photography

3 Photography Hacks for Beginners

 

Here at High Five, we love our team and their creative brains. The hours and mad skills they put into their work leave us in a state of shock on a regular basis. Meet one of our photographers, Jonathan Burkhart

Jonathan was picked as one of TIME Magazine's 50 Instagram Photographers to Follow back in 2015*, and continues to embark on crazy adventures with friends, gathering a vast array of portraits and landscapes for his portfolio (and his 51k+ Instagram followers).  

We’re not quite sure how he does it . . . some in the office theorize that he listens to Baby Got Back to get in the zone, while others say that he does exactly five jumping jacks to find his Zen mode. Regardless, we are proud of all that he is and most importantly, we're proud of his humility and how he handles his talent. 

So after we finally found a free moment for Jon (he’s a busy man), we asked him for some tips and tidbits for all the budding photographers out there. Here’s what he said: 

1.) Composition is key. “You’ve got to think outside the box,” he said. “I know it sounds cheesy, but until you really dig in, you won’t be able to fully commit and get the results that you want. You’ll be working against yourself; you have to get out of the box and stay out of it.”  Another important thing to remember about a photo’s composition is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is all about balance and the natural way that the human eyes looks at photos. If you imagine a 3x3 grid when looking through your camera lens, place the points of interest on the intersecting points of the grid. 

2.) Lighting is make or break. “You want your lighting to convey the emotion of the subject,” Jonathan said. “To make your message most effective, use lighting to your advantage to create the mood, whether that be using shadows or fully exposing your subject.” It’s also important to be aware of the sun when you’re shooting outside. “Golden hour” is a term used for the time in the day (either right after sunrise or right before sunset) that has the best natural light. Be on the lookout for sunrise/sunset times! 

3.) Jonathan’s favorite editing apps. Apps are some of the greatest tools for beginner photographers—and professionals, too! “Apps are some of the greatest tools for getting your feet wet in the photographing world. If you just take a little time to explore the app and learn, you will become a little better versed in the terms and tools of the trade."

Below are some of Jonathan's favorite editing apps: 

Taking professional-grade photos is hard and takes a lot of time and attention. Don’t stress yourself out—find a professional! We’ve got a few around here who will get the job done AND give you some high fives. 

 

The Intern Files: Darken the Lipstick “Forevermore”

 

Once upon a lipstick dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,

Over many a quaint, bright, or curious color in the store—

While I searched, eyes promptly stopping—suddenly the color, popping,

As of some one pointing quickly, making me search no more.

“Tis my color,” I held it up, “this is it, I know for sure—

The color I’ve been waiting for.”

I’ve never been much of a lipstick gal, but this sure was a fun experiment.

Dark lipstick is IN, and what better time to try something new than in the month of Halloween, a time of costumes and all things outrageous?

Elle.com says ‘90s lips are back, from maroon to deep purple-reds to black shades. The lipstick trend that drove parents crazy in the ‘90s is back and more powerful than ever. Thefashiontag.com calls the throwback trend a little more 90s-mixed-with-70s: “glam but dark”. 

Trends are funny things.  Our culture loves them because they are fast-acting, short-lived blasts of novelty. Trends operate to catch our attention, so it is often our lack of attention (mindless scrolling) that draws us in. That’s not all bad though, right? Right! In doing some research, I stumbled across a study performed by Dr. Nico Bunzeck and Dr. Emrah Düzel. It explained that the part of human brains associated with reward circuitry is stimulated when presented with something new. Meaning, new things (like trends) give us neural payoff, almost like learning enhancement. Why do you think that we all know what’s trending on Twitter? It’s because we crave learning new things. 

New things stick with us, and something as simple as trying a new lipstick trend could help us learn things about ourselves. Trends are not only sources of novelty, but also sources of reinvention. So next time you’re thinking about trying out that new trend (like dark, dark lipstick), go all out for it! Maybe the newness will stick and you’ll transform into a new you—forevermore.  

What trends have you tried?

Source: Bunzeck and Düzel

What Makes You Happy?

It's a pretty simple question with a not so simple of an answer. Everyone is different with different lives going in (you guessed it) different directions, so the definition of happiness varies with each situation.

Maybe happy is your favorite food. 

Maybe your happy comes from a perfectly designed space.

Or possibly you derive great joy working on your craft.

Whatever tips the corners of your mouth up is worthy and important. In a world of fast paced insanity, it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle or become inundated with bad news. At High Five we're all about facing the facts and reporting quality news. 

We also know how to have a whole bunch of fun.

We see the importance of showing gratitude year-round (not just around the Thanksgiving table) as a way to combat the blues and show appreciation for the beauty surrounding everyone--if they take the time to notice.

That's why we decided to take part in the 100 Days of Happy project, but gave it our own little spin. Thus #HappyWithHigh5 was born! Around the office we've been using it to detail things big and small that makes us happy (there have been a lot of dog pics).  We'd love if our readers took part as well, even if it's for one day! Taking a moment to show some love to the universe for the crazy, delicious, wacky, awesomeness that makes up every day is worth it. 

So what makes you happy? Big, small, everything in between works, we just wanna' know!

 

Photos Credit of Jonathan Burkhart Photography

High Five in the News

Hello again, we couldn't be happier you've decided to continue reading our posts.  Here's a little update we can't help but brag about. Our very own photographer, Jonathan Burkhart, was selected as the number one Instagram account to follow in Oklahoma by a little publication you may have heard of...TIME Magazine. To say we're over the moon with pride is an understatement. Here is a press release detailing the achievement.

Can you blame us for bragging? 

High Five Media's Photographer Selected in TIME Magazine's Top 50 Instagram Photographers to Follow

Oklahoma photographer, Jonathan Burkhart, picked by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 Instagram accounts to follow.

High Five Media's photographer, Jonathan Burkhart, was part of TIME Magazine's top 50 Instagram Photographers to Follow for his excellence in social media and photography. The list includes one photographer for each state, with Burkhart representing Oklahoma. Burkhart is a Choctaw, Okla. native, one of ten siblings and has over 55K followers on Instagram. As a photographer for marketing company, High Five Media, Burkhart is able to expand his photographic portfolio. 

"I never really thought about TIME Magazine ever looking at my work, or even knowing I was alive," said Burkhart. "I'm still kind of shocked, but I'm also really honored that such an institution noticed and appreciated my work." 

Burkhart began working for High Five Media in May 2015 and takes photographs for both the company's magazine, Linked, and for clients. On Instagram, his specialties are portraits and landscape, though at High Five he is able to expand his repertoire to include food photography, business photography and videography. 

"At High Five Media, I'm able to continue working and growing as a photographer," said Burkhart. "I'm able to have freedom to express my creativity and vision." 

"Jonathan is awesome," said Earle Haggard, partner at High Five Media. "He captures things on his camera that others standing beside him are unable to see. His talent far exceeds his experience and his age. I am so proud of him not only for accomplishing this honor from TIME magazine, but also for the humility that he possesses all the while. We feel so fortunate to have Jonathan as a member of our High Five team."