client Testimonials' 'Photo Gallery' 'Webstore'. This will provide you with a detailed description of the Business as well as list all available products and/or services offered through Shutter Release Photography. Contact me now to confirm your booking on: 0428 442951 or email me at: [email protected] Thanks for Reading! Look forward to hearing from you! Regards Alison Barrett Family Portrait Photographer Shutter Release Photography

How Time Flies!

Posted on 17 June, 2017 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)
Wow! Can you believe we are already in June! How quick time goes by! I say this every winter but I think it's time to live in Queensland for the next few months and escape the freezing cold! Maybe next year! It has been a while since my previous post and I apologise; slack on my behalf. I have been spending a lot of time promoting the business, mainly through the Traralgon and Morwell Markets. I have also been having fun compiling new advertisements and have completed my Client Welcome Pack. I am very pleased with the results. For those of you who don't know me, I am a one-eyed Collingwood supporter and am quietly confident they'll continue to do well this year. And how awesome is Jeremy Howe; definitely has mark of the year under wraps! He is amazing and gets so much 'hang time!' during each mark. I love the footy! Carn the Mighty Pies! I'm also crazy about my furry friend, Ruben! He is just adorable and such a smart dog! Not to mention spoilt rotten! Please be sure to contact me to confirm your Portrait Booking by phoning: 0428 442951 or emailing: [email protected] May you all be safe and well! Thanks for reading Bye for now - Alison

Approaching Mother's Day!

Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 19:45 Comments comments (0)
Hi all ! Well here we are already in April! How time flies! With Mother's Day fast approaching, great specials are on offer! Any bookings made through Shutter Release Photography during April will include a $20 Session Fee (as opposed to the normal $100 Fee) and a FREE 8x10' Photo Block (valued at $20). So be sure to take advantage of these great specials. Contact me now to confirm your booking either by phoning: 0428 442951 or email: [email protected] Thanks for reading! Alison Barrett Family Portrait Photographer Shutter Release Photography

April Sales!

Posted on 29 March, 2017 at 2:10 Comments comments (0)
Hi and welcome! As April is fast approaching and to help celebrate the opening of 'Shutter Release Photography' I have decided to make this a great month for savings! All bookings made during April will receive a FREE 8x10" Photo Block as well as a 25% discount on the Session Fee! That is a total value of $99.99 for a low $39.99. With Mother's Day fast approaching, what better way to tell mum 'I love you' than with a Quality Family Portrait from 'Shutter Release Photography!' Be sure to contact me now to confirm your booking on: Ph - 0428 442951 Email - [email protected] Fbook - Shutter Release Photography Website - www.shutterreleasephotography.com.au Be sure to navigate through my site, in particular the: Frequently Asked Questions / Testimonials / Products and Services / Online Galleries Sections. Many thanks for reading and until next time! Alison Barrett Family Portrait Photographer Shutter Release Photographyt

Gorgeous Sisters!

Posted on 25 March, 2017 at 3:55 Comments comments (0)

I had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous sisters, Kym Sherriff and Vanessa Sherlock today.

It was a very enjoyable session and I was very happy with the results.

If you're interested in viewing the images from this session select the 'Kym and Vanessa' Album from the 'Photo Gallery' Link below the 'Pages' Tab.

Thanks for Reading!

Alison



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