Jason and Sarah’s Wedding

Hey there!

Jason and Sarah were married on Nov 19 in Asheville, NC and I had the distinct honor of photographing it. The video below is a compilation of DSLR stills, along with HD video and a timelapse shot with two GoPros.

Thanks for checking it out!  See you out there.









To watch the HD video, just follow this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb-Qf9zmB_o

To view more of my Weddings work, follow this link to my website:  http://jcharlessmithphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Weddings/G0000r2Q8X6sneiA/

Have a great day!

New Album “Selfish” by Jelloyd

Hey there!

Atlanta based artist Jelloyd released his new EP “Selfish” last week!  You can listen and download to PC for free here at http://www.datpiff.com/JeLloyd-Selfish-The-Ep-mixtape.469490.html

It’s a great album and I urge you to check it out!

I had the pleasure of shooting Jelloyd’s EP cover last year.  Just to be clear, I shot images of Jelloyd and a digital artist dropped in the background and graphics.  Here’s what I shot:

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The trick to this was shooting Jelloyd on a simple, solid background.  This way, anything that he wanted could be dropped into the background.  Normally, blue or green (think “green screen” from the movies) would be ideal, but I had white so that’s what I used.  The light setup was relatively simple:  Two strobes lighting the background and two strobes with umbrellas for light diffusion in front of Jelloyd.  Here’s the setup:


(setups PSD courtesy http://www.kevinkurtz.com)

After a little photoshop work, (removing reflections in the sunglasses, taking out lint, etc), the image was ready to go.  Here’s the final version after Jelloyd’s cover team got finished:

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Jelloyd is a supremely talented artist, and it was a pleasure to spend an afternoon on a  photoshoot with him.  For more images from the shoot, check out the link below.

Jelloyd BW


Check out Jelloyd’s YouTube channel here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/JeLloydJMJ

Until next time, see you out there…


Fill Flash!

Hey there!

After working out how to do this whole blogging thing, I’m starting my new blog, which will share photography images and also include a few travel tips from various adventures.  I’ll be sharing links and information on places to go and what to see, along with tips on how to capture some of these images yourself.  Hope all is well and I will see you out there!

This week I’m sharing how to get environmental portraits in low light:


The picture above was shot at 6:30 AM on the Tybee Island Pier just outside of Savannah, GA. The rising sun was behind my subject in the east.

If you have a good DSLR digital camera, with an off-camera flash, this is a relatively easy shot.  In this picture of Scott Mitchell (Scooter) Nelson at the Pier, I shot manually, metering off the available light in the background.  With my off-camera flash set on manual, I added just enough light to brighten up Scooter’s face without it being overpowering.  Often when your light source is behind your subject (which it was here), your subject will appear dark, which is why that fill light is so important.

If you don’t use fill flash, your subject is dark and you end up with something like the picture below.  He’s dark and the picture kind of sucks.  I don’t know why I copyrighted that shot, nobody will ever use it…


A good fill flash picture doesn’t require super expensive equipment.  You can achieve similar results using an on-camera flash as well, as long as you meter your exposure off the available background light.  I shot the picture below in the Galapagos Islands with a Canon Rebel XT using the built-in camera flash:


Don’t be afraid to use flash!  If you have a beautiful background that’s low-lit, set your camera for a little longer exposure to capture that ambient light, so that you don’t just have really bright subjects with a black background.  It’s also a good idea to have your brother holding the beer bottle with the label away from the camera, so that you don’t get slapped with a lawsuit!

See you out there!

For information on the Tybee Island Pier, check out this link: http://tybeeisland.com/place/tybee-pier-pavilion/