David Olds Fotografie LLC: Blog https://www.davidofotos.com/blog en-us (C) David Olds Fotografie LLC info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:21:00 GMT Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:21:00 GMT https://www.davidofotos.com/img/s/v-5/u462751828-o862402613-50.jpg David Olds Fotografie LLC: Blog https://www.davidofotos.com/blog 120 120 How to take better holiday photos https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/12/how-to-take-better-holiday-photos Holidays are special times full of memories you will want to capture.  To make better photos, try some of these ideas.


Don’t make your subjects pose.  Many people feel uncomfortable in a posed photo, and it shows.  Candid shots are almost always better.


Tell a story.  Show the kids tearing open the presents and playing with them, or guests at your party interacting with each other.  A shot that tells a story will be remembered and cherished.  A posed shot of someone staring into the camera will be quickly forgotten. 


Get on the child’s level.  Instead of standing or sitting and snapping away, try kneeling to get on the child’s level as they are playing or tearing open presents.  You will usually get better photos from this angle.


Don’t be afraid of natural light.  A flash is often the default lighting answer for beginning photographers when shooting indoors, but it is rarely flattering.  Natural light will allow Christmas tree lights to show up, while a flash will usually overpower the lights, making it difficult to see they are lit.


Test the light.  If you are shooting without a flash, take a couple of test shots before the action starts to fine tune your exposure.


If you must use a flash, I recommend having an external flash that mounts on the top (hot shoe) of the camera.  This can bounce light off the ceiling to give a more flattering light than a typical pop-up flash found on most cameras.

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) (David Fotografie)(Christmas Olds holiday photos) tips https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/12/how-to-take-better-holiday-photos Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:15:50 GMT
Another home for sale https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/4/another-home-for-sale I've been fortunate to work with a lot of great realtors in Corpus Christi, Portland, Ingleside, and Port Aransas.  There are a lot of beautiful houses in the area, and I'm lucky to get to help them get sold quickly.  Here is another sample from this weekend.  It's on Lake Shore across from the country Club and is for sale through Terri Durst at villa Costa Real Estate.  But just don't wait too long, because she is already getting inquiries! DSC_2546-HDRDSC_2546-HDR


info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) Real estate corpus christi country club david olds fotografie for sale lake shore realtor terri durst villa costa real estate https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/4/another-home-for-sale Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:46:34 GMT
Real Estate photography https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/3/real-estate-photography I have been doing more and more real estate photography for local realtors.  Many have said they are convinced that the photos are responsible for faster, more profitable sales!  I'm flattered they feel this way.  

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful ranch in Mathis.  23 breathtaking acres with an incredible house.  

For more info, contact the realtor, Beverly Garrett at msbevo@hotmail.com.


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info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) Mathis San Patricio christi corpus photo photography ranch real estate realtor texas https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2016/3/real-estate-photography Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:07:22 GMT
Miss Rock and Ride 2015 https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/6/miss-rock-and-ride-2015 Don't miss the 6th annual Rock and Ride sponsored by Classic Rock 104.5 on 29 August!  Proceeds this year will benefit Operation Cigars for Warriors.  

Also, I'll be photographing the Miss Rock and Ride winners again this year.  Be sure to register for the preliminary competitions in the lead up to the grand event at the Concert on 29 August.  I'll update this with details as they become available.  There will be some terrific prizes for the winners!

In the mean time, here is a shot of two lovely ladies that you may see in the contest. Thanks to Martha Stough and Sarah Terencio!

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) Beach Classic Rock 104.5 Concrete Street Miss rock and ride bikini corpus Christi rock and ride swimsuit https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/6/miss-rock-and-ride-2015 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:19:13 GMT
Metro Leader Magazine Article https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/5/article-i-have-in-metro-leader-magazine I recently published an article in Metro Leader Magazine about landscape photography.  You can see it here:



Or, here is the text:


Many people like to take photos of landscapes, be they out West, at the beach or in the mountains with changing leaves.  Landscape photos can make beautiful wall decorations, and are fun to shoot, too.

Here are a few tips to get better results in your landscape photos:

  • If you're using a point and shoot camera, set your camera on the “landscape” mode.  This will automatically create the proper settings to give you the best chance of shooting a good landscape photo.  If using a DSLR, set your camera on 'aperture priority' mode and adjust your aperture to about f/16 or so.
  • Use a wider angle setting on your lens.  This allows you to photograph more of the scenery and gives a much more majestic photo.  Of course, if you have a particular part of the scene you would like to emphasize, you can zoom in on it if you’d like.
  • To get maximum sharpness in the photo, always use a tripod when shooting landscapes.  
  • If your camera will accept filters, use a polarizing filter.  This will darken and saturate the sky so it will look bluer and not as washed out as it normally would.  Simply mount the filter and dial in the amount of the effect you want.
  • Frequently, a landscape will look more interesting if there is something in the foreground, such as a horse in front of the mountains, or a bird flying through the photo.  This is all a matter of personal taste and style, so try with and without, and see which one you like better.
  • Finally, consider shooting at different times of day.  High noon is seldom the best time, and you will often get better results early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/5/article-i-have-in-metro-leader-magazine Fri, 22 May 2015 23:58:21 GMT
Blue Angels and Golden Knights in Corpus Christi https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/4/blue-angels-and-golden-knights-in-corpus-christi Luckily, we had good weather Sunday and the Golden Knights were able to jump and the Blue Angels flew.  What a show!  DSC_0031DSC_0031Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_0045DSC_0045Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_0081DSC_0081Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9812DSC_9812Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9822DSC_9822Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9863DSC_9863Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9872DSC_9872Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9931DSC_9931Wings Over South Texas 2015 DSC_9944DSC_9944Wings Over South Texas 2015

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2015/4/blue-angels-and-golden-knights-in-corpus-christi Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:04:31 GMT
If I could only get them in the door... https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/9/if-i-could-only-get-them-in-the-door Get them in the door v3 Check out this fantastic way to get new clients to see your business for the first time.  For more info, click on the Google Business View gallery a the top of the page.

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) Advertising Business Corpus Christi Google Marketing Photography https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/9/if-i-could-only-get-them-in-the-door Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:21:32 GMT
Radio Ad for Miss Rock and Ride Bikini Contest pre-shoot https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/7/miss-rock-and-ride-bikini-contest-pre-shoot R&R adMiss Rock and Ride 2014 ad from Classic Rock 104.5 Check out the new ad for the photo shoot we are having this Friday!  I'll be shooting some of the contestants for the Miss Rock and Ride 2014 Bikini Contest this Friday at McGee beach in Corpus.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Also, be sure to support the Rock and Ride event, as the proceeds support the South Texas USO.

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/7/miss-rock-and-ride-bikini-contest-pre-shoot Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:17:15 GMT
Google Business View -- I am now your Google Trusted Independent Photographer! https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/5/google-business-view----i-am-now-your-google-trusted-independent-photographer Hey business owners!!!  If you've ever said to yourself "If I could just get them in the door..."  well, you can!

Now potential customers can see how great you are from the comfort of their own home or mobile device when they are searching for businesses like yours.  

I am able to put a top quality 360 degree virtual tour of your business on Google! Customers can navigate through your business and see it as if they are really there.  


Don't be the last one to the party on this!  Call me today to talk about how we can bring this great marketing tool to your business before your competition does! 


Here's a sample of a recent shoot for Aways in Bloom Florist in Corpus Christi:


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info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) advertising always bloom business customer customers florist google in marketing new photographer photography view https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/5/google-business-view----i-am-now-your-google-trusted-independent-photographer Wed, 28 May 2014 23:08:47 GMT
Good headshots are critical for professionals! https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/2/good-headshots-are-critical-for-professionals A great headshot is essential in business.  It is, quite literally, how you present yourself to the world, and an important part of your personal brand.  


I am surprised at how many people still use “selfies” or other cringe inducing photos as their headshot.  That tells the viewer that the person really doesn’t understand marketing or that they don’t care.


Remember, the photo you use on your website or social media is frequently the first impression a potential client will have of you.  Don't let it be the last.

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/2/good-headshots-are-critical-for-professionals Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:43:32 GMT
Some thoughts about more efficiently marketing your business. https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/2/some-thoughts-about-more-efficiently-marketing-your-business  

Many of my clients use marketing to differentiate themselves from the competition, but in many cases, are not as successful as they would like.  Why?  One reason is companies in the same industry tend to look the same at first glance.  They attempt to use eye catching images to get customer's attention.  However, the effectiveness of these images fails when many within the industry use the same type of images for marketing.  You know the ones I’m talking about... a common one in the oil industry is the derrick with the dramatic sunset in the background.  I confess that I’ve done it too!  In fact, I’ve shot a lot of those very photos because people buy them.  But if you use them, understand that they are not really selling YOU, they are representing an industry.


So how can you differentiate YOURSELF from the rest? There are two things you can do immediately. 


The first is to use more video.  Video helps show off your capabilities and, according to many experts, will help increase the SEO results for your web site. As the official photographer for the East Texas, South Texas and Oklahoma City Oilfield Expos held by Texas Classic Productions, and as a participant in numerous other expos, I can say without a doubt that one of the best ways to capture someone’s attention is through the use of video. I have seen countless examples of people stopping to watch a video and then being engaged by the reps at the booth.  Why not integrate the power of video in your marketing as well?


The second step is stop using stock photos in marketing and web material.


The arguments in favor of using stock photos are compelling...they are easy to get, fast, and possibly most Importantly, cheap!  But let's think for a moment and determine if we are actually making a wise decision when using stock photos.


I found a study regarding the use of photos in web sites.  The results were intriguing, so I conducted an informal survey of my own.  Most of the consumers I surveyed disregarded the stock photos they saw on marketing material.  They realized the photos are not of the company or the people they would be doing business with and therefore the stock photos had no credibility.  In the most dramatic case, one individual actually felt the company was being deceptive by using a stock image, and lowered her opinion of the company.  


So, given this possible negative backlash, is it really a good decision to use stock photos?   


I would argue it is best to use a professional photo personalized to reflect your business, personnel, and culture.   A custom photo session will provide you images that will draw potential clients to your business, rather than potentially repel them.  Once you have caught the customer’s attention, you can describe what makes you better than the rest of your competitors.


Marketing budgets, big or small, are valuable resources, but trying to save a few dollars by using stock photos could seriously sabotage your entire effort and epitomize the old saying "Penny wise and Pound foolish!"  Go ahead and talk to a professional photographer and see what a professional shoot can do for your business.  You just might be pleasantly surprised! 


info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/2/some-thoughts-about-more-efficiently-marketing-your-business Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:03:16 GMT
Valentine's Day Glamour session special https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/1/valentines-day-glamour-session-special We've had a lot of requests for Valentine's Day glamour sessions, so we are putting together a special session on 2 February.  To celebrate Valentine' Day, we are offering the sessions at a reduced price.  Just $99 gets you the session and the first 8x10 print.  This is a savings of over $90!  Your photos will be back in time to make a great gift for that special someone!

Each session will be 1.5 hours long and you will be able to choose what style of session you want.  Whether boudoir, glamour, oilfield glamour, military glamour, or anything else, we can do it for you!  

Remember, I request you at least consider bringing an escort.  She can help you with costume changes and help me make sure there are no problems with your wardrobe.

I've had a lot of ladies do this, and they all loved it.  Now it's your turn!

Call me on 361-944-3686 to book your session!  (If the 2d fills up, we will set up another day.)


info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2014/1/valentines-day-glamour-session-special Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:10:16 GMT
Great Christmas Gift Opportunity https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/12/great-christmas-gift-opportunity Save serious cash while shopping for Christmas presents that are sure to please!


I am proud to be working with Soma in La Palmera Mall in Corpus Christi to offer special Christmas and Valentine's Day photo shoots.


I will be at Soma's "Gift Gorgeously Shopping Event" from 4-9 PM on 12 December.  Come by and purchase anything from Soma's breathtaking collection and you will immediately save $50 off the cost of your photo session and first photo (normally $99, now just $49)!


Beautiful gifts from Soma and David Olds Fotografie... Something for you and that special someone!



Photo sessions will be held on special dates in December and January.  


Glamour / Pin-up / oilfield Glamour / Military Glamour…it's your choice!  From mild to wild...we make you look good!


David Olds Fotografie…now it's your turn!

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/12/great-christmas-gift-opportunity Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:58:20 GMT
How to ruin your camera https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/11/how-to-ruin-your-camera  



I had a shoot out on the Island a couple of days ago and watched someone ruin his nice camera.  It happened so fast I was unable to stop him.


It was windy and sand was blowing around so he decided to clean some sand off the front of his lens with his shirt (which was also sandy).  All he succeeded in doing was grinding very nice scratches into his glass. Within about 5 seconds a nice lens was turned into a paper weight.


What did we learn from this?  


1. Always use a UV filter on your lens if you are in a harsh environment like the beach.  The cheap filter will get sandblasted instead of the expensive lens.


2.  Never use a kleenex or paper towel to clean your lens.  These are rough paper and could easily scratch your lens, even without the sand and grit helping.


3.  Only use a proper lens cleaning kit.  Blow off dirt, gently brush the remainder away, then use the solution and lens cleaning cloth.  


info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/11/how-to-ruin-your-camera Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:32:39 GMT
Capture your beauty...with TVV MediSpa and David Olds Fotografie! https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/capture-your-beauty-with-tvv-medispa-and-david-olds-fotografie  

I am pleased to be working with TVV MediSpa in Corpus Christi to offer you a special “Pamper Yourself” package for the holidays!


Book your package and receive a custom photo session and print as well as a selection of services from the spa.


Choose three fantastic spa services from the following options:


  • 20 units of Botox
  • Hydrafacial
  • Air Brush Tan
  • Obagi Blue Peel


Once you have pampered yourself, we will do a custom photo shoot and give you a free 5x7 photo of your choice!  The photos can be the style of your choice, from beauty, to glamour or pin-up!  Photo sessions will be on 15 and 16 November.


Be sure to check out the TVV MediSpa web page or their facebookThey are really great and you will be sure to enjoy yourself there.


This is a $500 package, but we are offering it for only $225!  How can you go wrong! 


There are a limited number of sessions available, so be sure to book yours today by calling TVV  MediSpa at (361) 994-7500.

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/capture-your-beauty-with-tvv-medispa-and-david-olds-fotografie Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:58:01 GMT
South Texas Oilfield Expo golf tournament https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/south-texas-oilfield-expo-golf-tournament DSC_0866DSC_0866 I had a great time shooting the golf tournament yesterday at Northshore Country Club.  There were a lot of really nice people and everyone had a great time despite the rainy weather.

One of the highlights was watching long drive pro Joshua Crews.  His record drive is 547 yards, which is only about 500 yard longer than my best.  

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/south-texas-oilfield-expo-golf-tournament Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:52:16 GMT
Photo Shoot at 98.3 La Cliente https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/photo-shoot-at-98-3-la-cliente
DSC_9413 DSC_9500 I just finished a shoot at 98.3 la Caliente.  It was a real pleasure as they were a lot of fun to work with.

Congratulations to Marimar and el Bagre on their upcoming first anniversary of their show!

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/photo-shoot-at-98-3-la-cliente Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:20:01 GMT
Family Foto Day at the Art Center -- get your family portraits in time for Christmas! https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/family-foto-day-at-the-art-center----get-your-family-portraits-in-time-for-christmas The Art Center of Corpus Christi and I are pleased to announce that we will be holding a "Family Photo Day" on 26 October at the Art Center.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward funding art programs sponsored by the Art Center.

This is a great opportunity to get your family photos taken in time for Christmas and support a worthy organization.

To reserve your session, call the Art Center on 361-884-6406.

All photos will be available on an "A la Carte" basis, so you are not forced to purchase pre-defined packages.  Prices start at only $30 for a 5x7 print, and there is no sitting fee!

Be sure to book your session early, as there are limited slots available!



info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/9/family-foto-day-at-the-art-center----get-your-family-portraits-in-time-for-christmas Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:09:15 GMT
South Texas Oilfield Expo https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/8/south-texas-oilfield-expo David Olds Fotografie - Half-Page - PREVIEW I'm looking forward to being the official photographer for the South Texas Oilfield Expo next month. If you are in the oil industry, this is THE place to be! It will be held on 18-19 September at the American Bank Center. I shot the East Texas Oilfield Expo last March and can say that it is a great show with great people and great vendors! Don't miss it!

info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/8/south-texas-oilfield-expo Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:27:25 GMT
PBS fundraiser donation video https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/8/pbs-special We recently gave a photo package to help the annual fundraiser auction for the Corpus and San Antonio PBS stations.  Check out the video they prepared for us:



info@davidofotos.com (David Olds Fotografie LLC) https://www.davidofotos.com/blog/2013/8/pbs-special Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:47:18 GMT