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Hi, and welcome back to Photography By K’s blog. As you can tell, it’s been fairly deserted yesterday. Lots of changes have been happening around the studio, or should I say not at the studio, since it’s only been Roxanne there on her own!  While I’m sure most people check Facebook for all Photography By K news, I wanted to write a short recap of everything that’s been going on at the studio before I continue with normal blogs.

Let’s start with the boss, Kathy. She’s moved to Jacksonville, Florida! Jason accepted a new position with Southeastern Grocers, and the rest is history! Kathy hired Roxanne as our real estate photographer. We aren’t doing portrait photography anymore. However, Roxanne is doing a great job at all the houses she’s been photographing!

Now, I’ve also moved. While I wish I could have moved to Florida with Kathy, I’ve started college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I can’t help Roxanne with taking the photographs anymore, I’m still working with Kathy, especially as she’s getting settled in at her new home. I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, as I’ve been getting settled in my new home and adjusted to college life.

So, now you’re all caught up! I hope your excited as I am as more posts start coming from the Photography By K blog!

 

Krakow was probably the most powerful city we went to. We visited Auschwitz while there and it was a deeply emotional experience. As you could read in my blog about Warsaw (remember I’m doing a short blog about each city), we went to a Jewish cemetery. It was strange to think that more than five times more people died at Auschwitz than there were graves at the cemetery, but there were no headstones for those killed at Auschwitz. I thought the camp looked so beautiful from a distance and with the architecture that it seemed crazy that so many horrible things happened there. Judge for yourself. Here are some photos from the camp:

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Well, once again, on a brighter note, there were so many fun things to do in Krakow! It was a beautiful city, definite the most welcoming. There were amazing castles and scenery. One of my favorite photos is the first one on the top right. The city was very stormy and rainy while we were there and I loved how the cloud looks above the castle. One of my classmates also bought a skateboard and let me try it out, so I skateboarded through Krakow a few times! Plus, since there was an old castle, much of the city was made to look old. In fact, they had a specific place in the city called old town, where there were horse drawn carriages. I got to pet one. Doesn’t he look so cute in his little viking helmet?!

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Stay tuned for my blog about Budapest!!

Well, I’m back! I had an amazing experience of a lifetime in Poland that I can’t wait to share with all of you! I went to three main cities, Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest. I figured the best way to break this down was to describe each city and my experiences there. So, let’s get started!

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In Warsaw, we went to three main places: a holocaust museum, a Jewish cemetery, and the biggest public park (it actually used to be the king’s hunting grounds!). The Holocaust museum we went to was somewhat of a blur: we went to it the same day we got in and all of us were incredibly tired from the plane ride. However, I did take a few photos of the museum. My favorite was the one I took of the Star of David. Next, we went walked through the park on our way to the cemetery. It was really interesting to me that it’s so common in Europe for parks to have been the king’s hunting grounds in the past! Finally, at the Jewish cemetery, I felt very disappointed. Walking around the massive cemetery, I saw overgrowth and cracked tombstones as far as I could see. With the rest of my class, we discussed how it could be this way. Our teacher explained that there are many families that were entirely wiped out, so no one could come to take care of their ancestors that died before the Holocaust. Going to the cemetery felt very real and left me with many emotions about the Holocaust.

On a brighter note, in the top center photo, I am posting with the largest building in Warsaw! It was built by a Soviet architect in 1955 and dedicated to Stalin. However, after the Soviet Union fell, the dedication to him was revoked. The palace is controversial to Poles; some see it as an inevitable part of their history, while others see it as a remembrance of their time in the Soviet Union, and therefore do not like it. This controversy and its history are what intrigued me, along with the fact that it is the tallest building in Poland, seventh tallest in the European Union, and in the top twenty for tallest buildings in all of Europe.

Well, this blog was a bit longer than I intended. I will write a little about Krakow and Budapest in separate blogs that will come out in the next day or two!

Last Saturday was my senior prom. It was so exciting to spend a night with my friends dancing to music! Kathy agreed to take some photos of my friends at the park, but the weather wasn’t great, so we instead went to the studio. Here are some of the photos that Kathy took of my friends!

Here’s a photo of all the couples and our eleventh wheel, Thomas. The one that isn’t wearing a tuxedo is Sam. He wanted all of us to dress up as different superheroes, but everyone backed out, except him. Oh well, Sam.

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Oh, and speaking of Sam, Kathy and I thought it would be funny to give him a superpower in Photoshop since he was Batman. What do you think?

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Here’s a photo of Jacob and Thomas. They didn’t go as a date, but we joke that they’re a couple.

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Here are photos of all the girls and guys (silly and smiling). Chris wore crazy striped socks, so the guys were making fun of him for that:

 

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And finally, here’s the whole gang, including our bachelor, Thomas, as the star of the photo.

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Prom was amazing and so much fun. I’m really glad Kathy could get these cool shots of us for our final prom altogether as friends! I hope you enjoyed my atypical blog post today. I promise I will get back on track soon with a new segment, but I have a surprise for you all next week. Come check it out next Friday! 😉

I hope you’ve had fun these last two weeks playing with VSCO! It’s one of my favorite apps for editing photos on my iPhone. This week, we are switching gears a little bit. Instead of showing you how I generally edit my photo’s exposure, contrast, etc., like I do on VSCO, this week I’ll show you the “micro-editing” I do on Snapseed.

Snapseed has many of the same features that VSCO does, but I prefer to use VSCO for main editing and Snapseed for the “micro edits”, like small touch ups, getting rid of distracting parts of the photo, or to change a specific part of the photo. Let me show you.

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So here is a photo of me with my friend’s horse, Orion. Now, prior to importing the photo into Snapseed, I edited it in VSCO. The photo on the left is post-VSCO processing, but pre-Snapseed processing. See any differences? First, I used Snapseed’s “healing” feature that removes impurities. If you can’t tell, I used this feature to get rid of the white on my sweatshirt and the lead and stains on the floor. This feature took me awhile to get used to, but now that I have it down, it’s great! My advice when you try the healing tool: use small strokes. If you circle a large area, the photo doesn’t get edited well, it just gets messed up. Instead, I repeatedly tap the imperfection that I want to go away.

Next, do you notice any other differences? No, you’re not imagining that my face is brighter and the barn rafters are less yellow in the second photo, I edited it that way. Snapseed also has a cool feature where I can change one aspect of the photo. In this case, I wanted my face to be more exposed, but I didn’t like how yellow the rafters were, so I placed two dots: one near my face and the other near the rafters. In Snapseed, you can only edit one dot at a time though.

Now, let me tell you how these magical dots work. After opening your photo, press “selective”. Then tap where you want the dot to go. In my case, I placed the dot on my face. Once you place it, a white “B” will appear, which is outlined in blue. This means you are adjusting the brightness. You can also edit the contrast and saturation of a certain area as well. In order to change between these three, slide you thumb vertically. The third photo below shows what it should look like when you move your thumbs vertically. Now, once you are on the setting you wish to be on, slide your thumb horizontally. Sliding it to the left will take out whatever the setting you are in. Sliding left will make it darker, have less contrast, or desaturated. Sliding to the right will do the opposite; it will make your photo brighter, more contrasted, or more saturated.

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So, there’s how I use Snapseed! There are other features on Snapseed as well, such as different filters and settings you can play around with, but I prefer to do most of my editing on VSCO. These are the only two photo editing applications I use to edit my photos. However, there is one more app that I use that relates to iPhone photography that I’ll introduce next week! See you then!

These past few weeks have really gone by quickly for me! It’s hard to believe that I’ve shown you all the versatility that the iPhone camera has. Now that you have this newfound knowledge under your belt, it’s time to show you the next step to iPhone photography: editing.

Many photographers would tell you today that upwards of half of being a photographer is editing. I can say with confidence that it takes me much longer to edit and prepare photos for a house or a portrait session than it does to take the photos! While the photo editing software available on iPhone can not rival the workload Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom take, these applications are fairly impressive. Let me tell you about one of my favorites: VSCO.

When you open VSCO, the first thing you notice are the symbols at the top and bottom of the screen. There are no words to tell you what these mean, but after a little exploring, I’ve found that I don’t even need them. So first thing’s first, the top left has two sliders. This is how you can change the kinds of photos you can view that you’ve imported to the app. The middle is a “+” which is pretty self-explanatory. This is how you add photos to VSCO. Finally, the third on the top is a way to view a “feed”. VSCO is also a social networking website. It’s kind of like Instagram, but it’s more about photos and editing. I don’t really use VSCO as a social media application, but if you’d like to, feel free to explore on your own!

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Let’s move on the the lower two buttons. The one on the left is for the menu. When you press this, you get your profile, explore, library, shop, and two other smaller icons. Your profile is how you view the photos you’ve published on VSCO. Like I said, I don’t really use this feature, so you’re on your own for that. Then there is explore. This shows you some photos that have been published that you may like on VSCO. Sometimes I like looking at other photos; they give me inspiration for my own! Then there’s library. This is another way to view the photos you’ve imported to VSCO. Next, there’s shop. This is how you can buy more filters. Some of them are pretty fun, so I recommend checking them out! Finally, there are two buttons at the bottom of this screen. The circle on the left is how you can take photos that automatically import into the app. There’s another way to do this too: you press the button on the lower right when on the page where you are looking at your library. The other on the right is how you look at settings within the app.

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Now I’ve shown you around the app. Next week, I’ll actually get into the thick of the app and editing on your iPhone. I don’t want to overload you in one day. See you next week with your unedited photo!

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to take a photo of say, a beautiful sunset, only for the landscape to be too big to fit into one photo? Maybe you get frustrated, wondering how you could fully reveal the magic of a bright, colorful sunset. Well, stress no more! There’s a camera mode on your iPhone that can do that!

I found this camera mode through my thorough exploration of the iPhone’s camera and I’m hoping that you have enjoyed this little journey I have taken you on. However, today is a bittersweet day, as we are on the last camera mode on the iPhone. Don’t fear though because I plan on writing a few more blogs about the post-processing that you can do on your photos using apps found on the App Store. Anyway, that’s my plan for the next few weeks. In the meantime, let’s figure out how to use the final mode on your iPhone!

Now, let me first explain how panoramas work. Really all the camera is doing when you take a panorama is stitching the photos together. This means it is important to keep a steady hand and follow the cameras directions when taking the photo. I’ll explain more later.

In order to take a panorama, we need to open the camera on your iPhone.  After opening the camera, swipe to the left twice. This will put the camera into ‘pano’ mode, which should be in yellow at the bottom of the screen. In the middle of the screen there should be a yellow horizontal line with an arrow pointing to the right, like I show below. While right is the default, if you tap on the arrow with your finger you can take the photos from right to left, where the arrow is pointing left. This is another way to know you’re in ‘pano’ mode as well.

 

Now, press the shutter button. After this, you will need to slowly  move the camera across the landscape you wish to photograph. While taking the photo, you will have to follow the instructions on the screen. It will most likely tell you to slow down, move the camera up, or move the camera down. It is important to follow these directions. If you don’t, your photo will look wonky, like I show below.  Try to keep the arrow on the line when taking the photo. This way it won’t look as strange and having black boxes in the photo where the image was not taken. Also, if you go too fast, sometimes you will get what jagged lines. Look at the photo I have below. Look at the computer. See how it’s not a smooth edge? I either went too fast or moved the camera a way I wasn’t supposed to.

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And that’s it! Panoramas can be difficult to get down, but they are amazing once you’ve figured them out. Now go share your beautiful sunset photos with your friends and family! Here is my completed panorama of the studio from my desk.

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Nearly 100 million people in the United States today have iPhones, yet many people don’t know how to use them. Later generation iPhones have greatly improved their camera. With the iPhone 6 having an eight megapixel camera, it competes with many point and shoot cameras on the market today. So, in order to help people use these cameras, I’m going to spend a few weeks demonstrating each camera function. For starters, let’s begin with the left-most setting: the time-lapse.

Okay, first thing is first: what is a time-lapse? A time-lapse is a form of video where a series of photos are taken at timed intervals. When played all at once, it gives the illusion of a sped-up video. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Let me show you how it’s done. First, open the camera on your phone. You can do this several ways. From the lock screen, you can swipe up on the camera to take photos without unlocking your phone. You can also open the phone’s camera by touching the camera app or swiping up after unlocking the phone.

From here, it’s important to keep the phone in the same place while it takes the video. If not, your time-lapse will look wonky. Kathy recently bought an inexpensive iPhone tripod that I can use. While it’s not as advanced as the ones we use with our cameras, it gets the job done. So here’s what Kathy and I did to experiment with our iPhones. We went out to the studio and set up our camera/tripod duo and went to town. Kathy watched from behind the camera and took a time-lapse as I tied my boots. In total, this took a minute or so, but as you can see below, the video is only five seconds long. This is because it only takes photos in intervals, in order to speed up the process. Check it out!

Secondly, videos are fairly understandable. When taking a video, I highly recommend taking it horizontally, rather than vertically. Actually, this should go for all photography and videos. If you can, take it with the phone sideways. There’s actually a good reason for this. Besides it being irritated to watch a video on the internet with a black curtain on either side, our eyes are next to one another, not on top of each other! Taking a video this way fills the entire screen as well. 

Those are my tips this week. Next week, I’ll be tackling slow-motion video. Hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two! Additionally, if you’ve tried out your new skills with a time-lapse, send it to us! We would love to look at it!

 

 

 

Getting your senior photos taken is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we want to make the best of it! We want you to look the best that you can and have the session be as free of stress as possible. We can do our best to make sure everything is prepared and working on our end, but here are some tips of what YOU can do to make your senior photos go as smoothly as possible guys!

 

First of all, we know you’re nervous. We know that a lot of guys don’t like posing for photos as much as girls, so we will try to hurry and make it painless for you. One of the main differences between photographing senior girls and senior guys is posing, and we understand this. We won’t make you uncomfortable and put you in any awkward, feminine positions, relax!

In the days prior to your photo session, here’s what you can to in order to make photo day go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Find a style
    1. Typically when we photograph guys, they care far less than girls about how they look. We know that some of you are only getting your photos taken for the sake of your mother, but please still come prepared. In order to make mom happy, we want you to look comfortable, and your best. Dress in a style that is comfortable and normal for you, but dress nicely. If your style is sloppy or you have no idea, ask your mom, a female friend, or a girlfriend to help you prepare.
  2. Clean your clothes
    1. Make sure the clothes you want to wear are clean and hung on a hanger, or folded. Please don’t quickly stuff all of your clothes into a gym bag, it will make your clothes wrinkled, and it won’t look good on camera. If you’re feeling especially prepared for your photo session, hang outfits together on a hook. This way, you won’t have to dig through clothes to find your matching shirt.
    2. Additionally, prepare any props you want to bring. Some good ideas for props are sports uniforms, equipment, musical instruments, and items that relate to any activities you do. For example, bring your dancing shoes if you love tap dancing!
  3. Shave
    1. Coming to your session cleanly shaven will make your photos look better. Sure, we can retouch your photos, but it won’t quite look the same. Do both of us a favor, if you have facial hair that mom hates, just do us a favor and shave it. It will grow back, don’t worry.
  4. Hair
    1. Don’t make any crazy hair changes in the coming days before a photo session. Shaving your head or dyeing your hair before a photo shoot doesn’t look good, we promise. If you do, you’ll look back at your photos and ask yourself “What was I thinking?”
    2. Also, guys with long hair, keep your hair out of your eyes! If necessary, get a trim a few days before a session.

Now that you are prepared in the days coming up to your photo session, here’s what you can do on the day of your photo session!

  1. Be well rested
    1. The night before you have your photos taken, we want you to look well rested. There is only so much photo shop can do, and we don’t want you to look half-asleep in all your photos. We also don’t want to deal with a grump either, which leads us to our next point…
  2. Have a positive attitude!
    1. On the day of your photos, we don’t want to feel awkward while you and mom are irritated with each other, giving the death eye to each other.
  3. Be Punctual!
    1. Being on time to your appointment is crucial! Prepare your clothes the day before, this way, you don’t have to rush to find your favorite shirt the moments before it’s time to leave, and you don’t have the disappoint of finding that it’s dirty. Plus, arriving early gives us time to plan the session a little better. We can decide what to where with which backdrops and so on.
  4. Be Yourself!
      1. These senior photos are meant to capture who you are in your final year of high school. Bring props that show what you’re into, like instruments, sports gear, and whatever else you want. One of my favorite examples of this is Milo. Milo got his typical senior photos done in a suit and tie here in the studio. While these two photos are nice, I like the photos where he’s doing what he loves. A few months ago, I took pictures of Milo and my friends while they played air soft. Kathy didn’t come along, as this wasn’t an official photo session, but I think the real reason is that she is a bit of a chicken! Anyway, these bottom two photos show much more of who he is than the top two. So don’t be afraid to show us what you enjoy. Kathy and I love trying new things and I promise that we will work with you in order to photograph what you want!

     

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Hi! My name is Gabi, short for Gabrielle. I began working for Kathy a few weeks ago, and we decided that it’s time the world knew! How does this pertain to you? Well, you’ll probably come in contact with me in a few situations.  You may see me at photo sessions as well. Really, I am Kathy’s left-hand (wo)man, and I do lots of behind-the-scenes work, that you may not even take into account.

Your invoice you receive? That’s me.

Question about scheduling? Me again.

Updating this blog? Hi, that’s me.

Taking care of the office? Yup. I’m also a maid.

 

That said, it all began a few months ago. A friend of mine came in for portraits, on a particularly bad day. The printers weren’t working, everything was going wrong for Kathy. So, my friend told me that Kathy had been looking for an assistant. I emailed Kathy right away, explaining who I was, who I knew, and that I had heard she was looking for someone. We had an interview, and suddenly I had a job!

So, here are a few things about me:

I go to Maumee Valley. Between working and schoolwork, I play the French horn for Toledo Youth Symphony Orchestra. I also play piano, and guitar for fun, at least when I have time. I enjoy speaking English, Spanish, and a little bit of Russian, and Swedish when I can. I crochet little stuffed animals, along with things like scarves, hats, etc. In all of this mess, I have a pitbull who will kill you with kindness, Joker. One last thing about me, I love sweaters.

Congratulations, you’ve gotten this far without losing interest. Good for you. Lastly, this January, you will probably see me attached to Kathy’s hip. Why? My school has a program called Winterim. You can do a million different things for it, but Kathy and I have chosen that I will learn how to be a photographer and businesswoman, through Kathy’s mentoring.

 

I guess that’s all. I hope you’re excited to meet me, because I am excited to meet you!

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