December 11, 2017

by Andrew Harper

Adobe Spark

 

If you’ve ever had your headshot taken, you’ve probably asked the photographer “You’re going to work your photoshop magic, right?” And usually the answer is something along the lines of “We do light retouching.” While that may make some people nervous, the truth is that there are a lot of steps you can take before your appointment to get your skin looking its best. We’ve organized a list of preparations you can make when you’ve scheduled your session and broken it into three key categories: Diet, Products, and Overall Wellness. 

 

Diet

It’s an age old saying: “You are what you eat!” And it’s true. Your body takes nutrients from food to build and sustain itself on a molecular level, and with your skin being your largest organ, it only makes sense that our first tip is to pay attention to your diet leading up to your headshot session.

  • Cut Dairy (if you haven’t already). Most people become lactose intolerant as they get older, and with good reason. Dairy increases inflammation in the body, leading to uneven skin-tone (or splotchiness) and sometimes a puffy appearance, particularly around the eyes.
  • Increase your Omega 3s – these can be found in foods like salmon, walnuts, and chia. They do the exact opposite as dairy – reducing puffiness and inflammation. Worth noting, the anti-inflammatory affects are not just limited to your skin, they’re also excellent for people with high cholesterol and blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Incorporate Vitamin C daily – Vitamin C increases the production of collagen and fights free radical damage from sun exposure.
  • Water Water Water! - Try doubling your water intake – unless you already drink a lot. Make sure to sip, not gulp, so that your body has ample time to absorb it – not just flush it out. Here’s a link outlining the benefits of proper water consumption.

Tip from the writer: My favorite summertime drink is a homemade juice from apples, lemons, and spinach. All three ingredients promote healthy skin cell production and fight the negative affects of sun exposure which is key when you live in the Sunshine State like we do!

 

Products

Everyone has their own skincare regiment. When you need results fast, however, don’t be afraid to add a couple steps, especially at night time when your face and body are restoring themselves.

  • Exfoliate  - exfoliating removes the dead skin on the top layer, leaving your face fresh and bright. It’s also helpful in aiding the process of new skin cell development.
  • Moisturize - we recommend any product that has hyaluronic acid. It’s an ingredient that can hold and supply a massive amount of moisture which when applied can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Caffeine Scrub or Mask - you can find these in stores, but we personally recommend you make your own.  You can either gently rub this on your eyelids (carefully) or apply it and let it sit. Massaging the skin encourages circulation and has immediate visible benefits to reducing puffiness.

 

Overall Wellness

This category can be the easiest if you let yourself breathe for a moment…

  • Relax - if there’s anything I’ve learned from watching my skin, it’s that stress is the number one factor in blemishes. It’s hard not to be stressed, but if you pay attention to things that let your mind wander it can help you unwind. Read a book, watch a movie you haven’t seen in your favorite genre, go for a walk in the evening when the weather is nice. Self-guided meditation apps are everywhere nowadays and are perfect for just before bed. Here’s a link to some really good (and free) ones.
  • Stay Active - sweating not only has mental benefits, it also flushes toxins from your body through the pores of your skin. Just be sure to wash your face after!

 

December 4, 2017

By Andrew Harper

 

Adobe Spark

 

The holiday season is upon us and chances are someone you know wants a new camera this year. We have searched all over the web looking for the cameras that stand out, picked out the features we like the best about each one, and sorted them by price. Here is the official list of cameras that we recommend as holiday gifts this season for the photographer in your life. Happy hunting!

 

<$400 Range

 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9$59

  • Instant print of image
  • different body color options
  • film can be bought at camera stores, amazon, and even some retailers like Urban Outfitters
  • Perfect gift for younger audience

 

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Canon Powershot SX420$229 

  • Long zoom at 30x
  • Accurate color range and superior white balancing
  • great for travel due to its zoom focus

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Nikon D3400  – $396.95 on Amazon or $496.95 with 70-300mm lens on Adorama

  • superior battery life
  • lighter than its predecessors
  • Guide Mode feature for novice users
  • affordable and high quality entry-level DSLR

 

$400-700 Range

 

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 WiFi Enabled$599

  • one of canon’s most compact DSLRs
  • 24.2 MP
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 3 inch touchscreen with variable angles
  • WiFi and Bluetooth enabled

 

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Sony Alpha a6000 – $498 on Adorama or $698 with 55-210mm zoom lens (same prices and bundles on Amazon)

  • 24.3 MP Sensor
  • 179 autofocus points
  • fastest autofocus in its class of cameras
  • Bionz X processor which is 3x faster than its immediate predecessor
  • max ISO of 25,600

 

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 – $647.99

  • Micro Four Thirds sensor found in larger DSLR cameras
  • ISO 200-25,600
  • f/1.7-2.8 lens
  • WiFi enabled with QR code reading capabilities

 

$700-1000+ Range

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Canon EOS M5$929-1199 (Gary’s Choice for 2017!)

  • 3.2 tilting touchscreen with same resolution as the top of the line 5D Mark IV
  • electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million-dot resolution
  • WiFi and Bluetooth enabled

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Fujifilm X-T20 – $899

  • 24.3 MP
  • ISO 200-12,800
  • allows you to shoot in RAW format
  • 3.0 inch touchscreen

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Leica V-Lux (type 114)$1195

  • Comes with Lightroom 5 and 3 Year warrantee
  • Great for the camera enthusiast (Leica Brand)
  • A classic brand’s take on a modern point and shoot
  • 4k video
  • Max aperture of f/4
  • ISO range of 80-12,500

November 22, 2017

by Gary Hughes

Commercial and residential real estate photography is an important part of our business in Orlando. Over the years we have photographed hundreds of residential and commercial properties for our clients and we have developed some great tips and tricks along the way. If you are an old pro at Photoshop or just starting out, this tutorial is a great example of a simple trick that can help improve the finished product of real estate photography. As photographers in Orlando, we don’t always have control over all parts of a building when we photograph it and windows are a common problem. In this quick tutorial I will show you one of the easy ways we fix this problem when getting it right in camera isn’t an option.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get even more tips and tricks as well as behind the scenes of some of our biggest shoots.

November 14, 2017

by Andrew Harper

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As a photography student, one of the first things my professor said on day one is “Don’t forget about your phone’s camera, it’s better than most compact cameras nowadays.” I didn’t need much convincing – I was born into the information era, after all, so my iPhone is practically glued to my side. But what does that mean for the family looking to invest in the best option for capturing their upcoming trip to Disney, or the social media manager planning out the quickest way to share the company’s team building outing? It means they might not have to search far for their perfect camera.

Prior to the introduction of the iPhone, compact cameras were the most popular type of camera for anyone to own, with point-and-shoots being the most common. “Compact camera” refers to any camera designed specifically for portability that may or may not have DSLR functions. “Point-and-shoot” specifically refers to compact cameras that are designed to be set to automatic functions for the average person who might not consider themselves a “photographer.” Overall, the compact camera market focuses on convenience.

So what happens when the most convenient piece of technology you own has an arguably comparable camera?

According to this article recently published by Resource Magazine, sales in compact cameras have steadily declined since 2009, just two years after the introduction of the iPhone.

And my professor was right, our smartphones are better than a lot of compact cameras on the market right now. So good, in fact, that there is an entire round of annual awards dedicated just to images created by iPhone users, called the IPPA. TIME magazine caught on to this trend in the photography world and ran a series of covers shot exclusively with the iPhone by the photographer Luise Dörr.

Now back to that family packing for Disney. Mom and Dad are on their tablets digging deep into Amazon reviews on compact cameras – ones that are waterproof, ones that have a high megapixel count, even one that can send the photos you take straight to your phone. What Mom and Dad forgot is that they already have military grade cases on their Samsung Galaxy S7s.

Smartphones have essentially taken that main selling point from the compact camera market – convenience – and revolutionized it. So it makes sense that when the camera capabilities caught up to those of at least basic point-and-shoots that smartphones would begin to outsell traditional options. Facebook and Instagram, the two most widely used social networking sites, both offer in-app camera access so that you can take a photo and upload it straight to your feed. Even Adobe Lightroom now offers a free mobile app that has a round of the same editing features as the desktop version, meaning you can now professionally edit your mobile photos in a similar manner to your DSLR ones. These apps allow people to skip the several steps between shooting and sharing that were necessary a decade ago. Remember when you had to wait to come home and plug your camera in?

The new argument now is Apple or Android which is a hot topic all its own. Here’s a quick link that compares them, though. As with any debate on brand, it comes down to personal preference.

November 7, 2017

by Andrew Harper

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Since Hughes Fioretti specializes in corporate event photography, and Orlando is one of the Mecca’s for corporate events, many of our clients come in from other states. When traveling for work, sometimes every minute (and every dollar) counts so we decided to put together a series of articles to help visitors do Orlando like a local, starting with the airport:

MCO (Orlando International Airport) currently sits as the 13th busiest airport in the United States, with 41.9 million domestic passengers in 2016. Between 2015 and 2016, MCO boasted a growth rate of 8.12%, which vastly outperformed most of the 15 busiest airports which averaged a growth rate of about 3.56%.

But what does that mean for you, a visitor to Orlando? It means the airport is quickly becoming overwhelming, and navigating in and out can be challenging, so we put together a few helpful tips so you can travel efficiently and with ease.

First off, there are two main terminals – A and B. Knowing which terminal you’re coming from helps with the baggage claim process, so don’t be afraid to ask your flight attendant if you miss the announcement – I always do. As far as driving in, the airport does a good job at displaying which terminals host which airline. But we also have a link for you here.

Taxis can be found on both baggage claim levels, so there’s no need to call ahead for one. If you’re loyal to Uber or Lyft, however,  the designated pickup stations are not clearly marked in the airport (a large, local taxi company has been lobbying hard against ride-sharing since Uber and Lyft came to town),  but can be found on the websites of both Uber and Lyft as well as in the app. For Uber Select users that are looking for a more stylish ride, that pickup point is on the first level by the Express Pickup Tunnel.

We’ve broken down a couple key Uber fares for you, Lyft rates are comparable:

MCO —> Downtown Orlando ~$25 UberX, ~$40 UberXL, ~$60 UberSelect

MCO —> Disney Area ~$35 UberX, ~$50 UberXL, ~$80 UberSelect

MCO —> International Drive Area Similar rates as Downtown Orlando

Orlando rush hour is prominent on any major road leading to all three locations listed above, and lasts between 4pm-6pm Monday – Friday. Keep in mind, Uber tends to incur “surge” prices during these times which can increase your rate x1.7, so plan accordingly.

Another option is to take the Lynx bus which runs routes from MCO to downtown, Florida Mall, Orange County Convention Center, the outlet mall, the Sand Lake SunRail station, and a few other places. One way rides are $2, or $4.50 for an all day pass. This page dives a little more in depth on the bus schedule and fare. The Lynx bus can be caught on the ground transportation level outside of Terminal A.

Pro Tip: Costco offers a travel membership with special bundle deals on hotels, cruises, and rental cars. If you are part of the membership, you can book your discounted rentals through their website, or, access a coupon code for discounts with companies like Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.