Nadia Ramahi: Blog http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Nadia Ramahi nadia@nadiasportfolio (Nadia Ramahi) Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:03:00 GMT Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:03:00 GMT http://nadiasportfolio.com/img/s9/v90/u634130420-o786228184-50.jpg Nadia Ramahi: Blog http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog 80 120 Family Shoot: Kortney, Lloyd, & Lliam http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2016/10/family-shoot-kortney-lloyd-lliam This photo shoot was taken just a few days before the husband and new father deployed! I'm so honored I got to photograph this sweet family!

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 100mm lens, 35mm lens  Edited using: Lightroom CC2015 & Photoshop CC2015.
Location: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark






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Family Shoot: Chelsea & Fam http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2016/7/family-shoot-chelsea-fam I have gotten a bit behind on my blog posts. Time to catch up! :)
I had two shoots with Chelsea and her family in the past year (and two more before that)! Let's show you the photos from the last 2 shoots...

Gear from both shoots: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens, 100mm lens. Edited using: Lightroom CC2015 & Photoshop CC2015.

Fall 2015 - Maternity Shoot

Location: Carriage Hill



Summer 2016 - Family Shoot with New Baby!

This shoot was on Father's Day! 
Location: Cox Arboretum



Congratulations to this beautiful family!
It is always such a pleasure to see you all for each photo shoot and watching your family grow! <3

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Behind the Scenes: Before and After Photo Editing http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2015/12/b-and-a-photo-edits Every photographer has their own style of editing. Some don't even believe in editing and try to get their photos perfect as possible in camera (that's the dream!) and I don't think there is necessarily a right or wrong way to edit. But here are a few before and afters of mine.

The before shots are straight out of the camera and shot in RAW.
The after images were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. 

A few notes on how I shoot images:
‚ÄčI tend to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode, usually with a wide aperture, letting the camera set the shutter speed itself. This usually lets me shoot pretty fast. But sometimes requires more editing. Some of my photos are so dark to begin with, and would not have been if I had shot in Manual mode. Though I do prefer a photo being underexposed rather than overexposed as it is usually easier to bring back details in blacks more so than whites.

 

The above two photos were sort of combined together and then edited to create this photo: 

Happy editing!

 

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Model Shoot: Brielle http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2015/10/model-shoot-brielle This was one of the coolest shoots I have ever done! I had the idea in my head for these photos for a long time. I just needed a model to have the "look" I was interested in... and to obtain a bunch of weapons! It's not every day you ask a stranger to bring swords, nunchucks, etc to your garage studio. :)

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 24-70mm lens, 35mm lens, 580EXII, 430EXII, light modifiers, black background, fog machine 
Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.

Meet Brielle!

Badass, right?

For the shoot, I used a large black background. Two lights: 580EXII to the right of the model through a softbox and a 430EXII through an umbrella to the left and behind model, but I took the umbrella off for some shots. And a fog machine (yay! never used one before!) - which was to the right of the model and aimed between her and the background. The robe she is wearing is something I picked up at a thrift store years ago and thought it might work. And it did!

I took the following set-up photo before we got it just right so things were slightly adjusted for different shots.

 

More photos...
 





Afterwards, we took some other different-style photos for fun. 



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Tips: Smoke Trail Art http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2015/9/tutorial-smoke-trail-art


These photos look so pretty and are surprisingly easy to achieve! Follow my easy guide to get some smoke trail photos of your own. 

You will need:

  • Black Cloth or Foam Board for the background
  • Tripod for your camera
  • Off-camera flash (I used a Canon 430EX II)
  • A way to trigger your off-camera flash. The pop-up flash on my Canon 60D acts as a master flash and can trigger off-camera flashes. If your camera does not have this capability, you will need radio slaves (I recommend Pocket Wizards) or cables to make your flash go off.
  • Incense plus a holder for it
  • Lighter

Set-up:

 

  • You want a well-ventilated room that is somewhat dark and not too drafty otherwise any slight change in airflow can disrupt the smoke.
  • Put up your black background.
  • Set your incense up on the holder. At least 1 foot in front of the background.
  • Place the flash off to the side, behind the incense. Try not to let the light fall onto the background. 
  • Place your camera sturdily on your tripod, 2-4 feet away from incense depending on your focal length and how you want to compose your shot. I used a 100mm lens so my tripod is set up farther away, but ANY lens should work.
  • Set the following settings on your camera:
    • Camera Setting - Manual
    • ISO - 100 (or the lowest number your camera can go to). This reduces the graininess of the photo.
    • Shutter Speed - 1/250. You want it fast to capture the movement of the smoke.
    • Aperture - Somewhere between f/8 to f/22. I used f/22 with my 100mm lens which already has a very shallow depth of field. Keep your aperture small (meaning a larger number) to get as much as you can in the depth of field.


Taking the Shot:

  • Focus. I focused on the incense stick to start but adjusted depending on where the smoke was blowing. I suggest manual focus as needed.
  • Light the incense.
  • I like to lightly fan the incense using my hand to create some interesting shapes. You can also place an object like a spoon above the incense stick.
  • Try out some test shots! Adjust as needed. You are aiming to get the background underexposed to a pure black and the brightest part of the smoke should be white.
  • When you're happy with it, shoot away! 


 

Bonus idea: Create different color smoke by adding a gel to your flash or select "Multiply" on a colored or gradient layer in Adobe Photoshop! The examples at the top of the page where used with a rainbow gradient layer. Example of a colored layer:


 

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Anniversary Shoot: Nik & Preet http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2015/4/anniversary-shoot-nik-preet My first indoor couples shoot in Dayton! We chose to use the lovely Dayton Art Institute for the location. It was Nik & Preet's One Year Anniversary. They were such a sweet, adorable, fun couple to work with! Check out the beautiful images from the shoot... 

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens Edited using:Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.








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Family Photo Session: Chelsea, Mia, & Will http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2015/2/family-photo-session-chelsea-mia-will If these guys look familiar, it's probably because I did a shoot for them last year as well! And this year, they are looking as wonderful as ever!! 

We decided to have the session at Wegerzyn Metro Park. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.

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Maternity Session: Chelsie & Brandon http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/11/maternity-session-chelsie-brandon Chelsie & Brandon were told to dress up and that they were going out... the photo shoot was a complete surprise for them! What a great gift from the family. :)
 

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.
 



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Family Shoot: Huffman http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/11/family-shoot-huffman Had so much fun with the Huffmans at The Cox Arboretum! Such a cute little family with such a great energy. 

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens, Reflector Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.

 




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Family Photo Session: Martyn Family http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/8/family-photo-session-martyn-family The Martyn Family were the winners of my 2013 Annual Photo Shoot Giveaway! We finally got the chance to meet up when I was visiting Washington in April! The shoot was by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I had a blast photographing this beautiful family! And we even got to see a pod of Orcas during our shoot!

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.











And here's the best shot I got of the Orcas! :)

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Couples Photo Session: Danielle & Jacob http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/7/couples-photo-session-danielle-jacob Danielle and Jacob decided to do a photo session for their One-Year Anniversary! Well, Danielle decided.. and it was a surprise for Jacob. He was a great sport about it! :)

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens, large white reflector. Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.









It was a fun day!! Glad I get to see & photograph you both! Hope you guys had a great anniversary!

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Newborn Session: Laith http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/6/newborn-session-laith If you had a look at my last blog post, you will have seen mother-to-be Taleah about to pop!! Well now baby Laith is here and in wonderful health! Alhamdulillah. 

This was my first real newborn shoot. I did attempt to take "professional looking" photos of Laith a couple days before this but he was very fussy. Even on this day, he wouldn't hold still! I see so many newborn photos out there where the baby looks so peaceful. I think "Wow! That photographer must have had an easy time molding that baby into that position." But nope. Every time I went to position Laith's hands or feet, he flailed them for a sec and settled back into the position he preferred. 
But I got some cute pics anyway. =)

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens, large white reflector. Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.

 

 

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Maternity: Taleah & Michael http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/6/maternity-taleah-michael While visiting my pregnant sister in WA, I had the chance to do a maternity shoot with her and her husband! She had a fabulous dress! We chose a few different locations to get some different looks and even had the sun poke out a few times. :)

Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 85mm lens, 35mm lens, large white reflector. Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.



View my blog post from their Newborn Photo Session!


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Couples Photo Session: Joe & Anna http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/5/couple-joe-anna My first photo shoot in the snow! It was around 20 degrees out, but Joe & Anna were real troopers through out the session.
We had a fun time and got a bunch of great pics! Location: Eastwood Park in Dayton, OH.














Thanks for letting me photograph you cuties! :)

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Dayton Wedding: Candace & Zach http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/5/dayton-wedding-candace-zach I had the pleasure of getting to know Candace & Zach during their engagement photo session. Such a sweet, happy couple! Shooting their wedding was a blast! I love outdoor weddings! The location was beautiful, the fall decorations really looked great, and the ceremony was very lovely. Congratulations you two! :)

Thank you to my husband Julian for being my assistant and second shooter... we got some great images! 

















 




Gear

For this wedding, I used all Canon products.
Cameras: Mark III, 60D, Rebel xTi. Lenses: 10-22mm, 24-75mm, 35mm, 85mm. Flashes: 430EX II on camera (for only a couple of shots), 580EX II on stand, shot through umbrella (for formals after wedding).

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Business: New Flash Drives from PhotoFlashDrive.com http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2014/2/business-new-flash-drives-from-photoflashdrive-com Nadia Martinez Photography is excited to now be offering flashdrives in place of CDs for all photo sessions, weddings, and events! 

I purchased my flashdrives from photoflashdrive.com. After a lot of researching, I decided photoflashdrive.com offered the best prices for the quality, not to mention the wide variety of products and the ability to purchase as few or as many as I want at a time. I would also like to note that their customer service is quick to respond and very helpful! I absolutely love the products I received! They look fabulous and the quality is outstanding! Definitely will be ordering from them again.

Here are some pics of my fancy new drives! The vintage black box & flashdrive set is for weddings. The maple square wood drives with the blue paper box are for photo sessions or small events. 

 

Can't wait to give one of these out in my next session!

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Family: Chelsea, Mia, & Will http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2013/12/family-chelsea-mia-will It was a beautiful day at the Cox Arboretum for a shoot! This family photo session was tons of fun! Little Mia dressed herself (you may note the rain boots). Here are a few from our session...

 

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Engagement: Candace & Zach http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2013/8/engagement-candace-zach I was so excited to shoot this engagement session because #1 it was my first photo shoot since moving to Dayton! And #2 I was looking forward to meeting this awesome couple whose wedding I will be shooting in October!

We had a fun session! Despite the fact that it was a hot, humid summer day in Dayton and we had a lot of walking to do too. But thankfully, there was a breeze! Not to mention all the shade from trees at Eastwood Park, the couple's chosen location for the shoot. River, bridges, trees, fields... it was beautiful! And Candace & Zach looked great wherever I put them. ;)

Congratulations on your engagement, you two! Good luck with your wedding planning and I am looking forward to your big day! 



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Tips: How to Photograph Fireworks http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2013/7/tips-how-to-photography-fireworks
That time of year is upon us again! Instead of a bunch of grainy, blurry instagram shots of fireworks, let's see some beautiful shots of those colorful splashes in the night sky.

Step 1

What You Need

  • An SLR camera. Or a point-and-shoot will do if it has a manual mode option.
  • A tripod. This is a absolutely necessary if you don't want camera shake ruining your photo.
  • Remote release OR use the self timer. Again, this is because of camera shake from touching the camera.

Step 2

Set your ISO low as it can go (usually 100 or 200). 
 

Step 3

Your aperture should be good around f/8 to f/11.
 

Step 4

For shutter speed, try 4 seconds. If you have a bulb option and a remote/cable release, you can press the shutter down for the entire burst.

 

And there you have it! Other things to think about...

  • Your positioning. You want to make sure that you are upwind so that the smoke from the fireworks won't obscure your shot. Also, be sure there are no power lines, trees, street lights, or other objects in your shot (unless you want them!)
  • Your photo doesn't just have to be a colorful burst on black. Try including building, bridges, a river, spectators, etc. in your shot to make it more interesting!
  • Turn off your flash! It's not gonna reach the fireworks anyway.
  • Take a LOT of shots. The more you take, the better chance you have of getting that "perfect" shot.

 

Have a happy Fourth of July, all! Have fun and stay safe. :)


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Tips: Blurry Background, Sharp Subject http://nadiasportfolio.com/blog/2013/5/tips-blurry-background-sharp-subject 18mm 9  85mm 1.8

More than any other question, people ask me "how do you get the background to be blurry?" Well, it's easy and possible with any DSLR.
This guide is going to be quite simple. I'll try to just tell you how to do it without being too technical.

If you don't want to read this whole thing, just have a look at the bold, black statements below.

 

Step 1 

DON'T use Auto. Scary, I know. When I first started learning how to use a camera, I felt so lost when I was told to use Manual. I thought my photos were coming out just fine in Auto Mode! I don't know about you, but hands on learning works best for me.

But don't fret. We're not going into full manual for this guide. Just use Aperture Priority: Av or A on the dial. 

 

Step 2

Choose the smallest number for the aperture/f-stop/f-number. For kit lenses (the lens that comes with the camera when you first buy it), it is usually f4 or f5.6. Other lenses may go as low as f2.8 or even f1.2. The smaller the number, the greater blur effect you will achieve. 


Step 3

Zoom-in. Step back if you need to.
When you zoom-in, the f-number might change. As long as it's on the lowest number, you're good.

 

Step 4

Increase the distance between your subject and the background. I always see people taking portraits with the person right up next to the background. I mean, there are times when you want that, I guess. But this article is about blurriness. So get your subject to step away from that background and watch the magic happen.
 

Some photos examples of what we just talked about. My cat Hermione will model for us.
 

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Look what 100% auto mode did here. Not the worst picture I've taken of this poor cat, but she's not very sharp in the image. Auto is always a gamble. We can do better than that.

ISO 160, 27mm, f/4.0, 1/40sec
 

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This is an example of a sharp background. Nobody wants to see my living room & dining room. Not a good portrait, imo.
This was in Av mode with a large f-number and zoomed out.

ISO 1000, 18mm, f/9.0, 1/50sec

 

55mm 5.6

Blurry background! There we go. 
In Av mode. Using the smallest f-number with a kit lens. Anybody can do this one.

ISO 400, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/60sec

 

85mm 5.6

THAT is a nice portrait of her. 
Av mode. Same f-number but a longer lens.

ISO 200, 85mm, f/5.6, 1/20sec

 

85mm 1.8

Super ultra blurry background
Av mode. Long lens plus a tiny f-number.

ISO 250, 85mm, f/1.8, 1/320sec

 

That's it! I hope you learned something useful and get some amazing shots. If you want some more tips, read on...


Lenses

Lenses matter. Some are just more awesome than others. If you like taking landscape shots, you'll probably want a wide angle lens. If your thing is taking pics of animals, a telephoto lens is the way to go. For portraits, and it totally depends on your style, you might be looking for a long-ish lens with an aperture you can open wide up (aka a small number for your f-stop).

My favorite lens for portraits these days is the 85mm f/1.8. I used that lens for the last 2 portraits of Hermione above. It's a prime lens. No zoom. Usually a better price than zoom lenses and I really dig the quality. The small f-number is really something.

One of the most affordable lenses to get amazing bokeh/blurriness in the background, is the $110 50mm f/1.8. It's pretty bamf. Also available: 50mm f/1.4 (~$400) and even 50mm f/1.2 (~$1600)!

Now if you want an all-around zoom lens for daily use that features a smaller-than-usual f-number, it'll cost ya. The 24-70mm f/2.8 is around $1600. It's a fantastic beast of a lens.

 

Camera Settings - How to take a sharp photo

So you may notice that even though you followed the steps above and now you can make the background blurry, your subject sometimes ends up blurry too! Not what you wanted at all. Well, now we shall delve slightly into the technical end of the pool.

I told you to use Av mode. This only controls one of three major settings on your camera. There is also ISO and shutter speed.
To keep it simple, you want the lowest ISO number that won't let your shutter speed drop below 1/60th of a second. 
So... put your camera in Av mode. Set it to its lowest number. Change your ISO to its lowest. Now meter (press the shutter half way down, like you're focusing) on something you want to shoot  and what is your shutter speed at? If it's above 1/60th, you're good to go. If not, raise your ISO until you can get your shutter speed in the correct range.

You may notice I did not follow those guidelines at ALL on my photos of Hermione. But I'm just doing this article for fun and she wasn't cooperating very much, so I said "screw it". Now... if you were charging someone for photos, you better keep an eye on your settings.
 

Some other things to check to make sure your subject is sharp:

1. Make sure you are focusing correctly. Make sure your lens isn't set to manual focus if you're trying to autofocus.
2. If you're subject is moving, that can cause motion blur. If you can't control your subject, you need to raise your shutter speed. 
3. Your hands may not be steady at 1/60th of a second, try around 1/100th or 1/200th of a second instead.
4. Not enough light? If your ISO is too high, the graininess can effect the quality of your image. A flash or letting in some window light or something else may be necessary. 
5.  Maybe there is not enough contrast on your subject and the autofocus may not be able to pick it up. This can happen on a plain wall or in extreme darkness. Try focusing on an area of contrast such as the edge of an object.
6. Try taking multiple photos while refocusing in between each shot. I usually do this in just about any circumstance anyway.
7. Still having issues? There are a lot of factors that go into creating a good, sharp image. Maybe you didn't check your settings. Maybe your lens is messed up. Play around, experiment, go get your camera/lens checked if needed.

 

And... that's all I've got to say about that. Go forth and take beautiful photos full of sharp subjects and blurry backgrounds.

Thanks for reading! Some photos with blurry backgrounds for you to consider...



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