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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Irvine Child and Family Photographer

Celebrating Clayton’s 2nd Birthday with Family Portraits

Creating a Family Legacy: Over the years, I’ve been blessed to witness the marriage of Clayton’s mom and dad. I photographed their wonderful wedding in Fallbrook, San Diego. A few years later, 12 day after Clayton was born, I photographed his newborn portraits, below. When he was 1 year old mom and dad took him to one of my favorite parks in Orange County for his 1 year portraits. He hung in there like a champ till the end and then had a melt down. Can’t blame him, he was tired and didn’t have words yet to express himself. Now Clayton is turning 2! And I again had the honor of photographing him, creating lovely portraits, a time capsule of family history. We also had ample time to create some lovely family moments. It is spectacular watching their family grow and to be entrusted with capturing these precious memories for them.

Tech Notes: Clayton’s newborn and first year portraits photographed with Canon EOS 1D Mk III, 24-70mm f/2.8 L and 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. Second year portraits all photographed with #SonyAlpha α7s and α7II, FE 24-70mm f/5 Z OSS, FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS and the Sonnar T* FE 55 f/1.8 ZA

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I sent Nicole a few sneak peeks of Clayton’s 2nd year portraits. This is what she said in her email …

Hi Marc! ~ OMG!!!!! I just got to work and saw this. Am in tears!!!! What a beautiful photo, Marc you are amazing!! Today is Clayton’s 2nd birthday and I am just going to stare at this beautiful photo all day long. I love it!! XOXO THANK YOU!!!!!

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

SonyAlpha a7s Shooting High ISO in Available Light

Real World Results Shooting High ISO in Available Light with the a7s

When the #SonyAlpha a7s first hit the market I was stoked with the camera specs. But specs are specs and for me, they don’t prove out until I can see the results with my own eyes. I need to test the gear out myself and photograph in low light situations. Real world images are proof. Changing lighting conditions, shooting in unpredictable mixed lighting scenarios, photographing in real time. Not staged static still objects with the same boring light. These are real world images photographed under harsh lighting and lack of lighting conditions as an event unfolds in real time.

I recently had a chance to put the high ISO prowess of the #SonyAlpha α7s to the test in a real world setting. A paid gig. Special Olympics Southern California {SOSC} hire me to photograph their annual Gala. Which successfully raised over $314,000 in one evening due to the generosity of many, many people at the event. The SOSC is an amazing organization that give a voice to athletes with disabilities. Having witnessed the spirit of the SOSC, met many SOSC athletes and US Olympiads many times I can tell you first hand what the SOSC does is beyond words and truly moving. Seeing the spirit of human beings shine as they do what they love and perform to their highest abilities is life changing.

The Technical Stuff: Having used my α7s for several months now, I knew what it was capable of and was very comfortable with the menu system. I set my camera to Auto ISO and used AV mode. My auto ISO is set to the range of ISO 100 – ISO 51,200. I primarily used the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, but also had the Sonnar T* FE 55 f/1.8 ZA, FE 24-70mm f/4 Z OSS, FE 24-70mm f/4 Z OSS with me in case they were needed. Unless otherwise noted all images in this post are photographed with the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS. I occasionally bumped the f/stop to 5.6 for a bit more sharpness. What blew me away when chimping and upon downloading the images and running them through Adobe LR5, is at ISO 51,200 with absolutely only available light these images are 100% usable for print and web. In LR I output them at 10″x 10″ at 300 DPI and they are amazing. Yes in some cases there is digital noise aka grain. But remember this is ISO 51,200 (not a typo). In some cases noise reduction was applied in LR but sparingly. When the exposures are spot on there is little noise. When the exposures are off a bit, more noise is present….however the results are still pleasing and staggering. Its amazing to me how far digital photography ISO has come in 10 years. I remember starting out with the EOS 1D about 10 years ago. ISO 800 was barely usable….ISO 400 was okay. Quick math proves that the high ISO capabilities that the #SonyAlpha α7s makes possible is 128 times better than 400 ISO where we started from. And my assertion that the α7s high ISO capabilities are twice as good as what some of the top dog camera makers sensors are capable of.

Photographed at ISO 51,200. No retouching and no noise reduction applied. FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS @ f/5.6

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Congratulations to Tony “The Tiger” Briones as he receives the Betty Belden Palmer Award. ISO 4000

 

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PBS Anchor and event Emcee Mr. Ed Arnold donating his time to the SOSC on a regular basis. ISO 10,000

 

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The light form a slideshow about 30 feet away, illuminates faces at a table. ISO 51,200

 

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ISO 51,200. Noise reduction applied in LR.

 

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ISO 2,500

 

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ISO 10,000

 

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ISO 8000

 

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ISO 32,000

 

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ISO 16,000

 

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Patrick McClenland CEO of the 2015 Special Olympic World Games. ISO 6,400

 

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ISO 40,000

 

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ISO 5000

 

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ISO 51,200

 

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ISO 25,600

 

 

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ISO 3200

 

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Rafer Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist – Decathlon, Actor and Humanitarian. 1960 Olympic gold medalist, after getting a silver in 1956 and a gold in the 1955 Pan American Games. ISO 51,200

 

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Scott Yamashiro pianist. ISO 20,000. That’s not sensor dust but dust floating in the air illuminated by the spot light behind Scott.

 

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Left- ISO 16,000. Right – ISO 40,000

 

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Jay White singer. ISO 16,000

 

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ISO 4000

 

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ISO 25,600

 

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Sweet Newborn and Littles | Family Photography

Irvine Newborn and Children Photographer

Photographed with ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬ α7s, FE 24-70mm f/5 Z OSS, FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS and Sonnar T* FE 55 f/1.8 ZA, natural light

Irvine Newborn and Children Photographer: Last weekend had the opportunity to photograph Ashley and Vinny’s newborn and littles at their family home. I’d met Ashley & Vinny through my friend Debra Michelle Hiebert, an amazing event & wedding designer, this past November when photographing their wedding in Huntington Beach, CA. I have photographed allot of newborn babies over the years. But Rosalie is special. She’s perfect in every tiny way. This was one of the first times that a newborn slept through the entire session. Vinny has some kind of baby whisperer talent built in to his DNA. He cuddled with her and laid his hands on her and she just slept. Ashley’s been having some trouble with Colic but you’d never know it when I was there. How she is able to handle two littles and a newborn on a daily basis 24-7 is a practice in patience and Zen I will likely never know.

 

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Balboa Island Luxury Real Estate Photographer

Newport Beach Interior Design Photography

Photographed with #‎SonyAlpha, α7S, FE 24-70mm f/4 Z OSS, FE 16-35mm f/4 Z OSS and, Neewer TT850 flashes, Enduro Carbon CT314 tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head

Last week, started a project with Tracy Troop from the Troop Group photographing one of her Balboa Island interior design projects. This is one of several homes in the Newport Beach areas she’s done the interior design for. And, the first in a series to update her website. A complete remodeled Balboa Island two story home with simple lines, wood accents and Spanish influences.

How This Image Was Created
My gaol whenever I’m hired to create luxury real estate photography and interior design photography for a client is to keep things looking natural. Keeping things looking natural and real, being able to bring out the subtleties of texture and color in an interior design job means having to use lights, without looking like you’ve used them. In the case with the first images below….an umbrella was positioned outside the window {camera right} to simulate more light coming in the window. This was necessary to push light into the book case to the left of the fire place. Two other lights with 30″ bounce umbrellas were positioned camera right and left to push light into the scene. Due to the harsh window light coming through the windows camera left, two exposures where made. One with the blinds on that side drawn, another with them up. This was so that the striped chairs didn’t have harsh hot spots on them. The two images were seamlessly composited in post. Finally the fire was added to the fire place in post too. More time consuming? More painstaking post production? In both cases a resounding YES. But the results are worth it.

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Great care is taken when lighting the kitchen. Often the most complex shoot of any luxury real estate and interior design photography. Why? Its due to the surfaces: glass, windows, stainless steel, reflective wood and marble or granite counter tops. One umbrella is placed outside the window, one on the floor to illuminate the cabinets behind the island, and finally two more umbrellas, camera right and left. Finally during post production, each window pain is painstakingly composited in Adobe Photoshop. The reason the compositing is necessary is if I had raised the interior ambient to match the exterior ambient the kitchen would have been over lit at the expense of properly exposing the windows.

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Great care is taken when lighting the kitchen. Often the kitchen is the most difficult element of a luxury real estate photography shoot or interior design shoot. And it typically takes that longest of any room to shoot. Why? There are so many reflective surfaces: windows, marble or granite counter tops, the glass in the microwave and ovens, stainless steel and reflective wood surfaces. A 30″ bounce umbrella is placed outside the window to push light onto the counter top near the sink and the vertical cabinets. Two more 30″ bounce umbrellas are placed camera L and R to illuminate the foreground and finally a bare flash is placed on the ground and bouncing off a white card behind the island to illuminate the counter draws. During post production, each windowpane is painstakingly composited in Adobe Photoshop. I could have raised the interior ambient to match the outdoor ambient, but in doing so the kitchen would have been over lit.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Featured in Sony Focal Point

A shoot gone to the dogs

Featured in Sony Focal Point this month along side talented photographers, Sony Artisans of Imagery and colleagues, Brian Matiash, Colby Brown, Me Ra Koh and Anastasia Petukhova. Be sure to stalk them and poke around their blogs. Each a photographer, blogger and travelers. Their content is sure to inspire.

The feature in the Sony Focal Point is for a magazine cover shoot photographed with my Sony α7s and FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens, for a pet magazine. You can see the magazine cover shoot blog post here.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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