Oni Studio San Diego Boudoir Photography

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Oni Studio From San Diego California specializing in a variety of Boudoir, Noir, Glamour and Portrait Photography.

Site Features :

  • SmugMug Photography Site
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Variety of folder/gallery styles – Collage style and SmugMug style
  • Left Side Logo and Right Side Navigation
  • Home Page – Carousel Slideshow
  • Text pages – easy to use and update
  • Social Media Links and Sharing Capabilities
  • Private Client Area
  • WordPress Blog – Seamless integration

We had the opportunity to interview James from Oni Studio and here is what he had to say…

1. Why do you like photography ?

It was a process. I didn’t start out liking photography. I didn’t like art growing up, and I’ve never been a patron of the arts. I was sent to a photography school by the U.S. Government and over time learned to appreciate the craft. After finishing my time as a government photographer, I began to take the time to approach photography from an academic standpoint. This study has led to a greater appreciation for photography, and for those who practice the art.

Why do I like it though? It captures a moment in time. It can send a powerful message. It has helped start wars, and helped to end them. It helps to sell, to sway, and has influenced minds since it was developed.

2. What is your favorite type of photography ?

If I had to pick a genre, it would be a tie between portraiture and boudoir. The market has become flooded with boudoir photographers who approach photography in a more visceral and emotional way, and that’s not something I agree with. With portraiture I think you have to have more of an academic background, at least in regards to lighting.

I try and approach my own boudoir photography with portraiture lighting techniques. Sometimes I am successful, and many times I am not. I particularly respect the work of photographers who are excellent in noir lighting. If you’re curious as to an example of noir lighting, please check out Larry Darkman Clark, he’s freakin amazing!

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3. Share a funny story about your photography…

Most male boudoir photographers are thought to be a bit like Hugh Heffner. For some reason everyone always seems to think I am sleeping with the lady’s I shoot with. This has always struck me as funny. Here I am, one of the most bookworm, nerdiest guys in San Diego county, and some people think I’m sleeping with multiple hot women. It’s true that some guys use their camera to get laid. In fact that’s the sole reason they picked up the camera in the first place. I think that sooner or later people like that end up being found out. In fact they are pretty easy to spot. Go to model mayhem, and look up male photographers. Take a look at their portfolio, and if the work they did five years ago looks the same as the work they are doing now, odds are they are shady and are just out for girls. No self-respecting photographer is going to let their work stay at the same level for so long.

4. Share a photography trick or tip…

I’ll share two.
1. Get a prime lens, and place the camera on aperture priority mode. Go wide open on the lens, and then go one stop up. For example, if your lens goes down to 1.4, then shoot one stop up at 1.6. Allegedly this is known as the lens “sweet spot”. Now focus on your composition until it becomes second nature.

Of course this technique applies to available light portraiture. If you want to explore this technique more in depth, then go out and purchase the “Digital Photography Boxed set” by Scott Kelby. It’s a wonderful set of books that I still refer to from time to time, despite multiple reads.

2. The second tip is for those interested in studio photography. Start with one light, and move it 360 degrees around your subject. This is a great way to learn how studio lighting works. You can add more lights as you get more comfortable with the techniques.

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5. What is your favorite/recommended camera or piece camera equipment?

Here’s the list:

1. Strap. Immediately ditch the Nikon strap that came with the camera. Get a Black rapid RS-7. Black Rapid has many other types of camera straps, many of which are more expensive. Don’t fall for the marketing nonsense, the RS-7 is freakin phenomenal and is all the strap you’ll need.

2. Prime lenses. You might want to have one zoom lens, but stick with prime lenses. For anyone shooting something besides Nikon, I can’t help you. However, for those of you who shoot with real camera’s you can’t go wrong with the 50mm 1.4G, the 85mm 1.4G or the 35mm 1.4G. For those of you who insist on a zoom lens, the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8G is a great choice. These lenses are not cheap!

3. Tripod. Get a Manfrotto. If you can afford it get a carbon fiber model. They are tons lighter and will still be around when you are worm food.

4. Bag. I’m so torn here! Lots of good bags out there, and I currently have a Lowepro Nova 180, (I think that’s the model) but do a little research here. Camera bags should securely carry your equipment, but because of security, should NOT scream, “I’m carrying expensive camera gear!!” Along that line of thinking, “Thinktank” produces a great line of camera bags. I’ve got my eye on the retrospective 40 Pinestone model right now.

You can get this equipment from either Amazon or B&H. I prefer Amazon, and if you keep watch on Amazon sometimes they will have gold box deals on some of the above equipment.

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6. Why do you love SmugMug and/or jR Customization ?

SmugMug is a great plug and play way to get your site out there, as well as a good platform for potential clients to make purchases. jR Customization is a great company to make your site look professional. No one wants to eat steak out of a trash can, and they makes sure that your photography is presented in an intelligent and aesthetic manner. jR Customization is with you all the way, and definitely makes deadlines established during the planning phase. They lets you put focus where you need it, on your photography, and on your clients. I can’t recommend them enough for those photographers who take their craft seriously.

7. What is your major goal or photography project for 2016?

I have yet to map out a specific goal. However I have gotten very interested in interviewing other photographers, and artist who make unique products. I have done two interviews so far, one with John Hitt (article), and another with Jen Rozenbaum (article). The interviews had another wonderful unintended consequence, in that when they interviewees promoted the interview, new fans were introduced to my work. You just can’t beat free advertising

8. How can readers learn more about you?

Probably by booking a shoot with me. In person I talk a lot, but I really try and watch what I say in public as most of my views are considered controversial. I do love to share what little I know, so if you’re in the San Diego area look me up.

To learn more, visit Oni Studio :

Website | Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Model Mayhem | 500px

Recommended – Visit the Oni Studio blog for a variety of great photography tips and tricks !

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16 Photography Web Site Tips for 2016

 

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Links to Specific Web Sites within the Infographic :

1. Your Brand – db-Weddings

2. Contact Information – Anna Dobrenski

3. Responsive Design – Cynthia Starr Photography

4. Proofing – East Beach Photography

5. Slideshows – Jones Photography

6. Portfolios – Joffoto

7. About Page – Time Smart Images

8. Services Page –  Annie Gensheimer Photography

9. Be Social ! – Marcello Rostagni Photography

10. Speciality Marketing – Snitzer Photography

11. Blogging – Jaki Good Miller

12. SEO Tip… – Inspired Bonnie

13. Videos – Smooch Photography

14. Raves – Ross Keller Photography

15. Landscape and Wildlife Image Sales – Jim Akers Photography

16. Watermarking – Scott Wenstrom Photography

Photography Web Site Platform : SmugMug

Blog Platform : WordPress

Statistic Source : Social Media Examiner

Icons : Flat Icons

 

See more SmugMug Customization Web Site Examples – view the portfolio

Joe Urbz Media and Photography

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Southwest Photographer specializing in Landscape/Nature, Sports/Action, Portraits and Wedding Photography.

Site Features :

  • SmugMug Photography Site
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Variety of folder/gallery styles – Collage style and SmugMug style
  • Centered Logo and Navigation
  • Home Page – Carousel Slideshow
  • Text pages – easy to use and update
  • Social Media Links and Sharing Capabilities

We had the opportunity to interview Joe from Joe Urbz Media & Photography and here is what he had to say…

1. Why do you like photography ?

Photography gives me a full process of creativity with challenges that embodies technology, art, psychology, and Mother Nature all in one package.

2. What is your favorite type of photography ?

Mother Nature (Landscape/Nature), but high impact Sports is a close second.

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3. Share a funny story about your photography…

A few years ago, my mother accompanied us on a trip to the Grand Canyon. She watched lines of photographers with their tripods capturing the canyon sunset, but the monsoon clouds blocked a lot of it. As those fotogs left, she was curious why I did not prepare to leave. I said, “Wait… it’s coming.” After some minutes and the quiet around us returned, the light of the Canyon, with the dark monsoon clouds making the colors richer looked like a live volcano — the sky near the horizon filled with hot reds, oranges and yellows. This blew her away and finally understood why it takes so long to capture surreal scenes by Mother Nature.

4. Share a photography trick or tip…

As much as we get creative with our camera settings and angles, get creative with your tripod as well. It’s designed to be adjustable!

5. What is your favorite/recommended piece of camera or camera equipment ?

Any camera I have at the moment I need one. Sounds cliche, but it holds true. I also truly appreciate a clean lens.

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6. Why do you love SmugMug and/or jR Customization?

SmugMug is a great place to create photography portfolios and sales. jR Customization has been awesome to work with and his support through the changes of my website design has been the best I have experienced.

5. What is your major goal or photography project for 2015-2016?

I’ve been in the education industry since 1991. I want to go full-time with my own media & photography business. Quite the Jump.

6. How can readers learn more about LMCampbell Photography?

Please visit my sites: Joe Urbz Media & Photograhy (JUMP) – joeurbz.smugmug.com and www.joeurbz.com

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Putney Nature Images

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Colorado Photographer specializing in Nature and Wildlife Photography. Site Features :

  • SmugMug Photography Site
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Variety of folder/gallery styles – Collage style and SmugMug style
  • Independent design for the homepage with a slideshow, left logo, and right navigation
  • Text pages – easy to use and update
  • Social Media Links and Sharing Capabilities
  • Form used for image ordering

We had the opportunity to interview Gene from Putney Nature Images and here is what he had to say…

1. Why do you like photography ?

My passion is getting out in nature and I want to document the beautiful landscapes and encounters with wildlife that I come across to be able to share and inspire others.

2. What is your favorite type of photography ?

Nature.

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3. Share a funny story about your photography…

One of my favorite animals to photograph is Mountain Goat kids on Mount Evans, Colorado. Sometimes while photographing a herd of them they surround you and are just a few feet away. They make you feel at times that you are part of the herd.

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4. Share a photography trick or tip…

When you are out in nature please respect the wildlife that you may encounter and their natural environment.

5. What is your favorite/recommended piece of camera or camera equipment ?

Always use a tripod when possible.

6. Why do you love SmugMug and/or jR Customization?

They are always very professional with their services.

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5. What is your major goal or photography project for 2015-2016?

To encounter special moments in nature that I have not seen before.

6. How can readers learn more about LMCampbell Photography?

Please visit my website www.putneynatureimages.com.

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LMCampbell Photography

LMCampbell Photography jR Customization - New SmugMug Customization Portrait Photographer Michigan Photographer specializing in Family, Seniors and Portrait Photography. Site Features :

  • SmugMug Photography Site
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Mobile Friendly Shopping Cart
  • Variety of folder/gallery styles – Collage style and SmugMug style
  • Independent design for the homepage with a full screen slideshow, left logo, and vertical navigation
  • Left Logo and navigation throughout the rest of the site – easy to use
  • Text pages – easy to use and update
  • Social Media Links and Sharing Capabilities

We had the opportunity to interview Larry from LMCampbell Photography and here is what he had to say…

1. Why do you like photography ?

I’m as fascinated as the next guy or girl at how an image can get captured through this little piece of glass and transformed into a beautiful piece of art or an ever-lasting memory.

2. What is your favorite type of photography ?

It’s a toss-up between sports photography (I love to capture that highlight moment in a gem or match, or the emotional response to it) and portraits (I currently have triplets that are seniors in high school, so Seniors seem to get most of my portrait business lately).

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3. Share a photography trick or tip…

Shoot in RAW format when possible, to take full advantage of your camera’s features… you paid for it didn’t you?

4. Why do you love SmugMug and/or jR Customization?

jR Customization and SmugMug have helped simplify my site for visitor navigation and capturing my branding.

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5. What is your major goal or photography project for 2015-2016?

As mentioned earlier, getting through the Senior season, and capturing all my kids’ sporting events simultaneously.

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6. How can readers learn more about LMCampbell Photography?

Visit!  😉   lmcampbellphoto.com

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