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    Welcome to the blog! If the banner doesn't make it obvious enough I'll just spill the beans and let you know that we are a full time husband and wife wedding photography team. We love life, God, weddings, and if you slide over our names to the left you'll note a few other things we love.

    We are based out of Los Angeles, and when I say that, I mean our studio is right in the smack dab center of downtown. However, if you start browsing through the blog history you will soon note that we shoot weddings all over the country and world. We put a lot into making our images so I hope you enjoy checking some of them out!

    If you're up for having a great time at your wedding, and our photos have the look you are going for, then feel free to shoot us a note and we would love to chat some more!

    - Lukas and Suzy VanDyke

Photography Tip #2: Cat Eye Reflector

Ok here it is, tip #2. I actually got this one from my friend Mariano Friginal. If you haven’t seen his work before it’s incredible.

When I first started shooting I was scared of the sun because it produced hard light, black shadows and squinty eyes. But now that I have learned to use it I have come to love shooting in the sun, often even more than on overcast days. So here’s one of those little tricks than can help you take advantage of the sun. All you need to buy is the largest reflector you can fit your arm halfway around. Then pull out a knife and slice a cross hair about 5 inches long through the very center.

When you’re shooting you will want to position your subject so the sun is somewhere behind and above them. If you’re really close (and I mean about 12 inches as really close) the sun bounces off and creates this amazing cat eye reflection in their eyes like the first image below. From a little further back it fills in all the shadows with a really nice soft even light. The key is to just make sure to set your exposure to your subjects face while the light is on it.

Depending on the brightness of the day I will switch between the white or silver side of the reflector. You can also vary your position a few degrees in each direction to let the sun halo your subject and create some awesome in camera sun flares. The trick works best when the sun is low in the sky so you can shoot straight ahead, but as you might note in some of the examples below you can do it at high noon. You just need to shoot almost straight up.

This is probably one of my favorite tricks. It’s one I will use on almost every shoot. If you try it out and get some great images let me know, I would love to see them! =)

April 22, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Timothy Wallis - Great tip, I’m going to be using this one a lot.

April 24, 2009 - 5:13 pm

marianofriginal - i guess the “cat’s” out on that one… well, it was hard to trademark anyway. how do you trademark two xacto cuts on a reflector? by the way, nice pose on that stick figure model LOL.

April 26, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Cris - YES!! I’ve met you once, and that one time, you told me all that junk about catchlights and soft, even lighting on people’s faces, and you had that reflector with a hole in it. When I bought my 40D, I went to best buy the next week and did the same exact thing. lol, and I LOVE friginal’s photos

July 8, 2009 - 2:57 pm

josydaisy - nice…i’ll try these out.

January 28, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Photography Myths 101 « mathwizzards - [...] the sun and you don’t have an assistant to hold a reflector. (Picture by Lukas van Dyke)  Go here to see what the results look [...]

Caleb Joel: Baby

I don’t usually photograph babies, but my new little 3 day old nephew was just too cute to not do a session with! =). My sister is amazing. They decided to go natural and had the baby at their apartment with a midwife instead of going to the hospital. She said it hurt a lot but was nice to sleep in her own bed instead of being stuck in a hospital the night after. For those of you who like stats here they are: 21inches, 8lbs. 3oz. born on 04-16-2009 at 7:42am.

April 21, 2009 - 5:25 am

Anja L - So beautiful… The one of your sister with Caleb is priceless.

April 21, 2009 - 7:44 am

Mom KJ - Wow wow wow
What a wonderful family and beatifil pictures! Thank you so much!!!!

April 21, 2009 - 9:26 am

terry pagach - Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow!
Caleb is a joy to behold, an answer to many prayers!
Rejoicing with you, Julia and Ben!

All our love and prayers,
terry (from Mick too)

P.S. Ok, Ben, you were right! Looking for that big HUMBLE smile!

April 9, 2011 - 9:47 am

My First Niece! « Personal « Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography - [...] It seems like just yesterday little Caleb was born! [...]

Photo 108 #2 Post Workshop

The second workshop I did was very similar content to the first, except I added a little section on studio lighting as well. Over all we covered a huge amount of material and I’m impressed how well everyone kept up! This time my friend Erica helped out for the practice portrion. She has this awesome sense of eclectic fashion which fits her personality perfectly! I picked a few images  I created while I was demonostrating! If you’re interested in attending a similar workshop sometime this summer, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and I’ll shoot you an email when I decide on some dates.

May 29, 2009 - 1:34 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Photography 101 Workshop: Toronto Canada - [...] Below are links to the summary posts from a few other workshops I have done: Photo 108 #2 Post Photo 108 #1 Post Photo 101 [...]

June 30, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Photography 101 – Half & Half (updated) - [...] Below are links to the summary posts from a few other workshops I have done: Photo 108 #2 Post Photo 108 #1 Post Photo 101 [...]

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