Saturday, December 31, 2011

365 Flash Practice

Okay, here I go again...trying to do another 365!  Anyhow, this month is 100 % dedicated to Flash Photography.  So, my plan is to research a new technique each day and try it out and post my results here.  The pictures might not be the greatest as far as composition or interest...though they will hopefully show me where I went wrong, right, or who knows!

This image was taken around 3pm on a some what overcast day.  The first image was taken with my 180mm lens at F 2.8.  I used center metering, though I usually would spot meter.  Kya was standing under our patio in the shade with bright light right behind her.  The first shot was taken in manual mode at ISO 400 1/250th F2.8 WB Cloudy and no flash.  In t he second image Kya is standing exactly the same, the only difference is I metered off the ambient light in the background hitting our grey fence in the backyard.  The result was ISO 100 1/250th(max scyn speed for flash on my camera) F 2.8 WB Cloudy TTL Flash with -2.0.

These images are SOOC, so the WB would of been adjusted on them...the patio has a red/pink color and you can see that being reflected on Kya's skin.  I actually like the catch lights in the first picture(no flash) best and the detail on her hat.  Other than that, I like the flash picture better in all ways.

I of course still need to work on my flash, but for a first attempt...I am pleased. :)

To see some of my natural light photography please visit my site

Paisly the Most Adorable Little Girl {Redding, CA Newborn Photographers}

Just a little sneak peek of a session I did yesterday!  To see more of my work please visit my new blog or my website

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Solorio Family Portrait for 2011 {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA}

Merry Christmas!

Trusty tripod...check, well was a little wobbly with my heavy lens on it!  Family...check.  Gorgeous light....check.  Run down building with weeds, my favorite...check.  Happy kids...check.  All in all I am pleased with our family portrait this year! 

Our eyes look VERY overdone on the web image...especially mine, it is just the compression of the file and extra sharpening for the web.  The origianl doesn't look so overdone!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA November 12, 2011

This piece was my very favorite of the night!  Stunning!  Loved it!

 Award of Merit "Wolf" -  sorry, I forgot to include that on the image. :)

This was another favorite of mine!  Loved the colors!

I was only able to attend one ArtHop event and I picked the North Valley Art League located at the Carter House Gallery who was hosting the 1st Annual Juried Student Art Show.  The juror was Derek Grinnell.  I was very impressed by the amount of talent that was up for display by some very young artists. 

The 2011 Student Art Show Prizes and Awards

7th and 8th Grade Winners
1st Place: Alexandra Neil  "Leaves of Fall"
2nd Place: Michael Schmitt "Fire Breathing Dragon"
Honorable Mention: Michael Schmitt "Coral Reef"

9th and 10th Grade Winners
1st Place: Jade Podtetenieff  "The Tree"
2nd Place: Isaac Marfin "Wolf"
Honorable Mention: Monica Seitz "Waterfall"

11th and 12th Grade Winners
1st Place: Haeun Bang "Mixture"
2nd Place: Abigail Jones "Melody in the Making"
Honorable Mention: Haeun Bang "Contemplation"

Clam Shell Portrait Lighting {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, Ca}

Okay, next project for the mean time....portrait lighting. The first type of lighting setup I am going to try and fully understand is called Clam Shell Lighting. So, I am going to use this post as a place for all my clam shell lighting tutorials that I come across and the web. I CAN NOT wait to start practicing! This post might take some time to finish, since it is an ongoing experiment for the next week or so.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Photography Monitor Calibration

Just more notes from a webinar I attended for my photography:  They are sloppy, but make sense to me. :)

  1. Let monitor warm for 30 mins to 1 hour, just turn off screen saver if need be
  2. Consider Ambient Room light, don't sit in a dark room or too bright of a room.  Need to be in a somewhat lit room.  A room comfortable to read a book in, light wise.
  3. View prints in correct light, will talk about later.

  1. Linering the monitor: brightness, contrast, gama
  2. Characterizing the monitor:

  • d50 for white point
  • gama 2.2
  • luminance value_if working in a bright room 120, moderate room 100, dim room 80

  • sets background of his desktop to black
  • choose advanced mode
  • d50 or d55, but he likes d50
  • luminance
  • research the flare options on my calibrator...use it, since I do not have a hood
  • contact lab for free calibration prints, lab will send 2 copies of each....ones they correct, some I did.  They should match!  Then open the images again in photoshop and compare the image on the monitor and the print in hand.  They should match!  Take into consideration of type of light and brightness.  If calibrated at 5000k lighting condition, can get a light box or open window light crack blinds and let a some sun light to come in.  Not direct sunlight.  Should be close to monitor. contact customer service for prints. do 5 test prints, be selective good exposure and white balance. do typical locations etc
  • make sure that the screen is always at same tilt when editing
  • print to dark? monitor is too bright
  • edit color setting in photoshp
  • go to working spaces, rgb

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2nd Saturday ArtHop October 8, 2011 of Redding, CA

The 2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA held on the 8th of October, 2011 was really fun.  I was lucky enough to have a good friend and fellow photographer Steven Solinkski join me for the evening.  We began our adventure by going to the Maratime Seafood and Grill located at 1600 California Street to see the Mixed Media Show "View From a Trail Group".  The room in which the art show was held was absolutely packed full, to the point it was difficult to walk around.  There were many talented artists being displayed who had been inspired to create by the local trails of Redding, California.  The sponsor of the show was the Trails and Bikeways Council of Greater Redding.  According to their flyer, this group is;
 "a non-profit organization made up of local citizens who believe that the existence and use of regional trails and bikeways benefits the health of residents, the safety of non-motorized commuters, the enjoyment of all users and the economy of the whole region."

Mary Lake Cottonwood Mary Lake Trail

The View from the Trail 2011 Silent Auction
Crystal Creek
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
27"x20" Framed Photo on Photo Canvas
was being auctioned off that night.

My favorite piece of the night was this one called
Trail Ferns
Pacific Crest Trails
(Near Burstarse Falls)

Next stop was Pacific West Graphics Printing and Design located at 1455 South Street of Redding, CA.  Their featured artist was the very talented Lydia Budai.  Funny thing was that her picture happened to be my favorite of the night from the Maratime Seafood and Grill show, and I was so drawn to her work, that before I had left the house I had decided to visit her display.  Lydia is a self-taught photographer, though her mom has been a huge influence in her photography as she is a photographer as well.  Recently, she and her mom had taken a trip to Africa to experience a safari.  She ended up with around an impressive 3,000 images from the trip plus many interesting stories...including one about a Rhino Storm! You will have to see her Safari Photographs to really appreciate her experience in Africa.
Here is some her work that was on display, I couldn't help myself and had to buy the cutest stationary kit from her!  To see more of her images please visit her site

Image of Photographer Lydia Budai

More of Lydia's work on display

The last place that Steve and I visited was Eddy's Grill located at 2151 Market Street of Redding, CA.  Judy Forney was the artist of choice there that night and her paintings are magical.  The light was very low, so my images do not even come close to showing the beauty of her art...please look up her site to see for yourself how amazing her paintings are.  Unfortunately, it also was a little loud (in a good way...Mike Cox was singing and playing his guitar for everybody...which was great!) in Eddy's to speak to her about her art, so I have included a tid bit from Judy's site telling us about herself;
"When I connect with the magic of the universe everything flows with inspiration and guidance. My paintings frequently reflect a lonely quality which I feel represents each souls individual journey through life. The style of my paintings border between surreal and romantic but they always represent my unique perspective."

To see Driftwood at Twilight on her site please click HERE.

To see Sacred Pool by Judy Forney please click HERE.
 This was my favorite piece of hers from the night.

The next 2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA is going to be November 12, 2011.  Please visit for more information. To get in contact with the people in charge of the ArtHop you can email them at

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Redding, CA Senior Portrait Session Downtown with Jamie Solorio Photography - Re-Naming Files in CS5 using Bridge

This image above is showing the results from calibrating my laptop with a spendy little calibrator.  The difference on my desktop screen is minimal...looking forward to seeing the prints this afternoon.

How easy is this?  If I want to rename my files in Photoshop follow along to see how insanely easy this is:
  • Open Bridge
  • Bring up the file in Bridge that you would like to rename
  • Select all images that you want to rename - control click shift the first image and the last image
  • Go to "Tools" in the menu bar
  • Select "Batch Rename" Image 1
  • Then select where you would like your images to go: there are 3 choices: Same Folder, Move to other Folder, and Copy to other Folder
  • After that go and fill in the information you would like on your image below  Image 2
  • There is a "Preview" at the bottom of the page to show you what your old image name is and your new image name.
  • Then Click "Rename" in the upper right hand corner.

      That is it! Seriously that easy!
    Now for the MOST ADORABLE and FUN Senior ever! If you need a second look at how cute this girl might need to scroll to the top of the page again!  It would be worth it!  I loved this girl's look and just the way she carried herself. Thank you Courtney of West Valley High for letting me take some great images of you!  More images soon to come! :) To see more of my images please visit my site or visit my new Facebook Page.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Hunt {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA}

Our local photo club is doing a scavenger hunt this week, this is our group shot that I created from our silhouettes! Fun Stuff!

Keswick Dam of Redding, CA {Redding, CA Photographers Jamie Solorio}

Just a picture I stumbled upon last night while trying to get a picture of my husband riding his mt. bike!  Keswick Dam of Redding, CA.  This was a 30 second exposure with a pretty shallow depth of field, I want to say f/4 or around there.  My ISO was set to 100...I think! ;)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Adorable Family Session from Redding, CA {Jamie Solorio Portrait Family Photographer of Redding, CA}

Here is a sneak peak of an amazing family who let me take some family portraits of them last weekend!  More to come soon!

To see more of my work please visit my site

PhVusion with Animoto - Notes from a Webinar

This is just a few notes from PhVusion from Animoto.  Not really anything anybody would want to pay attention to, just a good place for me to keep track of my notes. :)

this is not trying to teach you to become a cinematographer, more of just taking short clips of video and merging with still photographs
  • need video editing software(animito will help and photoshop), a way to keep camera still(monopod or tripod), a way to present to client, dh dslr
  • use same concepts of still photography, with light, exposure, composition, just need to add movement in a natural light scene, no flash.
  • use manual settings, focus, temperature, etc
  • keep it short, 8-10 second clips...will only use 4-5 seconds...goal is to enhance photography not show it up
  • forget audio for now, once get the visual down...can get the audio going.

  • steadiness is key, need tripod or mono pod
  • more advanced: slider and flyer
  • don't zoom in and out quite yet, work on just getting the steadiness down first
  • don't pan around yet
  • when decide to move around use a  mono pod and slider/flyers
  • can use  animioto to create the slide show example below
  • $, spendy!
  • Vanessa Joy research her work, hyper books, ipad things, etc
  • Rob Adams research too.
  • imovie-research similar, but you have to do the work learning the techniques.


  • set exposure like you are going to with a photograph...then start recording
  • don't change exposure while recording
  • more advanced: pre focusing,  rack focusing, focusing with movement
  • Pre-focus on an area then have subject walk into the focus area and then out
  • rack focus is shifting your focus while filming and focus was on subject in foreground then go focus on background.  do not move the camera, just use the manual focus ring

  • animoto will do most of it for you
  • photoshop extended version 3-5, pull in object as a smart object.  this will not replace a video editing program, just help somewhat along with animoto
  • 20% off use code "animoto" to try it out and see tutorial

More Flash Research - Webinar through notes

These are just my notes from a webinar that had today.  You can watch this same webinar if  you are a professional photographer and a member of for  your printing needs.  Later, after I buy myself a flash gun I will try to post a picture.  Though, I will try to use a reflector today to see if I can control the light even more and post that image.

So, these notes are just for my use and might not make sense to you...sorry! :)  I suggest checking out the very imformative webinar over at  Have a nice day!

  • get hand held meter if you have time and want more control
  • attempt drama on subject by lighting face with highlights, shadows, and giving a real 3D look to the face
  • ISO Exposure Index, find out what mine is.  Really understand the capabilities of my to do with a hand held meter.  So, if my camera runs "hot" then when I meter with my hand held meter, I might set it to ISO 125, while my camera is at ISO 100
  • Latitude Exposure in RAW, only a 5 stop range to play with is being told.  Really our cameras only capture 50% of what the histogram says when it is in the last stop towards right(white).  Do not underexpose, shadow range doesn't have the same amount of information.  Push exposure to the right a tad, more usable information.
  • Reflected metering, what is on my camera.  Hand held meter is the incident, use the flat disk if possible over the dome.  The dome just gives you an average of all the light.  Flat disk will help with main light and fill light and the meter will tell you what you to meter on... ?
  • Light is accumulative, very important with reflectors especially using flash.
  • want to see  highlight side of face, shadows aren't as important today.  We want to see saturation of color, etc.  Base exposure on main light coming on the face!  Still pay attention to the background, but with a portrait face is most important.
  • make sure to use light to highlight the subject to make them look the best.  Using reflectors, flash,etc.  Need to show depth to the face, highlight side to shadow side...added drama!
  • background shouldn't be more than 2/3rd stop difference between subject and background
  • Light comes from all directions outdoors, has many different colors, is specular or soft light, and will be affected by man made and natural elements.
  • secret to finding quality light...look for trees,columns,buildings.  Look that that element has a highlight, shadow sides with a gentle transfer between the two highlights/shadows.  think of Chico state archway!
  • light above head being blocked by trees, then trees to right say to create shadow, then all light fills from the left and background.  exp.  river trail
  • shoot parrell to tree line, don't shoot into trees, especially if sun is behind trees.  The trees create the shadow and sun will create the highlight.  Shoot into the shadow...short light equals drama! research short light!!!!  Does that mean have the shadow close to camera?
  • Overcast days: best days to work as far as even distribution of tones/light/information
  • Heavy overcast days, flash is essential!  Might need to do relationship pictures, people interacting with one and another rather than posed formal pictures.
  • Time of Day to take pictures: morning, evening.....mid day...avoid at all costs on a sunny day.  Would have to use electronic flash
  • morning light is directional, good color temperature...narrow window of light to work with
  • Evening light is also directional, good color, low light on horizon line to sculpt subject, control of subject and background, if sun is on horizon...same amount of light all around...could do that water shot that was blown at Red's.  Even light at that moment!
  • Window light is directional, soft, and easy to learn...really helps you "see" the light.  What you see is what you get.  It is like the parrle light with trees.  Often requires some fill flash.  Avoid direct sunlight.  Avoid other lights from the room
  • The power of reflectors: if in an area with no directional light, add a reflector to catch some light and bounce on side of subject.
  • back lit portraits, some the side of hair the light is hitting from behind...bring reflector to that side and bend reflector til you get some light on her face
  • research black reflectors
  • FLASH:can use as main light, fill light or clean up faces, or accent light exp back light.
  • Types of flash, straight flash, fill/bounce flash, mini soft box,open or bare tube, umbrellas
  • If the intensity of the flash more than the ambient light...will look like flash.  Use hand meter to decide how much flash
  • If intensity of flash is less than ambient...known as fill light. can help green reflections, opens eyes,
  • light is accumulative? learn the much light is added by your flash?  research.  Find out your raw light, then add flash at 20%,, 40% ,etc and see the difference.  add the % to the net exposure depending on how much drama is wanted
  • shutter speed does ambient background light with flash.  the aperture is only illuminating the subject!

short light, meter off the main light!  also meter the subject in the shadow side and compare to highlight side.  So with both readings, need to keep the stop difference less than 3 stops for sure.  that is when you add the flash light to compensate between the shadow and highlights he suggests sending in an image with the question.   can re watch webinar on the Blog.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Enterprise Senior Maddi {Senior Photographer of Redding, CA Jamie Solorio}

Yet another beautiful Senior from Enterprise High of Redding, CA!  Maddi is incredibly gorgeous, an involved student, and I am sure one day will amount to a huge success.  Maddi and I took a trip downtown Redding, CA for her senior pictures a couple of weeks ago.  It was fun to trip around downtown just as the sun was starting to shine, yep...starting to shine!  We decided to go for an early AM shoot, which had its perks...less people downtown!  Though...getting up early has never been my strong suit! lol!  Thanks again Maddi for letting me take pictures of you and I look forward to putting some more images up at a later date.

To visit my website to see my work please visit http://www.jamiesoloriophotography/ or check out my in the process of being created Facebook page Jamie Solorio Photography which has even more of my pictures available to check out.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Redding, California Senior Session with Emily of Anderson High School {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA}

My word...this girl is gorgeous!  I had so much fun last night taking Emily of Anderson High School's senior portraits.  This is just a little sneak peak of more to come soon.  Not too mention, I have several other seniors that I need to post on.

To see more of my work please check out my site  I also just added a new page to my Facebook called Jamie Solorio Photography, come and "Like" away please. lol! :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Adorable Little Girls - Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA

My adorable little girls, the light was perfect on our way home from the coast late this summer.  I love this picture of them, it makes me smile.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Creative Live - David Nightingale Post Process Techniques

After image using David Nightingale techinques I learned today.

Before image


Right now Creative Live is having David Nightingale as their featured guest/teacher.  Instead of having to write things down on a notepad and loosing it...I thought I would just put my notes straight up on my blog.  Hopefully others can benefit from my notes too!

  • shooting a reflection, get lens right up against glass to make it look like a mirrored image instead of just a reflection
  • LAB Color Mode
  • get a back up via net
  • calibration -spy 3 - calibrate every month or 2 and do it in a group
Optimizing Raw Files
  • Avoid overexposure (lost data of highlights)
  • Expose to the right a tad, especially in landscape pictures.
  • sensor records more data in the highlights, so that is why you want to expose to the right a bit and not underexpose.
  • watch histogram in RGB
Working in Camera Raw
  • Srgb/16 bit/blah blah    research according to my lab, I thought they wanted it in 8bit.
  • Open from Camera Raw as a Smart Object by holding "Shift" and "Open Image" in Photoshop.  Can set it as a default to the way you change bit size.
Working with Levels

  • can use levels to bring more contrast, brightness to picture.  Set the black and whites to end of the histogram.  Can use the middle slider to control the mid-tones.
  • can also get more contrast in levels by doing this step again, however might clip the highlights and/or shadows. 
  • might need to use info dropper to see if you clip off
Working with Curves

  • can also do the same step as levels first, then continue
  • to see if data has clipped in curves, hold alt and which slider you want to check for clipping, gives you a black screen hopefully.  right and left arrows
  • to add contrast make an s curve on the same curves box that the blacks and whites were re set at again .... much better to work with then contrast button in adjustments, can see no data is lost
  • decide what data is okay to leave, creative....but be careful
  • to delete points on the curve, click on point and hit delete.  Or go to menu of curves box and click reset curve
  • curves to use  b/w
  • how decide where to put your points,  see hand tool in upper right of the curve box.  Take the dropper and select a bright place and dark place in image where you would like more contrast.  Click on each spot and now you have the points.  Then pull the points into another s-curve
  • to fill a mask black alt plus delete.  ever want to see the mask you created, click on mask thumbnail and click alt.
  • command click on mask and it makes the selection, then if you want you can load up another adjustment layer.  If you want the inverse before you do another adj layer, go and select the inverse
  • can have an underexposed image and then create another image from that pictures to get the correct exposure for say the foreground.  then put a mask on one and adjust from there.  ocean/sky exp
  • when you increase the contrast, saturation increases also.  If you do not want that saturation for say the sky, can click on Luminosity blend mode.
  • create a vignette, draw a square selection in cneter of image, inverse, refine edge, feather at 250, create the curves adj layer,grab center point and pull down or up to from center to make dark or light
Fixing minor flaws

  • select a new layer one layer above the background layer
  • say you  wanted clone tool, then go to top of its menu bar and click under and below instead of current layer
Converting to B/W with channel mixer

  • hue sat adj layer
  • channel mixer
  • click to monochrome
  • check out the filters in this adj layer, then can drag sliders on each out for clipping over value of 100, it will show a warning sign too.  Check histogram for blowouts
  • your checking to see what filter will look best for each channel, then can adjust sliders to make it ideal
  • can turn off the hue sat adj layer to see what is going on
  • can stack up bw techniques, by putting the other filter under the original conversion
  • can change things up with blending modes, exp luminosity
  • red filter will help create a high key portrait will help with skin tones

converting bw with bw tool - use this method

  • click bw tool
  • play with sliders
  • watch histogram for each color that it doesn't spike up
  • can use different bmodes too

Converting bw in ACR

  • hsl/gray conversion
  • mess with the sliders, much more control...more sliders to choose from
  • he doesn't usually use camera raw, nearly always starts with color and if color is a distraction, then conversion to bw.  More flexibility in channel mixer
High Key Portrait BW for women and girls,children

  • red filter in either channel mixer or bw tool, then do a curves adjustment to brighten/contrast
  • can use blues to bring out freckles and lighten eyes, red evens skin
  • still play with sliders
High Key Portrait BW for men

  • use the blue filter
To lighten and brighten the eyes

  • use curves to lighten eyes to what you want eyes brightness to be, then mask in at 100%.  If you have darkness around the eyes, then using that same mask used to brighten/lighten the eyes just drop opacity and paint around the eyes.  You won't effect the brightness of the eyes since you already did it at 100%.


  • use the color channel to change the colors by using the different channels
  • u can mix channels one at a time or two at a time
  • color balance tool works too: set to mid tones and just move sliders, then if you want highlights to change you can do, same with channels.  color balance is more smart, since it can change the highlights, mid tones, shadows
  • selective color tool:  can select neutral color square and then play with sliders.  blacks will be darker color, etc.  can add highlights, etc with this method too.  Neutrals are the mid tones
  • relative should be used most of the time, absolute is not paying attention to brightness, ?
  • if I have a bright white spot (sun) and want to add a little yellow just ot it: go to curves then go to the highlight point on the right and turn the channel to blue and drag down a bit.
  • really need to understand the color wheel to manipulate
  • in curves you can play with cross process, and other in the drop down menu

LAB Color

  • image>mode>lab
  • use curves in lab mode, doesn't effect color, just brightness...neat effect
  • center point in the curves mode is 0,0
  • can rotate the curves to horizontalish line
  • canyon conundrum using lab color a book that has good info
  • if you want to saturate an image, this is a great way to do so.  U get really good separation between the colors, no color bleed.
  • can rotate curves counter clockwise to saturate
  • can rotate other way to desaturated
  • can color correct with lab each curve a and b.  select part of image that should be white for example and then click with eye dropper on the white.  it should be correct at center, but you have to move new dot just created and move to center.  do both curves a and b
  • can lock the curve by making new dots on the curve, then you can move just the top or whichever dot you want to change.

  • might need to use luminosity bm.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Flash Photography - Trial and Errors - Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA

Tonight I practiced my flash over at Visual Rhythms located at 1072 Lake Blvd Unit C Redding, CA, which was taught by the very talented and beautiful Destiny.  I am fortunate enough to practice a skill that I have yet to develop and in trade get some free belly dancing classes!  THANK YOU Destiny! :) Watching these girls was amazing, really I wanted to put down my camera, grab some yoga pants and try to move the way they did!  Thank you Destiny (pictured above) and Jan Boehle owner/instructor at Visual Rhythms for letting me experience your dance studio.  Also, thank you Jan for the free Zumba class!

To get more information with regard to this Fitness Studio or Zumba classes please contact Jan at 530.410.3983 or  To contact Destiny for Belly Dancing information please click HERE to view her Facebook page.

I did learn that with out flash, this shoot would of been impossible and I was glad to be able to play with the light a bit.  More images to come soon!

To see some of my Natural Light Photography please visit my site Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA.


To begin, I just started to read up on flash photography last night and a little please do not consider this information to be 100% correct.  I keep this blog as a diary of my trials, errors, and all my notes to reference from time to time.

I am currently using the Nikon D7000 with my friend's SB-800.

I watched THIS video from Youtube to familiarize myself with how in the heck to operate the SB-800 to begin with.  This video was very informative and easy to follow.  Now, thanks to the Youtube video, I understand how to use the SU-4, which is pretty neat and fun.  I sort of grasped the whole REMOTE function of the SB-800 from the video.   However, I think I am still too much of a rookie at this point to use several lights, not to mention...I don't have any!  But I am still a little confused on MANUAL Flash and TTL Flash.  So, this is where I am now...gathering information trying to understand this SB-800 Nikon Flash.

The first place that I went to check out for a good explanation of external flash was Neilvan Neikerk.  This is a quick break down that I am just jotting down for my sake.

  • Shoot Manual mode in camera and expose for ambient light using Matrix/Evaluative Metering Modes.
  • Have my flash set to TTL Mode and either bounce light off ceilings/walls/behind me/reflective surfaces/etc
  • I can change the exposure of my ambient light in the background by either changing my shutter speed, aperture, and/or ISO.  Flash in TTL Mode will compensate for this an properly expose my subject.  As far as I am understanding, Manual Flash you can only control ambient light using shutter speed, ie.dragging the shutter speed.
  • I need to keep my Shutter Speed between 10 and 250th of a second to not get some sort of black bands on my image
  • Use the Flash Exposure Compensation to dial in the flash even more
  • The ambient light is brighter in the background than the subject, so you meter for the background ambient light and the subject would normally be underexposed.  To correct this underexposure the flash fires giving you both background and foreground correct exposure.
  • The ambient light and subject are in the same low light situation, what to far as I can tell, underexpose 1.5 to 2 stops for ambient light, this allows the ambient light to be there but not overtake your picture.  Then your flash in TTL mode will fire off at your subject that is also underexposed and compensate for the subject being under exposed.  While the ambient light of the background is exposed properly for the low light situation by having been underexposed by 1.5 to 2 stops for more light to be allowed in.
  • Put subject in the most shadowy spot?
  • Do not use the ceiling directly between myself and subject, try to bounce behind me or on a wall, it can cause unflattering light under the eyes and uneven light distribution.
  • Bouncing light directly behind you will give more flat one dimensional light
  • Bouncing light to the side will give more of a dynamic look to your subject
  • When using TTL Mode, you do not have to use full power when bouncing light
  • note to self: re-read bouncing light and visit all links available
  • note to self: figure out why TTL-BL isn't working
  • Taking pictures outdoors with bright background and needing fill flash on subject use TTL-BL, and use the Flash Exposure compensation to adjust the amount of light hitting subject.  With the SB-800, need to start with -1.3 or -1.7 exposure compensation or so.
  • Taking pictures in the shade outdoors and need to match the exposure of subject in shade to bright background, will need more flash.  Start at Zero for Exposure Compensation.
  • Shooting dimly lit indoors where I know my flash is going to be my mail light source: Starting points:  ISO 800, wide apertures, and slow shutter speed around 1/40th of a second.  TTL Flash Mode will be used with an Exposure Compensation of +0.3
  • Shooting Bright Light Outside Guidelines: Lowest ISO, change flash sync speed to highest available for camera, set aperture to where I want it (I read f11, but I do not like to shoot that small of aperture)  I am going to have to test this one myself and see what happens.
  • A cameras maximum sync speed is the the fastest shutter speed you can use your camera's "standard" flash at.  My camera allows a "High Speed Sync Speed" which will allow my highest shutter speed to be 1/320th of a second.  Though I have to go into the menu of my camera to turn it on.
  • Shooting for Overcast days starting points: ISO 100 to 200, 1/250th, f10.  Again, I am not a fan of middle of the road aperture, so I would have to figure out something else some how....PRACTICE!

MORE TO COME AS I LEARN MORE...tonight I am going to try this out!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Beautiful Chloe - Newborn Photographer Jamie Solorio of Redding, CA

What a beautiful little newborn baby girl.  Just a little sneak peek!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA - Jamie Solorio Photography

As usual, there was no disappointment in this months local 2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA.   If you have not yet gone to the ArtHop it is about time you gave it a try.  Downtown Redding has totally changed!  Chris Molitor playing on the street corner in front of the new yogurt shop Spoon Me.  People walking around all dressed up, laughing, listening, and have a great time.  Here for the Fall being heard from inside Vintner's Cellar.  I am telling you, a good, go DO IT! :)

I started my evening going to Carnegies located at 1600 Oregon Street of Redding, CA.  Two of my best friends came out with me and as we walked into the dimly lit bar/restaurant we could hear two very talented musicians playing music.  My two friends headed to the bar and grabbed a tasty brew and I made my way upstairs to see Carnegies featured artist Michael Kuker.

Note: I linked his images instead of taking pictures myself.  This way you would get to see his art exactly as he created it. :)

Michael Kuker has been taking photographs for around ten years and is self taught.  I always have to hand it to anybody that has enough passion to teach themselves their craft.  Michael loves to take pictures of local landmarks, which is inspired by history.  Michael is the type of artist that goes that extra mile to get the perfect shot.  For example while trying to get a beautiful shot of some waterfalls in Dunsmuir he twisted his ankle, but was still able to get the most gorgeous shot.  If you would like to purchase some of his extraordinary work you can contact him at

Here are some of my favorite images:

Next on my agenda was to meet the so very exceptional artist Kara Yowell who was being featured at Viva Downtown.  Her art was very sensual and vibrant.  I loved it!  She also is a self taught artist who is very passionate about her craft.  Everything about her art to her choice of clothing, hair, and make-up had a very pin up style to it.  Kara is a mixed media artist and had so many pieces hanging it was hard for me to choose my very favorite.  Her favorite mediums to create with are watercolor pencils, acrylic and oil paints.

Note:  The lighting is dark inside the building and these pictures look even more colorful in real life.  Please contact Yara Yowell at for more information.
Featured Artist Kara Yowell

"Deadly Addiction"
Watercolor Pencil

 "Contemplating the Future"
Watercolor Pencil

 "The Look of Fire"
Watercolor Pencil

 "Bang, Bang"
Watercolor Pencil
NFS, but please contact Kara in case she offers this in print

 "Giving the Gift of Awareness"
Oil Painting
Donated to Nor Cal Think Pink
As far as I know, you might still be able to buy $5 raffle tickets for this painting that is going to be raffled off on November 17th, 2011.

Last place to visit had to be Here to the Fall (click link to hear some of their music on Facebook).  One of my very favorite local bands.  Vintner's Cellar Custom Winery located at 1700 California Street had a full house with this energetic band playing.  I walked in and everybody had huge smiles, filled drinks, and people were even peering in as they walked by on the side walk wondering what all the excitement was about.


The next 2nd Saturday ArtHop will be on October 8th, 2011.  For more information please contact