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OUTTAKES

Switching gears, I thought I’d drop in an outtake from a recent event shoot I was happy to be a part of. While shooting, I am always looking around for anything that catches my eye regardless of whether it has anything to do with the event at all.

As one mentor, Bryan Moss, put it to me, “Make Jessica Pictures.” I try to share that sage advice with my students at CCSF. This time I looked up and noticed the event was being watched over, quite literally by an angel peeking out over a black backdrop.  The event planners had set black drapes around the walls to create a more formal and intimate atmosphere on the inside of a hangar – the Innovation Hangar – at the Palace of Fine Arts. The angel was decidedly left out of the party, but could look in.

NCLR

I’m not much for technical conversation but I was asked to explain my shooting in a bit more technical detail. I am all about available light whenever possible. I had my 70-200 on my Nikon D4 body. I usually shoot in manual and did so here. ISO 1250, Shutter 1/200 and my aperture wide open at 2.8. I used Lightroom as I prefer to – for very minor post production – usually just to convert from raws to jpgs. Simple settings. Simple image.

I am in the market for a smaller lighter weight camera so I could do more of this type of shooting when not on assignment – something a step up from my iphone camera. I have been wavering between the Fuji and Sony Mirrorless models. Would love a chance to demo them. Advice welcomed.

The idea to to post a photo and discuss it as I am came as apart of the #VantagePoint project for the company, Light, who will be releasing their new compact camera later on this year! If you’re interested in seeing more photos from the Vantage Point project, check out their Pinterest board.

It seems to be not an “either/or” option with the Fuji or Sony mirrorless, but more like a fun “and” option.

I am curious. It looks like an iphone with a bunch of little lenses on it and they said, “It’s super lightweight but has awesome new technology … it’s a great option for travel pics!” – Would be happy to have a chance to demo it too.

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Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

May 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Photography: An Honor and a Privilege

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BIRTH

I had the recent privilege to photograph a family’s water birth at Marin General. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life let alone my career. It was the first birth I had witnessed since I had my own daughter, and as you might imagine, I was much more present for this one.

With permission of the family, I just wanted to share 2 images with you. I would be honored to experience this again with another family!

Please welcome little Asa to this world!

AsaWheelerAsaWheeler

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

May 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Haven’t posted any photos in a bit, so Hello!

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ETC

Hi all,

I have been busy with CCSF’s Etc Magazine. The 4th issue I have been the advisor for and the first one since taking over from the previous instructor, Tom Graham who retired.

You should soon be able to find it on Etc Magazine’s issuu.com site and hopefully on a revamped etc-magazine.com website soon.

https://issuu.com/etc.mag

As an advisor I am not directly responsible for any of the content but I still feel like I birthed a baby. We had a small dedicated staff and they did a great job. Below is the cover:

etc magazine cover spring 2017 v7_Page_01

 

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

May 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

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