Friday, February 5, 2010

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Silverstrand Photography - Valentine's Day Special

Hey everyone, don't miss our:
Valentine's Day Photography Special

Silverstrand Photography - Valentine's Day Special

Valentine's Day Mini-Session Specials

Special Ends February 13th 2010

Tired of the traditional box of chocolates and roses? Show them how much you love them with a fun Valentine's Day photo shoot.

Kiss Package – $50
30 minute photo shoot

digital images Private Photo Gallery of all images taken
20 4x8 Cards w/ Env.

1 5X7 print

Love Package – $70
30 minute photo shoot

30 digital images Private Photo Gallery of all images taken

20 4x8 Cards w/ Env.

1 8x10 print

2 5X7 prints

2 4X6 prints

- Arrive on the hour of your designated session

- 5 minute meet and greet (so I can get a feel for you as a couple or family)

- 30 minute photo shoot

- Must pay remaining balance in cash upon arrival at the photo shoot

- Rain, snow or shine…unless we are under a
winter weather advisory we will have our photo shoot

Want to bring props?
Suggested Props - Red Roses

Certificates are available if you are not available for the mini-sessions in February

Love is in the air…

Silverstrand Photography

Orem, Utah

Contact us today to book your session!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Work Flow Checklist for Digital Photographers

Below is a checklist for all of you digital photographers who want to be efficient and save time all in one.

Let us know what you think about the list or if you would add anything to the list in our comments below.

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Work Flow Checklist for Digital Photographers

Paste this checklist next to your computer. Refer to it until these steps become automatic. If you do, you’ll save yourself extra effort and dodge the occasional disaster.

1. Capture images.

2. Transfer and save images. Save them as soon as possible to a computer, external hard drive, or CD. Always back up all your photos in their original format.

3. Edit your images. Rank them and toss out the losers. Editing frees the computer’s memory—and your time, ultimately. Image management programs create thumbnails of images and permit scrolling through them for rapid review (You can zoom in when you want to check for clarity.). Map out your naming and filing system first, then create appropriate folders in the image management software before naming and sorting your files.

4. Convert from RAW. If you shoot RAW files, perform as much color and contrast control as possible in the RAW editor.

5. Rotate and crop. Doing this now makes for easier manipulation later. Use the crop tool in Photoshop to remove any distracting elements that intrude along the edges of the image. Cropping is also useful if you find a vertical composition hiding in your horizontal image. Cropping can also extend the range of your telephoto lens—you can reduce the size of the frame in the computer to get a tighter telephoto. If the horizon looks tilted in a photo, you can straighten it in Photoshop by selecting Rotate Canvas from the Image menu.

6. Resize up. When the original file is not large enough for a given end use, increase the size of the file now. You can inflate the image to the desired size either with tools in Photoshop or with plug-ins. To make the image smaller (for example, for the Web), wait until you’ve completed the other corrections so you can keep a larger corrected file as an archival copy.

7. Correct color and contrast. Photoshop and most other editing programs provide for automated color and contrast correction. If you’d like to do your own custom correction, Photoshop bristles with options and parallel ways to achieve similar results. Wander through the menu as an experiment; as long as you have an archived copy of the image, you have nothing to fear. The Undo command is the most powerful tool in Photoshop.

8. Repair. Photoshop and other programs offer multiple ways to remove flaws—such as signs of dust, glare, moire patterns and other artifacts—from an image. Sensor dust and glare on the subject as common problems with easy fixes. For small flaws, try the Clone tool or the Healing Brush, both found in the Tool menu.

9. Enhance. If you wish to improve on reality, do it now. You can change the color of a tent. Remove a distracting log. Turn color images into warm sepia duotones or dramatic infrareds. Paste in a new sky. Add motion streaks to a running animal.

10. Save working file. Save the results now—in 16-bit, if possible—before you sharpen. Sharpening cannot be undone after the file is saved. Retaining an archival copy may prove vital.

11. Sharpen. The more you work on an image, the softer it becomes, so sharpening should be the last thing you do. Additionally, you never want to sharpen more than once because artifacts will multiply. Too much sharpening, and your photo will look harsh and grainy; contrast and noise will seem to increase. Don’t bother trying to sharpen low-resolution images. They are inherently highly pixelated, and even modest sharpening will highlight the individual pixels.

12. Save Archival File. Copy the file to a folder in your image-management system. This is your archival copy. Toss the working copy if you wish.

13. File Output. For putting images on the Web or sending via email, convert your images of 72 dots-per-inch (dpi) JPEGs set at low or medium quality. This way your images will be quick to load. To print photos, feed your printer 300 dpi files for best results. This keeps the file size down without loss of apparent quality.

Adapted from Digital Photography Outdoors by James Martin (The Mountaineers Books, $16.95 paperback)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Salt Lake Photography - Newborn Sneak Peak of Payton

We went to Salt Lake this last weekend, and had the amazing opportunity to photograph a little man named Payton. He is only a little over a month old! Oh it was so much fun and such an adventure! He was the most precious thing and his parents, well, they were so awesome! How handsome is this little guy?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Provo Family Photography - Snyder Sneak Peak #2

Due to really, really cold temperatures... we took this cute family out for a second time to capture some more pictures. Luckily we got their second session in before they moved! It was still cold... but not nearly as cold as our first session with them! Thanks Snyder Family! You guys are awesome!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Provo Family Photography - Buhler Sneak Peak

What great pictures for such a freezing day! We had a lot of fun here by the Provo River. They did a great job warming up the camera with their smiles and making this mini-session lots of fun! Good luck on finals and Happy Holidays!

Provo Family Photography - Snyder Sneak Peak

Last week, we had the wonderful opportunity of taking pictures of this cute family at Utah Lake. It was sooo cold! I had a hard time taking the pictures because my fingers hurt so bad. What a fun photography shoot! Look at their smiles... you would never know that their teeth were chattering. :) Thank you again Snyder family! Enjoy your Sneak Peak!