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I truly enjoy spending hours taking photos of things I like or people. In the last few months I have spent multiple hours taking photos in the Idaho Wyoming area. I must confess that my love for photography has increased more than ever. These past months have helped me to improve my photography skills, to find my personal style and to put together a personal portfolio. Make sure to scroll down through my favorite photos, I hope you like them.

 

 

KASANDRA MATUS PORTFOLIO

Kasandra Matus PORTFOLIO SPEEDLIGHT

KASANDRA MATUS FLOWERS PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS BREAKFAST PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS FOOD PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS FASHION PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS PORTRAIT PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS WOMAN PORTFOLIO PHOTOGRAPHY

KASANDRA MATUS MEN PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

KASANDRA MATUS OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

Before I launched this website my personal style wasn’t consistent but I’m glad I found my personal style. If you would like more inspiration make sure to check out this website. 

When you find your personal style

Things I did to find my personal style:

Having a personal style is really important when it comes to photography and marketing. People recognize when they see certain color schemes, fonts, and themes. Finding my personal style was a good journey for me and I’m glad I finally found it. Here are a couple of tips if you are trying to find your own personal style.

Appreciate other people’s work

Make sure you recognize when something seems appealing to you, because appreciating others work will help you recognize the different styles you like.

Create a mood board

As you appreciate others work make sure you screenshot things such as the different color combinations you really like, the photos you been staring at over and over again, your favorite fonts, and your favorite things that inspire you.

Personal style mood board

Try things out

While it may be hard to get out of your comfort zone, try going out and shooting photography of what you always wanted to take pictures of, going and asking your friends if they would model for you and try things out, and finally, practice makes perfect so make sure to try things out.

After doing these things I created a booklet to portray my different skills for people that are looking for a freelancer, and here’s how it turned out.

If you would like more inspiration make sure to read this post

Kasandra Matus Personal Project
Kasandra Matus Personal Project Booklet

If you would like to see my booklet click on Personal project

Outdoor Portraits in Wyoming

Things I learned doing outdoor portrait photography

Wyoming is such a fun place to take outdoor portraits from the Grand Teton National Park to the Mormon Barn there’s plenty of locations to choose from when it comes to outdoor portraits. Here are a few things that I learned while doing so.

Research the area before going there

Make sure you know some of the spots you could use to go there.

Bring a reflector with you

Using a reflector will help you to easily bounce the light of your subject which can enhance your photography.

If you want more inspiration make sure to check this post

Outdoor Climber Portrait
OUTDOOR PORTRAIT CARYN ESPLIN
OUTDOOR PORTRAIT FISHER
OUTDOOR PORTRAIT FISHER SMILING

Outdoor couple photography

A few tips for couple photography

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to find this cute couple whom my photographer teacher asked to posed for me and my classmates. Here are a couple of things I learned about taking photos of a couple outdoors.

Interact with your models

Make sure they feel comfortable before you start to take photos if they feel comfortable it will be easier for you to take candid photos.

Choose a place where to pose your models

Let your subjects know exactly where they need to stand so you can easily take pictures of them.

Make sure it is safe

The last thing you want is having one of your subjects being hurt so make sure everything is safe.

If you want more inspiration make sure to check this Pinterest Board

 

OUTDOOR COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Outdoor couple hugging
Outdoor couple kissing
Outdoor couple smiling
Outdoor couple staring at nature

Epic Outdoor portraits

Epic portrait photography using a shutter speed

Epic portrait photography is really well led and can be used in different settings. Whether you want to use this type of photography for indoors or outdoors, epic photography is really useful to take personalized portraits.  In order to take outdoor epic photography, I used two shutter speeds. The secret is to balance the light, I started by taking a well-exposed photo of the subject followed by an underexposed subject. After doing some test shots I decided to set-up the shutter speeds and here’s the final result.

 If you want more inspiration make sure to check this post 

OVEREXPOSED PHOTO
UNDEREXPOSED PHOTO
UNDEREXPOSED PHOTO

How to photograph old buildings

Old buildings photography from Idaho and Wyoming

Old buildings can be interesting to photograph especially when there is history behind the building.  As I traveled around Idaho and Wyoming, I came to learn some tips about photography for old buildings.

To find old buildings make sure to look on google.

As you plan your next trip, make sure to google old buildings in the area you are visiting. This will help you find some good spots for old buildings to photographing case you would like to know about more spots to photograph, ask someone in the gas station. Make sure the building is not marked as private property.

Some old buildings will be marked as private property and you are not allowed to take photos unless you asked for permission, make sure you are not trespassing when you are taking pictures.

Look for different angles.

Looking for different angles will help you to have pictures with a different perspective which can help your photography to look more interesting.

For more inspiration make sure to check this Pinterest Board

OLD MILL
OLD MILL IDAHO
OLD CHURCH WYOMING
OLD JACKSON HOLE WYOMING
OLD JACKSON HOLE STORE

How to start doing food photography

Food photography for beginners

Food photography is something trendy through social media and the internet. Making food look appealing for food photography is something that you can easily do with a few led lights and nice foregrounds. Here are a few tips for you to do. 

Make sure to have enough props.

Props will help your food photography become enhanced from flowers, table cloths or different plates, having enough props will make a difference when it comes to food photography.

Get a nice background

Having a nice background will help your food photography to look nice, you can use wood cutting boards or fake backgrounds like this one from Amazon 

Use direct lighting

When it comes to food photography you want to have enough lighting for the food so you can distinguish the colors and texture.

For more inspiration make sure to check this blog post

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY CHEESE AND CRACKERS
MEAT AND BREAD FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
BREAD FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
TAKING THE FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

How to take photos with a fast shutter speed

How to use your shutter speed in different settings

Using a fast shutter speed can be really useful when it comes to capturing movement from water flowing to an object moving to have a fast shutter speed will help you to capture motion. Here are a few tips that will help you to effectively use a fast shutter speed

Fast shutter Speed

Make sure you have good lighting

Lighting is essential when it comes to using a fast shutter speed. Make sure that you have good lighting before you start using your fast shutter speed this will help you to have sharp images.

Have someone help you with your set up

It is really useful to have someone help you to pour the water or move the object while you take the photo the person, ask a friend or someone you know to help you, this person doesn’t need to know about photography to be able to help.

Look for new angles

When it comes to using a fast shutter speed make sure to look for different angles.

Fast shutter Speed Orange Juice
Fast shutter Speed Orange Juice
Fast shutter Speed Smoke Bomb
Fast shutter Speed Smoke Bomb
Fast shutter Speed Smoke Bomb

For more inspiration make sure to check this Pinterest board

From a regular landscape photo to a fine art photo

How to set up your image for a fine art photo print:

Fine art photography is commonly used to decorate indoors, and you can easily edit one of your landscape photos for a fine print for personal use or to sell it. Here are a couple of things you can do help edit:

Check your screen brightness.

Once you have your original photo selected, make sure to edit your photo with your screen brightness between 40 to 60%. Prints tend to be darker, and using your screen brightness this way will help you to set the right tone for your fine art printing.

FINE ART PRINT BEFORE

Make sure to use Adobe RGB 1998 for your color profile.

Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aurora tend to be in a different color profile, so you need to make sure your color profile is Adobe RGB 1998. That way when you export your photo for your fine art print it will come out with the right colors.

 

 

Fine Art Print Final

Use Mckenna Pro.

Mckenna Pro does an exceptional job when it comes to printing their high-quality materials. These will make your fine art prints look so much better. For my fine Art Print, I chose the metallic print, and it turned out really nice after I created a warm present in Lightroom. This made my photo look warmer. I also saturated the blue tones and white tones to make my fine art printing look different, and here’s my final result. If you would like to personally see my print make sure to visit The Spori Building in Rexburg Idaho, it will be available to see until July 2nd.

Kasandra Matus FINE ART PRINT AT THE SPORI

If you would like to learn more about fine art photography make sure to check out Nicole’s York post.

How to create fantasy photography

Fantasy photography in a few simple steps

Fantasy photography can be fun to recreate using Photoshop and can be easy to recreate if you know the basics of it. Here are a few tips for recreating fantasy photography:

1.-Try to blend multiple images.

I chose 3 different photos to create my fantasy photo. I took two of these photos and I created the stars with Photoshop using this tutorial.

Before Fantasy Photo Texture
Before Fantasy Portrait
Before Fantasy Stars

2.- Make sure to first edit your main subject

In my case in order to create fantasy photography, I decided to first edit my portrait in Lightroom where I adjusted the skin colors and darkened the background. Then it was ready to be photoshopped with the other two images.

Fantasy Portrait Dark Background

3.-Watch Caryn’s Esplin tutorial

Following the steps in Caryn’s Esplin tutorial helped me blend my images really easily for post-production which helped me to create my fantasy photo. Something that I did different, was brightening the image after finishing the tutorial creating my final result.

FINAL FANTASY PHOTO

If you would like to see more examples of fantasy photography make sure to check this website

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