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June 2017

Visiting Cheyenne, Wyoming….

When I think of Cheyenne I think of big, beautiful, wild horses. I can vision horse ranches split in half: one half of the ranch you can ride the horses and the other half you can watch the cowboys train the wild horses. Well I did visit Cheyenne but those opportunities didn’t happen. I decided to visit in May. May is the beginning of spring, starting to get warm and flowers begin to bloom… BUT I forgot I was going out West and it can snow at any time. My last day there they were expecting 7-10 inches of snow….I left for Denver earlier than plan 😦

What a drive to Cheyenne! There was farmland with the rolling hills all the way. The smell of country air was so refreshing. As I was driving I saw places where I could stop and visit on my way back to Denver; I began to make mental notes. Yes when it’s only me out and about I make a few plans. Some plans are concrete but I don’t lose any sleep if they don’t happen.

It rained the day before I visited downtown Cheyenne. The clouds? I’m not for sure if my photographs did any justice but they were awesome. Unbelievable clouds. I went to the Cheyenne Depot and Cheyenne Depot Museum. Years ago this was the Union Pacific Depot and was restored to its original form. Inside this Depot was also the Visitor Center. The Cheyenne Depot Museum was very nice. If you like the history of the railroad this will be the place for you. Big boots!! There are eight-foot-tall boots located throughout Cheyenne. Each boot was decorated/painted by local artists. If I’m correct, the painting on each boot reflects the building(s) of the location they stood. Too cool.

I hope to someday visit Cheyenne again. Plan my visit around the Cheyenne Frontier Days – the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo & Western Celebration. But for now I’m glad for what I did enjoy. That’s the thing about life – remember what you have and enjoy each moment without being greedy.

Here are some of my photographs of Cheyenne. Camera equipment used: Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the XF 35mm F2 R WR prime lens.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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Who Is Tyson Pough Photography?

Before I traveled to Dallas, TX for my Off Camera Flash class, I had made up my mind that I was going to do an interview with Tyson Pough. With everything in life we tend to take chances. Sometimes they work sometimes they don’t. As Tyson and I were walking around the park that’s when I asked her for an interview…and she said yes.

Who is Tyson Pough?

Tyson Pough is a very sentimental photographer. I love working with people. People inspire me to always continue to work on my photography, to give me that push when I don’t want to, and to “push me outside of my box” to try something new. I believe in people’s relationships. I just don’t take a photograph, I take the time to get to know who they are. With knowing people’s relationships this gives me the opportunity to capture their stories.

Being sentimental, Tyson’s tenderness, affections, and emotions flows from her heart, through her camera lens and into her subjects.

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Tyson doing what she truly enjoys and loves – photography.

Why Photography?

With photography I can focus on one thing that is beautiful….regardless of how ugly the world is and could be. Photography helps me to help people to see themselves – the positive in themselves. Sharing this gift with others is a blessing for me. I enjoy sharing happiness with others.

What is your photography specialty?

Photographing people is my specialty. Photographing people authentically. When I photograph people I’m letting the people “be them……be you”.

You’re a small businesswoman in Dallas; we all know it’s about marketing. Everyone has a camera therefore they all claim to be a photographer. That is a daily fight. What is your strategy when it comes to marketing?

Again be authentic. And never tell a client no. You’re working for the client. Make sure the locations to photograph them works for them – not you. Become personal with your client. Take the time to find out who they are, what they like, etc. Work with them, not against them.

Do you have any words of encouragement, guidance to all and/or any photographer?

If this, photography is really what you want to do then go for it. Invest in yourself. Don’t listen to others unless they’re being positive and supportive. Always trust in yourself.

Tyson will be one of the vision speakers at the Black Female Vision Conference that will be held 15-17 October 2017 in Addison, TX: www.blackfemalephotographers.com. Tyson will be speaking on Natural Light & OCF (Off Camera Flash). At the conference there will be a segment called “Shootouts”. Tyson’s portion of the Shootouts will be Wedding Photography. To learn more about Tyson please go to her website: www.tysonpough.com. If you like to speak with Tyson email: tyson@tysonpough.com.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

Below are a few more photographs I’ve captured of Tyson during the times I’ve been around her:

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Tyson being a model at the MS&M Meetup 2014
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Tyson sharing her knowledge with another photographer: BFP PhotoWalk
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Tyson sharing information about the location for the BFP PhotoWalk
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Tyson modeling at the BFP PhotoWalk
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Tyson taking a photograph during the OCF class she conducted.

 

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Off Camera Flash Workshop with Photographer Tyson Pough

A few weekends ago I traveled to Dallas, TX for a one-on-one Off Camera Flash (OCF) workshop with photographer Tyson Pough (www.tysonpough.com). One-on-one is great! You have the instructor’s full attention. And lucky for the instructor she doesn’t have to worry about individuals with different personalities and her brain isn’t going across the chart because each person is different and trying to make everyone happy. When you sit back and think about it – that’s a lot of work. So this day Tyson only had one personality to deal with…and I hope I didn’t leave her with migraine’s for a week.

All photographs below were taken by me during the workshop.

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OCF workshop started out with the discussion of basic photography. I liked that because we do this so much for so long we tend to forget a thing or two. Tyson discussed in-camera metering, composition, bounce lighting, and being aware of your surroundings when your shooting bounce. Tyson also discussed lighting techniques (in no particular order): flat – positioning your flash straight on your subject; butterfly – butterfly shape shadow that’s form under your subjects nose; loop – loop shape shadow is created under your subjects nose; split/mix/sidelighting – half of your subjects face is lit which provides a lot/or maybe not drama; and Rembrandt – one light with a reflector or two lights are used. Did I remember all the techniques? No but I did write them down to go back in my notes. Like Tyson mentioned “use the type of lighting that you feel”…… meaning whatever you like go for it. To me the types mentioned will give me a starting point. I have an idea where I should/can start. Your subject may have an idea for lighting. Why not give it a try? Like we all have said one time or another “the client is always right”…..but you can still in a nice way use your lighting styles.

My camera gear for the day was Fujifilm X-Pro2, 35mm f/2 R WR prime lens, Nissin i60a and Air Commander. Tyson provided the softboxes and reflector.

My first hands on instructions/exercise was shooting in an indoors studio setting/environment. THANK YOU Chandler for your assistance. Here we used a backdrop and set the flash up for flat, butterfly, loop, mix, and Rembrandt so I could see and understand the differences of them all. We used the reflector as well as the Cheetah Stripbox, which gives you more control of your light. We all know there’s a lot of photography equipment to choose. Tyson uses Cheetah products (http://www.cheetahstand.com). The bracket for the flash was slick. The softboxes I have used you have to attach your flash on a bracket and put half of your flash inside the softbox. Cheetah bracket – you just clamp it down and that’s it! When either Tyson or I was shooting we used our own flash equipment. Switching out didn’t take much time.

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My second hands on instructions/exercise were photographing subject outdoors using the ambient light with OCF. THANK YOU Cassandra for your assistance on this day. I believe the weather was around 80 degrees + so for Cassandra to take time out of her busy day for us – very nice. There’s a park where photographers go (actually a photographer was there) to shoot portraits. There sits this cool, old barn with a lot of shade around it…really cool. Before we got to the barn, we photographed Cassandra sitting and walking. The main thing Tyson stressed knowing where your ambient light is and take advantage of it….use your flash to “pop” some light on the other side (if you don’t want too much shadow, separation your subject & background) etc. Even when we were shooting at the barn there was ambient light. Locate your ambient light and have your flash the opposite direction….or should I say not on the same side as your ambient light.

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My final hands on instructions/exercise for the day were night photography with OCF. THANK YOU Jennifer for your assistance. We went downtown Dallas down under the bridge which was very well lit. The first thing Tyson suggested was to take a photograph of the background to get an idea of how I want the background to look. Here I had to do some adjusting to my f/stop, ISO, and shutter. I normally shoot in aperture mode (and most of my subjects aren’t people/portraits) so playing around with the settings was very interesting and good for me. Also mirrorless and DSLR’s are different in many ways and that was a learning lesson for both Tyson and myself.

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I learned a lot from this workshop. This was the first time I ever used my flash in OCF so I was really interested to see how the Nissin i60a and my Air Commander would work. Look – shooting inside your home with no real subject versus shooting with a person? Totally different. They both did very well. My flash eats up some batteries, which today I’d order rechargeable batteries with the charger. One thing about workshops – you’re not going to leave there knowing everything or all the images you took will be perfect…..IT’S A WORKSHOP!! Keep that in the back of your mind as you learn. And you will be surprised how much you learn about your camera gear. Remember – OCF can be also be used for commercial/products photography. Again THANK YOU Chandler, Cassandra, and Jennifer. The three of you helping Tyson was awesome….truly awesome. THANK YOU Tyson for your workshop. Having the entire day for studio, day and night OCF with exercises? GREAT! Looking forward to your next workshop.

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