Epic Portrait

Epic Portrait

Awesome background, Awesome subject

For this shoot the objective is to have a have a perfectly lit background and subject. To do this, you under expose for the background and that will put your subject in shadow. Then, you put a speed light on the subject and it will light them very nicely. But one thing to seep in mind is that usually you want you subject to be lighter than your background. This shooting tactic is awesome because it helps gain a better understanding of light and because of that, your images look amazing.

you guys should check out Dave Black!

http://www.daveblackphotography.com/

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Awesome long exposure light Painting

Awesome long exposure light Painting

Light painting is so awesome!

For those of you who don’t know what light painting is, its where you are in a dark place and you leave your shutter open. Then you use an outside light, like a flashlight, to paint the light where you want it! This is such a cool tactic because it gives you more control over how your images will turn out. It is so easy and gives your images such an awesome look to them. Also, this tactic will work with landscape, product, portrait, macro and basically any type of photography! Working with this gives you a better understanding of light and the power of it. hopefully you can see how awesome light painting is from all of these pictures.

check out dave black photography for some seriously cool light painting! http://www.daveblackphotography.com/

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Macro Water

Macro Water

Water droplets close up and personal

I love macro shots of water! I don’t know what it is, but adding water to a macro shot makes it look magical. There are so many different ways to shoot it. The water droplets splashing in the water are my favorite. They’re my favorite because there are so many different stages of the drop in such a fast time, you can never predict what you are going to get and they turn out awesome! Getting the droplets to hang off of the stem (1st photo) is actually a difficult task. plants repel water, so getting them to stick is a miracle from Heaven. A good way to get cool looking water on plants is with a spray bottle. With that, you get a lot of miniature droplets that look super cool. Another trick while shooting macro is to always use Manual focus. If you use auto, it will  take forever.

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Macro Still Life

Macro Still Life

Up close on the Products

For this project I used a macro lens to see what I could find in the details. Macro is really cool because you are able to see every single detail, and its super cool. I thought it was incredible to see the details within the details and the shapes within the shapes. I feel like macro is the man behind the mask. It reveals the secrets behind the ordinary. A difficult part of macro is composition, because you are dealing a lot of details and its not super easy to see from far away what would look good up close. Its like a new experience composing what you want from the view finder. I have learned a ton from shooting with macro, and am now able to look at a photo and see so many different perspectives.

 

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Indoor Product Photography

Indoor Product Photography

Shooting Product Photography Inside

This was a very fun project to work on because I learned a lot about different lighting styles and had to use my creativity in a different way than usual. Finding products and trying to see what composition promotes the product the best and it still pleasing to the eye, is actually pretty difficult. It takes a whole new set of creativity to come up with product photos that look good. I never knew whether to make it super simple or make it have a lot of different aspects, so I did both. for the febreze product I wanted to get the product and the aspects of my product through out the whole image instead of focusing on just one part of the product. which is what I did for the telephone booth. I wanted to just focus on the telephone booth so I put it in the light box so that there would be no other distractions. As for the cards product and the succulents and binoculars, I wanted to do a combination of simple and yet putting different aspects into the picture. It is simple but still has different things to focus on.

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Products in the freezing tundra

Products in the freezing tundra

Food and Product shot in the Frozen Tundra

For this shoot I had to get creative with using my resources. I had to shoot food and products outside, which does not provide much room for diversity. So, for the Triscuits I wanted to make the illusion of just having them on a white background, instead of making them look like they are in snow. And it worked! I love the simplicity, and the snow was actually very useful because I could use it to put the box and triscuits at an angle. As for the Jarritos, I wanted to use a different angle on cold beverages. It was more of a pun, because its a beverage in the cold. And the Hot cocoa is kind of self-explained, its cold outside so I put gloves to imply its cold, along with the fact that its in snow. Then I put the mug next to it with #love so that you want to drink it.

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