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The Unique Challenges of Artwork Photography

Getting the best image for your portfolio.

Photographing artwork presents a unique set of challenges. With online galleries and social media becoming major sources for artists to promote and sell their work, getting a good quality image is more important than ever.

Special attention must be paid to lighting in order to show contrast and texture, while avoiding excess bounce-back which can wash out colors or result in hot spots. On many pieces, the large size can make getting even light levels a challenge. Sometimes getting the best lighting can be a trial-and-error process. Generally, two equally spaced diffused light sources produce the best images.

Perspective is also important in photographing artwork. To avoid distortion, the camera must be centered directly on the piece. Some minor distortion can be corrected in post processing, but every effort should be made to get the image perfectly square.

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When Ellis Harper Advertising needed images of their work for their portfolio, they turned to kpstudios. When Fonde Taylor needs images of his artwork, he trusts kpstudios. No matter what medium you work in, kpstudios can help you get the best possible image to represent your artwork on social media, in an online portfolio, or for print reproduction. Contact us today.

Communicating Change – How to Keep Your Customers Informed

5 tips for effective business change communication.

If anything is constant in the world of business, it’s change. Employees come and go. Businesses grow, consolidate, or refocus. Keeping your customers or clients informed of changes in your business is vitally important to your continued success. These tips will help you make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Know the reasons.

Having a clear goal in mind is important whatever the reason for the change in your organization. Know what you want to accomplish by implementing a change, and include your goals in all communication.

Have a communication strategy from the beginning.

Too often, communication strategy comes after the backlash is in full force. Having someone qualified to understand how people will respond to change is essential for a seamless transition.

Share information with employees as soon as possible.

Fear and insecurity can be heightened in times of change. Once the rumor mills start turning, a lot of time and effort can be wasted on getting your organization back to a place of order and productivity.

Don’t confuse process with communication.

Planning meetings can be used as communication vehicles when designed mindfully and used as part of a broader strategy, but they aren’t adequate to meet communication needs by themselves.

Use a variety of vehicles.

Don’t make the mistake of using a single method of communication such as email or a website. Repetition and redundancy are helpful in getting your point across.

Whether you are opening a new location, adding staff, or changing your focus, kpstudios can help you make the change as seamless as possible. Contact us to help with all of your communication needs.

5 Ingredients for Getting Delicious Images of Your Food

Five tips for your Food Photography Session.

With our years of experience, kpstudios knows how to make people drool over images of your food. Getting the best shot, however, sometimes requires a collaborative effort. Following these five tips will help you prepare for your session.

 

Prepare your Location.

Natural light can bring out the colors in your food, but you need plenty of it. Choose a location next to a large window to ensure you have enough diffused light to bring out colors and contrast.

Timing is Everything.

Natural light brings out different colors at different times of the day. If you want to emphasize blues and greens, schedule your session earlier in the day. Choose a time in the evening if you want to bring out reds and yellows.

Make it Fresh!

If your food is supposed to be hot, it should be steaming. Make sure you have enough staff on hand to deliver your food at its best.

Dress for the Occasion.

Blandly colored food can look very unappetizing. Liven up the image with colorful garnish, and check the edges of plates for stray food.

Set the Stage.

Your food should be the center of attention, but being prepared with props can mean the difference between a good image and a great image. Be prepared with plates that harmonize with your food, elegant silverware, napkins, or tablecloths.

 

Browse our Food Photography Portfolio to get ideas on how to best portray your food.

Food Imagery – Jesse’s Steak and Seafood

Nothing sells food better than nice images. Ever been to a restaurant and looked at the menu and none of it looked appealing? We were able to help a local restaurant create some mouth watering images for some of their most popular dishes. Not only was the food delicious, the people were so great to work with. Looking for a place to grab a bite? Check out Jesse’s Steak and Seafood at Patton Creek.

 

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Industrial Photography – Poly One

One of the most exciting things to me is industiral photography. Why you say? Because it is a challenge to make industrial equipment look interesting and I get to use colored light to brighten up the images. I love how Poly One incorporated their team members into the photography. I think this instills a sense of ownership in employees and makes them proud to be apart of the team.

 

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Corporate Headshots – Hill Hill Carter, Montgomery

Corporate Headshots on Location is one of our niches. We bring the entire studio to your office including our wardrobe stylist/makeup artist. We can shoot at little as 5 or as many as 100+. Take a look at your website, do your team members photographs have a cohesive look to them or are they a hodgepodge of random images that do not match? Bring your team together and give them a look that sets you apart from your competition.

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Tips for getting the most out of your photography make-up

TABITHA-BOYD-makeup-artistTabitha Boyd our in-house stylist has given up a few tips for preparing your make-up for your next professional photoshoot. Check her out at www.tabithaboyd.com.

Photography make-up is NOT the same as everyday make-up. Not all imperfections can be smoothed or corrected in Photoshop.This is why it is important to hire a professional make-up artist or at least adhere to the following basic make-up guidelines.

It’s important to start with a fresh clean face. NO layering over already present make-up. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your face. NO SPF!!!! Products with SPF make you look washed out and should be avoided the day of photos. Make sure your foundation is an exact match to assure it looks natural in the photos. Shine is the cameras worst enemy. You do NOT want a shiny face. Combat shine with a matte loose powder. Stay away from pressed powders as these tend to wash you out. Finally, choose products with NO shimmer in them to avoid looking like a disco ball.

I hope you found these tips helpful.

XOXO,

Tabulous

Environmental Headshots -Balch & Bingham LLP

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Children’s Acting Headshots

If you have a rising star on your hands kp studios can help you get your child the professional headshot they need for casting calls and to be promoted to top agents. Birmingham, AL has some amazingly talented children and with the help of the Acting Out Academy they can get the proper training they need to succeed. Take a look at some Birmigham’s future actors.

 

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Can you say stunning! Love the dark hair color with the teal green color of her shirt. Did you know that your headshot looks best with a pop of color in your clothing. You want simple yet colorful when it comes to an attractive headshot. Most of us want to wear black because we think its “slimming” but black makes for a pretty boring headshot. So next time you are going to have your picture made spice things up with a pop of color!