MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHY TRICKS

Here's a little something I betcha' didn't know. Most photographers, even the best of the best, don't have it all quite figured out. While their photos may seem impeccably perfect, did you know there's a lot more going on—behind the scenes—than in front of the lens? That's right?

Seventh and Cherry™

Let's talk backdrops! A lot of what I personally use as background images are actually things you least expected. While it "may appear" to you as if though I have beautiful back walls or furniture props in my home, don't believe everything you see.

Here is the perfect example, also known as my all-time favorite photo backdrop.

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT IT IS?

IF YOU GUESSED AN OLD, BEAT DOWN COOKIE SHEET... GOOD JOB!

A FEW OTHER TRICKS I USE

WHITE POSTER BOARD or FOAM BOARD—when placed by a window—are truly the best at giving photography the most beautiful white backdrops. You will never need filters when you use white and natural light!

Let's talk WOOD; buy cheap scrap and here's why. I love photos either bright white or super dark. So when I use a dark wooden background, I stain my wood. I use a deep brown, or even black, varnish then I take a hammer and a screwdriver—didn't I tell you to go cheap—and gently beat the wood. You will get the perfect old-vintage texture—the kind you find on an old farm house table—in your backdrop. 

Am I boring you? Well ok, I'll end it with this.

If you want to remove that pesky shadow from your images, don't go out and spend lots of money on reflectors. Instead bounce off your shadow with aluminum foil. Yes that's right, foil! And here you thought cookie sheets and foil paper were for baking cookies. 

I have a love for photography, like no other. I've learned so much in the last five years, that purchasing my camera was one of the best investments I ever made. My very first grown up camera purchase was the Canon EOS T3i (photo above). She's my firstborn and to this day I use her for certain shots. In my opinion. it's also a great camera-starter for anyone interested in photography. However, I've since moved up to the Sony Alpha a7S II because photography is no longer just a hobby for me, it's now my passion. 

What's your passion? What do you do that makes you happy? Whatever that is, I hope you are doing it.