Light Stalking…

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Writers block is the perfect time to step away from the life of a blog-a-holic and step outside for some photography. We all know by now I LOVE the camera! No, like…for real…I LOVE IT! I like being in front of it as much as I enjoy creating behind the lens. A recent class with famed photographer Gregg Cobarr was just what this Fashion Spy needed. Toss in one hot model named Rebekah O’Kelley and you’ve got a recipe for a kick-ass day in the warm sunshine hoping over railroad tracks, swiping carts from local shopping centers for props. Gregg’s philosophy, “Photography is not in the equipment, but inside the person”. Intuition is key.

Fifteen year old Rosie Hardy from Manchester England had plenty of intuition when she picked up photography simply to create a decent shot for her MySpace profile. Her passion grew and she started experimenting with equipment, poses and lighting, sharing on social media. The dream would be that someone will love your photo enough that they would actually pay for it, right? Maybe even put it on the cover of a rock and roll album? Well, fame came knocking at her door (email inbox actually) sooner than she could have ever imagined when she received an email from Maroon 5 asking her to do their album cover. Just the kind of email we’d all love to get, eh? For the record Bravo, I’m available!

Gregg Cobarr took the exclusive images of Michael Jackson and his brothers in 1978 featured on LIFE.com. “These are the photos you won’t forget. Taken by the world’s top photographers and curated by LIFE editors, they tell the story of our times — our heroes, our stars, our celebrations and heartbreak, the events etched in our memory and the small moments that make life sweet.” – LIFE.com. Way to go Gregg and thanks for the kudos. Classes offered at Photos@Cobarr.com.

Now for a bit of technical info – did you know that aperture is most important? It allows light to come into the camera on a sensor. The larger the number the more in focus everything will be (F8, F11, F16, F22). The lower numbers will keep the subject clear and the background not in focus (F4, F5.6, F8). Gregg  shared his 3 best tips when shooting – elbows in, hold your breath, and gently squeeze the button and take the picture (ok guys, get your head outa the gutter). It gets way more complicated with white balance, shutter speed, ISO, metering, TIF files, RAW files and JPEGS. I’m talking the Hoover Dam of mental blocks people…a brain-freeze, a “gaffe”! Practice makes perfect.

Of course I did what any stalker girl would do and climbed ever so gracefully into that grocery cart (I was dying to do that all day just like the model! Damn, I got stuck trying to get out of the darn thing and my fellow photo peeps had to rescue me. That was one cart-full-a-food-stalker! Guess it’s time to get back to that yoga class I’ve been missing. Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz make it look so easy).  Go ahead, jump in and swim, take that camera off Automatic mode and see what that bad-boy can do for you!

A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye. Let your words be few and your exposures be many..

Actress/Model Rebekah O’Kelley email: Okelly.rebekah@gmail.com

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With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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