Opening the Box! Photography Studio Lighting Starts… at the box.

Our photography skill is in natural outdoor lighting and because of some important shoots that require us to be indoors, my business partner and I have decided to expand our knowledge to studio lighting!
The lighting kit we chose to use is by Linco Inc called Morning Glory.

I asked my partner, Jennifer, to write her experience opening the package for the first time! So, I’m handing her the mic…  uh, keyboard…..

‘”Yay! my package is here…(rummage sounds)…
Wait!… I have to call Twyla…(dialing beeps)…
“Did you open it, Did u open it?”
“No, I was waiting on you”
Open! Open! Open!”
(tape ripping)
Yay…


and…

Ok, so now that you feel like you were there with me for the awesome unavailing of DragonVision Photography’s new lighting equipment, I will let you in on how i felt about it…
“It was Awesome!!!”
lol
We ordered our 3 morning glory lights with snoot-able reflectors and stands complete with 3 backdrops and a backdrop stand
off of the internet and didn’t expect to get them in for at least a week so when I found a giant box waiting for me  at home (after only 3 days) I was ecstatic…
I ripped into that box to reveal that only half of it was there…
I was crushed…
I emailed the company and we nail biting-ly waited for a reply.
The next day there was, to my surprise, another giant box awaiting at my door step!
Upon opening it, I discovered the other half of my pieces had apparently got separated in shipping…
“SOOO HAPPY MAKING I COULD CRY!!!”‘
We set up the kit and couldn’t wait to play with our new toys…
I mean do a trial run through of our expensive new equipment…
We continuously found distraction upon distraction irritatingly pulling us away from our objective…
phone calls…
people showing up…
grumbly tummies…
Nothing would let us do what we really wanted to be doing…
Those poor lonely lights calling out to us…
feeling so abandoned…
It wasn’t until dark that we finally got to get our hands on the camera…
That brings us to the first wonderful thing…
WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE PICTURES AFTER DARK!!!
That is nearly… no… actually impossible when you specialize in natural lighting…

We tried out the black backdrop.
Fun Fact… Black swallows up light like a snake eats a rat…
but I’m sure you already knew that…
We forgot this little fact and we tried to use only one of the three morning glory lights and set it to snoot (which gives a more direct, hard light, however,  does dim it a little bit)
This resulted in very grainy pictures…
We had to rethink how to approached this little predicament…

After some adjusting of our thought process and the lights I think we might have got a small handle on it…”

 

 

 

Thank you, Jennifer! ….

So, now about the lights!

LincoInc is a Professional Photography retail company selling lighting and green screen equipment. They sell just about anything you could dream of needing for photography or recording necessities!

The Morning Glory’s have proven to be a great choice for our beginning endeavor! Very versatile, and light weight, with powerful 85W Softwhite Daylight Photo Energy Bulbs! When we hooked up all three lights, it really looked like the roof was missing and a full daylight sun was shining through! Check them out at

For more information on DragonVision Photography in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.

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Reason’s to video blog

Why use Videos on your website, youtube, facebook, blog?

Because of the magnitude of people who regularly use Social Media to obtain their information, including news, shopping and entertainment, it has become difficult to connect with people, especially potential clients/audiences!

People like social networking because it’s interactive, entertaining and….FREE!

Really, you don’t have to drive somewhere or call anyone, so there is no gas spent and time is greatly reduced!
Oh! And we can get our questions answered almost instantaneously!

So, maybe you want to connect with your prospective audience in the same way they want to connect with you?

Mari Smith, marketing expert http://www.marismith.com/, aired a webinar that talks about video blogs and how they can help your business. The webinar touched topics such as inexpensive equipment and techniques to use, conduct/branding your videos, and the best technique for stating your own video blogging.

The equipment ideas are great for beginners with limited budget or just wanting to experiment. And the advice was helpful also for 1st time video bloggers.

Topics included

  • On the go videos – Great for letting your viewer get a personal feel of you in your environment
  • Creating “Studio-Like video – For more of a professional point of view
  • How to Start – Suggesting How-To videos to start off with and how to word them for the viewer to get a personal interest what you’re offering them

My favorite points were with the lighting techniques and how to understand that what you’re doing is offering your viewers something that benefits them! Kind of like getting freebies. I love Freebies! This part of the webinar helped me understand that what I want to offer viewers may not interest them if they don’t have the same level of knowledge about the topic that I do. They wouldn’t understand why the video is good for them. So, lets put it in terms they know and can connect with.

Mari Smith’s example: If you want to talk to them about 3 point lighting, they may not understand why they need to know about 3 point lighting (even I didn’t know about 3 point lighting and I wasn’t interested). You say instead, How to look great in your videos! Now, the viewer knows what they will learn when they watch your video blog and if it will be something beneficial to them!

This webinar was helpful in teaching on how to connect with a potential audience, and had a few good tidbit tricks for lighting!

If you would like to learn more about Mari Smith and her Marketing Strategies visit her website at http://www.marismith.com/