Monthly Archives: February 2010

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Casa Estrella

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Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a stunning residence in Stanislaus County, California. This place was certainly one of the best put-together houses I’ve ever seen; everything was done to a high degree of quality. Inside and out, the design/architecture was outstanding and needless to say I had a great time photographing it!

I spent two days and two nights on location, along with Quentin Bacon, who was shooting video. I returned twice more to capture aerials (first flight we didn’t get good stuff due to haze).

During the planning sessions with the creative team, the descriptions of the stars kept coming up. “You should see the stars out there!” one person gushed. “The stars are incredible,” said another. The homeowners also brought this up repeatedly. As we discussed shot lists and logistics, this photograph slowly evolved in my head. read about the technique after the jump

New Work from Scott Hargis Photo

Today I officially “launched” my quarterly New Work portfolio — a collection of the best stuff I’ve shot over the past 3 months or so. In this case, it more like 4 or 5 months, since I’ve been so swamped with work and travel I haven’t been able to stick to the schedule!

Click the image above to see the full collection, and let me know what you think.

Truth is, these images have been “live” on my website for about a month, but I needed to get away from them for a bit and then come back in order to see them clearly. That made a big difference, as I realized I needed to drop a few that were kind of lackluster, and I found a few new ones that I had overlooked or disqualified for bad reasons. This collection is better for having taken the extra time to think about it.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my portfolios lately. You may have read about it HERE, or maybe HERE. And if you’re wondering what my “New Work” emails look like, you should READ THIS.

Tighter is Better

Lately I’m really into vignettes – the little slices of rooms that completely tell the story of the space, even though you’re only really seeing maybe 20% of it, or less.

Composed right, you can impart more information about a room from a shot like the one above than you could with a 10mm-fisheye! As an example, during my last workshop, I had a student who was just killing it – every shot I gave him he mastered in half the time I expected. “How do I keep this guy challenged for a while?” I thought.

Then I handed him my 50mm, and told him to go shoot the bathroom with it. “Tell me everything I need to know about that bathroom, one shot, 50mm.” more after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Portfolio Review: Chapter Seven — “Curating”

Back again with Chapter Seven….and a guest reviewer. In this Chapter, I travel back Down Under along with fellow interiors photographer Aaron Leitz, to take a look at Jon’s website. Jon is actually a Kiwi infiltrating living in Queensland,  (north of Brisbane) and is putting out some great work. Great enough, in fact, that it’s hard to find meaningful fault in his images, at least as far as they pertain to real estate. His clients have gotta be happy, and so Aaron and I found ourselves focusing more on the presentation rather than nit-picking shadows and comps. I’ve met Jon, and narrowly missed an opportunity to see his band play a few weeks ago. Seriously regretting that now…..

If you haven’t heard of Aaron Leitz already, you will. I first met Aaron online almost four years ago, and in person maybe two years ago. From time to time, when we find ourselves in the same town, we’ve downed a beer or two and Aaron never fails to have something fresh to discuss that I’ve never heard of before. He’s also the only guy I know who can say things like, “My favorite interiors photographer in Philadelphia.”

Philadelphia? He’s up on the scene in Philly? ….I don’t know half the interiors guys in my home town!

Seriously, though, check out Aaron’s work HERE, and keep an eye out for the upcoming launch of his own blog, which I’m eagerly awaiting.

As always, let’s keep in mind the ground rules for Portfolio Review: First, we’re not mentioning (or printing) full names, in order to protect the guilty. Please do the same if you’re cross-posting, we wouldn’t want Jon’s clients Googling him and discovering a video with two guys criticizing his work.

Second, keep in mind that these are the opinions of two dudes sitting in a living room on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, looking at websites instead of going outside and actually doing something. Lame. Critique is only as valuable as the amount of effort you put into receiving it, or something like that. Point is, this blog is not the ultimate aribiter of what makes a good photograph — far from it!

And third, if  you’d like to see your portfolio reviewed here, send me a link along with a little background info on yourself and your goals, and I’ll add it to the list.

This review clocks in at just about 40 minutes, give or take. Enjoy!

Time-Lapse of a Portrait Session

Having enlightened clients is awesome.

And I’m blessed to have a few. You may remember the portraits I made of THIS real estate agent, for example. Now there’s a guy who both wants to stand out from the crowd, and isn’t afraid to take chances, both artistically, and physically. And then there was THIS GUY, who was really up for something weird.

A few months ago, I got a call from another long-time client, Kim. She’s a real estate agent, and was re-vamping her website. There would be a testimonial page, and she wanted photos of her past clients to go alongside their words. “But I don’t want it to look like everybody else’s testimonial page,” she said.

“I know,” I said. “Clichès are awful. But we could do something more, uh, creative, if you want.” read more and see the video after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Live From Bribie Island, V. 2.1

What’s with this “v. 2.1” business anyway? Not sure why I’m doing that….probably because I’m clinging precariously to the underside of the planet, hoping not to fall off into space.

Thought I’d share a couple more shots from the 3rd and final day of workshops on Bribie Island. These workshops were AWESOME! I’m beyond impressed with the caliber of the photographers that came, not a single person was un-prepared, and frankly several gave me a run for my money in terms of finding things that would challenge them. Aussies are cool.

Many, many thanks to our host, Adenbrook Homes, and particularly to Rick Wiley, who green-lighted the project. Much appreciated!

On a more personal note, I have to say that it was a rather idyllic week overall. Renting a house on the beach was the smartest thing I ever did Jon May ever advised me to do. Jetlag had me waking up every morning around 4:30 or 5:00 am, and so I had time to have a cup of coffee on the deck, then go for a nice leisurely swim as the sun came up over the ocean. Then back for a bowl of WeetBix and more coffee, and prep for a fun day of shooting with a bunch of whacko Aussies. It really, really doesn’t get too much better than this.

Anyway here are a couple outtakes – I’ll get some more stuff posted (including a few video clips) once I’m back stateside. Australia doesn’t seem to have fallen victim to the global internet addiction syndrome, and connectivity, WiFi or otherwise, is pretty sketchy everywhere I go. Makes me glad I have an iPhone, although even it is less than reliable over here!

Anna Hunter, Steve Pearce, and I try to figure out how to fix a lighting problem.

Group shot at the end of Thursday's workshop.

Today, we’re off to be tourists – heading for Noosa National Park and whatever else strikes our fancy. G’day!

IPhone Photo of the Day

Scott Hargis Photo