Eric Pike Photography: Blog en-us (C) Eric Pike Photography (Eric Pike Photography) Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:17:00 GMT Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:17:00 GMT Eric Pike Photography: Blog 120 80 Spring is almost here... Spring is here and it's time to book those photo sessions. Gone are the browns and grays of winter and out come the greens and bright colors of flowers. Be sure to book soon 



(Eric Pike Photography) desmoinesphotographer fujifilm lifestyle photography photos photoshop pro Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:16:49 GMT
Viewing in 2.39:1 This is the wide screen movie ratio that epitomized the spaghetti westerns of the 1950's and 60's. Film makers have been drawn back into this format due to the panoramic vistas and imaginative screen crops this ratio provides to film. I have made my personal project for 2018 to focus on this ratio. Inspired by Jakie Chan (NOT Jackie Chan) and his cinematic style. You can really see this style in his instagram account (@jakie_chan). 

So why this format? I love movies. Always have. The view is so broad that the eye just can't take in the scene at one glance. The photographer's challenge is within the composition. Where do I lead the eye. Do I keep all the elements in view, like the scene from Gong Fu Tea immediately above? Or do I work with mostly negative space with sharp detail only where I want the viewer to be drawn in at first glance. (See first photo) 

I am embarking on this project as a tool for personal growth. I hope you enjoy the ride with me. Comments are welcome.




(Eric Pike Photography) desmoinesphotographer fujifilm lifestyle mylifeascinema street-photography travel Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:36:20 GMT
Living Pictures - The Power of Cinemagraphs





Cinemagraphs are are the ultimate "Made you look!" They're great at engaging the viewer. In fact, marketing research by Flixel shows that customers are 70% more engaged with Cinemagraphs than conventional photos. 


The photo can be as subtle or as outrageous as you want it. How do you think this could help your business?





(Eric Pike Photography) Cinemagraphs Des Flixel Iowa Moines Photography engagement marketing photos Fri, 12 May 2017 17:30:47 GMT
Mobile Studio Being able to take the show on the road is important. I recently took the plunge and acquired some portable lighting options to better serve my clients. Backdrops? No. I want to photo you in your work environment. Natural surroundings and architecture bring so much more to the story and tells your clients about who you are and what you do. Be passionate about your brand and let it convey a more complete story to your customers. 

SoftboxesMy new lighting set up for the road. SoftboxesMy new lighting set up for the road.

(Eric Pike Photography) Photography Photoshop digital photos portraits pro Fri, 12 May 2017 16:58:09 GMT
My Journey (so far)

Photography has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. From a very early age, I recall my father going into the bathroom to convert it into the temporary darkroom for developing pictures. I remember thinking how cool it was to watch the photo take shape under the enlarger as the paper gradually captured the exposure. I remember the funky smelling chemicals and dad telling me what chemical served which purpose. I remember the big clunky timer we used to measure the exposure times. And I remember the microscope-looking-thingy that we used to make sure the film grain was in sharp focus.

By the time I was in Junior High, I had my own Nikon FE with a 35mm lens. I was rolling my own film and shooting for the school annual. I had a couple photos featured in the pages that I had done all the work from A to Z and I was pretty proud of it all.

Then high school and college happened and the camera, while never completely out of the picture (sorry), definitely took a time out.

After college, I ended up with my Dad’s used Nikon D100. My FE had finally given up the ghost and he was getting a newer camera, so I ended up as the beneficiary. I loved it. I loved getting into Photoshop and learning the earlier systems. I loved creating composites and crazy photos. But it was still a hobby. I useful one in that I have a pretty decent library of photos of the kids as they have grown, but a hobby nonetheless.

Over the last couple of years, my photography has become more serious. I think part of that was due to the change in location. We went from being East Coast to Midwest, and the landscape is so different out this way. I began the romance with the camera again, again. Only this time it was different. A lot of my photos were getting “likes” on the social networks. Not viral, by any means, but enough to keep me motivated to produce more work. And by doing work, I began to get work. Portraits, events, weddings, landscapes. And I picked up a Fujifilm Xpro1. The photos are amazing!!! I like this thing, I think…

So here you are at my website. It’s a bit rough around the edges. It’s finding a narrative, discovering itself a piece at a time. Maybe a little disjointed right now, but with some polish and elbow grease this will become a pretty nice place to stay a while. And maybe sometime in the not so distant future, I can upgrade it from a rental place I go to once for vacation to a nice comfortable home for you and for me. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy our trip together. Now let’s get to work! 

(Eric Pike Photography) Photography Photoshop chemical develop enlarger film going pro Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:46:24 GMT
Senior Photos

So before I started taking senior photos, I thought I would do some market research and see what's out there. To my surprise, sort of, were several studios billing sessions at $1500+ where the work seemed targeted on making their kids ready for Vogue magazine. In other words, there was a wee bit of air brushing going on. 

Now that simply boggles the mind. In a senior photo, your subject is already in their prime. A few more years will flesh out the adult, but don't we always yearn to be in the shape we were in high school? So why on earth must we wipe out any semblence of skin pores? 

What's my take? Let the kid be who they want to be. Go with their creative leanings and make an adventure out of it. Experiment. Make them look good, but talk with them so they know your goal is to not make them look like a statue. 

So I don't have the studio overhead or payroll to make. Nor do I depend on this work to make a living. So I keep my prices very reasonable, providing digital copies of the photos while setting up a private gallery in case the client wants prints. The total cost to the client is about 1/3 that of the senior photo dedicated studios. Will you look great? Of course! And your parents can still afford your college tuition! 

(Eric Pike Photography) Senior photos high school Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:11 GMT
Street Photography Street ShopA scene from the Des Moines Arts Festival So my dad, Chuck Pike in Charlotte NC, is an avid, and has become a notable, street photographer in Downtown Charlotte. I think I got my love of the art from him, although I would say our personal styles are actually quite distinct from eachother. But that's not the point of this entry - just a little background. 

For me, street photography is theatre. The photos become little vignettes, cinema, where the viewer gets to build their own story from the image. So I like to catch people in the midst of doing things, unposed and unaware of the camera. Voyerism? Yeah, maybe. But is it a rich source of material? Absolutely. And it's accessible to most of us today.

Wait, what?

Well, yeah. With camera phones in pockets you don't have to have professional camera equipment to capture good street photos. The best cameras for street pics are unobtrusive. Small. And use a wide angle lens. Which just about describes every smart phone on the market. 

Need examples? Go to Google+ and check out the street photography community there. It's huge and has lots of great examples. Decide what you like and what you don't, and try to grab shots that get your creative juices flowing. And you'll have more than just a new pokemon in your phone. 

(Eric Pike Photography) Street photos pictures smart phones Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:56:42 GMT
Big Sky, Open Land

Like many states of the Midwest, Iowa has a lot of unobstructed views of large amounts of acreage and the sky above. That gives the intrepid photographer some amazing opportunities to capture some absolutely beautiful skyscapes to complement the subject matter of the photo.

Take "Red Barn" for example. I found this scene along one of my many "let's get lost" journeys. The barn, an old refurbished wood barn with metal roof, is obviously the center of focus. The only source of red in the photo, our eyes are naturally drawn to the lower right corner of the photo. But then look up! This cloud formation would be right at home in the Sistine Chapel...

I love going out to find material like this! I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I like to find them. 

(Eric Pike Photography) Search agriculture barns photos lost skyscape clouds nature landscape photography rural farming Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:55:17 GMT