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A NYC Vantage Point

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I am getting ready to go on another photo trip in a few weeks. And amongst all the preparations and excitement, it gets me thinking about the places I’ve been and the places I love the most.

In recent times, my most favorite location to shoot was on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center. As many times as I’ve been to New York, I had never taken this trip to the “top of the rock”.

Skyline Romance

Skyline Romance / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

This photograph was taken there on a cool, September evening. Among many others taken that beautiful night, this was one of my faves. This isn’t the typical view that people share from this vantage point. While hordes of tourists gathered around the “binoculars” to get glimpses of the Empire State and One World Tower in the distance, I found myself trying to escape the crowds and….walking over to the fringes to capture images like this. I love the dramatic skyscraper shapes jutting towards the sky. The windows and various materials on the buildings create texture and variety, in an otherwise fairly monotone view. The city is portrayed as alive and energetic as it is in real life.

While my DSLR captures great images, sometimes in situations like this, where you are dealing with crowds and vying for the “perfect spot” to take in the view, it would be wonderful to have a “point & shoot” compact type camera with capabilities to match that of my DSLR. The ease and flexibility would allow me to shoot and capture images comfortably, quickly and without sacrificing quality. The camera to tackle the job just might be the Light 16 by Light Co. This smartphone sized camera uses multiple apetures to capture light and fuses the images to create a high resolution, low noise, 52 megapixels photo. Power like this, all in the palm of your hand. Incredible. Sure could use that on my travels!

In bringing you this post about my favorite travel spot, I also partnered with Light Co on their #vantagepoint project to share with my readers this exciting new technology. Just think of what it can do for you on your travels here and abroad! To learn more about the company and this compact, revolutionary camera, check out the L16 here.

To see more of my work and sign up for discounts and downloads check out my site here.

Finding and Defining Your Style

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by squintphotographyart
Bokeh photgraphy by Squint Photography

Dallas Evening Bokeh/Sonja Quintero/Squint Photography

 

I recently watched a course online at Creative Live by photographer, Julia Kelleher. The subject was finding and defining your photographic style. The focus was on photography, but I know it could apply to many forms of art and life beyond.

Over the years I’ve struggled with defining my style. I know what I like and what I don’t, that is not the problem. But, as with lots of things, I can be a bit A.D.D. and I find it hard to always focus on one particular style, especially considering that many things interest me and I find lots of elements and inspiration in just about anything my eyes come across. I certainly know what I gravitate towards. However, I think my short comings are honing in on that style that I most come back to, developing it and communicating it to my audience.

Julia chronicles defining your style in the steps of the “Style Cycle” – Experimentation, Discovery, Realization, Define and Refine. The key to starting is to realize where you are in that cycle.

So, I thought I would share with you my process of going through some of the cycles. The journey seems like a fun one and is not only for people who need help developing a style, but also for those who are going through a style transition or maybe just wanting to learn and explore some new techniques.

And, just maybe, you’d like to take a journey of the Style Cycles too…

The first phase is called Experimentation. This phase is exactly that, all about experimenting and looking at what truly inspires you. Go outside of your medium, go outside of art…literally go outside! Use all of your senses. See what you gravitate towards, see what grabs your attention. In nature, design, fashion, music and even technology.

Ask yourself how it makes you feel? Why? and is it currently reflected in your work?

Make an inspiration folder, whether digital or analog (or both) and see what transpires and what truly moves you. You’ll most likely begin to see some patterns. I would love to hear about what you discover!

On my next post I’ll tell you a bit about mine.

 

To find out more about Julia Kelleher and her teachings check out her site.

To see more of my work and what I love check out Squint Photography

10 Things To Do To Instantly Improve Your Photos

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 10, 2016 by squintphotographyart

Never Enuff Cameras

Hello Everyone!

For this post I thought I’d run through a list of 10 things you can do to instantly improve your photos. This assumes mostly that you have a point and shoot with a few manual capabilities, but if not, there’s still a lot of good info to be taken from this list. Even us seasoned photogs take these into consideration on a daily basis. Mostly it’s about taking a bit more time and giving some real thought to what you want to capture. Sure, good photos can be shot “from the hip” but even that takes great skill and lots of practice to make it consistent and appear effortless.

So, let’s just get into it, shall we?….

  1. Turn off your flash

Most point and shoot cameras, out of the box, are set up to auto flash. In a lot of cases, this is good – to add a bit more light in shadow areas, such as on the face, but a lot of times, it’s not. Too much flash, that you usually get straight out of a camera, washes out details that are close and can obliterate the background. Try your images first without a flash, turn it off and see what happens.

2. Zoom in – get close

Don’t be afraid to zoom in. Don’t think you have to get everything into the shot.   Get in closer or zoom in the lens, cut out all the unnecessary junk and focus on what you want to main subject to be. All else can be “fluff”.

Grave Grief - Sonja Quintero - Squint Photography

3.Take advantage of natural light

Remember what I just said about turning off your flash? Do that and then find some beautiful natural light. Set up your subject next to a window and let soft, window light create interest and soft shadows.

Feather Hand

4. Turn on your flash

Ok, now I’m going to go back on what I just said. Turn on your flash! You’ll be surprised how it can soften things up when you use it outside on a sunny day. Seems like you wouldn’t need it then, but on a bright day harsh shadows are everywhere! A bit of flash can fill on the shadows and add just a touch of spark.

5. Focus in

If your camera has the capability, set your focal point (or hold your shutter down half way to focus), compose your shot holding the focus on your subject and watch everything else beyond fall into a soft blur. So pretty!

nature photo by Sonja Quintero

Ranunculi – Sonja Quintero – Digital Print

6. Steady yourself

When doing night time or indoor photography, try using a tripod or steady your camera on a sturdy surface. When the light is low, your shutter moves slower to capture as much light as possible. This slow shutter speed is what can cause “camera shake” or unwanted blurry photos! Steady the camera and use your timer or remote to capture a sharp, low light beauty.

Neon Lines-2

7. Get off of auto pilot

Try your camera’s programmed settings, they may pleasantly surprise you. These could also be a fall back, if nothing else seems to be working for you!

8. Keep your lines straight

If your photos include buildings or monuments, try to keep your verticals vertical and your horizontals horizontal. Or else the structures can appear to lean back or be falling forward! The main way to do this is with a wide angle lens and a sturdy tripod. But you can get close enough by taking some time to look through viewfinder and lines those lines up. Sometimes it’s a matter to getting back away far away enough from the buildings themselves.

NYC Color

NYC Color – Sonja Quintero

9. Shoot during the golden hours

An hour or so before/after sunrise, if you’re an early bird, and an hour or so before sunset. These times create the most brilliant colors. Pure saturated joy. And remember since you’re dealing with low light, a steady hand and a tripod are quite useful at these time as well.

10. Let the sun shine in

If you’re feeling very adventurous, try aiming your camera in the direction of the light – just be careful not to stare directly into it! Sun and light flair can add that special something, that vintage softness that app can really duplicate.

fine art photograph by Squint Photography

Motel This Way – Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

 

Ok, I know there are a ton more tips, so let’s hear what you got! Because, this is all I have time for today. Until next time…keep shooting!  🙂

Sonja/Squint Photography

 

 

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