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During the 10 day bootcamp for photography I took the interns on assignment.

We went to meet with my clients at abravanel hall where we’d be shooting 2 days the next week for headshots for the symphony.
We needed to find a great location for the pictures… and I like showing how to use different locations to their full potential.

So we brought along 2 models and here is one of them.

(Above) The use of the brick wall in the background with special care of how to make sure the railing doesn’t become a distraction. One from down low another having her go a story above us.

(above) This is the backdrop that we went with for the headshots of the symphony members. The gold walls in abravanel hall.

We also did some pictures outside for a bit.

We enlisted the help of Morgan for a location search workshop. Inside and out of Abravanel Hall.

We practiced finding and using a small area for taking pictures. Being able to talk about why some spots were better than others.

(Below) this was also part of a walk through for pictures I would take the next week for the Utah Symphony. We showed them the options they had for locations.

Knowledge is obtained through time and continues to grow each and every day.

(Photos by Britney Brent unless marked otherwise:)

Hello all!!! My name is Britney Brent. What a blessing it is to be able to have people in my life to help me grow and be better in every aspect of life; particularly in PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!! Photography is a passion I developed my during my first year of college. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to be, how I wanted to contribute to society, but I just wasn’t able to figure that out throughout my classes in college.

My roommate had an awesome Nikon film camera that she let me play with throughout our rooming days. I absolutely loved my life when I was behind that camera. It literally brought me a joy that I never even knew I could experience. However, for 3 more years I worked in college to do what I thought would be better for me by getting a college degree. Only, I wasn’t happy there.

Those experiences are what have brought me to where I am today. Those experiences helped me decide to get training where I really needed it, where I would be most benefited, and in a field that I knew I would be happy doing for the rest of my life! Those experiences brought me to Scott Jarvie Boot-camp!!

I’m not the quickest learner, and sometimes I do have to be shown how to do something a couple times before it clicks, but that’s okay. Having 3 other interns with me throughout this 10 day camp was very helpful, I was able to ask and observe them to learn different aspects throughout our time with Scott.

Now for the play by play of my boot-camp experience:

Day 1 – Using location

Location is HUGE when it comes to photography. Location can literally make or break a photograph in my eyes. How you use the area where you shoot is so important, and SO EASY!!! I was one to go to a location and use it for a few shots and move to a completely new location because I didn’t know how to USE the area. With the help of Scott and some creative games he used with us I was able to better learn how to use a location to its fullest. How to make one location look like 12.


My 12 steps (personal realization) of  Bootcamp with Scott Jarvie

(All photos in this post were taken by Angela Terry)

I am a better photographer than I thought.

I have a lot more to learn.

Studio is a lot of fun!

I have more confidence in my skills.

Jeff can change a tire super fast.


This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

Photo Boot Camp With Scott Jarvie: The Experience

(All photos in this post were taken by Laurel Scott)

Mile after mile and the Iowa cornfields turned into more fields, turned into hills, turned into mountains as I drove west on I-80 hour after hour after hour for one thousand one hundred and seventeen miles. Destination: boot camp “Shock incarceration,” the “quick-fix solution” to “scare kids straight.”

I had just finished my last semester of coursework at Iowa State and I was more than ready to get out of there – but I had just one more thing I had to do before I could be done forever with my worthless degree and never have to think about that money sucking institution again. I had to have an internship; to intern is to restrict to or confine within prescribed limits, as prisoners of war or enemy aliens. This is exactly what I thought an internship would be like, and for the first internship I started, that is exactly what it was. Stuck in an office with someone who knew less about what they were doing than I did – and I was looking at another three hundred and ninety-nine hours worth of grueling busy-work, just to get a degree I would never use.

As one might guess, that internship didn’t work out – we parted ways and haven’t spoken since.

I really wanted an internship in Ames, where I already had a house, friends and family. I didn’t want to find somewhere new to live – with people I didn’t know in a place I didn’t know.

As my last semester was nearing its end and I had to find someplace to intern for the summer, I started applying absolutely everywhere. Even the places I had no interest in interning – I actually applied to every internship on that even mentioned the word “photo.” This amounted to well over fifty. Unfortunately, most magazine internships are in New York – a place I had less than zero interest in moving to for the summer. I was only interested in either working with a sole proprietor photographer, or in a photo studio at a magazine.

Sitting at my desk, the walls are bare, the furniture bland. The carpet is Cream, the bookcase Biscuit, and the desk Distant Gray. The blinds are Beige, the couch Capri Coast, and the dresser Deserted Island. The walls, I’ll bet you, are White Diamond. And all I can do is sit and stare at my blank computer screen. I need a place to intern.

If nothing is within easy driving distance of where I currently live, then I’ll have to move, it’s that simple. So I started looking into sole proprietors in places where I thought the landscape was attractive, or in parts of the country where I thought I might want to live someday.

I stumbled on a lot of blog posts by past interns of sole proprietors And one of those photographers was Scott Jarvie. I contacted Scott the same way I contacted many sole proprietors in the west – with a simple email explaining who I was and what I was looking for. Most responded saying that they would be away from their base office during the summer, or that they simply were not interested in having an intern.

But Scott responded saying “sweet deal.” As long as I was willing to make it happen, the internship was mine.

Utah is a long way from Iowa – you can’t just drive home for the weekend to visit friends and family – once you’re out there, you’re out there. I was a little apprehensive about leaving for the summer, but I ultimately decided that working with a sole proprietor, Scott, would be much more beneficial in the long run than finding an internship that I would hate that would be close to home.

And so here I am – in Utah – interning with Scott Jarvie at JarvieDigital Photography – and surprisingly enough, I don’t feel like an enemy of war. (more…)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)


Bootcamp Day 7 – The Wedding

In the morning we just worked in the office – working with workflow some more, including keywording and editing in lightroom.
Practicing rating for the first time was great – because just seeing which images one picks each time through is a little different. Just comparing the images to the good ones around it makes it a lot easier to choose the good ones. And the more times you see an image, the better – so the images at the top of the rating pyramid have been seen the most times and picked accordingly.

About Lightroom: when it comes to editing, faster is better – so there may be more than one way to do something, you want to do it the way that will be faster in the end. If you have to darken something and lighten other things because of it, maybe it would’ve been faster to just selectively darken instead, or vice-versa. Saving time is always vital – so the faster you can do something the better. Don’t get complacent.

Key-wording – is important!

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

The wedding:

We then headed out to the wedding, which was a great experience. In a lot of ways, there was a lot more going on at the wedding than at the other things we’ve been to. Having to work around all the guests is a lot different than working with only people who are there for a photoshoot. So being conscientious of the wedding guests is very important. The way the guests perceive the photographer is a very important aspect of photographing a wedding.

One thing that seems overlooked when it comes to weddings, is when it is okay to take a small break. You have to know what the schedule is for the wedding, and about when different things will happen so that you can always be ready for the really important moments. You don’t want to be off changing your gear or anything else when they suddenly cut the cake, throw the bouquet, etc.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


(Photo by Angela Terry)



In the morning we more fully introduced to SmugMug. This is where Scott has his photos in galleries for clients to view their photos but it is also capable to order the prints. So a client can go into their gallery in SmugMug, at their convenience, and view their pictures and then also order them. From there Scott gets a notification via email and he can then do any edits the couple requests and then send the order off to the printers. The prints get sent right to the client. Pretty Cool.

We also worked on key-wording. Key-wording is very beneficial. If you keyword your pictures in Lightroom, it can then transfer over into SmugMug and it is easier to sort the pictures by keyword then by picking through all of them one by on.

At night we went to a wedding and reception. I learned it helps to have extra people around to organize the wedding party for pictures. I also worked a lot with my ISO. Working it with the low lighting and working in a group without getting in the way. I want to get the picture, but not be in the way of our client’s fun.

I think that is the most I have gotten out of this whole week experience is learning my camera better. I don’t do a lot of indoor pictures, or low lighting pictures. I do mainly natural light. So this has really helped me learn my camera better, improve my skills and stretch myself to be a better photographer.


(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)



Starting the day in the office, Scott showed us some of the basics of a photo hosting website called SmugMug. He uses this as his primary hub to not only show his photos to his clients but as a side benefit the website also serves as an online portfolio as well as a way to “grab” those photos from one central point and pull them into other sites such as this blog.

The next thing we learned was keywording through Lightroom. This can be a small or a huge task depending on the photoshoot your working on. However big the task may be, the time spent doing quality keywording can pay off when it comes to internet searches and searches within your own sites. From a marketing standpoint, you of course always want traffic coming to your sites so you may bring in business. From a website standpoint, it is beneficial to navigate directly to the type of content you are looking for. Keywording is essential for these to work efficiently.

Scott then did some photo editing teaching inside of Lightroom. I am fairly familiar with the functions of the “Develop” module within Lightroom. However, Scott taught some very valuable lessons within this. My editing in the past could easily take 5-10 minutes per photo. For me this has always been unacceptable. Scott teaches that there are things you can do to turn many long steps into just a few quick steps. Therefore saving huge amounts of time. In addition, where in the past, I wanted to perfect every single photo, I now look for the very best photos and spend slightly more time on them and less time on the ones that simply were not the greatest. Making the decision on which ones to do with with is achieved through a rating system that is built into Lightroom and utilizing Scotts method of using that rating system.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

That evening…Wedding time!

Its amazing how knowing certain things in life can help you in something seemingly unrelated. Im sure you all have heard about football coaches having their players take ballet lessons to strengthen their awareness and their abilities to use their bodies. The same thing happened to me today. We as photographers strive to enhance our abilities to see photos within the place we are located. In addition to this, we strive to “see the light” that is available or possible for that particular photo. Having done the learning we did today in Lightroom actually helped me to see even more than before. Through the rating system, we also learned the things that can make up a strongly rated photo. Through the editing system, we learned what a photo or photo situation can become, not just what appears to be.

Photographing this wedding was wonderful. We were lucky to have a beautiful couple, a wonderful family, a very nice location, and just a very good “visual” event to photograph.

Great Day

(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)

A day in the Studio:

We spent the day in the studio working with lots of different lighting setups, including soft boxes, a beauty dish, grids and different backdrops.

(Left photo by Britney Brent, right photo by Laurel Scott)

We had to figure out how bright one light would be to another by using the power output of the bulb, and the setting we had the flash on, such as 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, or 1/2.

(Left photo by Laurel Scott, Right photo by Britney Brent)

Multiplying fractions is not our strong point, but we got it figured out by the end of the day.

(Left photo by Angela Terry, Right photo by Britney Brent)

We also tried a bunch of different setups just so that we could compare between them and learn from doing, rather than only talking about it, but never seeing the results.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

We used the lights with the diffusers, but we also used reflectors and other light modifiers to direct the studio lights and change the outcome to what we wanted. With the studio, there are always a lot of different options for getting the light the way you want it because you are in complete control of the light- but the key is to do whatever is fastest so you can get the most done in the least amount of time.

(Photo by Angela Terry)

We also had a little fun – not everything we do is work.  This is us trying to be the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” monkeys.

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

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(Photos by Laurel Scott)


Bootcamp Day 5 and 6 – Flash Camp

We started out in the studio in the morning working with different lighting setups and equipment and light ratios. We mostly used softboxes, but we also used the beauty dish and reflectors. This was a good exercise in completely controlling the light – there was no external light to work with, so everything we did directly effective the outcome in its entirety.
We moved on to Alpine in the afternoon to start working with flash outdoors. This was challenging because the more types of equipment added in, the more something is likely to malfunction… so we had quite a few times when the flash didn’t go off… and so we got a lot of problem solving practice in.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

I enjoyed using flash, even though it was often frustrating to get everything to work together. Moving the flash around to get the desired result is great. The talk we had the day before was informational, sure, but actually using the flashes is much more effective. The continued practice will be necessary, though, to fully implement what we learned on a regular basis.

The best part about flash camp: light painting in the middle of the night.

Update: When we were shooting the wedding two days later and I was using flash, I was so caught up in what we were doing that I didn’t remember all that we had done with flash. So, more practice and actively trying to think about and implement those techniques is important to becoming better.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


(Photo by Britney Brent)


Flash is probably the best invention ever, aside from the lightbulb… which I guess is a part of it, but you get the idea. :)

I found that as we were working the in the studio learning about flash the pictures seemed so perfect right out of the camera. When oyu hace total control of the lighting and a steady and consistant theme to the shoot the whole process is much easier. From setting up, taking all the pictures you could imagine to editing, I felt like because of the consistancy the work flow went by so much quicker.

However, I’m not going to lie, I LOVE to use the natural light of the outside world that you just can’t get in a studio. Using the light outside along with flash sure does help the picture though. We spent two days working outside with the flash at all different times of the day. We started with the sun high, then shot at sunset, when it was dark, and then again in the morning at sun up. Because of the light being so different around the flash helped us still get good pictures. We were able to control better what what being seen and focused on in the picture. I LOVE using flash. I felt there was a lot let post editing when you use the flash which is soooo nice!

Flash: Learn it, love it, USE IT!

(Photos by Britney Brent)


(Photo by Angela Terry)


Flash Me

Each day gets more and more jam packed with information. Today we learned flash in studio and out.

In studio the one thing I want to talk about is getting the white background white. If you set your subject up in front of a white backdrop it is going to be gray. You must light your white backdrop and check your “highlights” option on your camera to make sure all areas are white. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to use a white background, but it is worth the time and effort gone into it.

Out of studio I learned how to get the clouds and sky looking real cool in the background. To do that you must manually set your exposure for the sky without the flash. Then when you take the picture of your client you can get an awesome picture with the flashes lighting them and the cool sky in the background.

(Photos by Angela Terry)


(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)



Studio and Alpine:

This morning we went to a studio to learn how lighting in a studio can differ from outdoors with speedlights and reflectors.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

Some of the distinct advantages of using a studio are:

  • You can control the environment. Such as a specific amount of wind blowing in a models hair.
  • Based on your equipment, you can control the quality of light ie. soft or harsh, and the brightness level of your light.
  • You have control over your direction of light. So, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is.
  • Convenience. Your studio is not over a river and through the woods.
  • Your images can take on lighting that would not be available in the outdoors. This can also be a disadvantage (see below)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

Disadvantages of a studio:

  • Unless you are very experienced at controlling your light, it will always look like it was artificially lit. There are exceptions to this but typically this is the case.
  • You are limited to your backgrounds based on what you have inside of your studio. Whereas the outdoors has enough backgrounds for more than a lifetime of photography.
  • You studio location might not be as convenient as your backyard or neighborhood park.
  • Studio ownership/rentals are not free. The majority of outdoor locations do not cost anything more than potentially the fuel to drive there.
  • In the studio we played around with different setups to show how changing various things affected the end result of photo.

Later that afternoon, we had the opportunity to drive to a beautiful home in Alpine, Ut. That had an absolutely spectacular back yard with tulips, trees, rivers, and rocks galore. Then, with the help of several models and married couples, we utilized our learned skills of speedlights, reflectors, diffusers, and other light modifiers to take photos that would hopefully amaze anyone who sees them. The wonderful thing about using such modifiers in the outdoors is that when used correctly, they can enhance the current scene without looking “fake”.

That night we continued the same thing but we changed locations to an open grassy field on the side of the mountain where the background was snowy peaks, and a beautiful color filled sunset.


Posted by ScottJarvie at June 6, 2011

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This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

(Photo by Laurel Scott)


Today we started out rejecting photos from our shoot yesterday evening. We totaled over 4500 photos for the five of us. It took us until we left for Salt Lake City to finish rejecting the photos – and we still have so many steps left before we’re done with them.

This afternoon we headed up to Salt Lake City to Abravanal Hall to do a walk through for a shoot later this week. We looked for locations to take photos of the symphony members in the hall. This meant looking at the backgrounds available to us, and avoiding the distractions such as lights on the ceiling, or changes in the wall, etc.

After we were done in the hall, we went outside with our models to do the same thing – search for backgrounds that would not be distracting. Since we were in the middle of the city, this meant working around scaffolding, traffic, pedestrians and light poles. It was a fun exercise.

Notes on rejecting and picking: “Err on the side of leniency”

  • Different people have different definitions of what qualifies as a blurry photo. We all have different tolerances. It is not so simple, though, because you have to take into account the moment, how large the subject is in the photo, etc.
  • Another difficult thing with choosing photos is that sometimes a photo will be similar to another, and one has to decide whether they want one or both… so again, this is just a judgement call, and I need to make sure that I am erring on the side of leniency.

Flash Presentation:   “It’s not as much about where the light is going to hit, but rather where the shadows fall.”

We spent a lot of time working with flash in the evening. The main things we talked about were the things that change the flash that are not camera settings, and the things on the camera that change how the flash affects the photo.

Take away points:

  • The higher the shutter speed, the darker the background will be.
  • The quality of the light is very important in how the photo turns out.
  • The size of the light source compared to the subject is also important in determining how soft the light is. The larger it is in comparison, the softer the light. The closer the light source, the softer the light.
  • Zooming on the flash will narrow the light – meaning that it will not spread as much.
  • The focus on your subject is only determined by the duration of the flash, not the duration of the shutter speed.
  • At night you want something that will provide ambient light for the background, such as a twilight sky, that way you can light up the subject with the flash.
  • TTL stands for Through The Lens – and it means that the camera decides how long it thinks the flash needs to go off, and then the camera user can then tell the flash to be brighter or darker than it thought it should be.
  • When using a soft box, if you set your flash zoom to 24, you will get a much brighter image than if everything else remains the same, but you change your zoom to 200.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


(Photos by Britney Brent)


Bootcamp Day 4

“It’s not as much about where the light is going to hit, but rather where the shadows fall.”

Whatch you talkin’ ‘bout Willis?
That might very well be the most profound statement on TV! Asking questions is so important. Because I am not very familiar with doing flash photography, I was quite lost at times during the presentations. However, I got up the nerves, not that its hard for me to talk lol, to ask questions even though I felt a bit dumb because everyone around me seemed to know more. BUT when I started asking questions, more people started asking questions too… or at least I just noticed more that I wasn’t the only one asking questions. :) What a blessing asking questions was to me.

Asking questions will help you internalize more of what is going on around you. It helps you clarify and better understand things that you may think you already completely understand. So, my advise at this time… ASK QUESTIONS!!! Especially ask when you’re with an amazing instructor like SCOTT JARVIE!!!


(Photo by Angela Terry)


The Location Rotation Game

Locations for photoshoots can be found anywhere you look. The secret is knowing your angles, backgrounds and the style you want to shoot. The location defines the type of photo shoot that it will be. While driving up to Salt Lake today to check out a location for a photo shoot next week we played the “Location Game”. Find a spot to take pictures, tell me where, why, and possible distractions.
If you open your eyes and just look around your neighborhood you can find a lot of places to take pictures. One example the local elementary school. Most have brick walls, playgrounds, grassy fields, windows, even the hopscotch painted on the ground. So many possibilities and backgrounds. In my neighborhood I have a wood fence across the street that could be used, next door is a nice brick wall from the house, on the other side of me they have a deck, rocks and flower planters that would work well. I could also use the basketball hoop from the neighbor kids. The middle of the road would even be real cute.
Scott just got me thinking about all the different places that could be a good place to take pictures. So many times with think about the “pretty” locations but really, isn’t about the skills of the photographer that make that location great?

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)


Abravanel Hall

Today we use an actual photoshoot that Scott has been hired for as a way for Scott to teach location finding and using a single location in many different way to get different results.

We start by going inside the Abravanel Hall which is a theater that houses the Utah Symphony Orchestra. By then coordinating with the staff there to find out the needs of the client and what they are looking for as an end result. The inside of the building is very elegant with lots of gold tones to the architecture. Based on info from the graphic artist, this is a key point of the building. Scott then uses this information to find a few different angles and using stand in models to find specific shots ahead of time so that when the actual photoshoot happens, we will be prepared to get set up quickly and consistently. After Scott gets the key shots down, he then uses a 360 approach to looking all around from different perspectives to then find additional shots that can be taken. After this is all taken care of, we move outside with the models to do some further training on finding backgrounds and angles within the surrounding environment. This is all topped off with a little bit of a scouting exercise while we drive home.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

Photo of a girl with an umbrella in an orchard.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


Day 3  – “Know when to hold them… know when to fold them.”

This morning we worked on practicing workflow – rejecting images that are blurry, timing each other, and helping each other learn. It is important to help each other because Scott doesn’t have all the time in the world (obviously), and if someone catches onto something faster than others, they can help everyone else learn and catch up.

The teaching experience is a very powerful one. Sometimes when teaching someone else, I end up learning more about what I’m teaching about in the process. To have to explain something to someone else means that I have to be able to put it into words that make sense… which is much harder than simply “knowing” something. Putting the knowledge into words helps reinforce it.

In the orchard:

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(Photos by Laurel Scott)

It was wet and rainy and my shoes got soaked through with cold water – and my pants were wet up to my knees – so that was not so fun, but the day itself was. We took photos of the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy who had done all their own hair and makeup for our shoot. We took them out to an orchard and practiced assisting each other, using flash, using props, and working with the weather. It rained on and off during the day and it was chilly – so we had to be careful with the equipment and our models.

The most beneficial thing of the day was learning to work with lots of different kinds of people. Giving the models directions and interacting with them was great experience. Watching how they reacted to different approaches. Some responded well to humor, others to serious directions only, and some didn’t seem to respond to much at all, which just means that maybe I needed to try something else with them.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


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(Photos by Britney Brent)


Don’t judge me, I’ll flash you if I want!

WOW! What a difference using a flash when taking portraits makes! I’ve been a “natural light” type of photographer. I loved that there were less shadows, and a really soft look to the pictures. But after looking at pictures from our photo shoot with 30 beautiful Renaissance Hair School students, I saw that using a flash can bring their true beauty to life in a picture.

(Photo by Britney Brent)

Our eyes are attracted to what is lightest in the picture: when you add a flash you help bring the onlooking eye toward what is important; their beautiful faces. When you add a flash the contrast in the picture becomes much higher and the crispness rises. Their eyes literally come to life more.

(Photos by Britney Brent)

I am in LOVE with using a flash now. LOVE IT!!!


(Photo by Angela Terry)


Posey Pose

  • Today was a super fun day! We were able to photograph the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy in Provo, Utah in an orchard. They were bubbly and had lots of energy, which made it fun to photograph.
  • Today, in the orchard, I worked on assisting, lighting and working on flashes but I want to focus on what I learned about posing.
  • Working off the client’s energy and personality.
  • Letting them find a natural pose and making small adjustments. Having them look to the light, then away from the light.
  • Just moving the eyes to look at me but keeping their head in the same position.
  • Mixing up the natural poses.
  • Playing little games with them like, making a different pose every 3 seconds, having them switch from a serious look to a funny look and then back to a serious look then a funny look. It really loosens them up and makes it fun.

(Photos by Angela Terry)

  • When posing a group it is good just to give general directions. Most people have been photographed in a group and know the tall people go in the back and shorter in the front. Also if you tell the group to have the front row knee down, you will find out, by who kneels down, who will be willing to kneel on the front row. Again, you will want to just do minor adjustments, or then the people will just hold still and wait for you to pose them, which takes time to do. Pick your battles in posing.

(Photos by Angela Terry)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)


Today we did an awesome photoshoot with the Renaissance Hair Academy of Provo. Scott has arranged for a huge group of cosmetology students to get all dressed up, hair done by each other and ready for a photoshoot in the middle of an orchard.

The best part of this photoshoot aside from the learning is that these girls are all in wonderful bubbly moods and ready to have fun. We first start out with Scott teaching us some methods of getting group shots. He taught something that should be obvious but we as photographer will usually try to control, and this is the fact that these are adults and in general, adults know how to arrange themselves in order of height to get into a group for a photo. After the general grouping is established, we as the photographer can then make adjustments to fill in space. Scott showed us how if we as the photographer were to intervene too quickly, all of the adults will automatically stop forming and sit and wait for us to place each and every one of them. Scott then taught about lighting large groups with a sort of cross lighting. For example, an assistant or a light stand will be placed on the right side of the group and aimed towards the left side of the group to avoid super bright lighting on the side the light is on. This is then done from the other side as well to create… cross light.

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(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

As we go through taking individual shots and small groups, we learned to have fun with our models in order to bring out their personalities. This will get us photos with a true look for each person vs. looking like they were “over posed.”

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


Bootcamp Day 2 – “Creative Solutions”

Today we worked on workflow in the morning:

  • Reject blurry photos – “X” in lightroom
  • Pick photos to give to the client “P” in lightroom
  • Start the rating process – 1 star, 2 star, etc.

In the afternoon we worked on assisting – which involved setting up and breaking down equipment, moving things around, understanding directions, and learning what the different pieces of equipment do.  We used off-camera flash, radio sync, light sync, manual flash settings, ttl, diffusers, reflectors, LED lights, “the sun,” etc.

Assisting was all about speed and accuracy – both are very important… but if you can “get it wrong fast” that’s ok because you can also fix it fast, and less time is ultimately wasted than if you had spent a long time getting it right the first time.  So following directions, and being able to predict what is wanted, rather than simply stand around waiting for directions, are very important aspects to being a great assistant.
Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.

Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.


(Photos by Britney Brent)


  • Assisting is Prestiging! (Prestigious:)
  • Assisting someone in some eyes may not seem to be a very prestigious job. However, it very much is! A master of photography, such as Scott Jarvie, doesn’t just let anyone assist him BECAUSE of how important an assistant is to a photoshoot.
  • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE EQUIPMENT!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to make QUICK ADJUSTMENTS!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to LISTEN CLOSELY to instructions!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to UNDERSTAND THE WORK FLOW of the photographer!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to know GEOMETRY (if you don’t lol he’ll give you a lesson!)
  • As an assistant it’s so important to LOVE WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S style!!!

Being an assistant for a mentor you love really is a great honor! Latch on and learn every thing you can. Love every second that you have to help him be great. Assisting is a vital role is is a prestigious one… don’t take advantage of the constant learning opportunities that you will have.


(Photos by Angela Terry)


“Beep Beep Beep, Beep Beep Beep”

Being efficient is of great importance. There many ways to up your efficiency rate in photography. Using a timer to test how fast your efficiency is just one great tool to help up your efficiency rate.

I have learned that the timer is my friend and is a great tool to help train interns, for good reason. To be good and fast one must learn and practice over and over, and how do you know if you are improving? By timing yourself. It shows improvement and it helps teach yourself with repetition and speed. When working with the light boxes, stands, and flashes; first I learned how to set the items up, but then I was pushed to set them up accurately in a short amount of time. Doing it over and over, trying to beat my previous time before truly helped in my efficiency, but also in my knowledge of the equipment as well as the confidence in using the equipment.

I think the timer has become my new best friend. I now must find a cute timer at Target for my office.


Day 2 – Basic Lightroom (picking of photos) workflow


As we work on the photos we have taken, we focus on a software program Adobe Lightroom. This software was created to cater specifically to photographers and their workflow process. It is designed with a basic workflow “built in” but allows for individuals to develop their own specific direction and tools to utilized based on that persons style and needs.

Scott has refined his personal workflow around his editing style and to utilize efficiency as much as possible. As the workflow goes, we progress in layers or steps that narrow down what photos will be worked on and edited. For example: We all get blurry photos for many various reasons. The narrowing down process quickly gets rid of blurry photos and allows the editor to judge to keep or Reject (X Key in Lightroom) ones that might be a little bit softer just in case that particular photo is a unique moment, composition, subject, etc.

The next step in the workflow is to Pick (P Key in Lightroom) the good photos from the ones that may not be so good. Again, by quickly going through and narrowing down to get rid of photos that the editor would simply not want to keep for reasons that should stand out as obviously not a good photo.

We then move on to the first step in the rating process (1,2,3,4,5 Keys in Lightroom (star rating)). At this stage, we either don’t rate (also a 0 star) or add a 1 star to the photo if we want to have that photo continue on as a good photo. This will be continued on very similar to a sports team during their playing season. Al of the teams start out, then progress layer by layer or level by level until they reach the top (1 stars are then narrowed to the better 2s, then 3s, etc. until the very best are 5 stars). Keeping in mind that even the 1 star rated photos will be edited because they were picked as good photos but, the ones that made it to 5 stars will get much more attention towards their editing.

On this day, we also learned how to assist the main photographer. I will discuss this on Day 3 however.

(Photos by Scott Jarvie)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

The experiences of four interns with the amazing Scott Jarvie at the first day of the ten day photo bootcamp – Day 1


The mantras and sayings:

  • “Choose your battles”
  • “Efficiency”
  • “Creative Solutions”
  • “Err on the side of leniency”
  • “If it is dark, keep it dark, if it is bright, keep it bright.” (Exposure Compensation)
  • “If it is about (some thing) – commit to it.”
  • “Cast a big net”
  • “The editing process is like a pyramid”

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

Photo games:

Game one: Stand in one place as the photographer and have the model move around you to find different backgrounds.

Game two: Have the model stay in one place and move around her to find different backgrounds.

What was great about this game was that it forced me to look around at places that I wouldn’t normally view as good backgrounds. Having to find a certain number of backgrounds in a limited space was challenging and rewarding.

When picking – make it simple… a yes or no question only. Start with “is the photo in focus,” on the first go-through. The next time you go through the photos ask “is this a photo to give to the client?” And then the next time, you rate the photos with one star (good), and then you look through the one star photos and you pick the two star (great) photos from the good photos. Etc, etc. until you get to the very best top picks.
Photography is not just about the technical aspect of things, but also about the emotional connection to the subject. No matter how technically deficient a photo is, the friends of the person in the photo are still going to love it. The emotion of the photo, the story that goes with it and the location are all very important aspects to a photo in terms of content.

The next “step” past the subject of the photo is the background of the photo. It is important to avoid distractions in the background, so no posts coming out of heads, etc.
Looking at the background and not becoming too focused on the subject is important. Looking at the whole frame while shooting and not just getting caught up in looking just at the center of the frame or just at the face of the subject – is very important.

The expectations for different kinds of photoshoots are very different. If you are photographing for an individual, say their wedding, versus for a fashion magazine, the expectations for what the photos will look like are different. The photos will be used in different ways and their purposes are very different, so the way the photo is taken and edited will be drastically different – and it is important to keep this in mind when taking the photos for differing clients.


(Photos by Angela Terry)


“Just because there is a war doesn’t mean you have to fight all the little battles.”
In photography we have to choose our battles. You don’t want to use your energy on all the battles, “choose the battles that will make the most impact.”
You want to find the beauty or even the awesome that is all around you, but you still must pick your battle. It might take more time for the awesome shot, is it worth it? Is there time? Is the client wanting it or even getting the idea? Is it worth the battle or can the shot be done easier and in less time with almost the same amount awesomeness.
Choose your battle and make impact

(Photo by Angela Terry)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)


Scott Jarvie’s Photography Bootcamp
Day 1 –

We started out the day with introductions to get to know each other, and for Scott to give us his story of where he started on his path of photography. This also gave Scott the chance to get a bit of a baseline to what level each of us are currently at in our photography learning curve.

Once this was accomplished, we transitioned into what Scott has as his basic foundations not only in photography but in viewing the world around us so that it may help us to translate that view in our own photos. One of the ways we can do this is by finding Creative Solutions to solve problems that occur within photography. For example, you may have an outdoor photoshoot where the natural lighting is not what you had hoped it would be such as rainy, dark clouds, harsh sun, etc. and you need to find ways of overcoming these conditions and turning it into something that maybe even works to your advantage. We as photographers and photographer assistants need to learn this by either experimentation or by seeking out the experiences of other photograhers who have already learned how to overcome these situations.

Scott then worked on teaching us two concepts that go hand-in-hand; Choosing your battles, and efficiency. This for me could be a huge life lesson that I need to strive to incorporate with many different aspects. There are many times when you think something is important but it may take too long or it may not be impactful enough to make it worth even doing. If you have to stop and decide if you should do it or not, by the time you had to even think about it, you have already spent too much time on it. If I have to run back to the car to get another light or another reflector, by the time I get back to my shooting location, I might realize that I spent too much time doing so an the extra item will not really add enough of an impact to the photo to have made it worth your time.

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(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

That evening, Scott did a full presentation on what he calls “Attractions and Distractions”. In photography, there is obviously a subject that you are photographing. As the photographer, our goal is to make that subject the item that photo conveys and the eye is drawn to. When you strive to Create Attractions “the subject” and Remove Distractions “anything that can draw the eye away from the subject” you have then sent the message you wanted in your photo. Some of the methods or points Scott taught us to create the attractions are:
– Create a visual connection to the subject. Whether it be a location, person, story, or subject matter.
– Convey emotional impact. Such as romance, joy, sadness, coldness/warmth, etc.
– Knowing that our eyes and thoughts will typically be drawn to subjects that are brighter and in-focus.
– Elements that can also create attraction are: Color, Light/dark, Point of View, texture, framing lines, leading lines, patterns, balance.
Some things that create distractions:
– Subjects that compete with each other. For example: A romantic situation but something funny is happening off to the side.
– Non-essentials. For example: A beautiful building but there is a bunch of cars in the foreground.
– Obstructive elements. For example: A head-shoot portrait but there is hair in front of an eye.
– Non-Satus Quo. For example: Awkward position, clothing problems, messy hair, unflattering proportions.
All in all, Scott teaches us that we want to create a photo that draws us in and feels like we are there in the scene without it looking like and “edited/changed photo/situation”

And so Day 1 comes to an end…


(Photo by Britney Brent)


Day 1

  • Learning what NOT to do is very good at times…
  • Do NOT focus on the wrong object of the picture…
  • (Insert out of focus picture)
  • Do NOT cut off peoples limbs…
  • (Insert limb picture here)
  • Do NOT have huge distractions from what you are focusing on…
  • (insert distraction picture)
  • And last but DEFINITELY not least:
  • Do NOT put dish soap in the dish washer!!!!
  • (insert pic of dishwasher disaster)
  • And now a few DO’s:
  • DO sit at a computer in a chair to edit and not on the couch with a laptop…
  • DO figure out a short code for filing pictures for easy access….
  • DO create emotional connections with your pictures…
  • DO understand people expectations…
  • And a most common sense DO:

A Fun Experience

I’m happy that we did this.
What did we do? I did a presentation about photography to the hair school one week and came back the next week and did a photoshoot for them.

It just thrills me that everyone was so darn excited for the pictures.

It worked out well doing it as part of my Bootcamp experience because I had 4 photographers able to come along and take pictures.
There were often dozens of girls waiting for their pictures to be taken… I had to work fast and efficiently to get everybody in. It would have been fun to have a little more time to set up really great scenes… but I actually loved the challenge of the way it went down.
Those other photographers will share some of what they did on this day in a few days in a post about what they learned.

Other Schools/Groups/Etc

If you have a similar situation like this I’d be more than happy to consider how to make it happen… best month for it is July.

I’m inclined because of exposure and it’s really nice when they’re fun cute girls too. Cuz they’re fun to be around and one day they’ll get married and so will their friends. haha

While a lot of what i did was just getting through the mass of models, I did have some moments to pose some more fun stuff.


These are just some of my pictures to see the rest of mine and pictures from the other 4 photographers go here… there are over 1200 pictures.

To see them in chronological order go here

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I’m pretty happy with all the headshots I did. The lighting was just perfect for it. It was way overcast (even rainy) and yet it seemed to work really well. I think the key was being in a darker portion of the orchards and then catching what rays were coming down through and lighting the people up. Reflector right below the frame of the pictures.

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For them I’m pretty sure it was about doing hair (and makeup) prior to the shoot.

This is what it’s all about. And it wasn’t even my idea… they came up with it! And I went along… I didn’t mind at all. haha

OK so for the end of Bootcamp we had an open invite to photographers and models to come out to the salt flats and do pictures.

Someone had a cool car and so we took some picutres.

I held true to the believe that you don’t need to be right next to the cool things in your picture. So I had her stand apart from the car.
I lit her up with a light and the car as well with another light.

Turns out it’s hard to get a black car lit up nice at night.


These are pictures taken from the event mainly from interns. A couple of them are mine but mainly their just edited by me.

I’ll let the interns talk about what they did in later posts.

See the rest of the pictures here.

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Planned a while back it’s finally happening… My 10 day photography workshop that will go until May 26th

A short Recap of some of the highlights

  • Day 1 – Intro Stuff and In the evening two of what I consider to be my most important presentations
    “Attractions and Distractions: Developing a language for photography” and essentially what we can call simply “Taking in focus pictures: Tips for more in focus pictures”
  • Day 2 – The highlight for this day is i’m focusing on workflow and assisting
  • Day 3 – The highlight is a long photoshoot with dozens of models in provo (a chance to practice their assisting skills)
  • Day 4 – Learning to really see and utilize locations – including a walk through of abravenel hall for photoshoots we’re doing the next week.
  • Also the intro presentation for Flash Camp that evening
  • Day 5 – Studio lighting then the start of flash camp which includes a lot of models
  • Day 6 – The finish of flash camp – (flash camp is about using flash at day then sunset and then twilight and then night… going to bed and then waking up to do it all over again in reverse)
  • Day 7 – A real wedding will be the highlight
  • Day 8 – An involved photoshoot for the symphony
  • Day 9 – A wedding centered day – with photoshoots and a wedding vendor dinner which is an amazing experience to learn more about the culture and expectations of being a wedding photographer
  • Day 10 – recap day includes a big photowalk at the end with lots of photography from the community at large

Other things we’re doing

Bootcamp is all day long and in all the other spots we’ll be at the computer learning how to work on pictures and learning all sorts of photography projects that I have lined up for the interns to work on this summer. Because we’re shooting so much simply going through pictures will take a lot of time… because it’s everyone’s pictures.

We’ll be focusing on them writing down and internalizing what they learned and sharing it here on the blog. (so stay tuned for that)

Options to the Public

  • You can come to the Presentations tomorrow
  • Flash Camp I will still take 2 more photographers
  • Wedding Vendor Dinner you can add yourself to the waiting list for if there are spots available after the wedding vendors book
  • Thursday the 26th anyone is free to come to our closing social a photowalk tentatively planned for the salt flats.
  • Model – I’ve found a lot of models to be part but if you also want to model for cash Or for pictures let me know.
  • Hey if you have a lot of money laying around and 10 totally free days there’s always bootcamp itself 😉 haha

Motto and Objectives

The main objective of this Bootcamp has always been to teach my summer full time interns all they’ll need to know to work all summer long on pictures and projects.
Secondarily to give them lots of amazing experiences to help them get much better at taking pictures. (this is actually going to be a big portion of the time we spend)

The Motto = Pick your battles (I will relate almost everything to this saying/mantra)