Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

Holiday Pet Portraits In December

Come see us at Mann's Best Friend on December 3rd and December 17th. Bring those furry friends and we'll take their portrait and print a 5x7 for you to take home with you. Give us your name and email and we will send you a link to the photos after the event.

We have a blast getting to meet all the different breeds of dogs and whatever else shows up.



Video of me setting up my New SpeedBox A-100 in my Home Studio

I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving day and I should be getting ready to go to my mom’s house for the family gathering. But I’m waiting for clothes to dry in the dryer.

I wanted a larger softbox. Since I love the XPPhotoGear Speedbox Diffusers, I went with the SpeedBox Diffuser A-100. It’s just like the smaller versions of the SpeedBox. I have a SpeedBox Diffuser 70 and the SpeedBox Diffuser 47

I purchased the A-100 from Bedford Camera & Video in Oklahoma City. Thank you Jeff Moore! 

In this video I open the box and start setting up the Diffuser. I used my iPhone 6s and a light stand. I mounted the iPhone to a Articulating Magic Arm+Large Super Clamp that was mounted to the light stand. I was using a selfie stick clamp for the iPhone. I also used an app called AirBeam both on iPhone and on the iPad. I was using the app on the iPad to monitor the video on the iPhone. I wanted to make sure everything was in the frame. The last video I created, I used the self facing camera which is a lower resolution result. So I used the front camera to get the higher resolution.

Why did I feel the need to tell you how I created this video? Heck I don’t know. Maybe so I could have more copy in the blog post? Sure. 

So let me know in the comments of this blog post or on the social media site this shows up on. Let me know first what you think about the video…be nice. Also if you have any questions.

Don’t forget ot follow me and my good friend Robert Trawick on our Photography Podcast, “FotoFacts Podcast”. We have fun talking to each other as well as when we have a guest on the show.