Thursday, January 21, 2010

thanks for visiting - check out the new(er) blog!

Thank you for continuing to visit Lens Flare/melissa brandman photography. Please come on over and check out the new blog:

or check out my website for my portfolio:


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Don't Forget... follow me over to my new blog:

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see you there!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy Early Myself

It's hard to believe that Lens Flare/melissa brandman photography is almost a year old...

So, I'm celebrating with a brand new blog!! Click here to check it out. The new and improved blog gives me greater flexibility to share my photos with you, and is a nice compliment to my website (in my humble opinion, anyway). I'm still working on spicing up the new blog, but I couldn't wait to share it with you...

All new posts will be over at the new blog for melissa brandman photography, but this blog will remain up for anyone looking to search some of my previous lessons.

Come on over and check out my shoot with Alice Rose!

Friday, November 6, 2009

alice rose - sneek peek

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I'm DYING to edit my most recent photo shoot with this cutie, but alas - it is FRIDAY NIGHT. I need to be out living it up! Partying like a rock star! Or perhaps watching Project Runway on DVR...or possibly going to bed soon.

Don't be jealous of the glamorous life.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

let there be (good) light!

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As a photographer that works primarily with natural, available light, I am always looking for good light. It is a chore to photograph in less than ideal lighting conditions, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I think many believe bright sunlight is the best lighting for photographs - it's not. But there are many types of light to work with, and more importantly you need to learn to "make it work" in any lighting conditions (thanks, Tim Gunn). Understanding and knowing how to work with any lighting can elevate a ok snapshot to a great photograph.

Click here to read a great intro to various lighting conditions - the golden hour is not the only light that makes for great photos...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kauai - The Local Flavor

Some of my favorite memories from my travels are those "local flavor" moments - the times you stumble on how the locals really live, rather than hanging out with all those tourists you've been with for days. For example, when we were in Xi'an, China my husband and I accidentally found the Muslim Quarter - streets filled with food and produce and merchants selling exotic Middle Eastern and Asian trinkets. We decided to be adventurous and dine with the locals - we tried lamb and beef shish-ka-bobs - 20 ka-bobs for 2 US dollars! We thought we were pretty clever, dining on street faire in such an exotic locale, that is until we woke up the next day feeling a little funny...

So on our first full day in Kauai we decided to trek on over to Hanapepe, Kauai's "biggest little town" for their weekly art show, complete with street vendors and live music:

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Main Street, Hanapepe

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That's Westside Smitty - more pics of him later...

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Westside Smitty on the harmonica and slide guitar.

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A fun evening with the locals, indeed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kauai (b+w)

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I have to admit - I did not stay true to the assignment and shoot these in black and white - I shot in color and converted to black and white. It's hard to resist all the vibrant colors you see in Kauai...I'll be posting more photos in color later this week. We had a wonderful time, but it's good to be home.

(PS I have no idea what was up with the car-turned-scrap-metal at the beach. Gives a whole new meaning to "beach clean up day").