Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shot senior pics for Mark Allen Winchester today and got to hang out a little with some old friends while doing it. Had a great time with Rodney and Chasady during the shoot. Between Rodney going in the water to get the soccer ball and the wind blowing over my flash and umbrella it was an eventful day...lol... here are a few pics from the session.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If you are getting married in 2012 you really need to check out the contest I am running on facebook until the end of the year...Rick Banda Photography

Senior Shoot....

I had a chance to shoot some senior pics for a lovely young lady a few weeks ago. I grew up down the street from her mom and know most of her family, so it was kind of cool to get to do her senior pictures. We went to a local park/lake and shot in the gardens and a old abandoned factory down the road from there.

Mini Trucker couples shoot....

One of my best buds and fellow mini trucker asked me to shoot pics of him and his girl, so we met up in Greenwood IN a couple weekends ago and drove around aimlessly until we found a little park to do the shoot in. We had a great time goofing off and got some really great images for them. I am guessing we will be doing a e-shoot sometime soon and a wedding within the next year...Here are a few from the session.

Berna/Cole wedding

Another wonderful wedding! Even tho we got a late start on pictures and the weather didnt cooperate we still managed to get some great images and document the day. Another great and fun couple!. Here are a few pics from the wedding...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

E-shoot....

Recently done a engagement shoot with Gilbert and Kendra at Becks Mill just outside of Salem IN.
We had perfect weather and a great time shooting. Here are a few from that session.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Things to ask when looking for a wedding photographer.....

I know this is a little off track from my last few posts, and I promise I will get back to the tips.
Today though I want to talk about the things you should ask your wedding photographer when you are looking for one to cover your special day.
More after the break....

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ISO and Shutter Speed....

In my last post we talked about aperture, this time we are going to talk about the other two sides of the exposure triangle...ISO and shutter speed.
Just like aperture, ISO and shutter speed each can be measured in stops of light.
Starting with ISO, the settings are:  50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and so on. Each one will be one more stop of light. So if we go from 100 to 800 ISO that would be three stops of light MORE.  Adjusting ISO makes the sensor more sensitive to light, which enables us to shoot in dark locations and keep a fast shutter speed. The trade off with ISO is the higher the ISO that is used, the more noise you will introduce into the image. Keep in mind that noise on screen looks worst than what it will in print. BUT a noisy image is preferred over a missed, under exposed or blurred image.
Shutter speed is the next component of the exposure triangle. And just like aperture and ISO it is measured in stops of light. Most Cameras can go as long as a 30 second exposure all the way to 1/8000 sec exposure. If you are hand holding your camera, most likely you wont ever use a shutter speed slower than 1/30 and if you use flash you probably are limited to a synch speed of around 1/250. Using those assumptions the shutter speeds at one stop of light intervals would be 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/250. If we were to keep going it would be 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000 and 1/8000.  Each number represents one stop of light, so if we went from 1/250 to 1/2000 that would be three stops of light LESS. The things to think about with shutter speed is the slower your shutter the more you introduce motion blur from the subject (and possibly motion blur from you holding the camera) and the more light you let in. The faster the shutter speed is the less light you allow in and you will "freeze" the subject. 
As a general rule your shutter speed should be equal to your focal length. So if you are shooting with a 85mm lens you would want to be shooting at 1/100, if you are using a 35mm lens you "should" be able to use a shutter speed of around 1/30. This is going to be very dependent on how steady you are.
In my next post we will discuss how to use the exposure triangle to be creative with your work.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Last Sundays Portraits...

As promised I am posting up a few pictures from last weeks mini sessions. I have also been asked to start giving out a photography tip every so often and I am going to start doing that today with this post. But first here are a few images from the mini session.....








Photography tip after the break...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Portraits...

Done a few Portrait Mini Sessions today at one of the local Parks. This was the first time I have ever done one like this and it was a lot of fun. I wish the day had been a little cooler, all day out in 93 degree weather is rough...lol....I am in the process of editing the images and soon as I get a few finished I will post up some of them.
We are considering doing another session sometime in August. Hopefully t will be a lot cooler then.

My first "workshop"....

A friend of mine from High School has started up a photography club and he asked me to come do a portrait workshop for them. We met at a local refuge and I began rambling about everything I know about portrait work, I know that I probably overloaded them with info, but hopefully they retain some of what I went over and they are better photographers from it.
One thing I did go over was my passion for photography. I tried to impress upon them the responsibility they have as photographers. To be able to take these moments, capture them and preserve them for years to come for people.
You dont want to be asked or paid to capture theses moments and fail to do so in a manner that will allow them to take the pictures out years from now and laugh, cry or just be able to sit there and enjoy the memories the images bring up. The portrait you take today could be the last picture they have of a loved one after an untimely death. The images from the next wedding you shoot could be the only images that a relative that was to sick to attend or to far away to come will ever see. Being a photographer is not about how fancy a camera you have but being able to live up to the responsibility of preserving someones special moments.

Heres a pic of the photographers who listened to my ramblings today....

Saturday, July 30, 2011

This past week....

Haven't had a whole lot going on lately, so I have been slacking on my blog posts and I apologize for that. I will try to be a little more regular in posting.
This past Wednesday I shot some portraits for a friend and his fiancee'. It was hot and humid and we started a little later than we probably should have, but we got some excellent pics from the session.Here are a few of them...


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rough week....

Been awhile since I have posted and I apologize. I was really busy editing pics from a couple weddings and dealing with the day to day stuff of life. This past week we lost my little sisters husband and we have been spending a lot of time with her and her kids helping them with funeral details and the everyday stuff that just seems like its going to swallow you up when you are going thru the loss of a loved one. BUT I think things are close to being back on track again.
I have been asked to give a workshop on outdoor portrait photography in a couple weekends for a local photography club. The next day I am going to do a portrait mini session to try and find new clients.
I hope to update this blog a little more now..as a friend so cleverly put on his blog "Updated daily, 60% of the time!" lol....

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Watson Wedding.....

Another beautiful wedding last weekend! Holly and Dan had their ceremony in the Cathedral Gardens just outside of Henryville Indiana. It is just an absolutely gorgeous place for a wedding. Everything was beautiful and we got a ton of awesome images. Holly and Dan have been awesome to work with and I hope to have the chance to work with them again. here are a few from the big day....





Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Melton and DeWitt Wedding...

Had an awesome time shooting Daynia and Jerry's wedding at the Horse Shoe Casino. The wedding was beautiful and everyone was great to work with...here are a few shots that I have edited so far....




Monday, June 6, 2011

Keeping busy....

Saturday we went out to the Cathedral Gardens to check out the layout for the wedding we have coming up at the end of the month. We took a few pics of the couple while we were there that I am still in the middle of editing. Wow was it hot out there. Hopefully the heat breaks by the time the wedding comes around.
Right now I am in the middle of a living room makeover...the walls are almost finished being painted and the room is rearranged. Soon as we finish painting the floor is going to be shampooed...all this and we have a wedding to shoot at the Horseshoe Casino this coming weekend that I need to get ready for. This is going to be a crazy week.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mandi and Josh...

What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than doing an engagement shoot for a couple of our good friends?
Mandi had been talking with me for a while about setting up a session and things just never seemed to work out so we could get together. A while back I ran a contest on my Facebook page for a free session and she won and finally we were able to get our schedules to match so we could do the shoot.
We had a lot of fun taking shots around their home and down at Hardy Lake. Jeannie fell in love with their dogs and I think if she could have gotten away with it, she would have stolen them.
Here are a few pics from the session, enjoy!




Monday, May 23, 2011

Holly and Dan.....

Yesterday started out beautiful! We had a engagement shoot scheduled for 5pm at the Chateau de Pique Winery just outside of Seymour when some storms decided to form and give us some much unneeded rain! Luckily for us the rain didn't hit the winery and the skies cleared, so we ended up with a wonderful day to do a shoot.
Holly and Dan are by far the easiest couple I have ever photographed. I would point to where they needed to stand and Jeannie would tell them the general idea and they would fall right into the most beautiful poses. I wish all my couples were as easy and as much fun to work with.
Here are some pics from our session....