Select Page

Kristen Prelipp-Oguntoyinbo

Tip Nine – Must Have Equipment

This is tip nine in a series about photography called, “Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know.” It is for the more serious amateur photographer who shoots with a digital camera. These ten tips are the basis for a solid foundation in photography. Once you have these skills in your proverbial camera bag you will be able to advance quickly. Some of the posts will apply to film cameras as well but I am writing this series with an aspiring digital photo geek in mind. Tip Nine- Must Have Equipment  If I were stranded on a desert island and...

Read More

How to Photograph Large Groups

It can be quite daunting to accurately capture a photograph of a large group. By large group I mean more than five and all the way up to several hundred. When I have been asked to do this I always make sure that someone other than myself is coordinating getting everyone to the right place at the appointed time. All the photographer should be thinking about is how the heck they are going to pull this off! Here are four tips for capturing beautiful images of large groups of people.   Tip One: Get up High   Next to my camera, my ladder is my most important photography tool. I often just bring a two-step stool, but for larger groups I bring out my large, sturdy ladder. At the wedding of Erica Vrana to Joshua Schutt they requested that I get a group photo of all their wedding guests. I chose a wide, open area and climbed up on my taller ladder. This bird’s eye views allowed me to see more of the people in the back rows. Because I wanted a deep depth of field I shot this at f/16.     Tip Two: Create a Panorama   Sometimes a scene is just too large to take in with one, 35mm image. Recently I was photographing The Silk Road  Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. I was allowed in the lighting...

Read More

In Focus

Our amazing, small, Southern town is always jam-packed with cultural opportunities. If you are crazy about photography like me, be sure to check out “In Focus,” a two-month long, town-wide festival of photography created by FRANK Gallery. The festival includes: An exhibit by eleven diverse fine-art photographers at the FRANK Gallery at 109 E. Franklin Street. They include Alan Dehmer, Peter Filene, Barbara Tyroler, Bill McAllister, Bryce Lankard, John Rosenthal, Caroline Vaughan, and Wojtek Wojdynski, Jackie Tait Leebrick, Sam Wang and Peg Gignoux. Panel discussions An outdoor slideshow An area-wide photo scavenger hunt In the next week alone you can get your photography fix by attending:   Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. at the FRANK gallery: John Rosenthal presents Guggenheim Fellowship and NC Artist Fellowship award winning photographer David Spear.   Friday, September 28  at 6 p.m. at Daylight Magazine at 121 W. Margaret Ln, Hillsborough: Opening reception for Daylight Photo Awards winner and a book signing for Kevin Kunishi’s book ‘Los Restos de la Revolucion.’   Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at UNC’s Carroll Hall auditorium: A talk called, “Artistic Trajectories: Voices in Contemporary Photography.” If Ansel Adams is your primary reference to Fine Art photography then you haven’t been paying attention. They will look at trends in contemporary photography with photographers whose work is at the forefront. The panel will include Jeff Whetsone, a UNC...

Read More

Chopping Broccoli

The evenings and early mornings are beginning to feel crisp so my mind has turned to gardening in the fall. Upon the advice of my mother, I just planted broccoli, lettuce and cabbage. I also saw collards, cauliflower and kale for sale at my local garden center. Before planting them I mixed chicken droppings in with the top soil, which is another trick my mom swears by. Just be careful to not use too much as it will burn the plant. Other than eating and chopping broccoli this fall, I will be enjoying my mums. Back in June I...

Read More

Tip Eight – Focus!

This is tip eight in a series about photography called, “Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know.” It is for the more serious amateur photographer who shoots with a digital camera. These ten tips are the basis for a solid foundation in photography. Once you have these skills in your proverbial camera bag you will be able to advance quickly. Some of the posts will apply to film cameras as well but I am writing this series with an aspiring digital photo geek in mind. Our amazing human eye can take in a whole scene, effortlessly keeping both the...

Read More

Critters (and a Contest!)

This morning I was coming in my front door and happened to notice some movement to the left out of the corner of my eye. It was a 2-foot-long black snake! Rather than scurry away, this particular snake took up residence behind one of my planter boxes very close to the door. He or she and I proceeded to have a stare down. The snake didn’t seem to want to move so I eventually gave in and walked around to the back door. Human zero, snake one. But this incident got me to thinking about how many creatures I...

Read More

The Ultimate Gazpacho

This is the last week of summer. In years past when I found myself overwhelmed by single parenting three kids I would daydream wistfully about the day I would put all of them on the bus and walk home to leisurely get ready for a non chaotic day. This year my youngest, Leo, starts kindergarten, and my oldest, Amira, is going to middle school, which feels like a big step to me. But now that this day has nearly arrived, I am almost sad. For over 11 years, I have always had someone at home or out of school,...

Read More

Cocktails For Cancer

Cancer affects us all. But a special few of use take the time to do something to work towards a cure. Back in June of 2007, I photographed the wedding of Leah Fowler to Justin Waldrop. It was apparent to me then that they had an extraordinarily large and close network of friends and family.   Leah and Justin Waldrop at their June 16, 2007 wedding reception at The Carolina Club.   From left to right are Brian Fox, Courtney Scott Fox, Leah Forbes Waldrop and Justin Waldrop.     Leah and her best friend, Courtney Scott Fox, have...

Read More

Tip Seven – Friend Your Flash

This is tip seven in a series about photography called, “Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know.” It is for the more serious amateur photographer who shoots with a digital camera. These ten tips are the basis for a solid foundation in photography. Once you have these skills in your proverbial camera bag you will be able to advance quickly. Some of the posts will apply to film cameras as well but I am writing this series with an aspiring digital photo geek in mind.   Photography is all about light. So what do you do when you are...

Read More

Photo Stories: Basil Twist, Puppeteer

I am so excited to announce a new series of photo stories! For the next year I am going to share a behind the scenes look at Carolina Performing Arts. Nearly all of us who live in Chapelboro have had the opportunity to see incredible artistic performances at historic Memorial Hall. But few of us are privy to the hours of long, hard work it takes teams of talented people to bring these performances to life.   The first artist I am photographing for this series is Basil Twist, a puppeteer. Most of us are familiar with the age...

Read More
Translate »