Jessica Dieckhaus' Heartbreaker: MeFOTO Instagram Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Portrait Photography       Tags family photography, baby photography, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Clickin's Moms. They're out there in force - professionals, aspiring professionals and women who are just passionate about capturing the lives of their children. There is even a dedicated website  - What Kendra Okolita started as a safe place for a small group of women to talk photography has grown into an on-line home for more than 16,000 women. Here members find resources for technical knowledge, artistic growth, business development and a supportive community were all are welcome.

Whether she is an official member or not, last Friday's SideKick360 winner, Jessica Dieckhaus, is indeed a clickin' mom. Her winning image was the result of an impromptu spring photo session.

"Imagine perfect 70 degree weather, beautiful lush green grass, and some flowers blooming. That’s exactly what we found when we headed to Cortez Park literally a block away from my house in Jacksonville, FL. This little guy is a very good friend of mine's son. My friend had been wanting Easter and Spring pictures of both of her children. Being a military mom of two little ones under the age of three, we needed: quick, pretty and easy. This was the perfect spot. It also doesn’t hurt that Florida spring starts early here. With the mom's assistance, we tried capturing images of both her kids together, but the almost three-year-old decided she didn’t want very many pictures with her younger brother. That's when we decided to do just the little guy. While mom got him to laugh, I just kept shooting away on my Nikon D5100. That’s when this image happened. "

Ross Hamamura Shooting Video at the Bellagio

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer       Tags MeFOTO Globetrotter, Ross Hamamura, Las Vegas

 © Ross Hamamura

Ross Hamamura was recently on assignment at the Bellagio, shooting some sample images and videos for Sony using their RX1 35mm, full-frame camera. While he loved the camera’s low light performance, there’s one area where no amount of light sensitivity is going to make your work look any better - video.

 © Ross Hamamura

 © Ross Hamamura

Using his black aluminium MeFOTO GlobeTrotter, Ross took a shake-free video of the Bellagio’s famous fountain, choreographed to Andrea Bocelli’s Con Te Partiro. Check it out over on his SmugMug gallery along with his other photos from the trip.  

“Whenever I travel,” he says, “this MeFOTO will be my tripod of choice for trips!  No question.”

Aside from shooting video, Ross plans on using the monopod option to photograph sports. See some of his sports work here and check out his review of the GlobeTrotter on his blog, Tourist of Light.


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Dominicka Jemmott's "In God We Trust": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, Fine art photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, still life photography, SideKick360

With digital photography, it's easy to experiment. Using trial and error, we can quickly shoot as a many images as it takes - often hundreds! - to walk away with with one or two winners.  Who won't love more winners though? Try Previsualization. Previsualization is the process of imagining your image and seeing that image in your mind's eye before you take the shot.

Dominicka Jemmott, this week's SideKick360 winner, used exactly this technique on her winning image:

"One day I decided that I wanted to see how far I could go by being creative with just my iPhone 5. And since I love fine art photography, I decided to gather a few old pennies that I found inside an old jar in my closet. After looking at these pennies, I immediately saw how I wanted to capture the image. So, I stacked about 10-15 pennies on my window frame with the blinds & window open, some facing upward and the rest facing downward. Then I began taking a few shots (about 3-5). I didn’t like the first three, but the fourth one was a charm. I wanted to give the image a micro type of feel, so I had to give the camera a little tilt and move closer to get my focus on the one coin you see most.

I edited my image in Snapseed. I went for an old dirty grudge, slight HDR feel because that was what I had envisioned. 95% of the time, before I take an image that I’m being creative on... I see it in my mind before I capture it. Then BOOM you have a winning shot!" - Dominicka

Jackie Poutasse's Sunbather: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags Macro photography, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Cameras and traveling go hand-in-hand. It's easy to be inspired while exploring a completely new place. The familiar though, we often overlook in our busy day-to-day lives. Take a moment. Look closer. Those places we pass everyday but rarely really "see" can offer outstanding photo opportunities.

Jackie Poutasse, this week's SideKick360 Giveaway Winner, struck gold exploring just such a familiar place:

"I was poking around the backyard looking for things to photograph with my macro lens and I noticed an interesting leaf with a hole in it. While I was on the ground composing the shot of the hole in the leaf, this fly landed in the photo. Usually, I am chasing flying insects around for a good shot, but this guy was happy to pose for half dozen or so very close photographs before moving on." - Jackie

Connect with Jackie on Instagram: @bodaciousbread

Jake Kurdsjuk's Perfect Balance: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Food Photography, Giveaway       Tags food photography, lifestyle, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360, MeFOTO Giveaway

Jake Kurdsiuk, our SideKick360 winner for 3/21/14, proves that appealing lighting is sometimes surprisingly easy to create. For his winning image, Jake used a single 250W continuous light source with a white umbrella aimed at the ceiling from about 8 feet for ambient light. A Neewer CN-160 LED positioned to the left about 6 inches above the egg provided the shadow. 

"This is my take on an image I'd seen several times over the years.  I'm more of a natural light photographer and shooting with studio lights has never been something I looked to do, so I decided to challenge myself with an egg and see if I could pull off something usable.  Turned out that the biggest challenge was getting the egg to balance perfectly straight! It's always good to stretch yourself a little - I find I often surprise myself." - Jake

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