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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

4 Comments 31 May 2011

Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.

 

Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)

 

 

 

Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.

 

Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

18 Comments 01 January 2011

PhotoOp Opens Premiere Photography Studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

PhotoOp, a new family photography studio under the creative direction of renowned event and celebrity photographer Brian Marcus, will open the doors of its first location on NYC’s upper west side in February, 2011.

Win a free Portrait sitting at PhotoOp worth $199!

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Winner will be chosen at random on or about March 1.

PhotoOp brings a unique photography experience to Manhattan, offering senior level professional photo stylists, all under the direction of Brian Marcus, ensuring that PhotoOp will capture the most memorable and striking moments. PhotoOp specializes in both modern and classic family portraits, children’s photos and will feature exciting special guests, exclusive wardrobe styling, inspiring backdrops and unique photo gifts for all occasions.  Sitting fees start at $199, which includes retouching, photo sharing and a slideshow for sharing.

PhotoOp will have an on-site designer “sample closet” for any last minute wardrobe changes (whether adding a cute jean jacket or leather biker vest will do the trick, or a pink tutu and loads of jewels are in order), with a treasure chest of fun kids jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Stylists will be on hand to help kids get “camera ready”.

PhotoOp even offers custom birthday packages. PhotoOp is a great destination for dress-up birthday photo shoots – kids can bring their best friends, pull together fun outfits and jump in front of the camera for a memorable birthday celebration. They can even bring in their favorite ipod mixes to play during the shoot or can sample the studio’s soundtracks, and enjoy kid friendly snacks, while photographers capture their fun personalities and style.

Unlike most children’s studios, PhotoOp offers a dynamic mix of colored and textured backdrops (including a candy wall!), as well as custom art work – even a fabulous graffiti wall by famed graffiti artist Andre Charles.

In addition to their photography services, PhotoOP will offer novelty gifts in-store for turning photos into meaningful keepsakes – everything from fashionable canvas totes and cosmetic cases to charm bracelets and cufflinks.

PhotoOp

www.photoopnyc.com

Prices:

“Camera Ready”

$199 Sitting Fee, includes photo shoot, retouching and editing of photos, online viewing and sharing of photos, custom digital slideshow of your photos for viewing and sharing, and meeting with your photographer to select your photos.

“The Red Carpet”

(1) 11” X 14”   $100

(1) 8” X 10”     $50

(1) 5” X 7”      $40

(1) 4” X 6”      $30

“The Paparazzi”

✪ Canvas Wraps

✪ Plexis

✪ Metal Prints

✪ Framing

✪ Boxes

✪ 3-D Images

“Lights”             $150

(1) 8” X 10” (2) 5” X 7” (2) 4” X 6”

“Camera”           $300

(1) 11” X 14” (3) 8” X 10”

(2) 5” X 7”     (2) 4” X 6”

 

“Action”            $500

(2) 11” X 14” (4) 8” X 10” (4) 5” X 7”

(4) 4” X 6” + standard framing of any 1 print.

 

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212.362.1911

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