Posts Tagged ‘flash’


(Write-up as Originally posted by Scott Jarvie on Google+)

OCF: It isn’t just for Portrait photographers anymore

Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to go on one of the most coveted hikes in the area. The Wave … after watching the moon eclipse the sun and the sky turn to dark I decided it was time to step up the game a notch. This is what you do when there is no moon no light to light up the ground. This is what you do to get the stars.


Lighting up the Night

I put my years of using Off Camera Flash on Brides and Models to the test by lighting up stuff much bigger. I directed a couple of friends (not-photographers) on where to stand, how to operate the flash, what settings to use and where to point.

The results are as seen.


Worth It

This picture made the long arduous hike luggin 43lbs of gear in the strong sun worth it. Even though coming back in the pitch dark took twice as long because we missed the trail.

Partly I did this hike and others this weekend with such a heavy backpack to see if I could handle a couple weeks in Bolivia at 13,000ft elevation and not die. Turns out I’m in better shape than I thought.

It’s always nice when you can outperform even your own expectations.

Disclaimer: I do not condone doing the hike and staying here this late unless you really know what you’re doing and are well prepared. Don’t get lost hiking back at midnight and die and then blame me.


I posted a horizontal picture of the wave at night to great response I wanted to show a couple others specially this vertical one. I went with the dark skies not-blue look for the last one and am still pondering the decision.

And Travel

Though I’m known as the wedding photographer I certainly got my start in photography doing Travel pictures in Europe and Peru. Travel and culture are in my blood along with my 5 languages spoken.

Light it big

Now I’m itching to go do other places and put this skillset of landscapes and lighting-stuff-up to work… suggestions welcome.


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 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)

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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

Category: (A) Bootcamp 2011, (a) Jarvie U Workshops

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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)

Posted by ScottJarvie at November 8, 2010

Category: (A) Family Photography

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