Show #37 – Scott Greene – Senior Portraits

Host Mike Howard & Tim Kemperle (Kathleen Bowie is off tonight) are joined for Show #37 by Scott Greene of Scott Greene Photography. The guys cover a bit of recent news, cover the debate on if you should use a lens filter or not and then go over some self promotion ideas, especially related to Senior portraits.



Discussion with Scott Greene:

Lens Filters – UV Filter, debate – does it affect the quality of the image.  Scott did a test between the use and nonuse. Scott will continue to use…the filter because he would rather break a filter than the front element.

Types of Filters currently used:

    • UV / Skylight – protect the front element
    • Circular Polarizer – creates a deep blue sky, see through water or glass without reflections
    • Neutral Density (ND) – reduces the amount of light striking the sensor
    • Infrared -picture looks like a negative…green trees turn white

Billboards – How many people call the number on the board

    • Consensus – none

Question – how do you as a photographer promote yourself?

    • Senior photos – promote through Facebook.
      • Create ads with photos taken and Tag photo of senior…usually will create some additional photo sessions
      • Place an ad in Yearbook, journals..etc.
      • Anticipate some of these photos may turn into future Wedding sessions

Listener Questions:

    • How do you get people to look “in love” and not cheesy, get them comfortable enough
      • Hopefully if shooting a wedding the couple is already comfortable…if not usually you need to relax they guy and move forward
    • What determines the location you shoot
      • Typically, try to capture personality of the person being shot.
    • What kind of things do you discuss with your clients prior to the session?
      • Help decide a location, understand the client prior to the shoot.
      • Generally the first 15 minutes of the shoot are the odd time of learning each other.
    • Average time for a Senior shoot.
      • One to one-half hours…multiple locations
    • What about wardrobe? Seniors/engagements
      • Pet Peeve – no shirts with writing that can be read…a distraction
    • What lens do you shoot with the most?
      • 70-200 f2.8, go to lens…80% of the time
      • 12-24
      • 85

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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast ( and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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