Christmas is Close

Christmas is Looming. Did you know it is only 120 days or so until Christmas? Where has yet another year gone? So how have you gone with your plans and goals for the year? At this time of the year, it is a great time to assess how you are going and put plans in place for the rest of the year. Did you notice how much the kids have grown? So when was the last time you had some family portraits done? Baby Portraits. So are you stuck for a Christmas idea? What are you going to give your family? What about parents, grandparents and the rest of your family? Always a great idea is to get your family photographed by a professional photographer. An annual trip to a professional photographer will allow you to document your family as time goes by. There is nothing like today to get it done. Studio Portraits. Family photography can be done in a number of ways. The quickest, but not always the easiest is to use a studios with studios lighting. While some studios may be set up to utilise natural light, most will rely on studio flash. Studios shoots can be very creative because of the ability to control light and at various times of the day may be the best option. Daylight can be very harsh and while it is possible to do portrait shoots at midday, it is easier to do these in the studio. Themed Portraits. Location photography can bring a different dynamic to your shoot as you can customise the shoot to your family. Props like...

May News Letter

Web Version  |  Update preferences  |  Unsubscribe Like Forward Wedding Season Wedding season in Townsville is now in full swing with weddings being held every weekend. We have a couple of Fridays booked as well as the traditional days. In fact we booked a Monday wedding yesterday, so they are not limited to the traditional Saturday. Your wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of the day. After it is all over and the guests have gone home, all that will remain is your memories and images captured during the day. Don’t risk it. Find an accredited photographer that you get on with. It is a long day if you do not get on with them. Occasionally you get the most amazing skies that can add drama to your wedding images. We were getting ready for Alyce and Jason to go into their reception being held at the Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. We were hoping to get a good sky, but could not dream it would be like this. Once the sky turned to these beautiful shades we had barely 10 minutes before it was gone.  To do this you need to be proficient in off-camera flash. Exposure is set for the background so that you get the beautiful colours, in fact you can under-expose a little to increase the drama. The couple are exposed using off-camera flash with a diffuser. The flash exposure is balanced to the sky’s exposure. There are a couple of ways to do this, one of the easiest is simply moving the flash closer and further away, depending on the desired result. Even diffused, the...

Christmas Animal Photos

Stuck for an idea for Christmas? Why not get your puppy, dog or cat photographed at Leiden Studios. We specialise in studio portraits for dogs and cats, generally on a black or white background. It is a quick process and for the next few months leading up to Christmas we are giving some very special packages away. Simply give us a call in the studio to book a time. It takes about 30 minutes depending on the pet and their cooperation. And we will have the prints to you before Christmas. Bookings are essential so give us a call. The special will be valid until the 20th December 2012, we then revert to normal...

Low Light Photograph

Welcome to Leiden Studios first educational post. This image was actually posted on Facebook late last year with some of the details that go with the image, but I thought it was a great way to start a discussion about how Leiden Studios goes about it’s image creation. Nicole was one of our beautiful brides from last year. The image was taken on the second floor of Cactus Saloon in Flinders Street Townsville and our thanks goes to Cactus Saloon for the use of their premises. A lot of what we do could not be done without the co-operation of the clubs and pubs around Townsville. The basic set up has a door to the left of Nicole that goes out onto a deck and provides a natural light source coming across her from left to right. She is place next to the door with her head turned towards the light source. Having her face the other way would put her face into shadow and would need to be corrected by either filling with flash or video light or similar, or a reflector. The last option would still be difficult to get enough light into her face. Most of our photography is done in “manual” mode with the highlight alert set to on. Weddings are all about the dress and nothing spoils a shoot more that over exposing the dress and losing detail, especially if a lot of money has been spent on the dress. We also shoot all our images in “raw” rather than jpgs as this retains all the details of the image and allows us to make...

David Jodi & Family

Nice family shoot in their newly renovated house near the Townsville Golf Club. The house is an old Queenslander so have fantastic available light, and lot of spots to take the photos. Has to be said that the house was absolutely immaculate as well. The family has a couple of twins and a new born baby. Nearly forgot the dog.   Kelly and Mal went to this shoot, one of the great advantages of having three photographers in the business is we will always send two photographers to a shoot. It takes a bit if pressure of the first photographer and gives a different perspective to the shoot. We will continue to use two photographers at our shoots as long as it is...