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Our “Birthgifts”

Truly wonderful, the mind of a Child is ….”Yoda”

The power to discover our true voice lies in the limitless potential that was given to us at birth. Here the seeds of greatness were sown. We were blessed with magnificent “Birthgifts”, such as talents, intelligences, opportunities, capacities, privileges that would remain largely unopened except through our own decisions. The potential within each of us is  tremendous, if not infinite – we really do not know what we truly are capable of.

All children are born geniuses – only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things we don’t expect to see. A baby may be the most frail and dependent creation in the universe, yet within a few short year, becomes the most powerful. The more we exercise our given talents, the more talents were are given and with that, our capacity just keeps growing.

 

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If Only…

If Only I had eaten my Wheaties this morning….

Thoughts beginning with these words are pregnant with our deepest feelings. “If only I had told her (him) of my love, life would be so much different”, “If only I had enough money, I could be free to enjoy life” or in the case of the Jockey who came in second at a horse race at Del Mar in California, “If only I had made my move in the third turn!” Clearly, the look in his eyes is brimming with resentments and if onlys! If onlys can be directed to the past, present and the future – we are somehow hoping outside events will save us or make us different or better.

However, we can change our programming, catch ourselves and chose to think something completely different! The rational mind, after all, is a servant to our programming, or as we have trained it in the past. There is nothing to prevent us from changing the software algorithms! Realize that the only power past events hold over us is what we give them. Just as you have created your perceptions of the past, the creative power within you can create a joy-filled today! Here is a thought for today:

“This is the beginning of a new day given to me to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important as I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow arrives, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place what I traded for it. I want what I traded to be gain and not loss, good and not evil, success, not failure…in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.”

Today is Friday, May 11, 2012. It is the only Friday, May 11, 2012 that you will ever have…make it a great one!


MCAS Miramar – Red

A continuation of our series from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, or MCAS. You may recall a movie by Tom Cruise called Top Gun? It was filmed here. The Museum inside is full of gems, and outside there are so many wonderful planes it boggles the mind. Here we had a photo shoot where Models and Hair and Makeup Artists were kindly asked to bring military or Pin-Up type outfits. Here, this is in the shadow of a Fighter Bomber. We liked the colour contrast and the red contrasting with the subtle camo jacket.

This was very challenging light being Mid-day in San Diego. Without hauling portable Studio Strobes, we accomplished this shot with our trusty Nikon D7000 mounted on an Alzo Bracket, powered by a Turbo-3 Battery pack which juiced the amazing Q-Flash. The lens was a 17-70mm Sigma f2.8 which is spectacular for close in Portraits! This time we used the flash in Manual Mode (as well as the D7000), shot in RAW (or NEFF as Nikon likes to call it) to allow subtle corrections in Post Processing.

The point is, that for any situation, The Photographer needs to arrive prepared and ready to have quick solutions to technical problems. The job of the Photographer is to make their subjects look Fabulous! Hope we accomplished this…What do you think?

Thanks for your kind visit to our Photoblog . If you have ANY Questions just drop us a note contact@kerstenbeck.com

Kathleen and Erik


Boudoir Part 14 : Dramatic Lighting

This stunning image of our model Danila, was taken using very simple techniques. A black backdrop stretched from floor to ceiling, Two strobes left and right provide the wash over Danila. We converted this to Black and White for added effect. Kathleen is “The Mistress of Posing” and just has a way to bring the best out of all of our models! One Professional Model once asked if KK would help with some Pro Sessions – wow.

Studio Lighting does not need to be expensive or complicated. The best source of light is the Sun! For soft light, take your subject to a window. Have her/him turn the nose towards the light and watch as the sunlight goes from Dramatic to Rembrandt. These shots are the easiest and perhaps the most complimentary since they convey a subtle mood. The most important thing is to get your DSLR out of “Portrait” or  “Auto” mode and learn a bit about Exposure, Light and just have Fun! You will be amazed with your results!

Thanks for your kind visit and if you have ANY questions, just drop us an email contact@kerstenbeck.com

Kathleen and Erik


Boudoir Part 13: Soft Lighting, High Angle

This continues our series of Boudoir Photography from our Studio. Here, we again, have our lovely Model, Daniela (You should look at some of the other posts of this stunner). Boudoir Photography does not have to be overly complex, crazy Studio Lighting or elaborate sets. This was shot with a simple black backdrop, large softbox to the left and we adjusted the fill lights on the right to get a soft wash over her face. To get the high angle, we used a small step stool shooting down. Most of the time it is a good idea to shoot women from a higher perspective. It allows for accentuation and concealment of good and trouble spots. Men are a different story – usually from a lower angle to give a sense of power. Sometimes for Corporate Women, you can also use the lower angle, but for Boudoir, this is not typical.

The Gear: Two Alien Bee Strobes, Radio Triggers, Nikon D90 with an 18-55mm lens. Light Modifiers are from Paul. C. Buff, large softbox to left and large reflective umbrella to right. The softbox has a silver interior that can be further softened with a velcro attached diffuser and focussed with another velcro attached grid. The umbrella surface can be changed from silver to white and again, one can also add a diffuser on top. It all depends on the vision, some experimentation and most of all, just having fun!

Thanks for the visit to our humble PhotoBlog! If you have any questions or would like to book a session, drop us an email at contact@kerstenbeck.com

Happy Holidays, Kathleen and Erik


Home Studio Boudoir Part 11

This is another shot of our lovely Model “D” from several weeks ago from a Glam Photo Shoot in our Studio. We have been privileged to shoot her Family Pictures and have witnessed a huge transformation. She has worked so hard over the space of a year to transform herself into a new person. Diet, exercise, everything to become the stunning beauty she is now. We are so proud or her and to be able to be part of her Journey! You may recall some older posts:

https://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/total-transformation-our-own-biggest-loser/

Here we used a black backdrop and as you can tell from the “Catch Lights” there were two strobes in action. Clearly the one to the left is a large Soft Box, and the right is smaller umbrella. The trick to these shots, when the Model is lying down is to adjust  lights to get the most flattering image.

You also do not need to buy expensive gear – you can start experimenting with lights that you can but at Home Depot or any Hardware Store, and they are inexpensive!. Any Incandescent light can be used for Hair Light, Back Light etc. Just adjust your White balance and you are set! You can fashion Diffusers out of white cloth, stretched with a K-Mart Hula-Hoop and Duct Tape!. Then focus on Composition, and get your Camera off your Auto Setting. Then have Fun!

Thanks for visiting our Humble PhotoBlog and please, if you have any questions, contact@kerstenbeck.com

Kindest regards, Kathleen and Erik


Boudoir Part 9: Simple Lighting

This continues the series of Boudoir and Studio Photography. The previous post detailed a bit about Complex Lighting and showed a behind the scenes shot of the lighting set up. There were Speedlights everywhere, large Soft Box etc. The results were wonderful, but to haul, set up and fine tune all of this equipment is quite a chore. To do things right, many practice shots need to be taken before the model should even consider entering into the set. It is somewhat boring for a model to have the photographer give instructions like, “Just stand there. OK. Can you wait a second while we adjust the brightness of this light? OK, one more. Hmmm, looks like the angles are all wrong”. You get the idea. Everything should be set up and ready to go – a model’s job is to help create the vision of the photographer, not to be a dummy for light balancing!

The point of this is that sometimes simple is also good. For this rather dramatic shot, a large Softbox was used in a dark room with black background.. This is an easy set up to haul, construct and dynamically adjust as the session progresses. It is also relatively inexpensive and can be used for dramatic Profiles, Rembrandt, Flat and High Key. There is no Hair Light from behind or fancy edge lights, but sometime you just don’t need this – and often all that stuff just gets in the way of a nice shot!

Thanks for you kind visit to our Photo Blog!