Author Archives: John Bhatia


For my final I decided to photograph in a park that I have never been. This was a daunting challenge at first, I didn’t know where the interesting spots were, I didn’t know what routes to. But the shots came out interesting, My idea behind all 3 shoots were to express how beautiful the park on Staten island are. I know the 3-day shoot was a success all of the photos came out bright and had vibrant colors.   I did receive a small injury whilst photographing, a thin but long cut in my left thumb, I did however use this to my advantage and captured the wound in vibrant colors.


Portraits were difficult for me to complete. I am sort of self-conscience about my physical appearance so even though I didn’t take any of me most of the shoots were of the objects that symbolized me or that could relate to my personality. I mainly shoot outside because the light was very diffused and was not too hard or soft, plus it was a nice day.

MidTerm Happy

The Happy photos came out so nice. I took my setup out side in on a bright sunny day, so I had the intense sun to assist me in a happy look. Ikept my fstop medium I either shot 7.1 or below. The Sun also gave the chain a nice bling or shine which only enhanced the look of being happy.

MidTerm Sad

The midterm was the smoothest. The sad shots were very sad. I choose to photograph a old religious gold chain. And I choice to use a simple method shoot in a dark environment with a iso at 1600 and be very close to the object. Since I used a chain the other method I used was to scramble up the chain. It was very effective for most of the shots, along with that I took most of them into postproduction and gave them a more harsh of a look

Buy Me!

The Buy me shoot was a unique one. I choose to shoot a cologne bottle Calvin Klein Shock. And the reason it was unique was because there is one shot that looks very promising as an actual ad. I really want to re-shoot that one and get it perfect, angle clean bottle, the perfect reflection, and lighting so I can send it to CK because I think It Is worthy enough to.


The childhood photos were my second favorite shoot. I had some real fun taking fake plastic faces and giving the emotion. I give a doll a cigarette I put two doll lying together in a sad lighting situation with their hands touching, I gave the dolls a modeling shoot and made some look glamour with them full of bright light. My favorite and I some of the classmates liked also was the photo also was called; “What happened last night” I have the dolls some bright light and that caused them to have harsh shadows along with that the expression I gave them made them appear as if they were hungover.

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose.

The Rose shoot was one of my favorites. I choose to shoot with a fake rose that had a small bear holding it. The reason it was my favorite was because I shot either very dark or very bright; my ISO was no more than 800 when I was shooting in the dark and at a low Fstop. And when shooting with a much brighter light source I shot at 400 ISO at 5.6 FStop. I also shot with the light in different places; the most interesting place I placed the light was below the foam core, by doing that the light gave sort of a halo to the rose and changed the mood.


For the shoe shoot I decided to use my leather wingtip boot. I placed it on a few pieces of wooden floor tiles with a painted finish. i only moved the shoe five times, the light I moved much more. The most interesting shots were the few where the light was placed behind the shoe and the boot was in a back lite environment.  It was so much of an ominous feel. The second best shots were when I had the light placed below the front of the shoe, the feel of that was mysterious.

DIY Studio

My DIY home studio was in my opinion the most makeshift a home studio could get. The only material is used were a stool that was roughly 3 feet tall, four pieces of foam core, two black and two white, rectangular hardwood floor tiles which I had applied a finish to them, and a tube fluorescent light, tape and push pins. I would put a white or black piece of foam core on the stool depending on the projects look; then I would put another piece at the back of the first at a perpendicular angle soi could clean the background, they stood perfectly because I used push pins. Following that I would hang the fluorescent light in certain places around the object to get the lighting effect I needed.

This was a good setup because it was sort of portable, in a few shots I moved into my living room at night where I had no light except the fluorescent, which I consider my key light. In other shoots I placed the setup near my couch where I had a window and could use a little bit of natural light.  The wooden floor tiles came in pretty handy when I did the shoe photo project. I placed a few tiles on the foam core then put the shoe on the tiles and I used a leather wingtip so the combination was perfect.