Jax Custom Photography: Blog https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jax Custom Photography jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:20:00 GMT Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:20:00 GMT https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u279589547-o385182791-50.jpg Jax Custom Photography: Blog https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Adding digital layered backgrounds to our products https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/adding-digital-layered-backgrounds-to-our-ptoducts Tammy and I also maintain another website-JaxPortraitLounge (jaxportrait.com)  where we have a blog geared toward photographers and sell a few digital layered backgrounds and digital props to photographers.  Trying to simplify am going to slowly merge the two sites together.  The backgrounds are shown under "photographers Corner" on menu

Most of our props are designed to look as a studio setup to give them a realistic look as if they were actually taken on location or in a studio.  We take great care in making our backgrounds and digital backdrops. Check them out!

In process of making tutorials on using the props that I hope will be available soon but there are plenty of tutorials on web.  Only 10 posted so far but have several more waiting.


jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/adding-digital-layered-backgrounds-to-our-ptoducts Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:48:14 GMT
How I realized LightRoom was serious https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/how-i-realized-lightroom-was-serious Off subject of digital backgrounds but thought I would just throw this out in case any of you thought of Lightroom as I did.  Being a CC subscriber I automatically have it but never really paid much attention.

I played with ir but found it simpler to just go to my pictures folder in finder as they were all in separate shoot folders anyway-much less trouble and time than using Lightroom and Tammy would not have anything to do with Lightroom.

Watched a video by Terry White on portrait retouching  http://tv.adobe.com/watch/creative-suite-podcast-photographers/how-to-do-a-complete-portrait-retouch-in-lightroom-5/  After watching I was impressed and re watched while clicking pause and trying it out on my images.  Now a believer in using LR along with PS and have really sped up my retouching time.  My session last week was probably edited at least 80% in LR  Was not impressed with LR presets as there was not a way to adjust opacity and that was becoming a deal breaker.  Then read that you could create a virtual copy, apply preset to it, and then open copy and original as layers in photoshop-problem solved.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/how-i-realized-lightroom-was-serious Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:26:49 GMT
Atlantic Beach Art Walk https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/atlantic-beach-art-walk Artwalk Tonight 5p.m.-9p.m. Come on out and enjoy the Crafts of Jacksonville's finest Artists. We will be in front of North Beach Fish Camp on Ocean St. Do your Christmas shopping, we have beautiful Fine Art Beach Photography as well as other unique portraits. So bundle up and come kick off the Season with the beautiful sights and sounds at the Beaches Town Center with awesome food, live music and beautiful one of a kind Art of all kinds!

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/atlantic-beach-art-walk Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:12:38 GMT
Pet Creations Sitting https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/pet-creations-sitting We are Happy to announce our 5th Annual Holiday Child & Pet Photo Sessions this Saturday Nov. 15th from 11 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at Pet Creations 11819 N Main St 32218.  Adults are also welcomed to attend if accompanied by a child or pet! We have a variety of scenes available (old AND Brand New for 2014) as well as some Christmas outfits for babies , toddlers and pets! For older children and adults, please do not wear distracting clothing such as prints, characters, (unless it is Holiday related) etc.  Sitting Fee and Packages start at a ridiculously low $25. Sitting Fee does not have to be paid at time of sitting, and can be paid by Paypal prior to post production of images. Many package deals as well as A La Carte images of all sizes including beautiful Fine Art Wall Portraits and Image Products available. 

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/pet-creations-sitting Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:57:34 GMT
Pets at work in Jacksonville Beach https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/pets-at-work-in-jacksonville-beach We are taking photographs at the beaches of pets at work for a local magazine over the next couple of weeks.  If you have a business in the Jacksonville Beaches area and would like your pet photographed and considered for publication please contact us.  No charge and you will receive a 5x7 print.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/pets-at-work-in-jacksonville-beach Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:48:54 GMT
Infant Photography-takes patience but worth the wait https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/infant-photography-takes-patience-but-worth-the-wait Tammy and I had an infant sitting yesterday of a six week old little girl.  Infants are best photographed from birth to 10 days and again at three months.  During the first few days they sleep most of time, pretty much stay in fetal position, and are very easily posed and apt to stay in the posed position,  At three months they are able to lift head and smile.  In between that can be a real challenge but we managed to get some cute shots. Photographing an infant takes patience as it is on their schedule-not yours.  This cute child was very tired but restless yesterday and when she went to sleep she preferred her head toward the backdrop and turning the head tended to aggravate her so we just waited. This session took about 2 1/2 hrs and we will go back to get the poses we never got yesterday.

Brought studio lights and soft box to location but found a window with soft late afternoon cloud filtered light and these were shot with natural light with one silver reflector camera right and slightly behind and over child.  These shots were taken with a Nikkor 50mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f1.8.   You should be able to tell by those settings this was not harsh bright light coming in.  The f1.8 setting gave us the nice shallow depth oh field.  Notice on the shots where we backed up-the mother and daughter and full length on scale the depth of field is a little larger but the background is nicely out of focus and on the closer in shots the eyes are in focus but the ears are getting out of focus.  This is due to the distant between camera and subject as tte closer you move in the shallower is depth of field.  The 50mm Nikon and Canon lens are excellent and inexpensive.  I personally use the 1.8 as I just cannot see $200 to get a extra aprx 1/3 stop to get the 1.4.  For more articles and tutorials please see our sister site @  http://jaxportrait.com


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jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/infant-photography-takes-patience-but-worth-the-wait Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:27:48 GMT
Annual Pet and Children Easter Photo Session https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/annual-pet-and-children-easter-photo-session One Day Only! Our Annual Pet and Children Easter Photo Sessions at Pet Creations are this Saturday, March 29th from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. While walk-ins are accepted we prefer appointments as we hate having to turn people away. You may bring your pet to be photographed with your child OR have a photo taken with one of Pet Creations baby chicks or friendly bunnies. Seasonal backgrounds and props are available as well as a limited supply of vintage childrens clothing, tu tu's and fairy costumes. Please tell me your childs size if you wish to see if I have anything for you. These sessions are always a big hit so book now at jaxcustomphoto@gmail.com or call 904-349-0580 and leave a message.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/annual-pet-and-children-easter-photo-session Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:56:29 GMT
Pets on the beach https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/pets-on-the-beach We are doing photographs of people enjoying their pets on the beach Mon-Wed Jan 27-29 from 2pm - 6pm for a local magazine. If you would like to have your pet photographed please call Tammy @ 904-349-0580 or Wayne at 906-652-7797. Any species of pets welcome. 

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/pets-on-the-beach Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:56:09 GMT
Pet & Children Sitting https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/pet-children-sittin Taking Children and Pet portraits Saturday Feb 1, 2014 at Pet Creations,11819 N Main St., Jax., 32218 11-4pm.  Valentine theme portraits and cards available.  Call Wayne @ 904-652-7797 or Tammy @ 904-349-0580 for any info. No appointment needed.  For better portraits please dress children accordingly.  White or light colored tops are preferred but not required, accessories are fine, but please refrain from bright or bold distracting colors.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/pet-children-sittin Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:43:38 GMT
Photography Outing https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/photography-outing  Going with North Jax Photography Meetup to Bone Yard Beach at Big Talbot Island Sat Dec 7 at am.  Anyone welcome to join us.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/photography-outing Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:40:50 GMT
December Art Walks https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/december-art-walks Selling photos and novelties at two Art Walks this month.  Jacksonville Beach in front of Jimmy's Chicago Pizza at 1st St. and 3rd ave from 5-9pm Tuesday Dec 10..  Atlantic Beach in front of BioMax on Atlantic Blvd 1 blk west of ocean (same block as RagTime) from 5-9pm Thursday Dec 19.  Come out and enjoy the work of many different vendors displaying  jewelry, pottery, photography, paintings, and more.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/december-art-walks Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:37:46 GMT
Cyber Monday Sale https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/cyber-monday-sale
30% off all prints in Inspirational, Beaches/Mayport, and Landscape galleries.  One day only.  Enter cybermonday code at checkout.  Good until 11:59 pm Monday Dec 2. Maximum savings of $100.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/cyber-monday-sale Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:57:51 GMT
Pond Prop https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/pond-prop Playing around with props in Tammy's back yard with another neighbors child. Really enjoyed this picture as it reminded me of that age when my dog was constant companion and buddy.  We set up studio strobes and scenes under a canopy in yard and the ones we like I build in portable mobile version.  Will soon be offering docks, rocks, 4' boats, platform with pond and plants, and lemonade stands for sale.

jaxcustomphoto@icloud.com (Jax Custom Photography) https://jaxcustomphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/pond-prop Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:22:14 GMT