David Whitney French Photography | Location, Location

Location, Location

October 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of my favorite places to take family pictures is the University of Arizona campus. The reason is that because no matter how bright or high the Tucson sun is, I can usually find some shade amongst the University’s trees. This past weekend, I photographed the Hamm family, and the sun kept pretty much out of our way the entire morning. The thing about shooting there is you need to have a good telephoto lens to keep the background blurry, as it quickly gets ‘busy’ with the students and other distractions. For this shoot, I used my 70-200mm lens exclusively on the Full Frame Nikon D700.  I had a small softbox on a Yongnuo YN-560 Flash set up off to the side triggered with a Yongnuo transceiver on the camera. I have found these flashes work exceedingly well for the price and have yet to have a miss-fire.

All in all, it was a great shoot, and having the shade and grass that the University of Arizona provides makes everyone more comfortable.


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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!