Budding Photographers

The second half of last Saturday (6/4) was supposed to be a photo shoot with the First Pres Church High School girls.  The plan was to take environmental portraits of them while walking around downtown Visalia.  Had some neat alleys, city icons and Mill Creek bridge in mind for the evening.

Heavy rain changed things a bit.  So I brought studio lights, backdrops and three cameras with flashes to church.  With a brief set of instructions (including “don’t drop the camera”) and making settings on the camera and flash, I turned them loose to photograph what ever they wanted.

The young ladies quickly went to the hallways and stairs and focused on each other.  No surprise there.  But it was enlightening to see how they cropped themselves and how unafraid they were to have fun.

This one was a little creative:

No flesh was bruised in the making of this photo

One strange thing – there were a number of photographs of shoes.  Must be in the genes.  Is this why one of the mandatory photos from a wedding is the brides shoes?

Back inside, I set up the D700 tethered to Lightroom with the laptop tied to an overhead projector.  Nearly instant feedback to everyone in the room to show what each photo was going to look like.  That was fun and the photography improved as we played with the studio strobes.

Their gallery is closed to the public since this was their fun time to share between each other.

Will have to schedule another portrait photo shoot around town later.

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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