Cropping photographs

Great advice for cropping photographs
Words and images by Julie Waterhouse.

The edges of your photograph are often the last things you pay attention to when clicking the shutter, but they are actually the first things you should be aware of. The four edges of your photograph make up its frame, and it is this frame that defines your picture. Careful choice in framing your picture is one of the most important things you can do to strengthen its impact. That means adjusting what you see through viewfinder so that you select the best part of the scene to form your final picture. This kind of framing is also called in-camera cropping.

The other kind of cropping happens after you’ve taken the picture. In this case, you use software to cut off parts of the image from the top, bottom, or sides, and essentially throw away the parts of the picture you don’t want. This could potentially change the dimensions of the picture.

Let me share my top ten tips for effective cropping.

Tip 1: Decide what’s in or out. As a photographer, your choice of framing is how you indicate what you think is important. In your decision of where to place your frame, you choose what to include and exclude from the picture. You should include only those things that contribute to your story. Anything that doesn’t strengthen your image actually weakens it. Don’t try to put everything into one composition!

Work on your framing

Tip 2: Eliminate distractions. It’s human nature to direct your attention to your subject, and to ignore, or mentally filter out, everything else. This works against you when you’re taking a picture. It’s easy to pay so much attention to your main subject that you don’t even see other distracting elements. Unfortunately, those distractions jump out at you when you look at the final image. Make a habit of carefully scanning the entire picture before you click the shutter. Look for bright or dark spots, or splashes of strong color, that aren’t part of your subject. Watch for unfortunate alignments like a tree or lamp post that’s in line with a person’s head. Avoid parts of random objects, like elbows and tree branches, intruding into the frame. Work to eliminate all these distractions by moving your camera to change your cropping of the scene.

Tip 3: Watch the edges! Most photographers, especially those just starting out, concentrate on what’s in the middle of the image. Distractions like those described in Tip 2, that are also close to the edge of your frame, carry extra “visual weight.” This means that our eyes are more drawn to them. You must train yourself to scan the edges of your picture, and place the frame carefully to avoid including distractions. A tripod can be helpful to help you fine tune your camera position.

Watch the edges of your frame

Tip 4: Avoid the bulls-eye. Where you place the subject relative to the frame helps to move the viewer’s eye around your composition, and creates balance between the elements in the frame. If you place the main subject at the dead-center of your picture, it can feel static and dull. An off-center subject is more pleasing and dynamic. Tip 3 can be used to your advantage to deliberately attract attention to an element of your composition by placing it close to the edge. The closer you place the subject to the edge of the frame, the more tension you create.

Cropping advice
Rule of thirds

Tip 5: Keep hands and feet in! When you are photographing people, never cut off their hands or feet with the edge of the frame. Instead, compose the picture to include a tight shot of just the face, or a head and shoulders or three-quarter-length portrait, or a full length view of the person.

Tip 6: Create shapes. Where you place the boundary of your frame actually creates shapes in your picture. For example, when photographing a steep hillside, I can place my frame so that I create a triangle of sky and a triangle of land. No such shapes actually exist when you view the entire scene; you create them through your framing. Use these shape elements to add structure to your image. Having only one kind of shape repeated in the image (e.g., several rectangles) makes a stronger image than a mish-mash of shapes (e.g., a circle, a square and a triangle).

Create shapes with your cropping
Create shapes with your cropping

Tip 7: Follow the light!
When you look at a picture, your eyes are automatically drawn to the lightest part of it. As a photographer, you can use this fact to guide the viewer’s eye in the image. Make sure the lightest part of the image corresponds to something significant in the subject. Framing the picture in order to darken any or all of its edges controls the movement of the viewer’s eye, containing it horizontally, vertically, or centrally.

Tip 8: Get oriented. Don’t be afraid to turn your camera vertically. Let the orientation of your subject guide you. If the giraffe is standing up, it makes a good candidate for a vertically framed picture! The orientation of the frame can also change the impression given by the picture. Horizontally framed images can enhance a feeling of stability or serenity; vertical images can reinforce an uplifting mood, or give a feeling of strength.

Use orientation to your advantage

Tip 9: Change it up. Using software, you can crop an image you’ve taken. You can do this to remove unwanted elements from the frame, or you can do it to change the picture’s aspect ratio. The aspect ratio of a picture is the ratio of its length versus its width. For example, a 4”x6” image has an aspect ratio of 4:6, or 2:3. If you crop off a slice from the right (or left) of a horizontal picture, you could make your image into a square, which has an aspect ratio of 1:1. You could also cut a slice of the top or bottom of a horizontal image to turn it into a panoramic. Each aspect ratio has a different psychological influence on the viewer.

Think about size

Tip 10: Get it right in camera. Unless you want to change the aspect ratio for effect, do your cropping in-camera whenever possible. Not only does it make less work for you afterwards, you also don’t throw away any data.

I hope these tips have helped you to realize how important the placement of the picture boundary can be. Try a few experiments to see the impact for yourself. Happy shooting!

Red Eye

Know one likes Red Eye in their  photographs.  It makes us all look like little devils.   Of course it can be corrected post production in photoshop or other retouching programs.  There are even some free retouching programs like Picassa. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could eliminate Red Eye when we take the pictures?   Yes you can do it.


First of all Red Eye in photographs is caused by the flash bouncing off the back of the eye.  Red Eye happens when the flash is too close to the lens.  The sad fact is when you take pictures with a built in on camera flash you likely are going to get Red Eye.  Especially in low light when the pupil of the eye is enlarged.


The solution is to get the flash at least four inches away from the lens or don’t use a flash.   Using a off camera flash like a vivitar or a sunpak flash  mounted on the hot shoe of your camera will solve the Red Eye problem.  If you have a point and shoot camera the only way to solve the problem is to turn the flash off on your camera and take your pictures with existing light.

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Steve Barrus

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

by Derrick Story, author of
Revised 09/06/2005, 11/05/03

You’ve heard this before: Digital cameras do all the work. You just push the button and great pictures magically appear. The better the camera, the better the photos. Isn’t that right? Heck no!

The truth is that you can make great photos with a simple consumer point-and-shoot camera, or take lousy shots with the most expensive Nikon. It’s not the camera that makes beautiful images; it’s the photographer. With a little knowledge and a willingness to make an adjustment here and there, you can squeeze big time photos out of the smallest digicam.

To help you down the road to great image making, here are ten tips that will enable you shoot like a pro (without maxing out your credit card on all that expensive equipment).

1. Warm Up Those Tones

Have you ever noticed that your shots sometimes have a cool, clammy feel to them? If so, you’re not alone. The default white balance setting for digital cameras is auto, which is fine for most snapshots, but tends to be a bit on the “cool” side.

When shooting outdoor portraits and sunny landscapes, try changing your white balance setting from auto to cloudy. That’s right, cloudy. Why? This adjustment is like putting a mild warming filter on your camera. It increases the reds and yellows resulting in richer, warmer pictures.


Figure 1a is shot outdoors in a mountain environment with the white balance set to auto. Figure 1b shows warmer tones thanks to using the “cloudy” setting and a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses over the front lens. (Canon PowerShot S200, Program mode) Cool version. Figure 1a.
Warm version Figure 1b.

If you don’t believe me, then do a test. Take a few outdoor shots with the white balance on auto, then take the same picture again with the setting on cloudy. Upload the images to your computer and look at them side by side. My guess is that you’ll like the warmer image better.

2: Sunglasses Polarizer

If you really want to add some punch to your images, then get your hands on a polarizing filter. A polarizer is the one filter every photographer should have handy for landscapes and general outdoor shooting. By reducing glare and unwanted reflections, polarized shots have richer, more saturated colors, especially in the sky.

What’s that you say? Your digital camera can’t accommodate filters. Don’t despair. I’ve been using this trick for years with my point-and-shoot cameras. If you have a pair of quality sunglasses, then simply take them off and use them as your polarizing filter. Place the glasses as close to the camera lens as possible, then check their position in the LCD viewfinder to make sure you don’t have the rims in the shot.


If your camera doesn’t accept filters, then you can still achieve the effects of a polarizer by placing your sunglasses over the lens. Figure 2a is shot normally without any filtration. Figure 2b is shot during the same session, but with sunglasses placed over the lens. Notice the enhanced colors and deeper sky tones. (Canon PowerShot S200, Program mode) Without a filter. Figure 2a.
With a filter. Figure 2b.

For the best effect, position yourself so the sun is over either your right or left shoulder. The polarizing effect is strongest when the light source is at a 90-degree angle from the subject.

3. Outdoor Portraits That Shine

One of the great hidden features on digital cameras is the fill flash or flash onmode. By taking control of the flash so it goes on when you want it to, not when the camera deems it appropriate, you’ve just taken an important step toward capturing great outdoor portraits.

In flash on mode, the camera exposes for the background first, then adds just enough flash to illuminate your portrait subject. The result is a professional looking picture where everything in the composition looks good. Wedding photographers have been using this technique for years.


With fill flash. Figure 3. By placing the subjects in the open shade beneath a tree and turning on the fill flash, both the boys and the background are properly exposed. (Canon PowerShot G2, 1/250th at f-4, flash on)

After you get the hang of using the flash outdoors, try a couple variations on this theme by positioning the subject so the sun illuminates the hair from the side or the back, often referred to as rim lighting. Another good technique is to put the model in the shade under a tree, then use the flash to illuminate the subject. This keeps the model comfortable and cool with no squinty eyes from the harsh sun, and this often results in a more relaxed looking portrait.

Remember, though, that most built-in camera flashes only have a range of 10 feet (or even less!), so make sure you don’t stand too far away when using fill flash outdoors.

4. Macro Mode Madness

Remember as a kid discovering the whole new world beneath your feet while playing on the grass? When you got very close to the ground, you could see an entire community of creatures that you never knew existed.

These days, you might not want to lie on your belly in the backyard, but if you activate the close up mode on your digital camera and begin to explore your world in finer detail, you’ll be rewarded with fresh new images unlike anything you’ve ever shot before.

Even the simplest object takes on new fascination in macro mode. And the best part is that it’s so easy to do with digital cameras.


Close up mode. Figure 4. Nature looks much different, and sometimes more compelling, at close range. (Canon PowerShot G2, Programmed exposure, spot meter, Close Up mode, flash off)

Just look for the close up or macro mode icon, which is usually a flower symbol, turn it on, and get as close to an object as your camera will allow. Once you’ve found something to your liking, hold the shutter button down halfway to allow the camera to focus. When the confirmation light gives you the go ahead, press the shutter down the rest of the way to record the image.

Keep in mind that you have very shallow depth of field when using the close upmode, so focus on the part of the subject that’s most important to you, and let the rest of the image go soft.

5. Horizon Line Mayhem

For some mysterious reason, most human beings have a hard time holding the camera level when using the LCD monitors on their digicams. The result can be cockeyed sunsets, lopsided landscapes, and tilted towers.

Part of the problem is that your camera’s optics introduce distortion when rendering broad panoramas on tiny, two-inch screens. Those trees may be standing straight when you look at them with the naked eye, but they seem to be bowing inward on your camera’s monitor. No wonder photographers become disoriented when lining up their shots.


Finding horizontal lines. Figure 5. How do you square up an image in the LCD viewfinder so it appears “level” when you view it later on the computer? Look for nature’s horizontal lines and use them as guides. Sometimes you can use the line where the sky meets the ocean, other times you can use a strip of land as your level. In this case I used the shoreline of a mountain lake to help me align this composition. (Canon PowerShot G2, Aperture Priority exposure set to f-8, polarizer filter)

What can you do? Well, there’s no silver bullet to solve all of your horizon line problems, but you can make improvements by keeping a few things in mind.

First of all, be aware that it’s important to capture your images as level as possible. If you’re having difficulty framing the scene to your liking, then take your best shot at a straight picture, reposition the camera slightly, take another picture, and then maybe one more with another adjustment. Chances are very good that one of the images will “feel right” when you review them on the computer. Simply discard the others once you find the perfectly aligned image.

If you practice level framing of your shots, over time the process will become more natural, and your percentage of level horizon lines will increase dramatically.

6: Massive Media Card

When you’re figuring out the budget for your next digital camera, make sure you factor in the purchase of an additional memory card. Why? Because the cards included with your new high-tech wonder toy are about as satisfying as an airline bag of peanuts when you’re dying of hunger.

If you have a 3 megapixel camera, get at least a 256MB card, 512MBs for 4 megapixel models, and 1GB for for 6 megapixels and up.

That way you’ll never miss another shot because your memory card is full.

7: High Rez All the Way

One of the most important reasons for packing a massive memory card is to enable you to shoot at your camera’s highest resolution. If you paid a premium price for a 6 megapixel digicam, then get your money’s worth and shoot at 6 megapixels. And while you’re at it, shoot at your camera’s highest quality compression setting too.


Why not squeeze more images on your memory card by shooting a lower resolution and low quality compression settings? Because you never know when you’re going to capture the next great image of the 21st century. And if you take a beautiful picture at the low 640 x 480 resolution, that means you can only make a print about the size of a credit card, not exactly the right dimensions for hanging in the museum.

Related ReadingDigital Photography Pocket Guide By Derrick Story

On the other hand, if you recorded the image at 2272 x 1704 (4 megapixels) or larger, then you can make a lovely 8- x 10-inch photo-quality print suitable for framing or even for gracing the cover of Time magazine. And just in case you were able to get as close to the action as you had liked, having those extra pixels enables you to crop your image and still have enough resolution to make a decent sized print.

The point is, if you have enough memory (and you know you should), then there’s no reason to shoot at lower resolution and risk missing the opportunity to show off your work in a big way.

8: Tolerable Tripod

I once overheard someone say, “He must be areal photographer because he’s using a tripod.” Well, whether or not you use a tripod has nothing to do with you being a true photographer. For certain types of shots though, these three-legged supports can be very useful.

The problem is tripods are a pain in the butt to carry around. They are bulky, unwieldily, and sometimes downright frustrating. Does the phrase “necessary evil” come to mind?

For digital shooters there’s good news: theUltraPod II by Pedco. This compact, versatile, ingenious device fits in your back pocket and enables you to steady your camera in a variety of situations. You can open the legs and set it on any reasonable flat surface such as a tabletop or a boulder in the middle of nowhere. But you can also employ its Velcro strap and attach your camera to an available pole or tree limb.


The UltraPod II. Figure 6. The UltraPod II is lightweight and affordable (less than $20 typically).

You might not need a tripod that often, but when you do, nothing else will work. Save yourself the pain and money of a big heavy lug of a pod, and check out the svelte UltraPod. Yes, then you too can be a real photographer.

9: Self Timer Fun

Now that you have your UltraPod in hand, you can explore another under-used feature found on almost every digital camera: the self timer. This function delays the firing of the shutter (after the button has been pushed) for up to 10 seconds, fixing one of the age old problems in photography: the missing photographer.

Hey, just because you’ve been donned as the creative historian in your clan, that doesn’t mean that your shining face should be absent from every frame of the family’s pictorial accounting. You could hand your trusty digicam over to strangers while you jump in the shot, but then you take the chance of them dropping, or even worse, running off with your camera.

Instead, attach your UltraPod, line up the shot, activate the self timer, and get in the picture. This is usually a good time to turn on the flash to ensure even exposure of everyone in the composition (but remember that 10 foot flash range limit!). Also, make sure the focusing sensor is aimed at a person in the group and not the distant background, or you’ll get very sharp trees and fuzzy family members.

Self timers are good for other situations, too. Are you interested in making long exposures of cars driving over the Golden Gate Bridge at dusk? Once again, secure your camera on a tripod, then trip the shutter using the self timer. By doing so, you prevent accidental jarring of the camera as you initiate the exposure.

10. Slow Motion Water

I come from a family where it’s darn hard to impress them with my artsy pictures. One of the few exceptions happened recently when my sister commented that a series of water shots I had shown her looked like paintings. That was close enough to a compliment for me.

What she was responding to was one of my favorite types of photographs: slow motion water. These images are created by finding a nice composition with running water, then forcing the camera’s shutter to stay open for a second or two, creating a soft, flowing effect of the water while all the other elements in the scene stay nice and sharp.


You can create a painterly effect with moving water by mounting your camera on a tripod and slowing the shutter to an exposure of 1 second or longer. (Canon PowerShot G2, Aperture priority set to f-8, shutter speed 1 second, polarizer filter, UltraPod II tripod) With slowed shutter speed. Figure 7a.
With slowed shutter speed. Figure 7b.

You’ll need a tripod to steady the camera during the long exposure, and you probably should use the self timer to trip the shutter. If you camera has an aperture priority setting, use it and set the aperture to f-8, f-11, or f-16 if possible. This will give you greater depth of field and cause the shutter to slow down.

Ideally, you’ll want an exposure of one second or longer to create the flowing effect of the water. That means you probably will want to look for streams and waterfalls that are in the shade instead of the bright sunlight.

Another trick is to use your sunglasses over the lens to darken the scene and create even a longer exposure. Plus you get the added bonus of eliminating distracting reflections from your composition.

Final Thoughts

Most digital cameras, even the consumer point-and-shoot models, have a tremendous amount of functionality built into them. By applying a little ingenuity and creativity, you can take shots that will make viewers ask, “So what kind of camera do you have?”

You can tell them the answer, but inside, you’ll know it’s not the camera responsible for those great pictures. It’s the photographer.

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Selecting The Best Studio For Family Photography by Christopher S. Norwood

Family photography is one of the fastest growing segments of photography today. From documenting birthdays and anniversaries to purchasing maternity photography sessions before the new addition to the family arrives, more and more people are choosing tt major milestones in their family with family photography. There are many different places that specialize in family photography and choosing the best one can be difficult with the vast number of choices available.

The Studio’s Reputation

The reputation of the studio that is offering family photography is one of the most important aspects of choosing a photography studio. If the studio has a bad or negative reputation, it is generally because they do not take good photographs or they act unprofessionally towards their customers.

In either case, you and your family will want to avoid having a family photography session at a studio that has a bad reputation because you will end up wastingon a bad experience. The easiest way to discover which studios that offer family photography in your area has the best reputation is to ask someone that you know that has a family where they have gotten their family photographs taken.

More often than not, these people will be willing to tell you about their experiences with the photography studio and will be able to give you a good indication about whether or not you should hire the studio for your family photography. There are often many photography studios around the city where you live so you may be able to get references for several studios that you can choose from.

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The Studio’s Skill

The skill of the photography studio will matter a great deal when it comes to family photography. One of the best ways to judge the skill of a photography studio is to view photographs that the studios have taken of young children or families with multiple young children.

Many children cannot help fidgeting or mugging for the camera when their photograph is taken so if the photographs of children are taken well, it shows that the photographer has patience and knows enough about technique to take a great photograph.

Family photography is one of the best ways to document the major milestones that occurs in the life of a family and provides great that can be reviewed for many years to come and even passed to a subsequent generation.

It is important that the studio that you choose for your family photography is the best one for theso that your precious family memories can be captured accurately without a lot of hassle and drama. Taking time to carefully consider the choice can be one of the best things that you have done for your family.

Top Ten Corporate headshots Suggestions For Business office Periods by willie wonka

1. Prepare your office session in progress for the photographer by offering the most significant bedroom you have obtainable. You undoubtedly want to have a quantity of discussions with your photographer in progress in purchase to organize the session, which in most instances last a number of hrs.

two. Schedule your session in the morning hours. This way you can be “undertaken for the day” by ten a.m. or so, and your individuals will be fresh and not stressed by do the trick pressures. They will glimpse their right and can get on to the company of the day.

3. A decent photographer can do ten-20 headshots or so in a regular morning session. We do a bare minimum of 5 headshots in a two-hour session (like set up and break-straight down.) This would be pertaining to “headshots” and not “government portraits” which are far more complex logistically.

4. Be arranged. Coordinate with your workers to be at, and on time. Give them a 15-minute window for their session. In most situations you can routine ten folks an hour. That is roughly three just about every 15 minutes.

five.Make positive your headshot photographer is familiar with what you want to conclusion up with. How will thebe utilised, for illustration? Do you have any particular requirements for backgrounds? Cropping? Do you have high resolution, affordable resolution, the two? An excellent company and headshot specialist need to be equipped to know adequate to request you about this form of products in progress. Have a backup strategy for MIA staff members. Does the photographer have a studio? How much do they fee to occur back and setup for just an individual employee? Make convinced you have a contract.

Hints for the staff:

one. Get ready: Imagine (clearly in advance) of what you are going to wear. Make guaranteed your apparel healthy, and are not much too limited (can you sit down in your jacket or shirt and not have it bunch up?) If you desire to, decide to buy some thing that matches. If you do not have nearly anything contemporary from the dry cleaner, make absolutely sure you decide on it up and consider it the shoot on a hanger. Coordinate your outfit with any equipment you may well be thinking of the night time earlier than, or in a lot of time to not be hurried. Get a 2nd sentiment on “what goes with what.”

2. Calm down. Get a fine nights slumber in advance of your session. Wake up early and have a fantastic breakfast. Go away extra early for operate so you are there on time and not pressured out by site visitors. If you “never like your images taken” (who does?) chill out as most fine headshot photographers specialize in capturing “serious people” not products and, and will know how to make you feel comfortable and get you to search all natural.

3. What to put on. Dark garments give good results right. Dont wear white unless of course it is underneath a little something. V-necks accentuate the neckline, and in common take a look the best. Skip the turtleneck. Do not use brief sleeves. Be sure to. Be sure to. Be sure to. You should not don loud stripes or checks. A hassle-free dim go well with (light pinstripes) will work preferred. Suits with checks, or “herringbone” contribute to a digicam influence known as a moir? sample, which the photographer are unable to appropriate. You should not have on anything loud, or that will day you. No giant scarves. No big jewelry. Presume quick. Suppose vintage. Tough to go inappropriate and it wont distract from the most crucial point which is “you.” Just keep in mind. Vintage. Timeless. Traditional. You just have to do not forget that five decades from now you might be looking at your photograph and declaring “what was I pondering?”

five. Assume of the session like an occupation. The photographer will pose you but as he does visualize oneself as trying to “impress” the photographer just like you would a likely employer. Draw the photographer in by shopping them (the lens) appropriate in the eye. Express confidence and friendliness at the same exact time.

Sports Pictures

Sports Pictures

cool sports team pictures

cool sports team pictures

$10 per person

Each participant will have 5 individual shots full length to head shots and a sports photo on the disk.  (minimum 15 individuals)

Beautiful dance picture

Beautiful dance picture

You don’t have to have boring photos for your sportspictures.  Seriously we will make your look and feel like a star.

cute senior girl posed in tree

cute senior girl posed in tree

cool soccer graduation photo

cool soccer graduation photo



Choose the best photographer for your sports  pictures.  Clink on this link to see more amazing senior pictures at barrus photography

cool senior photos of girl

cool senior photos of girl



We recommend you look for a photographer with the following qualifications:
  • Indoor as well as outdoor sets.
    • Outdoor sports pictures are great for getting really natural and relaxed pictures and you can’t beat the lighting of indoor pictures which will make you look amazing! You are going to want the best  of both worlds.
    • dance team photo

      dance team photo

  • Lets you bring your own props
    • You want to choose a studio that lets you bring props….and we mean BIG props for your sports pictures. Do you have a car ? Take a picture with it! What about a piano? (obviously you can’t bring your own but does your photographer have one?)   We have a way cool piano for your senior pictures.
    • dance group photo

      dance group photo

  • Fast Service
    • If your like most Seniors in Utah you may have slightly procrastinated your Senior photo session. That’s okay, as long as your studio has fast service. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 2 weeks for your pictures.
    • adorable dance girl

      adorable dance girl

  • Friendly Service
    • You are someone special and you want to be treated that way. You are unique and your Sports portraits should be too. Your photographer should be friendly and sometimes silly and should always make you feel relaxed.
    • beautiful senior girl on fence

      beautiful senior girl on fence


If you want photographers with all of these qualifications (and more!) we recommend Barrus Photography located in Sandy. They are the best sports portrait studio in Utah. Their photographers, Steve and Jenny, are just great!

Black and white senior photo

Black and white senior photo


It’s time to choose a photographer for your sports pictures.  You school will tell you you have to go to a certain photography place for your sports pictures.   Telling you you must go to one certain photographer for your sports pictures is just not right!!!!.   Maybe you want the best photographer for your sports pictures.    Yes you can choose.   This is still America, Right?    Barrus Photography is the best studio for your sports pictures.    Steve does amazing sports pictures.  He will make you fell like a model and a movie star.  Even the guys have to admit when they are done that they had a great time and most important they look great!

cute senior girl by tree

cute senior girl by tree


Steve is constantly researching the web and any other sources he can find find get new ideas for the coolest sports pictures on the planet.   One of the things that makes sports pictures fun for Steve is trying out new interesting ideas.  He tries every session to create sports pictures that he has never done before.

Athletic senior girl photo

Athletic senior girl photo


One of Steve’s main goals in creating sports pictures  is to find out each participants  unique style.   Some kids are very traditional and others like to be pretty wild and crazy.    Steve tries very hard to customizes his sports pictures to each person’s personality and style.

beautiful senior dance girl

beautiful senior dance girl

You can give Steve a pose  list for your sports pictures  but you don’t have too.   Steve has done so many sports pictures  that the important poses are chiseled into his brain.   Seriously he could get incredibly sports pictures  in his sleep.

beautiful blond senior photo

beautiful blond senior photo



Steve will gladly take you to your location of choice but probably the best place for your sports pictures is right here at our studio.   We have indoor traditional backgrounds and beautifulwindow light backgrounds for your sports pictures.   We also have indoor and outdoor urban funky looks.  We have a set that will take you to a street in Italy.  Our outdoor gardens are incredibly beautiful with flowers and mountain looking trees and hills.

senior girl with motorcycle

senior girl with motorcycle



You will get every possible look indoor and outdoor at our studio for your sports pictures.

Way cool dance outfits

Way cool dance outfits

We take sports picutres that rock.

beautiful girls dance team in the mountains

beautiful girls dance team in the mountains

Steve will try many angles high and low to get incredibly unique sports pictures  of everyone on your team

killer team dance pictures

killer team dance pictures

Steve uses a 200mm lens for his sports pictures.

Lacross player photo

Lacross player photo

This lens makes steve’s sports pictures look incredibly three dimensional

great dance pose idea

great dance pose idea

Choose Barrus for your sports pictures you will not be sorry

great dance group ideasBarrus for incredibly sports pictures

individual lacroose photoBest sports pictures in Sandy Utah

beautiful dance photo

beautiful dance photo



Steve’s favorite lens for sports pictures is his cannon 70-200mm lens.   This is a great sports pictures lens because he can quickly go from a full length shot to a close up head shot.  It’s also a great lens for sports pictures because with the 200mm focal length he can get those beautiful, background out of focus, pictures.   This effect gives his sports pictures almost a three dimensional  look. This is a look that the normal eye cannot see.  Steve likes to present to the viewer a view of the  world that he or she is not ever seen before.  Another way to create this look in sports pictures is by using the lowest possible aperture the lens has to offer.  Steve’s second favorite lens for sports pictures is his 35mm wide angle lens.  He likes this lens for sports pictures for the same reason he likes the 200mm lens.  It also gives the viewer a look at the world in a way that the normal eye cannot see.  The 35mm lens of course gives steve’s sports pictures a wide look.  This is a very fun perspective especially when shooting from a high angel.  Steve loves to shoot sports pictures from very high and very low angles. Sports pictures shots taken from ground level are very fun and exciting.  It especially makes men look strong and powerful.  Sports pictures shots taken from a very high angel are also extremely interesting.  Steve has a ladder in the studio he love to use for taking shots from a very high angle.

Micro sports pictures is also one of steve’s funnest types of sports pictures.  Micro photography means close up photography.  In micro sports pictures we get to see the most minute little details.   These extreme close up sports  pictures shots also give the viewer a very fun and different look at the word.  Steve really love extreme close up photography.

Action sports pictures shots are also really fun to take and very exciting to see.  Steve uses a very fast shutter speed to stop the action in his sports pictures.  The emotion that can be captured in action photography is killer cool.  Little snap shots of life can be captured in sports pictures with action shots.  Laughing, jumping, running and walking are all action ideas that steve tries to capture with every shoot.

Post production work on sports pictures is what steve likes to call the second creation.  Taking the sports pictures is the first creation.  The most important and first step in post-production is color correction.  Steve shoots raw sports pictures images not jpgs because a raw file is almost like a negative.  It allows you to adjust the exposure and color balance post-production.  After the photographs are properly color corrected then the fun begins.  With photoshop there is a endless amount of manipulation that can be done on sports pictures images.  One of the most popular manipulations done on sports pictures images is make me skinner.  Almost everyone wants to be a bit skinner.  Get rid of my double chin is also very popular.  The most common retouching that is done on sports pictures images is blemishes removal and shine reduction.  Sports pictures fly away hairs can also be taken care of quite easily.  Sometimes we fix clothing.  For example when someone does not wear the right color shirt we can change the color of the shirt to match with the rest of the people in the photograph.  Retouch is only done at Barrus photography studio in Utah when we make the sports pictures prints.  When you own your own images and make your own prints there will be no retouching  done on the images.  That is why we recommend that even if you own your images you should have the most important sports  pictures images printed by Barrus photography

Steve moves very quickly when taking sports photos.  He has so much experience that he doesn’t have to take a lot of time figuring out how to take each photograph.  He doesn’t take ten shots of the same picture.  He takes lots of different pictures.  If he does take more than one shot at any particular location it will be at a little different angle or possibly a closer shot to give the shot a different look.  With steve you will get lots of unique amazing shots.  You might feel like that was fast.  Yes it was fast, but the pictures will be incredible.  Steve’s speed is especially important when things get running late.  Which they do a lot.  He can still get the important shots in a short amount of time if necessary.

Thanks for visiting Barrus photography in Utah web site.  We are the portrait photographers to choose for the most portrait missionary  portraits.  You will not be sorry when you choose Barrus for your portrait photos.  Your portrait portraits will be the best missionary portraits you have ever had.   Once you have come to Barrus photography portrait studio in Utah you will return time and time again for all of your portrait picture needs.   Absolutely the number one choice for your portrait photographer



Look what came in the mail today! photography products

Our metal mural prints finally came in the mail today! Hoooray. It took 3 brains to figure out how to put them together (we need directions with PICTURES!…we are picture people remember?)

We’re pretty happy with the final results though!photocrati gallery


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Look what else came in the mail today! 😉

6 month old adorable photo of baby in box barrus photography

6 month old adorable photo of baby in box barrus photography


Ha ha!!! All our Metal Murals came in this HUGE box, and we decided it was the PERFECT prop for my little nephew Max’s 6 month pictures. SPECIAL DELIVERY! ha ha. (I especially love the little stickers that say FRAGILE, handle with care.)

Volunteer work with Preemie Prints

photocrati galleryA few months ago I was contacted by someone to do some volunteer work for an organization calledpreemie prints.  They are a non profit organization dedicated to sharing hope with families experiencing the difficulties of life in a neonatal intensive care unit with a premature or sick baby through information, photography, gift bags, support, and prayer. They have photographers all over who provide families with photography sessions of their little Preemie’s in the hospital or later in their homes-free of charge!

I have a soft spot in my heart for babies who are born prematurely and need to stay in the NICU, because two of my nephews have been preemies. It was an incredibly hard and also very gratifying experience for me as an Aunt. It was crazy to see them all hooked up and not be able to just hug and squeeze them, but also amazingly wonderful to have those machines and nurses to help my nephews grow strong and eventually come home! So I was excited to be able to do my part to help other families experiencing this.

I have always felt that pictures are important, they are our only visual link to the past.  Every parent deserves to  have pictures of their babies…no matter how small! 😉

As Dr. Seuss says, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Here are some of my favorite pictures from my very first Preemie Prints session! This little sweet heart was a NICU graduate so I got to go take pictures in her home! This was a very new experience for me because usually I am taking pictures of newborns in my nice controlled studio environment. I definitely missed my lights!, but it was fun to experiment with some window light and it was a little more laid back and relaxed environment which was fun. I got to experiment with some new props that I found in their home, I think I need my own antique piano stool now!! Overall it was a great experience.

You will love the preemie prints taken at Barrus photography