May 2007 Issue
In this issue:
Trevon Baker will Present a Full Day
Celebrating their 15th Year
June 3-7, 2007
Plan now to attend one of the biggest
We hope to see you there!
If you photograph seniors and if you have a Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds system, you need to order the Senior 2008 special backgrounds. As more and more seniors are satisfied with their own home made photographs, It is more important this year than ever before to stand out from the crowd .
Scene Machine owners can produce portraits the seniors CANNOT do on their own, and the Senior 2008 background collection is part of it. The collection includes 20 backgrounds specially created for the modern senior to add a new dimension to the variety of images from their sitting.
The Senior 2008 collection is exactly the kind of thing that brings special attention to your studio. The Senior 2008 collection is easy to use and should be part of every senior sitting you do. The Senior 2008 collection of 20 backgrounds is just $159.00 (plus shipping) and is available for immediate shipment. Order now!
A Hot Time at Foto 45
In addition to his portrait work, Trevon does a wide variety of commercial work and serves as a consultant for Virtual Backgrounds. Trevon, a Certified Professional Photographer, was awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in
More than 11,000 professional photographers descended uponClick here to view all of the portraits that were captured in the booth at WPPI.
Virtual Backgrounds had a 400 square foot island exhibit in the trade show which included a working demonstration studio where hundreds of photographs were taken each day using the Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds system to display the infinite flexibility of the system. Visitors had a chance to capture their own exposures. Trevon Baker and Cindy Cofer captured many timeless images with only two lights, one reflector and the Virtual Backgrounds image enhancement system. Click here to see all of the images that Trevon and Cindy created!
WPPI has an extensive array of programs. A number of programs provided information about the Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds system including programs by Joseph & Louise Simone and Rick & Deborah Ferro.
An extensive gallery of photographs by many different photographers including Joseph & Louise Simone, Deborah & Rick Ferro, Trevon Baker, Cindy Cofer, Larry Peters, Rick Avalos, and many others showed the wide range of creativity made possible with Virtual Backgrounds.
Also displayed the many accessories that Virtual Backgrounds offers including the new Studio Pro monostand. All in all, it was a very successful show for Virtual Backgrounds, and we appreciate everyone who stopped by to say "hello."
In response to last month's article called Combating the Latest Developments (click here to read the article), Ed Alexander of San Antonio, Texas sent the following bit of tongue in cheek comments that we thought we would share with the readers of The Backgrounder.
This is Ed's response to the fact that new cell phone cameras are now coming out with 3 to 5 mega pixels of image capture capacity. With everyone with a camera of every kind, including cell phone cameras, now thinking they are "real" photographers, here is what Ed had to write:
Thoughts from an "Ol' Timer” by Ed Alexander
"Henry, you, as the inventor of the Scene Machine, should develop a conversion kit that would allow cell phone users to use your Scene Machine. Maybe the conversion could include a cell phone size set of lights and, of course, a posing guide CD, which they could download to their cell phone for quick reference when they are at weddings, sporting events, etc. When you develop this "Scene Machine for Cell Phones" I do expect a portion of the high profits you will receive. Don’t you think? We as photographers in the 21st century must stay On The Cutting Edge to avoid The Perfect Storm."
Manitoba Canada photographer Ingeborg Skliros does not just photograph people. Her real specialty is photographing show dogs at competitions. Until recently, Inge worked like every other dog show photographer - she used a plain background, usually a muslin, canvas or seamless paper, and photographed each dog in front of it. Quickly, Inge became bored with results that all looked alike. It didn't matter who the photographer was because only the dog’s changed. Ever photograph looked alike.
Then Inge heard about the Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds system and wondered if it would work with dogs. She gathered all the information she could and decided to purchase a system. She also attended the Virtual Backgrounds 3 day workshop in
Quoting the magazine article titled Scene Machine Takes Manitoba by Storm by Geri Thompson, "The bar was dramatically raised at the recently held COKC Show in Brandon, Manitoba when `Images by Inge’ introduced a Scene Machine. This is believed to be the first appearance of this technique at a show in North America and is quite possibly a world's first for dog shows.” When she photographs Siberians and Samoyeds, she uses a wintry landscape. Seconds later, when she photographs a Poodle or Basset, she uses a shadowy figure of the
Inge stated that she made a major investment in order to acquire a Scene Machine system, but she expects the system to quickly pay for itself through larger sales averages and more contracts. She does know that the graduating students from Brandon High love the results and are coming into the studio in droves.
One of the special pleasures we at Virtual Backgrounds get from our work is seeing the many ways in which our equipment is used and the results that follow. Click here to download a PDF of the entire Canine Review article.
You heard it right! Virtual Backgrounds is taking Korea by storm and is changing the way professional portrait photography is being done in Korea! Tony Oh and the good people at Bonmatch have brought Virtual Backgrounds to Korea and have helped to open the eyes of many Korean photographers.
Before Virtual Backgrounds, photographers in Korea had to construct elegant new studio scenes once every few months costing them tens of thousands of dollars each time. Now, a simple transparent background slide and a few props are not only saving Korean photographers money, but they are also giving the photographers more variety! This month, we highlight one of Korea's finest portrait professionals, Mr. Lee Jang Sun. Read below as he shares his experiences both before and since he has purchased his new Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds system.
Lee Jang Sun - In His Own Words
"It must be one of the most common issues all photographers over the world always face in front of a camera at the studio - longing for newer styles of pictures and wanting to capture the subjects in a more creative and elegant way. I have been always questioned about backgrounds.
The conventional way of studio shooting in Korea is to put up canvas, paper, or muslin backgrounds. Some photographers with artistic talent try to fix their own studios for backgrounds by themselves, but the others simply asked an interior decorating designer to take care of revamping their whole studio which is very expensive.
I have been traveling for quite a long time to look for more creative scenes, while dreaming about the solutions of backgrounds which can satisfy my needs in time, cost effectiveness, and quality.
A light of hope came to me when I happened to visit San Antonio, Texas for Imaging USA in January 2007 and was introduced to the Virtual Backgrounds system. It was more than enough to excite me. Within only minutes, a number of creative pictures could be expressed in many various ways. I returned to my studio in Korea, being full of excitement and enthusiasm after private lectures in San Marcos. My Virtual Backgrounds system arrived and simply turned me to be the happiest photographer ever!
Jumping into the machine, I got my own backgrounds ready and tried to figure out the proper lightings and so on. Some additional props were set. Yes, I’m all set!!! My initial images let me down and I was puzzled with the unexpected results. I quickly started understanding more about the system, and now I feel like I’m on the right track for great success!
It surely depends on the photographer’s own capability to produce the great works rather than on any equipment. None of the state-of-art systems in the world could give effortless guarantee on the quality works. What photographers should do is to decide for yourself if any system can work well with you or not. Once a decision is made to go, you should keep working hard to make the images come to life.
I wish I could have my own exhibitions with all of the works with my Virtual Backgrounds system in the near future. In order to make it happen, I will make every endeavor with enthusiasm to produce the shots that are my most creative ever."Click here to see more of Mr. Lee's photographs taken with the Scene Machine Virtual Backgrounds Image Enhancement System.
Lee Sang Jun
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