Assignment 2 - Natural Light
Becca Del Rey
This is my sister in my parent’s backyard during a visit home on a hot September summer afternoon. My assistant helped with the fill card for the shadier parts and also used it as a shade for the sunny parts that landed on my subject’s hair/face or sometimes blocked the glare that came up behind my subject.
I like her profile in the first portrait but I got carried away with shallow depth of field that I forgot to compensate for the better view on the camera screen versus the desktop in post production!
In contrast, the grain and slight out of focus gave off a warm filmy look. She is a great subject I was content with her comfortable positioning in most frames.
Lesson learned: Be careful with my aperture
extra credit. post two of 2.
By: Jessica Brohier
extra credit. post one of 2.
What is Editorial Photography?
I’ve seen mention of this type of photography on the few Instagram photographers I follow. So what is it? Editorial Photography are the images you see in magazines that are not ads, or the photos that are paired with articles. Editorial work pays less than commercial work but is extremely beneficial to a portfolio and gives the photographer more creative freedom.
I explored this photography market through the work of John Kingston, one of the Instagram photographers I’ve seen grow over the last few months. It’s inspiring to see his editorial work have commercial potential, or how each shot and blog entry builds more of his photographic character and style. This market expands experience and opens doors for bigger projects and ultimately those commercial jobs. The additional work editorial turns up for a photographer sometimes pays so well that it provides a photographer travel, Kingston is all over the place always executing something while on the road. I find more and more of his recent work always better looking than his last. The sharpness and saturation of the product’s essence is felt in photos like those above for example.
week two. post 3.
By: Angelo Vazquez the other night while climbing rooftops. I slept most of the next day recharging from the multiple adrenaline rushes and highs experienced but it could not have been more worth it.
week two. post 2.
This is Katie at Bluff Park in Long Beach, CA, June 2012. Reviewing old photos is nice not only to reminisce but to look back at my progress, see how I shoot now compared to then. I still love everything about her in this. I had very little knowledge of the use of fill cards so I remember one was not used. Here I caught her in mid-conversation, as I do often. She is a great subject and if she was not so far I’d call her up to let me snap another of her fabulous hair and personality as always reflected in her photos.
I feel what is easy about capturing her is our long and deep friendship, even through the distance and all. I feel more natural and comfortable myself when I am familiar or at least comfortable with my subjects as I am with Katie. I think it’s important to be able to relate with your subject so that every body is at ease. The entire vibe, tone or feeling is influenced by good chemistry between those in front and behind the camera.
week two. post 1.
Inspiration for our upcoming Assignment 2 - Natural Light. I like when there is somewhat of a self-portrait within a portrait like in this photo. Tonight we talked about harsh or direct light like such and how it works sometimes rather than the often-preferred morning or soft setting light.
Assignment 1 - Actor’s Headshot
week one. post 3.
Here is a photo in a natural place, a memorial place to remember loved ones with. I like the way Chuck Lang and his subject interact with the soft light, no apparent fill card to her left but the shadows are comforting in a melancholy place like this and it matches the overcast tone of the weather.
week one. post 2.
“Bokeh" is a term I recently picked up on. I initially learned about the term in a classroom discussion about depth of field (DOF), this being a shallow DOF effect.
Paired with this beautiful style is a rule bent; that of including shade in an otherwise bright exposure without losing subject-detail. It could have been that Vazquez was under the shade with his subject and the exceptionally fast shutter speed compensates for blown out patches
In the editing process a personal preference would have been to dodge the subject in Photoshop in case I needed to lighten her up as well as burn in over-exposed bits. But in a conversation with the photographer I learned his personal choice to process his work is Lightroom. There are presets or digital “films” adapted for this program that add a photo filter without losing quality integrity that he could have possibly used. In the PS world this could have also been manually achieved through layers with lowered color opacities, and also more presets. A new challenge is to familiarize myself with LR, a known choice of other photographers for their editing. My background includes a long history with PS since CS1 was around and the web was still mostly written by html before it was mostly flash. So far, LR is fun, and although it’s within the Adobe family it comes with a whole new dashboard of functions to play with.