Photo Video West Expo | Speaking About On Location Lighting Techniques

Photo Video West Expo | Speaking About On Location Lighting Techniques
This past weekend I had the honor and privilege to speak for an hour about “on location lighting techniques” at the Photo Video West Expo. I wanted to personally thank the event organizers and volunteers that made the expo such a great experience for everyone that attended over the weekend. When planning for this presentation my first dilema was realizing there is way too much information and too little time. I wanted to be able to share some value added topics that all attendees could understand and easily apply to their photography skills. Here are some of the major take aways about gear, lighting setups & exposure control that I shared during my lecture.

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The phrase “on location lighting” is a very subjective and vague statement. I felt it important to discuss how controlling light exposure is the basis to every image, no matter of your shoot location.

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Portrait Sessions for Singles | Online Dating Profile Photos

Portrait Sessions for Singles | Online Dating Profile Photos
Recently I’ve had several San Diego clients contact me for portrait / head shot sessions, not for their professional online networking profiles, but for their online dating profiles. At first I didn’t really get it, but after really thinking about how professionals spend their hard earned money to market themselves as the face of their company (doctors, lawyers, yoga instructors, trainers, actors) it all made sense. Most singles that are on dating websites like Match.com, Eharmony or even Plenty of Fish are establishing themselves as a professional, and the product is themselves. I personally have paid money for professional head shots to be used on websites to represent myself as a photographer, but I’ve never thought about actually hiring a photographer for my online dating profile.

Over the last two weeks I’ve completed three different photo sessions specifically for clients that want their dating profile images to be better than the other singles on their sites. If clients are going to make investments into their professional life in this manner, single clients should be investing in their personal love life this way too!

I mean really don’t you want your potential match to see YOU at a higher value than the other profiles…I know I would…and will!

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Photo Video West in San Diego, April 27-28th

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Photo Video West in San Diego, April 27-28th
I’m excited to be a featured speaker at this year’s Photo Video West. Photo Video West is the largest educational photo and video show on the West Coast. The event takes place Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th in Del Mar, CA. The event features professional photographers, over 30 seminars, live interactive demos, product specials, photo contests, portfolio reviews, door and raffle prizes and more.
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Photo Video West Expo Workshop

Photo Video West Expo Workshop
I am extremely excited to announce that I will be teaching an on-location lighting techniques workshop during the Photo Video West expo in San Diego on April 27th & 28th. This workshop will be perfect for all levels of photographers from the enthusiast that uses their smart phone to snap images, the parent that loves to capture their child playing, to the hobbyist that wants to better their craft. (more…)

Nikko Hurtado | tattoos and portrait photography

Nikko Hurtado | tattoos and portrait photography
Over this past summer I had the honor of getting tattooed by one of the best realism tattoo artists in the business, Nikko Hurtado. Not only was I able to get inked up by Nikko, I was able to take a couple portraits of him as well. This image here is my favorite, and I actually blew up a copy and sent it to his tattoo shop Black Anchor Collective as a christmas gift.
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fashion blogger: Karissa Bowers | on location portrait photography

fashion blogger: Karissa Bowers | on location portrait photography
This past weekend I had the privilege to photograph the beautiful and talented fashion blogger: Karissa Bowers. I first met Karissa in December while she was interning for Fashion 5.0 Magazine. I was at the Industry Showroom located in the Gaslamp district of San Diego shooting a campaign for Miss Kinsman Luxury Swimwear, which just happens to be the head quarters for Fashion 5.0 Magazine too. Karissa stopped by the studio to observe the shoot for a little bit. She told me she had never been professionally photographed before, I loved her look, so I volunteered to collaborate with her.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the session…

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RAW: Discovery

RAW: Discovery
Who’s free February 21st from 7:30pm – 11:00pm?

I am super excited to be announcing my first ever photography event to all of you. I’ve been selected with some other amazing San Diego artists to showcase our work at the first RAW event of the year, which is suppose to be the biggest and best yet!

It would mean so much to me if my friends and family could come out and support myself and the other artists for the evening. There are so many talented people out there that never get recognized for their passion, and this is one night that will showcase art / fashion / music / film / hair / makeup / photography / performing arts.

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Davis Family Holiday Portraits | Family Portraiture

Davis Family Holiday Portraits | Family Portraiture

My friends and fellow Marylanders reached out to me about wanting to do a family portrait session on the beach, and they wanted to include their beloved English Bulldog! Three things that were in my favor here: 1. I love family shoots 2. I love shooting at the beach 3. I love English Bulldogs! We thought that Oceanside was a good spot to meet and shoot around on the beach.

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Blackwell Family Portraits | Family Portraits

Blackwell Family Portraits | Family Portraits

The Blackwell family just happened to be in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, and only had about an hour to knock out a family portrait session with me. Since they were already downtown, I knew exactly which location would be perfect for the kids. We walked a couple of blocks, I directed the kids a little and then just let the sibling magic happen.

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They were naturals and so much fun to shoot!

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novak photos 1st ever photo challenge

novak photos 1st (ever) photo challenge!

submit your version of a DRAMATIC PORTRAIT – show off your creativeness, use of light, color, or shadow.

photo challenge winner takes home a brand new thinktank photo street walker pro gear bag!

this contest is to encourage photographers of all levels to go out and shoot new images, network with others, and appreciate the talented individuals in our industry.

this contest will end on 09/27/2012 and the winner will be announced 09/28/2012!

email entries to justin(at)novakphotos.com and include:
your name, title of photo, and a short description of the photo setup. only one submission per person.

all submissions will be uploaded to a designated album on my facebook page. feel free to share your image with friends and family!

enjoy, good luck and have FUN!