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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Monday, July 18, 2011

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Photography Lighting

Many photographers wonder what is the best lighting? Indoors or outdoors?
Strobes or continuous, incontinent or Fluorescent and I always say it makes no difference what type of lights is available to you as long as you know what to do with it.

In my 27 years of life as a  fashion photographer I have tried almost every possible lighting scenarios you can imagine,  from a 10 dollar home depot halogen light to a $10.000 studio lights
and I must say that I have managed to make some of the most interesting images with the cheapest lights

I still prefer the good old natural light over anything, no other lights can even come close to the most beautiful colors created by mother nature
Especially right before the sunset, or as we photographers call is the Magic hour!

No matter what type of light is going to light up your subject, the most crucial piece to a fantastic photography is your GLASS, by that I mean your lenses, and I have a  few  favorites, like my fixed 85mm 1.4 or even the 50mm 1.1 which would allow me to shoot in almost any lighting situation
Perhaps it is a good idea to have a small tripod with you at all times if you are planning to shoot at a low shutter and a higher aperture setting

I normally don't like to go any lower than 1/60th of a second if I am shooting a live subject, but I also like longer exposure for interiors with available indoor lights like shooting inside a mall, or a building.

As you know the longer the exposure the crisper and more defined your none moving subjects going to be, but all of your moving subjects become either blurry, or if the exposure is long enough they will completely disappear from your shots.

The possibilities are endless once you get a better grasp of your  lighting as well as your camera's setting.
Film or digital, photography and photographers are only as good as their imaginations.

Photography has always been my passion and the biggest part of my life, and if anyone asked me for a few pointers, I'd say to them
1-Expand your horizons by looking at great master photographers work
2-Shoot something every day
3-Never settle for mediocre shots
4-Work with the best people
5-Think outside of the box
6-Own a few great lenses
7-Make images that you will be proud of even after you die
8-Create your own style
9-Be open to challenges
10-And finally, Understand your blacks, whites and midtones
and if you do that, you should be in a great shape and have some amazing images

and if you still have more questions, I would be happy to answer them , just write me at
or visit my photography workshop blogs

All the best wishes
Shaun Alexander
Fashion Photographer


Headshots Los Angeles, portfolios for actors and models As a Top Headshot photographer Los Angeles and La area knowing how to create a head shot that works is an art form by itself.

After 25 years of shooting some of the best head shots in Hollywood and being nominated as La's best headshot photographer for many years, Shaun Alexander is your natural choice for a natural head shot for any actor or model in Hollywood.It does not matter if you are a newcomer to Hollywood or an old seasoned pro, you must know the importance of a great head shot and Shaun is the expert that can deliver that WOW factor that every casting director is looking for.

Allowing you to be noticed and not get lost in the 1000's of bad head shots that they receive day in day out. Searching for a LA Headshot photographer in Los Angeles can be exhausting, after all any guy with a digital camera is a head shot photographer.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Shaun Alexander Photography and Make over workshops for professional photograhers and photography enthusiasts

Shaun Alexander Make up, Styling and Image Renovation workshops

VOTED #1 activity and adventure for all ages by Los Angeles Tourist attraction.

for those of you that are striving to be the best and wish to learn from the best. Whether you are a pro or an amateur and wish to crank up your game another notch, or you are simply an enthusiast that wishes to see how pros do it. These hands on workshops are the most effective way of learning the old & new tricks in no time. Stop wasting your time with those expensive modeling, photography, make up or even fashion schools. Learn the secret of the traits from a pro that have spent over two decades of his live perfecting his craft as a photographer, make up artist, stylist, graphic artist, Photoshop expert, sculptor, painter and artist. Shaun is sharing his very personal experiences and secrets that can save you years of frustrations, money and hardship.
Shaun will discuss everything from Digital Photography to make -Up, Styling, Portfolio Build up, Photoshop Techniques, to how to enhance your existing images by simplest retouching techniques that will make your images look like a million bucks, or how to create those beautiful magazine style images time after time with simplest make up, styling, lighting techniques time after time.
Learn how to turn your passion for art and beauty in to a part time or full time job in the fashion and beauty industry


You do not have to go through years of disappointments or you do not have to be in the fashion business to enjoy the knowledge of what it takes to look and feel beautiful or knowing how to improve your image or the image of others, whether you are a doctor, a lawyer a hobbyist or a just a hard working housewife, you will have a blast.
Not only you will share a blasting time, but you are able to start a great hobby that can bring you and your family an endless amount of joy and happiness. You will be able to Immortalizing your loved ones with gorgeous images forever and ever, for generations to see and admire your work and those that were important to you.

Not to mention that several studies shows; family members that share a common hobby or sports together, they tend to have a better, healthier and longer relationships, and honestly I cannot think of any hobby better or more gratifying than photography. Of course it won't hurt if you learned how to turn those beautiful images in to some cash as well.

One way or another you are guaranteed to walk away with a wealth of information that is going to change the way you see thing around you.
It will improve your creative thinking process, your self image as well as your images in your photo album and portfolios.
No matter how you look at it, this is a win win situation for everyone. Lets not forget about the amount of money, frustration and irreversible memories that you are able to save.

The possibilities are endless, sky is the limit, and you are only a few steps away from it all


fashion and digital retouching topics
we have the above classes in the following cities upon availability
Hollywood California
New York, New York
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
Bratislava, Slovakia
Budapest, Hungry
If you are a photographer and wish to host a workshop, please contact us, we are interested in expansion and networking with all photographers around the world

Topics of the workshops include:
Creative styling
Fashion Make up
Glamor Make up
Fine art Photography
Dealing with live or nude models
Modeling classes, posing, body language
What separates the pros from amateurs
Creating Editorial Stories that make sense
How to shoot for stock agencies
Magazines and other publications
Indoor and Outdoors lighting
Strobes VS natural lighting or how to mix several lighting techniques to Achieve the look you wish and desire Campaign photography for Advertising agencies
Magazine Cover photography
Album Cover photography
Beauty and Glamor photography
Cool Photoshop FX, Artistic designs in Photoshop
Filters, plugins, and several retouching techniques
Artistic image creations in Photoshop
Creating expensive looking backgrounds
Set design & Much more

Classes are limited. Early registration is encouraged
Ask us for private classes and special group discounts
Thank you in advance
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Top Fashion Photographer Shaun Alexander / Fashion Shows

A Little Information About The Big Show

You want to know my truth about shooting fashion shows? I don’t shoot them! Seriously. But I have shot them in the past, especially when I was first starting out in my career. The thing is, if you’re a fashion photographer, it’s going to come up. You’re going to get offered the gig at some point. Or a designer friend is going to need a favor and you won’t want to turn them down. Or maybe you really want to head in that direction with your career. For me, I’ve gotten to the place now where I will kindly refuse the gig because I just don’t enjoy shooting them.
I find them tedious and I hate standing around with a bunch of other photographers trying to get the “best shot” which ends up looking pretty much like the shots of the photographers standing to the left and right of me. I can’t help but feel that “paparazzi” thing either. The lighting is out of my control (and you know by now how much of a “light freak” I am.) The music is so loud sometimes, I can’t think. There’s no elbow room for error and it doesn’t pay that well. What’s the glory in all of it then? I don’t know. I would rather be sitting in the front row with a good view of the latest designs that will be strutting down the runway. I LOVE fashion design. Remember, I was originally going to become a fashion designer before I fell in love with photography. So for me, watching the show is way more fun than shooting it. BUT……..That’s just me! If you are planning on shooting a fashion show in the near future, here’s a few tips and links to some very useful posts and sites about the subject.
  • Cover your ass! Bring an extra camera body for two reasons: A. So you can mount two different lens to get two different shots of the same outfit. B. Murphy’s Law: if your primary camera for whatever reason on Earth decides not to work at the exact minute the show starts, you can switch to your back up with very minimal stressing out.
  • Depending on where you’re going to be standing, you’ll want to use a zoom lens with a range from between 24mm to 105mm. This is going to be a rare moment when I am actually going to advise using zoom lenses. They’re just more accommodating for this kind of shoot. Usually they place photographers at the end of the runway. You’ll want to get a full length shot of the model, a 3/4 shot, possibly a turning shot or back shot and hopefully a nice face shot, especially if the model’s wearing some great jewelry pieces or accessories.
  • Bring a mono-pod. Save your arm. You can also use it as a weapon if one of those other aforementioned photographers gets out of hand. Seriously, I’ve seen it happen. I am only joking, but I’ve seen photographers go at it with their mono-pods. Uh….in my opinion, a fashion show is not really that important to get into a blood bath over.
  • Make sure you have one of those on-camera flashes. With back up batteries. You can never count on their lighting set up.
  • Bring plenty of memory cards. They fill up fast!
  • Why not! Go ahead and shoot in auto-focus. I would.
I found this post on DPS had some really useful tips on shooting fashion shows: How to Shoot A Fashion Show. Fashion shows DO have a lot of energy. The music is loud and usually upbeat, the models are fun to watch, the clothes are usually more theatrical and dramatic. Here’s a link to the Spring 2009 Chanel Show. They did things a little different at this show but you can jump on to’s site and check out any number of other designer shows. Personally, I just happen to enjoy watching the shows more than shooting them. But again, that’s just me. To each his own and that’s what makes the world go around! If you have had some experience in shooting runways shows, leave a comment for the other readers. Your input is really welcomed!