Jake Johnson's Picture Perfect Course

June 4, 2010

My wife and I take Pilates a couple times a week. You can picture me doing Pilates, can’t you? Maybe not. Anyway, that is where I first met Jake Johnson. It turns out that behind the laid back, easy going personality, is a successful commercial photographer. Well, well! When I found out he was teaching a series of photography classes, I immediately signed up for the entire series. (Jake and local photographer Dawniele showing the class how it’s done.)

Jake Johnson - Picture Perfect Course

After completing each class, I had to ask myself, why did it take me so long? If you own a camera (that goes double if you own a DSLR) you owe it to yourself to learn how to use it. Whatever level you’re at, there is always more you can learn about exposure, camera settings, lighting, composition, editing; the list goes on. My point? Stop sitting back and letting your camera make all the decisions.

Jake Johnson - Picture Perfect Course

As I become more familiar with my camera, as I understand how to see light and to control it, I become a better photographer. I am not saying I’m all that and a bag of cheese-its, just better.

Jake Johnson - Picture Perfect Course

These pictures are all ones I took randomly over the course of the last class. We all took during being the “model” so if you don’t like the picture it’s the photographer’s fault. If you like it, then it’s totally the model. That’s fair, right? (Pictured is local fashion photog Stella).

Jake Johnson - Picture Perfect Course

Scary bug alert! This guy showed up as we were taking group pictures and supports the quote by Joe McNally, “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”

Jake Johnson - Picture Perfect Course

Happy Friday!

7 Responses to “Jake Johnson's Picture Perfect Course”

  1. Owen- I dig the write up. You also had some great insight for people. Keep moving forward!

  2. Jeannie said

    Very interesting. I like the “scary bug alert!” the best.

  3. Linda said

    Tip: Watch the Background, it’s almost as important as the subject itself. Distracting objects, bright weird objects and such can ruin a photo.

    Much Love on the Learning!

    • owenwbrown said

      Thanks for the tip, Linda. Much appreciated.

    • owenwbrown said

      Okay, so I went back and reviewed the pictures and I believe I figured out the distracting object! Did I get it? If there are more at least I spotted the light stand sticking up at the bottom left of the third picture. Man, that such a good tip. Obvious in hindsight. Screams rookie.

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