Author Archive: Suzette Allen

As a studio owner and deeply talented photographer, Suzette Allen along with her husband Jon, create beautiful heirloom portraits of families, seniors and kids in central California. As photo educators, the pair travels the globe revealing the "ah-HA" tips for moving photos thru Photoshop with ease while they collect awards and accolades for their comfy, warm, and confidence-inspiring teaching style.
Not interested in resting on their achievements, Suzette and Jon are determined to explore and share the integration of video, graphics and audio with her photography to create images with more depth and dimension than a single printed photo can reveal. Images that have no boundaries; images that appear larger than life as they are displayed on a small phone screen; images that move and move YOU when you see them. Hybrid "eProducts" that are easy to create, simple to sell, predictably profitable are the focus of their attention, imagination, and the centerpiece of
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By May 8, 2014 Read More →

Better Audio in a Noisy Location

Here’s a quick tip. When you are recoding in a noisy location, you’ll want to get the mic in as close to the subject as possible. In this case, we were using a wireless lav and we were able to turn down the sensitivity of the mic so that it would not pick up as […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →

How To Convert Your Studio To Hybrid Photo Lighting

For the past 2 years I’ve been in the process of converting my portrait studio to continuous lighting for hybrid portraits. Having tried a few different types of lights, I’ve wanted to get something that doesn’t max out my budget, but gives good results. Finally I’ve decided on the Fotodiox C-1600 fixture and Full Spectrum […]

Posted in: Lighting
By December 13, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Taking A Look At The Fiilex P360 LED SpotLight

Hi guys, here’s one of the videos I made last month in Florida while at the LightPro Expo.  I wanted to take a look at the Fiilex P360 LED Spotlight and show you some of the things I really like about using this light. I’ve been shooting a lot on location out here in Florida […]

Posted in: LEDs, Lighting
By November 14, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What Can You Do With the Dracast 500 LED Panel Lighting?

Hi guys, I’ve been out touring on my busy speaking schedule this month, but I wanted to stop for a minute and share some of what we’ve been up to at the LightPro Expo 2013 in Captiva Island, FL.  Here is the Dracast 500 LED panel, which I and fellow Hybrid Hero Joe Smithberger have been […]

Posted in: LEDs, Lighting
By October 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What do YOU Need to Create Hybrid Photography?

When photographers hear the idea of Hybrid Photography, they start wondering what do you need to create this?   Well, it’s actually much more simple than you think.   The 3 things you need to get going are some type of camera, whether it is video capable dSLR, a mirrorless camera system, or even your […]

By September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Q: How To Share An eProduct Using QR Codes?

I’m often get asked how do I share an eProduct with my clients?  Of course there is the standard way of delivering a URL, but I like to do it a little more creatively.  By using my traditional press-printed christmas cards as an example, I will show you how I utilize these neat QR codes […]

By September 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Q: What’s the Best Mic for Hybrid? You Choose!

We give you a few samples of what different mics sound like and at different distances. Starting with the in camera mic, directional shotgun, a hard wired lav, and a wireless lav.For this video we used the Lumix GH3 to record the video and audio. Microphones used were compared , the camera mic, Panasonic Directional, […]

Easy Camera Moves for Better Hybrid Shows

Sometimes when your subjects are static, you need to move the camera to introduce motion, which is the whole point of shooting video. The most common used camera moves are the pan and tilt, but a couple of other easy ones are the Pedestal (up and down) and the Slide (shift side to side) or […]

Suzette’s Lighting Setup for Hybrid Photography

I have been a portrait photographer for years and the lighting look that I prefer most comes from using a large Larson softbox, so in making the transition to hybrid, shooting stills and video, I want to maintain that look. This was accomplished by using CFL bulbs purchased at Home Depot: EcoSmart 27-Watt (100W) Full […]

Latest Hybrid Session with Suzette Allen

Hi everyone, Suzette Allen here. Just so excited with my latest hybrid session I wanted to share with everyone. This is not what I started to make, but it just happened, kind of a happy accident that was inspired by the music. The longest video clip is only 3 seconds. The close up head shots […]

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