Sophia Baby girl pictures

Here are some pictures we did a few weeks back of baby Sophia. Her mom ask for either black and withe or sepia/toned images. I did a little bit of both to see what style she likes better. I think this baby would look great with any finish.

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Newborn. Baby girl Pictures.

I just finished doing a shoot for a newborn baby girl. The session went great since the little one literately slept like a baby.

The set up was quite simple, I used a photography posing table to set the basket with the baby, that made it easy for moving and positioning. The lighting was done with 2 Travelites 750 one with a 11″ reflector set with a 30Deg grid  for the background and the other one with a larger Photoflex softbox that was placed very close to the baby on camera’s right. On the left side of the camera as a fill light I used a Canon 580EXII with a 2×2 Lastolite softbox . All lights were triggered with Pocket Wizards Flex TT5 and a Pocket Wizard mini TT1 with the AC3 controller on the camera as the master. The camera was a Canon 7D and the two lenses for this shoot were a Canon Ef 100 macro F2.8 and as Canon Ef 24-70 f2.8L. I used the 100 macro 90% of the time for the session. I set it at  f5.6 since I was looking for a rather shallower DOP.

For the post work I used Adobe Bridge to organize and tag the files with colors and stars. From there I migrated the raw files to ACR to do some  adjustments and then open in Photoshop CS5 to do the last part. Here I did a few different styles in terms of post work from color, to black and white, duo tones and playing with vibrance  and saturation tools.

Thanks for looking.

I welcome questions and suggestions.

Alex Elias

Photo of the day. Santa Clarita CA sunset

I was coming home from work and happened to have the camera with me. The sun was setting  and the freeway was really bad. The decision between keep on crawling on the 14 freeway North or exit and take a few pictures was pretty easy. The decision Between color or B&W wasn’t so here are both.

Picture was taken with Canon 7D and a Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8

Photo of the day. Pregnancy pictures.

A few weeks back I was asked by a co-worker to take her pregnancy pictures. It was a fun session, I guess the fact that we work together made it easier on both of us, besides  she is easy to photograph and was not be afraid of the camera. Her idea was to keep it simple; we used a pretty basic black and white back grounds and 2 lights ( Canon 580 EX as a main Canon 430 EXII as a fill and a Canon 580 EXII as the master) 2 umbrellas and that was about it. The lense used was 90% a Canon EF  24-70 mm 2.8 and for the rest the Canon EFS 10-22 mm 4-5.6 and Canon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 IS.

Photo of the day. Black and white drawing

Photo of the day. Black and white drawing

Although this might not be a whole lot about photography. I did this drawing and I thought I share it here. The only thing that this had to do with photography is about the way you like to photograph a plain pice of paper, or curling in this case.
I laid the paper under a piece of acrylic since it was curling a bit. I made sure to position my self in a way that I’m not reflected on the acrylic and used a silk to minimise other reflections; the rest of them were eliminated with the use of a polarizing filter. I did not use a flash on this one. The other part to this was to position the camera to it was as parallel as possible to the paper and the hardest part of all. Press the shutter button.
The rest is history.
This is what was in my mind… I wish I knew how to upload the image to look larger than this or click on it to enlarge since there is a lot to see here. If anyone know how to do that feel free to let me know.


California beach picture of the day.

Here is the picture of the day. Since I got a beach picture of my daughter as the introdution let’s make it the topic of the week. Summer it’s gone, but for those of you hard core beach lovers you still have a good few weeks (maybe more) of nice beach weather.

The shots here are from Leo Carrillo, which is located in Malibu California. The place is fantastic.  Someone like me, who’s not much of a water creature and rather enjoy taking pictures more than  getting in the water will love this place. It has a lot to offer for the family activities and for me… the photographer. When the tide is low, there are a number of water pools and even a few caves making it ideal for picture taking. There is a lot of marine life and interesting topicts to spend more time than my wife and kids we confortable with, the real truth though… I run out of available light.

I would like to make a second trip before the climate does not help any more.

If you, yes you reading this blog have any beach pictures that like to share, please do.  

This was a shot of my daer family. I did not think color added much value over here so I decided to shot these images and turn them to black and white. Some thimes I like to put a mid to long tele on the camera and shoot from far. Here I used my Canon 40D with a Canon ef 70-200 F2.8 IS


The use of a wide angle in this case a Canon efs 10-22 mm  also makes for an intersting view


This is another shot done with the ef 70-200mm . It gives the subject more  room to breath and not feel bother by me.


Here is the last one for today. I’ll post some color for tomorrow.