Before and After

I've always been wary of releasing unedited images, as they are not a full representation of my work. Post processing is so important for me and my underwater work. For me an image is never complete until I've spent countless hours in Photoshop retouching, color correcting and sometimes, not always, in the case of this Image I'm about to share with you, a decent amount of composite work. Each photograph that I pass to my clients as a finished product has been crafted to perfection and sometimes perfect imperfection.  I've decided to begin sharing some before and afters with you, so you can truly see the artistry behind my Photography. This Image below is a mixture of makeup/prosthetics and composite work to achieve the final image. This first image is the un-retouched one, straight out of camera.

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This Image is the final piece, about 12 hours went into the final edit and I'm so excited with how it turned out. Be sure to look closely as there is lots of detail that has been added to give it it's final look and feel. 

I can't wait to make prints of this piece, the first of many more Images like this to come. One of these will definitely be making a statement on my living room wall. Prints are available by request, and they will be availible on my Web store as soon as It's up and running!  

 

Prosthetics and Makeup Application : Jake C Barber Artistry

Model: Blessing Nelson 

Twin Lens Reflex Camera Work

During the colder months, getting in the pool to do work becomes a much more difficult option for me. I recently stumbled upon an old Yashica A, a twin lens reflex camera that uses 120 roll film. It's been quite a refreshing experience shooting in a new format that is so simplistic, yet requires more of my time and concentration than that of digital photography. Here is a sampling of some of my newest work using this Camera.

Meet Little Red…

Even a test shoot can result in some pretty stunning imagery, as I found out today with the Young and talented Lacey Harmon of Petaluma, California. I've cast her as the next fairytale Character of my disenchanted series, Little Red Riding Hood. I can't wait to get her back in the water after transforming her into that little red beauty, which clearly won't be such a difficult task as she already looks stunning in the color. Check back in Late February to view the first finished Image from this next journey into my disenchanted world of fairytales!

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Imagine

Underwater Yoga? Who knew? A few Images from another new series - Imagine - Underwater Yoga

I'd like to give a special shout out to Evolation Yoga and their Santa Barbara retreat crew for sharing your gift for this series of Images! 

 © 2104 Eryn M. Brydon

© 2104 Eryn M. Brydon

 © 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

 © 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

 © 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon

Music in Motion - Capturing Sound through Imagery

In the past few months I've become more and more enamored with the idea of capturing the sound of music through the use of motion and color. Spending some time experimenting with flash and a few cool techniques I've been quite successful in creating some pretty exciting images. I thought I would share a few tips that I've discovered along the way with you in this Post.

 © 2014 Eryn M. Brydon   Band:   The Jaded

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon 

Band: The Jaded

- Use On Camera Flash - Don't be afraid of it. It's a rule that CAN and SHOULD be broken from time to time, especially when photographing things in motion in a lowly lit environment like musicians on stage. I usually play around with the power and tweak it for eau particular environment but 1/8th - 1/16th power will usually do the trick.

- Try using slower shutter speeds, with lower ISO's and moving your camera with the movement of the Musicians. You can get some pretty cool effects this way. 

- One trick That I've been loving lately is using slower shutter speeds and changing my focal length during an exposure. This is how I achieved the Image you see above. It takes a little finessing to get the timing right, but once you've got the hang of it you can really play around and if you time things just right can end up with some super killer shots. 

I hope these tips have inspired you to try something different and perhaps step a little farther out of your comfort zone than your used to. I've found that when you push those comfort boundaries you really stumble  onto new and exciting ways to bring your work to a level where it has never been or you've never been able to take it to before. 

Happy Snapping! 

Splashing Around with Mallory Morrison

 Underwater Fashion & Fine Art Photographer

Mallory Morrison

Recently I had the opportunity to assist Mallory Morrison  in an Underwater Fashion shoot in Los Angeles.  It was an amazing opportunity  and I'm very grateful to have been a part of it! After experiencing all the details and processes that go into producing a shoot like Mallory's, I compiled a list of questions that I thought would be great followup to the shooting experience. Here are her responses.  

What do you do when you’re not shooting Underwater to keep income flowing in?

I focus on diverse ways to sell prints.  I sell them in a website in multiple sizes, I have a on-going collection of lower priced work at a store, participate in photo fairs with galleries, pursue solo and group gallery shows, sell rights managed stock with Corbis, and the list keeps growing every year.  Earlier in my career, assisting was a great way to supplement my income. 

What outlets/resources do you use to market yourself?

My website, Facebook ads, social media- (Facebook business page, Google +, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest), I send out a newsletter every quarter, printed promos to a targeted list of 250-500 every few months, I have photographer profiles on multiple sites like FoundFolios and Dripbook, have videos of behind the scenes on YouTube, work with blogs to publish features and interviews about me and my work.

Do you have to find most of your client base or do they find you?

Mostly people find me.  However, I am marketing myself heavily and place myself in situations that lead to getting clients. 

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of committing to something so specialized as underwater photography? What is the most rewarding?

The difficulty is that I have to navigate how to succeed without many examples of how to do it.  Since there are only a handful of people who are in the same specialty, it is difficult to get advice.  There is no set path for any photographer to become successful, but I am limiting myself to the number of jobs that my work would be suited for.  On the other hand, as a specialist, when it is the right fit for a job, I am the go-to person for it.  There is power in being an expert, but it takes patience and a good business mindset to make it lucrative. 

Is there a Photographer that you feel strongly influences your style of work and if so why?

There are 2.  Joyce Tenneson has always been one of my favorite photographers.  My most recent fine art work is heavily influenced by her work.  The other is Zena Holloway.  Her strong technical skill and attention to detail, not to mention underwater also, serves as a great example for me.

How long did it take you to feel like you were no longer a struggling recent college graduate and finally considered yourself a working professional?

That is a tough one.  I would have to say the end of 2013 there was a shift.  I graduated in mid 2009, so about 4 years.   I stopped assisting about 2 years ago, which was a hard but necessary shift as well.  It is a great place to start, learn a bunch, make connections, support yourself, then as soon as possible make a conscious decision to stop.  Otherwise you can be hindering the development of your brand.  Being known as the photographer in something smaller verses being an assistant on a big shoot is a better environment to build your business.  At least, that has been my experience.  It is a tough transition, but as long as you keep the end in mind, you will be able to grow as a photographic business.

If you could go back and do something differently while you were in school that you think would have helped you once you were out of school, what would it be?

I have been learning a lot about the business side since I have been out of school, but there are 5 business classes offered at Brooks, at least when I was there.  I wish I paid more close attention to those classes.  We would all write those classes off as a lower priority level than the shoot that we had to do right after class for the assignment due the next day.  If you have stunning body of work but don’t know or care about the business that you are developing, than it is all for nothing.  I am a sole proprietor business who sells photographic services and retail prints.  Yes, I am an artist, but how I make a living is based on a clear business strategy.  

Thanks for all your great Insight Mallory!

Please check out more of Mallory's work www.mallorymorrison.com