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Magazine Project Mockup

While the magazine is being printed, I created a mockup of what the cover and what the first couple of pages will look like.

The Lesser Light To Rule The Night magazine is being printed right now. So in the meantime, I created a mockup of the cover and of the first couple of pages to show what it will look like. I am so pleased with how it turned out. It looks amazing. I ended up with the magazine and the twelve images in the magazine. I am happy with how all twelve of the photos turned out.

Nicholas Ledbetter Magazine Mockup Cover Nicholas Ledbetter Magazine Mockup Pages

If you aren’t familiar with who I am, my name is Nick, I’m a photography, and I am a very soon to be graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho. This project is part of a final project for my professional photography class at BYU-Idaho. My goal for the project was to capture awesome astrophotography and light painting astrophotography photos and to use them to design a magazine article. I printed the magazine at a local print shop, it looks amazing.

Highlights from the Blog Posts

Here are a few of the highlights from the two blog posts I did of the Astrophotography. You can see the Light Painting post and Astrophotography post by clicking on these links.

Light Painting Astrophotography

Incredible Astrophotography

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The Written Plan

Here is the Personal Style Project plan I had created for this project. I knew I always wanted to do Astrophotography like these that my photography mentor and class teacher took. When it came time to pick a project for this Personal Style Project, I thought this would be a great thing to do. I originally proposed just astrophotography but I added light painting and creating a magazine to it upon my teachers recommendation. I had planned to also do a large print of one of the best images but decided to cut this since the magazine design and print was such a big project.

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To see more about creating a personal style photography project, check out this article from Digital-Photography-School.com.

If you are interested in talking with me or want to send me a message, feel free to contact me using the form on my Contact page or using the other contact channels.

Incredible Astrophotography

If you were to tell me a few months ago that I would have captures beautiful photos of incredible astrophotography, I wouldn’t have believed it.

I went up to Craters of the Moon National Park and took photos of incredible astrophotography. These photos of the milky way with the tens of thousands of stars I could see are both inspiring and breath-taking. I couldn’t believe how amazing and beautiful the night sky was at Craters of the Moon.

Craters of the Moon is one of the best places in the world for astrophotography, and the best in Idaho. There, the cloud coverage is minimal if any and the light pollution from nearby towns and cities is almost non-existent since the closest city is almost 100 miles away. I drove about 2 hours to get there, and it was worth it.

I took these photos as part of a project for my Comm 316 Professional Imaging class at Brigham Young University Idaho. My personal Style Project was taking astrophotography and light painting astrophotography and printing a 14 page magazine to showcase the photos. I will post about the magazine later this week.

These photos are breathtaking reminders of the vastness of the universe and the awe inspiring beauty of it.

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If you liked this article and want to see or know more about astrophotography, check out this article by Sky of the Night Magazine.

Light Painting Astrophotography in Idaho

I went to Craters of the Moon and took amazing light painting astrophotography.

Light Painting Astrophotography is a really fun form of photography and if done well and at the right location on the day day at the right time with the right conditions, you come back with some really awesome photos.

I went to Craters of the Moon National Park in Central Idaho because I read that it is the best place in Idaho for Astrophotography and one of the best places international for it. I think they rank that based on cloud coverage, light pollution, visibility of the milky way on a clear night. I went on the night of July 9th and was out from about 11pm until about 4am the next day. This was an incredible experience for me.

I chose to do this for my personal style project in a professional photography class I am taking at Brigham Young University Idaho. I wanted to try Astrophotography for a long time so I thought, if the conditions are right, I will do it for the class personal project.

These pictures show the vastness of the universe in an unparalleled way. The milky way is truly a gorgeous sight to behold. Light painting objects around create a wonderful sense of perspective and of a virtual experience.

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If you want to see more how to do astrophotography or to just look at cool photos of it, check out this article by Sky at Night Magazine.

COMM 316 Best Photos

Portfolio Post of some of my best photos from COMM 316 Professional Photography at BYU-I

This is a post of my COMM 316 Best Photos. The past four months, during my last semester at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I have been taking a class on Professional Photography. It has been both inspiring and enlightening to take this class and learn amazing photography techniques and skills from amazing photographers teaching the class and from students in the class.

Another part of the class that has really been beneficial was to try to figure out what my personal style is and how this will be used going forward, as a career or as a side gig, or just as a hobby. At this point, I have no plans for the photography talent I have gained other than to use as a hobby, to take some cool photos of me and my family and while I am out and about in nature or in other environments of life. There’s a possibility that I could find a way to use it as a side gig, but for now I am going to focus on my career in Television Broadcast Technical Operations(in my position in Master Control) and on my budding family and newborn daughter.

Here are some of the best photos I’ve taken during this class.

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Architecture Riverfront Retreat

Stunning Photography of Architecture at the Riverfront Retreat in Island Park, Idaho.

For this project, I took architecture photos of the Riverfront Retreat in Island Park, Idaho. This is an amazing cabin to photograph and to stay in. It is situated right along the river and makes for a wonderful stay. The owner rents out part of the house(some of these photos are front the AirBNB rooms.

This cabin boasts large living rooms, dining rooms, and outdoor gathering areas. With the Buffalo River flowing right along the property, the views are astonishing. From within the house, you might wake up to see a deer, elk, or moose grazing on the grass outside. The architecture riverfront retreat has to offer makes any stay or event here something to remember.

To find out how you can stay at the Riverfront Retreat in Island Park, and enjoy the amazing scenery and architecture that this cabin has to offer, visit https://riverfrontretreat.net/.

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To check out more amazing riverfront architecture, take a look at this Pinterest Board.

Phone Photography Tricks

Learn the Phone Photography tricks and tips I learned at Yellowstone National Park

Phones have been a useful tool since they were first invented, but today, they are much more than a miraculous way to talk over distances. The phones we have today, like the iPhone 12 I used to take these photos, can be used to watch movies, talk to people on the other side of the world with video conferencing, perform complex processing and calculations, record high definition video, and take amazing photos. Check out these awesome and easy tips for taking great phone photography.

There are a lot of tricks and tips to get great photos with phones. Recently, phone operating systems like iOS have added really advanced featured. This is a panorama photo of a lake in Yellowstone National Park with a great reflection of the mountain. These are really easy to take and create a nice wide angle.

Nicholas Ledbetter Phone Photography Panorama

This is a trick called lens compression. If you stand back and use your figures to zoom in, the background(in this case the mountain) becomes bigger. This makes for great looking photos.

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This is a trick to blur motion. This is a river in Yellowstone. Taking a regular photo is nice, but you can do better. By taking a live photo(and trying to hold still) you can change it to a long exposure photo of the river, smoothing the water for a cool effect. This is an iPhone hack for taking a long exposure photo with a fancy camera.

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This is another cool feature the iPhone has. By switching the phone camera into portrait mode, you force the camera to have a low aperture, giving the photo a shallow depth of field. This makes the camera focus on the subject and blur the background for a really cool effect.

Nicholas Ledbetter Phone Photography Portrait Mode

For more tips on phone photography, check out these tips from ExpertPhotography.com.

Themed Fashion Photography Accessories

Doing a Themed Fashion Photography Accessories photoshoot.

Taking fashion photography is really fun. Part of it that some people may overlook is taking photos of the accessories, not just the models. Often there are a lot of accessories that the models have that can be photographed separately or on the models but making the accessory the subject.  Here, I will show you photos from my themed fashion photography accessories photoshoot.

These photos were taken at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho.

This is a bouquet of flowers that the bride was using(see my post about Themed Venue Women Fashion Photography)

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Bouquet

This is the guitar that one of the men was using to model with.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Guitar

These are the ballerina shows that one of the women models was using.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Ballerina Shoes

These are hand weights that the fitness models were using.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Weights

This is one of the shoes that the groom was modeling.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Shoes

This is the bouquet that the bride was using, she is holding it up to her face.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Bride with Bouquet

This is another photo of the bouquet but it also has the rings laying on a red rose.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Flowers with rings

This is the buttons on the sleeve of the arm of the suit that the groom was wearing to model.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography suit

For more information on what props to have for fashion photography to use as accessories, check out this article.

 

Taking architecture photos of The Venue in Rigby, Idaho.

These photos are architecture photos of The Venue. This one shows the sign on the outside of the building.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Outside sign The Venue Rigby

This photo show some of the lighting inside The Venue, where we had this themed venue fashion photography photoshoot.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Accessories Photography Lighting The Venue Rigby

This is a photo of the ballroom dance floor at The Venue, with the warm lights creating a nice mood for a wedding, party, or photoshoot. This was taken after we had cleaned up and got all our equipment out.

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Themed Venue Couple Fashion Photography

Taking themed venue couple fashion photography was an amazing experience.

Recently, I did a photoshoot with some friends where I took photos of themed venue couple fashion photography. This was a really fun experience and I learned a lot about taking portrait photos and how to pose them for the photo you have in mind. At this photoshoot, there was a couple modeling as a bride and groom and a couple modeling as a couple working out and doing fitness. They were both great models to work with.

In taking these photos, we used various lighting and natural lighting to get the perfect tone and perfect combination of light to make our models look beautiful.

The models asked that I reference their Instagram accounts here.

Bride and Groom @mariahhhwilliams @kayl.mw

Florals: @focal_floral

Taylor and Bryant Sargent @fitness823

These photos were taken at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho.

These three photos are of the bride and groom models.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Couples Fashion Photography Happy Bride

This photo is of the rings on the hands of the bride and groom. The background was blurred by taking the photo with a low aperture, creating a shallow depth of field.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Couples Fashion Photography Bride and Groom Showing Rings

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Couples Fashion Photography Dipping the Bride

This photo is of the fitness couple model.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Couples Fashion Photography Fitness Couple Kissing

 

If you liked these high fashion couple photos, you should check out this article.

 

 

Themed Venue Women Fashion Photography

Doing a themed venue women fashion photography shoot was an amazing experience with these amazing models.

I recently did a themed venue women fashion photography photoshoot with amazing models. These photos are of the women models. Some of them were modeling fitness clothing and gear, some of them modeling ballerina clothing and actions, some of them were modeling high fashion or a wedding dress.

The models asked that I included their Instagram accounts with this post:

Makeup Artist for three models – @kstolworthy

Hairstylist for three models – @paulina.hall.52

Hannah (grey dress) – @hannahshippen

Taylor (blue jumpsuit) – @taykayrob

Kaitlynne (fur coat) – @kkait.maee

For the florist and the Bride

Bride and Groom @mariahhhwilliams

Florals: @focal_floral

For the ballerina and dancer:

Lilly: @littlelillyjane

Jayleih: @jayleihdodge

For the fitness model

Taylor Sargent @fitness823

These photos were taken at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho.

This photo is of Hannah modeling a gray dress with a red flower in her hair and red makeup.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Red Makeup

This photo is of Taylor modeling a blue dress with blue makeup.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Blue Makeup

These photos are of Mariah modeling a wedding dress and beautiful earrings.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Bride

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Bride Earrings

This photo is of Lily modeling as a ballerina.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Ballerina

This photo is of Jaylei modeling as a ballerina.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Dancer

This photo is of Kaitlynne modeling a fur coat with a rose in her mouth.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Fur with Rose

This photo is of Kaitlynne modeling a fur coat, high fashion modelling.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Fur

These photos are of Taylor modeling as woman working out and doing fitness.

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Lifting Weights

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Venue Fashion Women Photography Chain

 

If you are interested in themed venue women fashion photography, you should check out this article by PartySlate.com.

 

Themed Venue Men Fashion Photography

Great Shots from my themed venue men fashion photography shoot.

 

I recently did a photoshoot with fashion models at a venue near my city. The models look great and the venue was amazing, but that didn’t mean I would automatically get great photos. I had to get creative, try new angles, use lights to make something extraordinary, and pose the models in creative ways. This article will feature some of my best photos from my themed venue men fashion photography shoot.

These photos consist of three different models from the themed venue men fashion photography shoot. They are Groom, Guy working out, and Guy playing guitar.

When I did this photo shoot, we used various kinds of lighting and angels, in addition to the natural light.

These photos were taken at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho

The models asked for their instagram accounts to be posted with their photos:

Guy Working Out – Bryant Sargent @fitness823

Groom Kayl Williams @kayl.mw

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Groom Smiling

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Groom

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Weight Lifting

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Side Lifting

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Lifting Weights

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Lifting Chain

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Weight and Chain

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Strong Man

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Working Out

 

Nicholas Ledbetter Themed Fashion Men Photography Guitar

If you would like to read more about successful photoshoots, you should check out this article by Format Magazine.

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