May 20, 2015

Mother’s Day Portraits at Salon Plum Benefit for Forever Footprints

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Thank you to these gorgeous OC Moms and their kids who I photographed at Salon Plum in Ladera Ranch for our Mother’s Day promotion!

This event raised over $400 for Forever Footprints, a wonderful OC Charity that benefits Moms.

It was a wonderful reason to create portraits that these families will treasure forever.

 

May 3, 2015

Mother’s Day Portraits Charity Fundraiser at Salon Plum in Ladera Ranch

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I’m pleased to announce that next Saturday, May 9th, 2015, I’ll be doing mini-session studio portraits on location at Salon Plum in Ladera Ranch!

The 15 minute sessions will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Salon which is located in Bridgepark Plaza in Ladera.

The $50 session fee/family will be donated to Forever Footprints (http://foreverfootprints.org) an OC-based charity that does wonderful things for OC Moms.

If you would like to book a session, call Nicki at the studio at 949.388.5588 and she’ll be able to schedule your time and take your donation to Forever Footprints at that time.

Thank you, in advance, for your support of this great charity!

 

April 29, 2015

Family Photographs from our Wisconsin Trip in February 2015

Ironically as it’s nearly 90º here in Southern California and my Mom, who has been visiting us for the past two weeks, prepares to head back to Wisconsin, I am catching up on some family portraits and moment photographs from our visit to Wisconsin in Feburary.

Our kids have been pestering us to go back and visit the family during the winter (obviously the were born IN California where winter is rather…quaint (at least to Southern Californians)).

Winter cooperated and gave us a small blanket of snow and very chilly weather during our trip to Wisconsin.

The main reason we went though was to meet our new niece and cousin Ayla, who was born in December.  Her entire family and extended family members are extra special to us.  My sister Mary’s daughter Stef was our flower girl when Nicki and I got married.  In 2011, Kate was one of Stef’s flower girls at her wedding.  To see Kate then holding Ayla made the circle particularly poignant and made me realize, as well, how quickly time flies.

In this series of photographs, I wanted to show some portraits I made of Stef and Jeremy at their home, as well as moment photographs from the trip (including Ayla’s Baptism affirmation ceremony at the family’s church).

It was a wonderful trip even with the cold, and reminded me that making great photographs of family is one of the best things I can do with my talents and creates some of the most treasured gifts (especially as time goes on.  Photographs only grown in value as time goes by).

All photographs made with Sony mirrorless cameras :  a7II and a variety of lenses including a 35mm f2.8 FE Zeiss, 24-70 f4 FE Zeiss, 55 f1.8 FE Zeiss, and the 85mm f1.8 EF on a Metabones adaptor for Sony. #sonyalpha #a7ii #zeiss55 #ocphotographer #familyphotographs

 

April 15, 2015

Think Tank Photo Special Offer for April & May

Urban Disguise Shoulder Harness special offer

 

Our friends at Think Tank Photo, who are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, just announced a special offer.  Whenever you order one of their Urban Disguise Shoulder bags between now and May 15th you will receive a Shoulder Harness V2.0 backpack harness by mail for free.  This harness is pretty amazing for it easily converts your shoulder bag into a backpack.  It’s great for freeing up your hands to sprint through airports for flights, for example.  To partake of this special offer, simply order the Urban Disguise bag of your choice and download and submit the online form.  Think Tank will ship your new harness right out.  And, don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive a free gift from Think Tank with your order as well as free shipping.

Here is the link you should use:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/shoulder-bags/urban-disguise.aspx?code=WS-265

April 11, 2015

Step by Step Guide to Using Sony Wi-Fi with PlayMemories, PicTapGo & Instagram

How to Use Wi-FI on your Sony Mirrorless camera in conjunction with the Sony PlayMemories app,  PicTapGo and Instagram on the iPhone
by
Paul F. Gero |  paulfgero.com
Member, Sony Artisans of Imagery Program

One of the great things about Sony mirrorless cameras like the a7II, the a7, the a6000, and the a7s is that they are small, light and professional cameras.

And, one of the great bonus features to these cameras is that they are Wi-Fi enabled and thus I can use my little Sony mirrorless cameras to send photographs from my camera, to my iPhone 6+ and then up to the web, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the sweet iPhone app called “PicTapGo” by gettotallyrad.com.

I’ve been on Instagram for a few years but it’s only been recently that I have made consistent contributions to this growing social media platform

In the accompanying tutorial, I want to share with you exactly how I do that.

This has become my preferred method to upload to social networks over the past six weeks since getting this dialed in.  I can count on one hand the number of images that I have worked on the big computer for upload in that time.

This technology would have been such a benefit to former news photographers like me who back in the day shot on film, often processed in a hotel and then made a print or later, scan negatives to get the images into print.

It was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.  The technology we have now is such a tremendous time saver by contrast.

It makes me truly appreciate the gift that Wi-Fi on the Sony cameras is.

The apps used are:

Sony PlayMemories app for iPhone — you can find that here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/playmemories-mobile/id489191124?mt=8

For post production of images, I absolutely love PicTapGo; you can find that here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pictapgo/id585307861?mt=8

First things first:  Make Sure Your Camera is Set up for the Play Memories App by going here:

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Once you are here, you will be good to go to use PlayMemories to send photographs to your iPhone. (The Smart Remote Embedded is another very cool app and I can cover that in a future tutorial).

Step by Step Tutorial:

1.  Make sure that Airplane Mode is OFF in your camera

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2. Select the play key to edit the photographs
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3. Press the Fn button to access the wireless transfer feature of the camera. The highlighted line allows you to transfer one image.

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4. Press the Fn button to access the wireless transfer feature of the camera.  Using the rear dial scroll to access Multiple Images if you would like to transfer more than one photograph.

 

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5. A window shows the password for your wireless connection (you will have to enter this in the settings when first using the app on your phone).

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6. Using the scroll wheel, move through the photographs, depressing the center button of the wheel to mark your selects (checkmark in box, at left).

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7. Press the Menu button, scroll the wheel to the enter command, then press the center of the button to begin the download process.

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8. Go to your Settings Menu on your iPhone

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9. Look for the Sony camera on your wi-fi network (circled).  Activate it by pressing the name.

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10.  Once the Camera network is checked you are connected to the camera.

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11. Select the Sony PlayMemories App on your iPhone and launch it:

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12. With the camera and phone properly linked, the PlayMemories will immediately  begin to copy the photographs you have tagged (if multiples) or any individual photographs you wanted to send to the phone.  If it does not connect, go back to Settings and switch the Wi-Fi settings off and on and repeat steps above to connect.

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13. Now the photograph is copied to your camera roll and you can send it from the phone, or, as I like to do, I will enhance the photograph before posting using the PicTapGo app.  I launch that from the main screen of my iPhone.

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14. Select your Photograph from the Pic screen of PicTapGo (circled in red) and bring into the app for processing.

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15. In the Tap section, you can determine the look and feel using filters that are pre-loaded AND ones that you can create and save, making it speedy to reproduce a look that you like.  The interface gives you a real time view of what the changes will look like. You can also access the crop tool  (in the Tap menu on the top menu bar)

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16.  I converted the image to B & W in the app.  The slider underneath the photograph allows you to determine how much of the action/filters’ effect you see in the image.

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17. Under the Go part of the app, I see an array of ways to share the photograph.  I will often use the Instagram – Full style setting which shows the image in full aspect ratio rather than square.

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18. Launch Instagram from the PicTapGo app.

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19, The image is now brought into Instagram, and you can edit further, if you wish, or prepare to post it by hitting the Next button in upper right corner.

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20. Caption & add hashtags to your photograph before posting.

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21. Ready to upload, I also send to FB and Twitter in addition to Instagram.  Press Share at the bottom to post at Instagram.

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22. Success!!  Your photograph is now online at Instagram for the world to see!!

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I hope you find this tutorial helpful to you!

If you like this, I think you will like being on my email list where you’ll receive emails about tools, tips, techniques and inspiration.

To sign up for that please go here:  http://forms.aweber.com/form/91/1095951691.htm

 Thanks again!

Paul

 

March 25, 2015

Pelican Hill Golf Course

While documenting a Dad and his son golfing at Pelican Hill recently, we happened upon this amazing scene.

#sonyalpha #a6000

Pelican Hill Golf Course view with ocean

March 18, 2015

Kids of OC 2014 Now Available!

Kids of Orange County 2014 Charity Book Project _Portrait Photography

It’s Here! Our 7th Kids of OC Book now available for order!

It’s “in the books” as they say!

Our 7th Kids of Orange County Charity Book Project is designed and now ready for purchase!

The photograph above represents the front and back covers of this years’s book and we’re incredibly excited to share it with you!

Order Before March 25, 2015 and save $25 on your book!

Call Nicki at the studio to place your order and you’ll save $25 off the regular price of $175 (plus tax). This “early bird” special is good from now until 5 pm on March 25, 2015 and the cost will be $150 (plus 8% sales tax).

This year’s book is 8 x 10 size with a gorgeous wrap-around photo cover and 132 thick, matted pages. It will be a fantastic addition to your personal library.

View the Book Now Online!

Want to see every photograph in this years’ book?

Head to this link to view a slideshow of the book!

Thank you!

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We simply could not do this project without you! Thank you for helping us raise over $60,000 for CHOC through the 100% donation of the session fee of $100/family!

March 16, 2015

Spring Mini-Sessions | Orange County Portrait Photographer

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Spring is Here and so are the beautiful spring flowers…

…and they won’t last long!

We’re scheduling mini-sessions to be photographed with the beautiful spring flowers (at two nearby locations — we will email you the spots once we schedule your session — one in SJC and the other in Ladera Ranch).

These sessions are great for a family portrait (up to six people in your immediate family may be in the session) and will include individual portraits of the kids too!

(They’re not meant for senior portrait sessions, fashion sessions, business headshots or extended family sessions)

These sessions are scheduled in 20 minute blocks and are first come first serve!

Your session includes:

• 20 minute location portrait session with either wild flowers or spring flowers.

• online ordering your photographs.

• includes 3 of your favorites in high resolution format emailed to you.

• additional digital files may be ordered.

$300

Sessions start on: Thursday 3/19/2015 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Wildflowers)

Tuesday 3/24/2015 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Spring Flowers)

Wednesday 3/25/2015 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Wildflowers)

Contact Nicki at the studio 949.388.5588 to schedule your session.

Thank you for your business!!

February 26, 2015

Sony Artisans of Imagery at WPPI 2015 – Booth 701 Schedule

Here is the busy schedule for the Sony Artisans of Imagery who will be speaking on March 2 – 4, 2015 at the Sony Booth at WPPI’s Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Sony Artisans of Imagery Program Speakers  |  WPPI 2015 Trade Show

Booth 701

 

Monday March 2, 2015 (10am – 4pm):

 

10-10:25    Robert Evans        “Better Wedding Photography with Sony Alpha”

 

10:30-10:55    Zabrina & Jeremy    “10 Simple Tricks to Make Your Photos Amazing”

 

11-11:25    Scott Robert Lim    “How Sony’s Innovation Has Changed My Photography

 

11:30-11:55    Paul Gero        “Portraits, Weddings & Mirrorless?  YES!!!”

 

12-12:25    David Grover &    Featuring Capture One

Robert Evans        Tethered Shooting with Sony Cameras – LIVE DEMO

 

12:30-12:55    Joe Brady        “A Guide to Portrait Photography with Mirrorless

                    Cameras”

 

1-1:25        Brian Smith &

Paul Gero        A Pro’s POV – How Sony Can Take You to the Next Level

 

1:30-1:55    Jason Lanier        “Making the Switch – DSLR to Mirrorless for Wedding

                    Photography”

 

2-2:25        Brian Smith        “Location Portraiture – Key to Great Results”

 

2:30-2:55    Paul Gero        “Stay Inspired Through the Off-Season – Photography

                    Projects for a Cause”

 

3-3:25        Zabrina Deng        “10 Steps to Becoming An International Photographer”

 

3:35-3:55    Brian Smith &

        Robert Evans    A Pro’s POV – How Sony Can Take You to the Next    

                    Level

 

4PM        Show closes

 

Daily Raffles in the booth

1PM        Sony ActionCam Raffle

End of Show    Sony Camera Raffle

 

You may collect a raffle ticket at the end of every talk in the Sony booth.  You must be present to win a prize.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (10 am – 4 pm):

 

10-10:25    Paul Gero        “Portraits, Weddings & Mirrorless?  Yes!!!”

 

10:30-10:55    Brian Smith &

        Paul Gero        A Pro’s POV – How Sony Can Take You to the Next

                    Level

 

11-11:25    Zabrina Deng        “10 Steps to Becoming An International Photographer”

 

11:30-11:55    Robert Evans    “Better Wedding Photography with Sony Alpha

 

12-12:25    Gary Fong        “Choosing The Right Sony Camera to Fit Your Needs”

 

12:30-12:55    Mike Colon        “Low-Light Wedding Photography with the Sony    

                    A7S”

 

1-1:25        Paul Gero        “Stay Inspired Through the Off-Season – Photography

Projects for a Cause”

 

1:30-1:55    Mike Colon &

Gary Fong        The Evolution of Mirrorless in Wedding Photography

 

2-2:25        Scott Robert Lim       “Creating Quality Light on a Tiny Budget”

 

2:30-2:55    Robert Evans    “Sony Cameras Make Me a better Wedding

                    Photographer”

 

3-3:25        Joe Brady        “A Guide to Portrait Photog. with Mirrorless Cameras”

 

3:35-3:55    Brian Smith        “Location Portraiture – Key to Great Results”

 

4PM        Show closes

 

Daily Raffles in the booth

1PM        Sony ActionCam Raffle

End of Show    Sony Camera Raffle

 

You may collect a raffle ticket at the end of every talk in the Sony booth.  You must be present to win a prize.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015: (note Trade Show closes today at 3 PM)

 

10-10:25    Brian Smith        Location Portraiture –  Keys to Great Results

 

10:30-10:55    Paul Gero        “Portraits, Weddings & Mirrorless? YES!!!”

 

11-11:25    Mike Colon        “Low-Light Wedding Photography with the Sony A7S

 

11:30-11:55    Brian Smith &

        Robert Evans    A Pro’s POV – How Sony Can Take You to the Next Level

 

12-12:25    Joe Brady        “A Guide to Portrait Photog. with Mirrorless Cameras”

 

12:30-12:55    David Grover &    Featuring Capture One

        Robert Evans    Tethered Shooting with Sony Cameras – LIVE DEMO

 

1-1:25        Zabrina & Jeremy    “10 Simple Tricks to Make Your Photos Amazing”

 

1:30-1:55    David Grover &

        Robert Evans    Tethered Shooting with Sony Cameras – LIVE DEMO

 

2-2:25        Brian Smith &

Robert Evans        A Pro’s POV – How Sony Can Take You to the Next Level

 

2:30-2:55    Robert Evans    “Sony Cameras Make Me a Better Wedding

                    Photographer”

 

3PM        Show closes

 

Daily Raffles in the booth

1PM        Sony ActionCam Raffle

End of Show    Sony Camera Raffle

 

You may collect a raffle ticket at the end of every talk in the Sony booth.  You must be present to win a prize.

WPPI Tradeshow 2015 Sonymap

February 25, 2015

Sony Daily Raffle Prizes and Details for this coming WPPI 2015 (Booth 701)

Sony is having several raffle drawings with great prizes over the three days of this year’s WPPI Trade Show on March 2-4, 2015.

You will be able to get a raffle ticket at the end of every speaker in the Sony Booth (#701 — see map below).  So the more talks you attend, the more chances you’ll have to win and you must be present to win your prize.

Prizes:

One Sony ActionCam AS100 EACH DAY raffled at 1pm

End of Monday – One Sony RX100III

End of Tuesday – One Sony A6000 with the 16-50mm lens

End of Wednesday – One Sony A7 kit with the 16-50mm lens

#SonyAlpha  #WPPI

WPPI Tradeshow 2015 Sonymap

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