Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Photo Workshop EVENT

I'm excited to host a Self-Shooting Portraiture workshop for the holidays in a couple weeks at my house in Delray Beach, Florida.

Bypass the portrait studio at the mall this holiday season and TAKE YOUR OWN PHOTOS!

I am going to be arranging a variety of backdrops including a white seamless for a pro photo touch!
Here are some ideas I pulled from Pinterest:

Source: via AKSO on Pinterest

There will be pro lighting gear on hand to help perfect your images.

Book your session at

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 14, 2011

My First Book is NOW AVAILABLE!

I'm so excited to present my FIRST BOOK: 
Photo Basics and Beyond; A Camera Bag Companion

This has been a project that has really taken years of accumulating information and editing all my knowledge down to one basic principle:
What do I wish someone would have told me as a new shooter?

There is a cluster of information overload on the web and in the many photo books that have been published over the years.
I wanted mine to be as quick, direct and colorful as possible because I know as a Mom our time is sacred..who has time to read a textbook these days? NOT ME!

But I did once. Many of them! So, I tried to lend a favor to all my fellow Mamatographer's that didn't start shooting as a single college girl. I BALLED up all the basics of an SLR camera (Fstops, Shutter Speeds, Iso), lenses, some stuff on flash and also talk about digital photo files and editing software to bring readers into the present.

Here's some images from the book, now available on my website,

It is FULL COLOR and measures 7x7"
I have a Self-Print ebook and iPad version which will be posted shortly...stay tuned!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My first Video Tutorial is up! Check it out to learn about using FLASH.

In this first of many to come video tutorials, I talk about starter flash info and techniques.

Here I recommend different flash models including Nikon SB700 or SB800 and for Canon shooters I suggest the 430EX to get going with brighter, crisper shots.

If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and this blog for free photo tips and tricks. For One-on-One Webinars on this and other topics go to

Friday, November 11, 2011

ISO aka Film Speed :: Book Excerpt

ISO is the first and fundamental camera setting. Photographers all have there go to practices for starting out on a shoot. Mine however, is to first place judgment on my lighting conditions. By doing so I am able to determine this first camera setting of those I’ve mentioned on the previous page.

ISO’s are numbers listed as “stops” within your camera’s menu that tell it whether you’ll be shooting under bright light or low light conditions.
Below are examples of ISO settings. Following, you will see how I have adjusted my ISO according to what strength of light I was shooting under.

{Bright Available Light} 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2200 {Low Available Light}

All Images ©Vicky Scesa
ISO 400: I was using 1 strobe light and a gold reflector

All Images ©Vicky Scesa
ISO 800: I had Low Available Light

All Images ©Vicky Scesa
ISO 200: This was a very bright day with ALOT of Available Light

Please note that all camera settings may have different increments than I have described but these are the settings I recommend changing between, as these are whole stops, which will give you a visual difference in exposure between settings.

The problem with high ISO’s in most cameras is that when the number is increased the picture gets grainier. Now, in the digital age, this YUCK, for lack of a better word, is referred to as “digital noise” So, proceed with caution…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Been busy shooting!

Tons of mentionable things going on in the world of this Mamatographer! If only there was enough time in the day between jobs and baby to tend to the fun stuff like this BLOG.
Well, I did have a whole LOTTA fun at today's shoot.
A good friend of mine and fellow designer is a very talented dj/musician and he hired me for a GLAM shoot for his album art. The location was a private jet hanger and I had a blast directing on a project of such grandeur!
I have to give thanks to my friend and fellow Photog, Sarit, who lended her talented hand and equipment to get the job done.
I'm working on permission to post shots so stay tuned...

I'm EXHAUSTED but super excited for a group workshop w/ new Mama friends and a saucy photo shoot waaaaaaaay down south this weekend.

Happy Shooting!