Thanks To Our Recent Clients

Jones & Lucky, PLLC

We’d like to thank the Law Office of Jones & Lucky, PLLC for letting us handle their website photos and Holiday party photos.

Jones & Lucky

Sandra Cole – Personal Trainer

sandra coleWe had a great time on our Spring Photo Shoot with local Fitness Trainer Sandra Cole. She has a great blog and it was a lot of fun working with her. If you are looking to get in shape this year, then you should head over to her studio, or find her on YouTube.

Manley Realty Services, PLLC

ManleyRealty.comMost of our business comes from real estate photography. We often work with real estate investors and real estate agents, in different parts of the country, to help them sell homes faster than they would without the aid of professional photography.

As many of you know, Douglas and I used to be real estate agents in Houston, TX, and taking our own photographs is what convinced us to start this business.

If you are looking for a real estate agent in Houston, Tx, contact:

Manley Realty Services, PLLC
1711 Old Spanish Trail #421
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 256-1447

Home Staging For Houston

800_450Over the years we have helped several interior decorators and home stagers display their work in the best way possible. Again, because of our close proximity to the real estate community, many of our clients also reside in that niche.

We have worked closely with Rhonda Conchola, a professional home staging consultant in the Houston area. Almost all of the photos on her real estate home staging website were taken by one of two photographers, one of them being us!

If you are involved in real estate sales, and need to have your home photographed, please reach out to us: webmaster@barneystein-photography.com.

Getting The Lighting Right: Photo Shoot Tips

I have received a lot of questions about how to get most value out of DSLR cameras. There are several tips out there on how to do get those nice looking shots, but the main advice is to have enough light. By combining some good light setups, and nice camera compositions, you will be shocked on how much difference it will make. And it don´t need to be expensive or hard to do. I´ll show you in this video!

For this project, you need a floor lamp. Some sort of tripod. A piece of aluminum paper, some tape and a window.

Steps: Set the right exposure on the camera. First you open the aperture as much as the lens allows you. The lower the number is, the more open the aperture is, and the more light will pass through the lens. Then you should set the shutterspeed to 50, since that’s the standard when filming. Since more light passes through the lens, we can lower the ISO, to avoid to much noise in the picture. The lower the ISO is, the less noise you get. In my opinion you shouldn’t film with more then 400 ISO, unless you are filming with 5d mark III which doesn’t produce that much noise.

By using a window, we can get a lot of nice light, free of charge. Try to move the one your are filming, away from the background and closer to the window. He/her then gets more light from the window, which ables us to lover the ISO even further. By zooming in, we can also make the background blurry. The larger the aperture is, the shorter depth of field you get. Since I adjusted the aperture to f4.0, I get a blurry background. Just by doing these simple steps, we have already made a much better shot.

Now it’s time to set the white balance. Since the main light is appearing from the window, I will set the white balance to cloudy or daylight. If you prefer having the background even more blurred out, you can change to a faster lens. The larger the maximum aperture, the faster the lens is. And the faster the lens is, the shorter depth of field you get. Some prefer to use a really fast lens, and make the background very blurry. But remember that this makes it harder to focus on the subject. Another trick to make the background more diffuse, is to block the light from hitting it. Sometimes It’s a good idea to use a blanket. Be sure not to block the light from hitting the subject.

Find your tripod, or whatever tall object you find, and attach the aluminum paper with some tape. Try to bounce the light appearing from the window, so it hits the shadow on the persons face. Don’t bounce to much light, or else the light on his/her face will get to flat and boring. Its nice with a little bit of shadow. Now let’s put up the lamp. Place it behind the person and point t towards his/her head. It will create a nice halo around the person. Remember to use a directional light, so you don’t light up the background.

What we have created now, is a set up called three point lighting, which is typical for shooting portraits. The light from the window is the strongest hitting the persons face. Therefore it’s called the key light. The bouncing light is called fill light, because it soften the shadows on the other side of the face, and the backlight is called backlight. The last thing you can do before recording, is to clean up the background and add practical light. A practical light is light source that is visible within a scene. Practicals are nice to both make the background more interesting, and it makes the light we put up more credible.

So that’s an easy and cheap way to make a three point lighting. Try it yourself. If you want to upload your test, I can add it as a video response to this video. Just send me a message.

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