Led by well-traveled shutterbug Marguerite Beaty, Crea8fotos' staff instructs owners of DSLR cameras how to professionally operate their equipment. During Introduction to Digital Photography I, Marguerite reveals how camera settings can manipulate light quality and image sharpness and trains students to control focus, particularly in the event of a photo bomb by sasquatch. After studying the camera's various knobs and switches, students compose and frame shots to produce their own eye-catching photos.
Memorable weddings are marked by a mix of traditional moments and fun-filled spontaneity, and Kevin Luna is there to capture it all. He's passionate about photographing weddings, and spends time getting to know the happy couple before their big day, in order to ensure his photos perfectly capture the unique personalities of the bride and groom. But wedded bliss isn't the only emotion Kevin immortalizes: his studio boasts sleek hardwood floors and expansive windows that flood the room with natural light?perfect for capturing sleeping newborns and napping families. There, he also directs and photographs boudoir photo shoots that yield flirty images, each one completely customized through the use of props, backdrops, and lighting effects.
Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
Nicole Shelley Models has placed people in campaigns for some of the world's most recognizable brands, including Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike. As a licensed and bonded model and talent agency, the company works with both seasoned and amateur models, prepping the less experienced ones with runway and print training before seeking their placement in advertisements or runway shows. Nicole Shelley Models can also provide support for various types of events, putting together promotional items, invitations, entertainment, and public-relations campaigns.
The electronics experts at Electric Avenue help guests find the perfect piece of technology, ranging from professional studio lighting equipment to foolproof point-and-shoot cameras. They also stock their shelves with computers, phones, and home-theater gear, as well as gadgets to spruce up cars and audio equipment for DJs. The staff also offer in-store photography lessons, electronics repairs, and free camera cleanings.
In "auto" mode, cameras automatically adjust their settings to their environments?but in the more artist-friendly manual mode, photographers control every element of their image, from its point of focus to its exposure time. At PhotoSCOOP Stay in the Loop, instructors help their students master the second photography style in four-hour Stepping into Manual Mode workshops, which cover topics such as ISO, aperture, and adding an external flash.
The photography center hosts workshops on more specialized topics, too. Studio Lighting and Posing 101, for example, covers the essentials of flattering studio portraits, whether you're capturing a smiling family or a newlywed couple. Other sessions focus on topics such as outdoor shooting and fashion photography.