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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.

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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.

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

Evansville Indiana Skyline in 2000

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This image is copyrighted, ©2000 The Evansville Courier & Press.
It is not available for common use despite apparent public opinion. It was photographed by me, Jessica Brandi Lifland while on staff at the Courier & Press
Evansville Skyline

Evansville , Indiana, Evansville Indiana Skyline (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Evansville Courier and Press)

©2000 The Evansville Courier & Press
If anyone wishes to purchase rights to publish this image, please contact the newspaper.

http://archive.courierpress.com/about-us/contact-us-327899191.html

Thank you.

 

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

September 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Postcards from the Florida Keys – Photos

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Some images from a popular vacation spot.

Florida Keys

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Fishing for Barracuda. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Fishing for Barracuda. Key West. Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Street performer, Mallory Square. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Sunset Mallory Square. Key West.  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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The Strand Theater on Duval Street opened in the 1920s. Key West,  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Vacationer on the third floor balcony, Marriott Hotel. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Fishing for Barracuda. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Crowds gather for sunset and a drink at Mallory Square. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Wooden statue in a crevice between two store fronts along Duval Street.  Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Big Pine Kayak Adventures tours and rentals. Right by the Old Wooden Bridge to No Name Key. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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No Name Pub. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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It is a No Name Pub tradition for patrons to leave a dollar bill attached to the walls or ceiling. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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It is a No Name Pub tradition for patrons to leave a dollar bill attached to the walls or ceiling. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

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Bartender, No Name Pub. Big Pine Key,  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

No Name Pub. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

 

 

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

May 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Photographs from the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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Elko Nevada

Images from the Western Folklife’s NCPG

More pictures posted on the following links:

The Western Folklife Centers Flickr feed: flikr

Student workshop slide show from a day at the Buzzetti Ranch in Lamoile, Nevada

a more complete gallery on my website www.jessicalifland.com

instagram account: jblif

Twitter: @jesslifland

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Backstage before an open mic session on Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 31, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

Photos from Operation Smile Mission in Asuncion, Paraguay

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Photo of the day

PRY_2013, Paraguay, Asunción

Soledad Britez cares for her daughter Guadalupe Baez, 2 in post op. Britez was also born with a cleft lip.

If you want to learn more about Operation Smile visit their home page at operationsmile.org

If you want to donate go to: operationsmile.org/donate

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

October 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

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