People, Photography

Photographer Cameron Liu and Stylist Felicia Chang

我自己是攝影師, 不過我主要拍建築/食物/旅行這些不會動的主題, 而我很不愛被別人拍, 因為好不好看很主觀, 而我有自己喜歡的樣子, 但不是每個攝影師都能抓得到我要的味道, 但是工作上還是得更新照片, 所以還是得硬著頭皮尋找攝影師.

看到朋友很生活化的全家福, 覺得那個味道很像我要的, 所以就找上她的攝影師Cameron Liu, 這位大攝影師行程很忙碌, 世界各地跑, 好難敲他的時間啊, 選期不如撞期, 就硬是擠出一天來, 他幫我找了造型師Felicia Chang, 然後借用朋友的家當拍攝景點, 終於把我要的照片拍完了.

這一次我需要幾個不同造型的照片, 早上九點半開始化妝弄頭髮, 到下午二點收工, 最後我還有蠻多照片很滿意, 說真的有點出乎我意料之外!!!

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頌缽震動療法

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同一個髮妝, 只是換套衣服, 整個樣子就很不一樣, 也是挺有趣的.  希望五年後才需要再拍新的照片, 因為每次拍照都是大工程, 不過等我學完芳香療法和催眠, 是否需要新照片呢?????

Photography

Drone – 遙控攝影機

(照片取自 Contrastly)

早在幾年前第一台DJI Drone上市的時候, 我就開始注意, 但是沒有一頭栽進去是因為後來覺得那時的Drone 很貴, 功能不齊全, 操作困難, 很多人都還自己DIY改造, 我決定繼續關注, 等待時機成熟.

今年五月初去Palm Springs Photo Festival拿了一堂Drone class, 課堂上老師擺了大概十台不同的Drone, 從最便宜的US$40到一萬五美金都有, 功能比以往要改善許多 (當然還有進步空間, 不然你就不會換新機啦), 操作簡單多了, 拍照或錄影的品質也變得很好 (4K videos).

我後來挑出二台Drone考慮 – DJI Mavic Pro 適合講究攜帶方便的人, 拍攝品質都很不錯, 另一台則是DJI Phantom 4 Pro 適合講究高畫質的商業錄影, 價差約五百美金左右, 最後我選擇前者, 因為它的體積小又輕, 拍攝品質對我來說綽綽有餘, 加上有折扣, 就帶一台回家了.

Drone即將改變我的攝影視野, 因為以前要坐飛機才看得到的角度, 現在我可以透過遙控攝影機看到 (400 ft 其實很高), 太棒了!! 是說考執照這件事就有點 . . . . . . . . . .

接下來要分享我在課堂上所學, 有關Hobbyists使用Drone 的法律規定.

  1. 你要向FAA註冊 (if your aircraft weighs between 0.55 lbs. and up to 55 lbs.), $5 for three years. 以人為主, 所以不論你有幾台Drone, 只要註冊一次, 政府會給你一個號碼, 你把號碼寫在或印標籤貼在每一台Drone上, 建議貼在電池內部, 比較不容易被人偷看到拿去亂用.
  2. 如果你所拍攝的空中照片或影片是做商業用途, 也就是有人付錢給你, 你就必須先拿到Part 107執照.
  3. 至少13歲 (if the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the small unmanned aircraft)
  4. 綠卡居民或美國公民
  5. Fly below 400 feet
  6. Keep your UAS within sight
  7. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  8. Never fly over groups of people
  9. Never fly over stadiums or sports events
  10. Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
  11. Never fly under the influence
  12. Be aware of airspace requirements
  13. Never fly in National Parks
  14. Never fly near fires (Fine $25,000)

介紹幾個不錯的網站和Apps,

Hash tag #fromwhereIdrone 就會自動被收進Instagram

FromWhereIDrone.com 是一個很棒的網站, 也是這堂課的講師

“Air Map” is an app tells you where is the NO FLY ZONES

“Prime” is an app for editing

5/25 Update: DJI just came out a new drone – Spark.  It’s smaller, cheaper, still produce good quality footages, good for Selfie (control by hand gesture), and young adults to play.  Perfect for Christmas gift idea.

Photography, Real Estate

A Letter To The Editor – CA Modern Magazine

CA-Modern Magazine|Eichler Homes is the full-color quarterly publication of the Eichler Network — mailed in January, April, July, and October. Its content is aimed at mid-century modern homeowners and enthusiasts, with an emphasis on Eichler, Streng, and other mid-century modern homes and communities throughout California. It also focuses on home maintenance features, solutions, and furnishings for modern homes; profiles on special California neighborhoods; mid-century arts and lifestyle; and much more.

Since I shot a lot of Eichler Homes, I have a good size of collection over the years.  When the editor need a few photos for the magazine, he will contact me and that was how I started the working relationship.

After a year or so, the publisher Marty and I were chatting over the emails about project ideas then I got my first two articles photoshoots – Foster City, and Remodeling back in September 2016 for the January 2017 issue.  Out of my surprise, one of my photo was up on the cover.

By the end of January, a few readers had email the publisher Marty and the editor Dave about the “new photographer”!!

Hi Marty,

I just wanted to write and say as a CA Modern reader and even featured home owner 🙂 I really enjoyed the new photographer Sabrina Huang’s work in the latest issue!
 
Sabrina’s talent really enhances the magazine and brings it to a new level. She has a great eye and her shots really highlighted the homes and neighborhoods in both features in a more architecturally focused way.  Keep up the good work!
 
Kind regards,
Cassandra
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Dear Dave,
 
Thank you for your article “Forgotten by the bay” on Eichler homes in the Winter issue of CA Modern.  I like the way you and writer Jack Levitan were able to weave together a fascinating and interesting article on the hidden treasure of  Eichler homes in Foster City. I also liked the photography by Sabrina Huang, an amazing, talented and personable young lady who will do much to contribute to your publications. 
Kiyoshi and I have lived in our Eicher since 1968 and when we discovered it being built in a new community called Foster City, we knew we could only live in an Eichler, a home that would provide light and space and a sense of calmness and serenity.

Thank you for including us and our photos in your article and I look forward to meeting you again.  Happy New Year to you and your staff and may your publications continue to do well.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Matsuo

Then next two assignments, Marin County, and Aged in Comfort, came around for April issue.  The writer Cathy Smithwick who wrote the Aged in comfort story told me that she just received a lovely handwritten note from Maryhill Gleason (one of the homeowner in the article).
Maryhill wanted Cathy to pass along her thanks to me for my pictures, which illustrated the article so clearly. Cathy said it’s not every day that she get notes from 100-year old ladies!
I was overjoyed when Marty, Dave, and Cathy told me that they don’t get many of those emails from the readers which  makes me realized why I love doing what I do.  I get to go see many places that I wouldn’t of,  the stories that my subjects shared with me, the connections I made with them, and the photos been published in a magazine for many people to enjoy, etc.
Being a photographer is not going to make me rich.  It makes me HAPPY!!!  At this point in my life, I began to appreciate the little things, the smell in the air, the cloud in the sky, the color when sun goes down, the wind makes flowers dance, the sound of birds singing, the warmth of sun shining on my face. . . it’s beautiful.
Thank you Marty of CA-Modern magazine for the opportunity and took the chance on me.
And now I would like to make a wish.  I want to shoot for AD, dwell, Modern Home, Inside Out, Interior Design, Garden Design, Sunset because those are the magazines that I love reading!!!

A side note: I was in Palm Springs this week for an architectural photo workshop with Scott Frances as the instructor.

Guess who was sitting next to me today?

Darren Bradley who is also shooting for CA-Modern magazine and his image was on the cover of the April’s issue.  We were chatting after the class today and showing each other’s work on our computer and then I saw the cover photo on his computer so I said, “that’s your photo?”

What a small world!!!  Although Darren called himself as a architectural junky than a architectural photographer, his work are awesome!!!  His real full time job allows him travel around the world and taking architectural images.  I am so happy to be in the class with him.

People, Photography

2017 Photo Calendar

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For 2017 Calendar, the quotes I have chosen are humor type.  It contain 12 photos for 12 months – 4 are architecture, 4 are food and 4 are travel/landscape.

2017 客製攝影月曆是每年我寄給攝影客戶的新年禮物 (Marketing piece) – 內頁十二張照片 (四張建築, 四張食物, 四張旅遊), 外加每月一個我特別挑選的Quote座右銘 (2017年的Quotes走幽默風).

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These beautiful cupcakes are made from my friend Claire Wang.  She is very passionate and talented for baking, and she is single and beautiful.  The cupcakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes and macarons are all so pretty like an art.  When she have time, she make birthday cakes for foster kids through a non-profit organization called Cake4kids.

這個美麗的杯子蛋糕要特別介紹一下.  這是出自Claire Wang, 一位對烘培有興趣, 有天份, 非常認真學習, 而且單身美麗. 她做的Cupcakes, Wedding Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Macarons, 不但好吃, 又美麗的像個藝術品. 她把她對烘培的熱情, 在閒暇之餘, 做Birthday Cakes 給Cake4kids (一個慈善機構 dedicated to enriching the lives of children at risk, in need or in foster care by ensuring they feel special on their birthday).

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She will take custom orders when she has time and she like those open-minded customers that allow her to use her creativity. 在時間允許之下, Claire也接受訂單 (claire0415 at gmail dot com), 她最喜歡讓她有發揮空間的客人.

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這週末就會收到台灣寄來的月曆, 希望在十一月初就能全部寄出, 送到客戶和朋友的手上, 讓大家開心一整年!!!