My final project will be loosely based on Goldilocks and Three Bears. I’m planning on using six shots as Goldilocks trial and error with chairs and porridge. I may switch up the porridge with another food or drink option. The first two photos will be Goldilocks prancing about in the Forest and stumbling upon the bears’ home. The last two will be a of the bears coming home to Goldilocks sleeping their bed and her jumping out the window to escape.
In class this week we worked with various photography lighting styles. The six we focused on were: broad (top left), split (top right), short (second on the right), broad Rembrandt (third on the right), Rembrandt (bottom left), and oop (bottom right). I was able to understand most of the lighting concepts but struggled to get the physical light in position (I suppose that’s the most difficult part, ha). I found it easiest to obtain Rembrandt as well as loop. I found the short lighting to be the most challenging. Overall, it was fun to experiment and see how long people in the class would sit still with a hot, glaring light on them. 🙂
This past week in class we learned about high and low key lighting techniques in photography. Using the black background and black cover for the table I really wanted to try to get the highlighting effect from the video. Especially since we were using a vase in our still. I think I was able to create a similar effect and mood. The photo with low key lighting has little to no editing done to it.
For the high key lighting, I wanted a simple and clean composition with the apple and camera in the still. The high key lighting shots were my favorite since they came out so clean and bright. I especially like the clean reflection on the table. I also used some of the brush techniques we were shown in Lightroom. I was able to bump the clarity of the reflections as well as retouch a weird spot that showed up in the picture. I just wish there were no shadows!!
The images above were taken using an off-camera flash as well as ambient lighting from the scene. The most challenging part was trying to get both the subject AND the background using the flash. Once we got the hang of making sure the camera’s settings were correct BEFORE we adjusted settings on the flash, I think we were able to get some cool pictures.
**Pictures coming Wednesday**
For this class shoot, we started working with long exposures. The duration of the shutter is longer than usual which caught the light from the cars passing by. It was really fun trying out different places to catch the light movements and see how they turn out. I learned the key to the long exposures is patience and it’s definitely worth trying out a shot multiple times to make any slight adjustments. Another interesting part was learning how to overlap the same image in Photoshop to create layers of different light movements. I posted one of the results of the Photoshop image above.
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Photoville this past weekend! There were SO many different photo projects and organizations representing different issues, I easily spent 2 hrs at this exhibition (not to mention the perfect weather on Saturday). I know apart of this post should be a critique to some of the photographers but who am I to judge these wonderful pictures that were selected to be apart of the exhibition for a reason! So here is my praise for some that stood out the most:
The first that I’d like to mention was by the Intergalatic Travel Bureau, they weren’t your traditional photographs but images taken of space (different planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, etc). I’m a sucker for a good galaxy pic but their container set up was by far one of the most fun and engaging. The people working the container were dressed as flight attendants and played the role of travel agents pretending to book trips for people to different planets and moons (at the very low low cost $1.8 million??). It was quite entertaining.
The second and my personal favorite was a container that was filled and set up with images and police evidence/documents from car crash that happened in Brooklyn. The artist (didn’t get this containers info) did her own investigating of this abandoned cracked car outside of a police station. Apparently the driver of the car had been killed in the accident and the investigation is still going on. She had different photos of the surrounding neighborhood (one is posted above). That specific photo has a grimey, trouble is lingering ahead feel to it and definitely captured the dark tone she was trying to set with her investigation.