Top Pics of the Week – October 21st

October 21, 2016 | carrie

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-6 Photo by Wandering Woo

Misty moments, dreamy reflections, fall foliage, and more can be found in this week’s Top Pics. The beautiful imagery featured today is courtesy of Wandering WooThe Jar PhotographyMark Hadden PhotographyThe HendrysThe CrawleysDark Roux PhotographySamuel Goh PhotographyDara SikkilaKeepsake PhotoKaty Weaver Photography, and Maciej Suwalowski.

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-7 Photo by The Jar Photography

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-1 Photo by Mark Hadden Photography

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-9 Photo by The Hendrys

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-2 Photo by The Crawleys

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-10 Photo by Dark Roux Photography

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-3 Photo by Samuel Goh Photography

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-8 Photo by Dara Sikkila

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-4 Photo by Keepsake Photo

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-11 Photo by Katy Weaver Photography

top-pics-of-the-week-10-21-2016-5 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

Big thanks to everyone who shared their work with us this past week! Stay tuned for next week’s Top Pics and be sure to #photobugcommunity on Instagram for a chance to see your work here next week.

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Instagrammers to Follow – October Edition

October 20, 2016 | carrie

instagrammers-october-photobug-14 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

If you’re not using Instagram as a marketing tool for your photography business, you’re doing it wrong! Learn how some of our favorite accounts have gained clients and built their own communities with Instagram in this month’s edition of Instagrammers to Follow.

In Frames Photography – @inframesphotography

instagrammers-october-photobug-1 Photo by In Frames Photography

I love Instagram! It’s definitely how I get a majority of my clients! I love that it allows for me to connect with a large audience that reaches beyond my local word of mouth referrals. My biggest tip to Instagram is to keep it real and genuine. Always post what you love, remember that you book what you post and try to be as consistent as possible. I always suggest keeping it mostly business with a hint of your personality! Instagram stories is a great way to give your followers a glimpse into your everyday life and behind the scenes of your shoots!

instagrammers-october-photobug-3 Photo by In Frames Photography

instagrammers-october-photobug-4 Photo by In Frames Photography

instagrammers-october-photobug-12 Photo by In Frames Photography

Cody & Allison – @codyandallisonphoto

instagrammers-october-photobug-5 Photo by Cody & Allison

Instagram has served as an invaluable tool for our business in not only providing a super easy way to display a quick portfolio on a widely utilized platform but it has also given us the freedom to market our business outside of our area. We have been fortunate enough to gain a lot of traction in inquiries strictly because of Instagram and also give insight as to who we are as people to potential clients. Those two things alone give plenty of reason to utilize the platform as often as you can!

instagrammers-october-photobug-7 Photo by Cody & Allison

instagrammers-october-photobug-8 Photo by Cody & Allison

I would definitely encourage anyone to stay active on Instagram and to really focus on sharing compelling content! Use interaction as a means of not only gaining relationships with other artists but also gracefully putting your convenient portfolio in front of others! Also, be grateful to your fans and followers. Whether you have 500 or 10,000 followers, take a second to thank them for the kind words.

People see tons of amazing images every day and for someone to take the time to provide you with kind words or praise is truly special. Also, be yourself. As much as we wish we were awesome at putting deep captions and quotes on photos, we just can’t. We are naturally goofy people and we let that all out. People appreciate that. They want that.

instagrammers-october-photobug-9 Photo by Cody & Allison

instagrammers-october-photobug-11 Photo by Cody & Allison

Maciej Suwalowski – @maciej.suwalowski

instagrammers-october-photobug-2 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

I take my Instagram game very seriously. I’m a bit late to the party, as I started working on it only in the beginning of this year, but these days, I spend more time on Instagram than on any other social media. Building my audience requires me to think strategically, and to think about what I want to achieve at the end of the day. The two most important factors for me are to post regularly and consistently. I hope that potential brides looking at my Instagram gallery know what to expect from me. I also hope that my Instagram grid is creating a sort of “WOW” effect for viewers that open my profile for the first time. And now with Instagram stories giving me the opportunity to add a personal touch, with behind the scenes and backstage content, in addition to the gallery of beautiful, well-curated images – it makes Instagram the best channel to attract potential clients.

instagrammers-october-photobug-6 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

instagrammers-october-photobug-13 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

instagrammers-october-photobug-10 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

instagrammers-october-photobug-14 Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

Melissa Marshall – @melissamarshallx

instagrammers-october-photobug-16 Photo by Melissa Marshall

I love using Instagram to showcase my work + style, as well as share insight to my personal life + things I’m interested in. I like to balance the two because I think it really shows who I am as an artist and who I am as a person going day to day. To be honest, I don’t give a ton of thought to my posts. I post when I feel like it and when I’m crazy about an image or really wanting to share something new + cool I just bought. I’ve gained so many new clients through IG, it’s such a wonderful marketing tool and a way to meet new friends in new places! I also love following fellow artists of all types and supporting them in their growth. It’s so fun watching people grow on IG!

instagrammers-october-photobug-17 Photo by Melissa Marshall

instagrammers-october-photobug-18 Photo by Melissa Marshall

My advice to other photographers new to IG or wanting to grow their following would be to really own who you are as an artist. Admire others work and gain inspiration from it, but then go and create something new + bold. Own it. Collaborate with others + seek community. & come follow me so we can be friends!

instagrammers-october-photobug-19 Photo by Melissa Marshall

instagrammers-october-photobug-20 Photo by Melissa Marshall

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Behind the Photo – Night Sky Portrait from Clarkie Photography

October 17, 2016 | carrie

behind-the-photo-night-sky-clarkie-photogrpahy-3 All Photos © Clarkie Photography

This surreal photo might look familiar, as it was featured in our 2016 Destination Photo Collection. I love how the image illustrates a sense of hope and wonder at the future ahead of these newlyweds, and I especially love how Clarkie Photography expertly captured the pair under the stars at Yosemite National Park. Today, Richard Clarke is here to share the details behind this beautiful night sky portrait. Enjoy!


Yosemite, CA ‘Tunnel View’


11pm at night, on the way back to our camp in the Valley after the reception


Camera – Nikon D750, Lens – Nikon 35mm f1.4, Flash Nikon SB700, Magmod grid/gel, Phottix Strato Remote Trigger, Manfrotto Tripod

Camera Settings:

ISO1000, 35mm F5.0, 15 sec


I’ll start by saying I am not an expert at star shots, and don’t claim to be, but I could envision the type of image I wanted. I wanted a simple shot of the couple gazing skywards with the enormity of the night sky behind and above them, as well as the outline of the famous Yosemite Valley, which Tunnel view is famous for.

The final image is just one single exposure but I had about 8-10 attempts using various lighting approaches and compositions. The couple was pretty exhausted after a long day, but they definitely wanted to try a shot which incorporated the night sky in the park. As we drove back into the valley after their reception I decided to pull over at Tunnel View and see what we could create. At 11 PM, it’s pitch black there, but still crowded with other photographers taking long exposure night shots and we even had a few drag racers screeching down the tunnel and past us (not what you might expect for Yosemite!). I obviously needed to set up my camera on a tripod due to the long exposure and decided to do this across the road from the couple. One big issue I had was every time a car drove past with its headlights, it lit the couple and ruined my exposure; however, my positioning gave me the composition I felt that I needed, so we just had to be patient and keep trying. I aborted a few exposures due to car headlights entering the frame.


I wanted this to be one exposure, so I discounted the idea of multiple exposures and creating a composite – which would have allowed me to achieve a perfect sky and couple exposure. I’d also seen many single frame star shots with a couple in them, but oftentimes the couple isn’t very crisp, as the photographer has committed to using just ambient light with high ISOs and a long exposure, hoping the couple stays perfectly still. I wanted to avoid that and freeze the couple. So I decided off-camera flash would be the right approach to light the couple. I want to point out that I did have a Lowel GL1 Hotlight with me (which I used a few times in the shot process), but it just wasn’t really working for me. However, the GL1 Hotlight did come in handy as it allowed me to briefly light up and focus on the couple before turning it off and beginning the exposure. So now I’d committed to using a flash, I just had my wife stand off to the side with the remote triggered flash directed at the couple. I believe I had a Magmod grid and gel on the flash. I figured a 15-second exposure would give me enough of the stars to work with in post and firing the flash at the end of exposure would light and freeze the couple. In camera, I could see that I should probably have increased the exposure time and/or opened up the aperture further, while reducing flash power, to better expose for the sky, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. It was also close to midnight and the couple was ready for bed, the groom is even yawning in one of the exposures. So, rather than shooting another 10 shots to perfect it, I figured they were standing in front of the pitch black outline of the valley so if I needed to bring up the star exposure and clarity in post, using radial or graduated filters in Lightroom, I could easily do so.

Post Production:

Very simple. Like I suggested above, I just used a radial filter to isolate the couple to keep their exposure where I needed it to be and increased the exposure and clarity outside of the filter to bring out the stars and valley outline. I played with the tone curve a lot to get the balance between darks and highlights right and I maintained some of the warmth of the couple while applying some cooler tones to the night sky. That’s pretty much it!

I did actually do one wider shot which also turned out great, arguably giving a greater sense of scale.


Big thanks to Clarkie Photography for giving us such a cool behind-the-scenes look!

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