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01 Apr 2018
Candid Posed Portrait

Capture the Moment

 

So what is a Candid, Posed Portrait?  I was taking lit portraits(off camera fill flash) of my daughter on top of a mountain. We used to go hiking every Columbus Day.  I must have done something and when I looked back at my daughter was deep in thought.  These are difficult moments to get.  It is really hard for people to fake.  Sometimes you just get lucky.

The key to the image was the clean background and the lighting was already set up.  I had one shot to get it right.  One aspect of my photograph you will notice are backgrounds.  I stress from day one in my beginning photography classes how important clean background are.   Photographers use composition lighting, balance movement to achieve dynamic images.  The biggest difference between a novice and good pro is backgrounds.  I see so many images ruined by horrible backgrounds.

2018 Early Bird Discount 15%

In 2018 my only portrait discount will be an Early Bird Discount.   Anyone who orders prints within two weeks of their gallery going live will get 15% off their total.   Check out my kid’s gallery, my senior portrait gallery, or portrait gallery.

For more infomationon portraits visit these links.

 

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24 Jul 2017
John Whitehead Image YouTube Channel.

YouTube Video Tutorials

http://www.youtube.com/c/Jcwphoto

If you are interested in learning photography or Adobe Photoshop, I have a series of video tutorials that I use for my college classes. Hope you enjoy

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09 Jun 2017

Equine Blackout Portrait

Ok so my daughter is obsessed with horses.  I recently took one of my photography students to shoot at TNC Equine Center.  She did a few of these blackout portraits and my daughter wanted me to do some.  The main reason I suggested this barn is because I knew the afternoon light would make the whole process very easy.  Actually, getting the horse in a nice pose is much more difficult than the photographic process.  The only difficult editing which really is not difficult at all is removing the girls hands.  I am not a fan of horse images with bridles or halters so luckily this horse take off.

If you are interested in one of these portraits for your horse give me a call.

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18 May 2017
Turn your image into jewelry.

Photo Jewelry

Did you know I can make photo jewelry?  I can turn your portraits into wearable jewelry.  If you want to see the pages on my parent site Metal Design here is the link.    All jewelry is made to order.  I will need to see what I have in stock and what is available before you purchase.   Please inquire within if you are interested.  Photo jewelry is usually made with antiqued pewter, silver plated pewter or solid silver.  There are also copper and other items available.  I can make you any style chain and to any length.  The photo is put in the charm and cover with a doming resin.

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15 May 2017

Free 8X10 Print with Summer Portraits

The classes I teach ended last week, so summer starts today for John Whitehead Images.  I am offering a free 8X10 print with all summer portraits.

Why should you hire John Whitehead Images.  I have a BFA from the #1 Art School in the Country.  I have been a full-time photographer since 1994.  I specialize in location/environmental portraiture.  I teach photography and Adobe Photoshop.  I am an expert in toning images.  Free retouching and no time limits.  Check out my portrait galleries.  PORTRAITS / SENIOR PORTRAITS  / KIDS PORTRAITS

Any questions feel free to call.

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05 May 2017

Macro Photography-Baby Praying Mantis

I saw my neighbor had taken to some photographs of baby praying mantis.  I contacted her to see if they were still around.  She had tons of them on some hosta plants but they were very small and were constantly moving.  I was unable to use a tripod and couldn’t hold my camera still enough to take a photo.  Of all the image I got one in focus.  The next morning I received a call the pod or whatever you call it was hatching.  I drove over again.  It was amazing!  I had never seen anything like this before.  Hundreds of baby praying mantis crawling out of this cocoon like ball.   The light was overcast and I didn’t have enough depth of field to photograph such a small object.  Luckily, I had a shoot the day before and left my strobes in my car.  Here are a few of the image I shot.

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21 Apr 2017
How to make a chicken fried steak sandwich.

Foods with Flavor

I love to make things, especially new items.  I have made bed frames, furniture, motorcycles, jewelry and a variety of other stuff.  In early the early 2000’s I expanded from photography because I needed a new outlet.  I started to learn to weld and create simple metal furniture.  Since then, I have completely filled up my house with tools and items I have created.

As I child I loved to watch cooking shows on PBS.  Yes, the Food Channel didn’t exist at that time.  I really started cooking and experimenting with food when I was in college.  I remember telling people if I could do it again I would have gone to cooking school.  One of my roommates in college went to cooking school and is one of the top chefs in Chicago.  In high school, you took these stupid tests to find out a career path.  Mine always was a business man.  I hate offices, suits, and business in general.  The problem with the test and high school, in general, is that it has not changed and has a very narrow focus.

Enough babble.  Last year, I started Foods with Flavor.  (A YouTube/Blog)  I have always loved to create and cook and I already knew how to shoot and edit video.  I moved to Central Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s.  At that time the food scene was pretty non-existant and what was here was very bland.  This is one reason, I really started cooking so much instead of dining out.  I have created a series of YouTube videos to accompany my website recipes.  I focus on food with heat and flavor but occasionally an item that is simple but tastes great.  Take a look share with a friend.  Foods with Flavor!

It is So Good You Might Cry Episode 32

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11 Apr 2017
Natural light Location, Environmental kids portrait.

What to Wear for Location Portraits

Usually, one of the first questions I get asked when I get hire for a location portrait is “What to Wear”  I just added a basic overview to my website to help with this question.    There is not a perfect answer because it really involves a combination of factors.   Location, hair color, purpose and a variety of other factors.  Most important is probably location.  Color or patterns in clothing can make or break a photo.  A general rule is patterns are very difficult in rural locations unless the background is very neutral.  Patterns and bold color work best in urban or neutral location.

The best scenario is to consult with the photographer.   They can give you suggestions on what to wear.  A variety of clothing is best.

Click on any of the above links to go directly to my page with examples of how clothing can affect a portrait.

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30 Mar 2017
Custom designed front of a holiday card.

Custom Cards

Did you know I make custom holiday cards, graduation cards etc.  Check out my new page that shows some of the products I have available for purchase.

If you hire John Whitehead Images to shoot your portrait, I will design the card for free.  All you have to pay for are the cards!  If I don’t have a card you like, I will inquire and make or get something that fits your needs.

The page also has information on the most commonly ordered items.  Not sure what a print wrap is, then check out the new products page for more information.

 

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29 Mar 2017
Exploring Life Happily Blog

E.xploring L.ife H.appily Blog

Blogs, SEO and social media are great ways to advertise or express yourself in this day and age.  I teach college photography and 99.9% of all my students lack basic computer knowledge, or any clue of blogs, SEO (search engine optimization) and the use of social media.

I love to make things and started a site called Metal Design.  I make custom furniture, jewelry and a variety of other stuff.  Because I understand blogs and SEO,  I get calls all the time from companies needing metal fabrication.  Some of the work is over my skill set, or I just don’t have the time.  Most work I accept is because it is something I will enjoy.  Metal Design is more of a hobby than a job.  It is something I want to enjoy.  The reason I get so many calls is because my site is the one getting found on searches.  Most metal fabricators in the area do not have a website or know anything about getting found on internet searches.  Just one example of the power of SEO

I photographed someone from India who was working in IT in this country.  I asked him when they start teaching computer programming in school.  He said in 5th grade!  My daughter is in 8th grade and knows nothing about the subject.  However, she can tell you about the war of 1812.  Not sure how that is going to help her in the future.

The real point of this blog is to promote my niece who started her own blog titled, “E.xploring L.ife H.appily”  Personally, I don’t enjoy writing and partly because I am not that great at it.  Take time, click the link and check out Ellie’s blog.

P.S. Backlinks and links within a post to your own blog are great for website analytics.

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