On an earlier post to my blog, I added photos of my sister I did for a maternity photo shoot. Well the time has arrived and I am the lucky Aunt to Logan Wyatt Judd. As a photographer, it was only a matter of time before I had to photograph the precious boy.
A few weeks ago, we were asked to shoot several models in the studio. We had to make several key decisions from the lighting and sets, to their hair and wardrobe. I shot everything from simple portraits to high-fashion. We were also asked to shoot a model and incorporate motion. For this, I styled my model and then used a scarf to incorporate the motion.
As a photographer, it’s all about your style. My style is generally bright, cheerful, and romantic. In studio portraiture, I can really take this to the extremes. In class we set up some bright seamless sets and worked on our studio portraiture. I shot portraits of my classmates and friends, keeping things lighthearted and fun.
One of this weeks tasks was to shoot a bag of chips. I decided to go with a Cracker Jack bag. The problem with shooting these reflective bags is that light is reflected somewhere on the bag, no matter where it is placed. One technique to avoid this is to shoot the bag several times, moving the light from one side to the other. You then take those photos and blend them together in Photoshop while masking away any of the light reflections. With the camera on a tripod and the light at a relatively consistent distance from the product, the post on this was no hassle.
I always feel like I could use more practice, especially in the studio. I have only learned studio shooting in the last couple of months and am always looking for any chance to practice. Liz, another photographer in my class, feels the same way. We stayed after school one day and shot makeup. I was going for vibrant eyeshadow colors with my focus being on the texture.
In continuation of our graphic designer collaboration, we were asked to photograph the cd artwork for a high school summer camp group taking graphic design classes. I shot for a young man named Josh who was designing a Black Eyed Peas Album. These are the files I gave Josh to work with. I really enjoyed the challenge of photographing the lightbulb. As with all glass/transmissive objects, it was lit from behind. However, as the top is rounded, I had to cut a black piece of construction paper to follow the line. Otherwise, the outline would not have followed the entire bulb or have been even all the way around. Below is the undeveloped raw file that shows all that was used to get the lightbulb photographed. The electric light globe was a simple shot, but fun all the same. I adjusted my shutter speed several times, as I got a different look at each separate speed.
As an assessment of our product studio skills, the photographers were assigned to graphic designers and we had to photograph for their ad posters. My designer, Annabelle McLean, was doing an ad for ski boots. She wanted to shoot them with skis in the snow. As ice/snow is very difficult to shoot in a studio because it will melt under the lights within seconds, we had to improvise. Annabelle went to a dollar store and bought a styrofoam ice chest. Because she had brought a blender for the ice we were no longer using, she was able to blend chunks of the ice chest to create snow. It turned out perfectly and was a very entertaining shoot. As this shoot was for a triptyc of ad posters, we needed three separate shots. These are the rough shots that were given to the graphic designer without any post done to them.
As a treat for us photographers, we were taught how to shoot water splashes. It combined our lighting and transmissive instruction with the added benefit of being loads of fun. We added dyed water to a martini glass. While one person dropped a piece of fruit into the glass, the photographer had to time the shot to catch a good splash. I did this on both a black and white background.
I am very interested in food photography. I love the attention to detail as well as the atmospheres that must be created around the dishes. We were asked to bring in food, arrange the dish, make a full set and light it. The key to food shots is shallow depth of field and lighting from behind. I brought in a dessert and arranged it on a white plate. After hanging a curtain, grabbing some branches from outside, and getting my set exactly how I wanted it, I came away with a photograph I am very happy with.
In the industry, camera porn are photographs of cameras that make photographers feel they must have them. Camera porn are essentially pictures to sell cameras. We were asked to shoot each other’s camera’s in my photography class. The goal is to light the cameras in a way to hint at the details without showing too much. A “sexy” camera shot. As I am the only one with a Nikon, my photograph is of a Canon.