Some of the best portraits are ones I call a Character Study—that is a portrait of one or two individuals that focuses on mostly their faces. These are best done in either very low key color or my preference is to do them in black and white. If you strip out the color the viewer tends to focus more on the subject matter.
Why a character study? What better way to preserve a memory of a loved one than to have a wonderful classic portrait of them. This can be a child, a parent and child, a grandparent or a combination of any family members.
I am a print artist—and proud to be one. My art that I create is not finished until it exists in some type of printed form. There is something very cool about having a custom piece of art created just for you—and that art isn’t finished until it is printed. In most cases for us until it’s printed on either archival museum quality canvas or art paper, matted and framed.
This is the most over photographed generation of all time—in fact more images exist now than in all time before. Much of life is “captured” but not everything is saved. Close to 100% of the images taken today will be deleted—mostly not on purpose but accidentally deleted, hard drive failure, computer crashed etc. Nothing backed up to a safe place. And even if it’s backed up—how do you view it on a regular basis? You don’t. Read More
Black and white portraits come in and out of style. With so many apps that you can click to change the filter/look of an image people are creating black and whites out of most any shot.
What Makes A Great Black and White Photograph?
Can any color shot look great as a black and white? No. You can certainly make any color image a black and white but that doesn’t mean it’ll look great. I remember shooting my first roll of black and white film during my teen years. I photographed some scenes, a few people outside then sent off the film (I didn’t have a darkroom in those days). When I got the images back boy was I disappointed. They were really flat—grays and no real blacks and whites—no contrast. From then on I vowed to learn how to make a greatblack and white photograph—something I’ve been doing for more than 30 years now. I moved from film which I processed and printed myself to digital. With digital people always just assume you just click a button and boom you get a fantastic image. Not true. In fact I usually can tell the amateurs and beginning pros who do this very thing. The resulting image just lacks a certain something. Read More
That trip you've always dreamed of to Tahiti--$10,000
The new sports car you've always wanted - $60,000
The vacation home on the beach $1,500,000
The portrait of your loved ones for your home --Priceless
Creating Lasting Memories
At Tara Patty Photography we like to say we specialize in Memory Insurance. What is that? Well it's helping families preserve the important memories for the future. We do this through creating fine art portraits of your loved ones. Read More
It used to be that if you wanted a black and white photograph you used black and white film. Now with digital much has changed. But has it really? Sure with Instagram and other Apps you can literally push a button and convert that photo to black and white. But is it always a good thing? What exactly makes a good black and white portrait? Read More