Seeing Light

The first thing that we were told in class when we first started the class was to train our eyes to see light. Seeing involves more than just really knowing it’s there, but also recognizing the quality, the quantity and the direction, and how it affects the subject.

paper_artThe image above was shot through a glass case, the light coming in on the right was warm and beautiful and depicts light coming through a window (light source is actually a fluorescent bulb). It created soft shadows which gave the image that three-dimensional look.

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A Little Bit of Macro

I’ve been feeling really good about my images lately. It has given me a boost to want to create more. Here’s a few that I’ve done over the weekend. All shot with available light with a single reflector for fill.

yellow roseI was getting an underexposed reading on the inside of the flower, and boosting it up would render the rest overexposed, so I used a reflector to fill the shadows a little.

fernAh, the fern. I struggled with this one a bit. I knew I wanted a much darker ambiance to wrap the whole image. This took a little bit of time to accomplish.  I had to shoot from different angles to get the image that I had in mind. In the end, I found that shooting above eye level yielded the best result. I used the silver side of my reflector to add some fill on the tip of the fern.

I ended up with a memory card full of images, but I had to be ruthless and keep only the best ones. That is another thing I’ve learned, to not be afraid to delete the ones that were simply ok. After all, I am trying to produce great images. It’ll probably take some time before I can completely adopt that mentality, but I’ll get there. One day at a time.

 

 

Shooting Still Life

Somehow my blog is getting neglected these days, but rest assured everyone that I have not stopped creating images. I’ve just been having a hard time juggling work and school.

peppersSchool is going really well though. I’m really glad I jumped into the program. I feel that I have a much better understanding of how to create a better and stronger photograph. School has made me more aware of the most important element of photography. Light. We’ve played around with flood lights in the studio last week and it’s been fun. We’ve shot portraits, still life and everything else in between. It’s been such an amazing learning experience so far, and I cannot wait to learn more…

applesBoth images above were shot at the studio, with seamless background and controlled lighting. It’s crazy how much an uncluttered background helps put the focus of an image to where it should be. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to keep going, and to hopefully come out a much better, more conscious photographer.

 

 

Shallow DOF

Playing with shallow DOF this week. It was a good time to take out the old Macro lens and start photographing things around the house, something I have  not done in a while.

DucatiMy nephew’s treasure chest contained more than enough stuff for inspiration. Both images were shot wide open (f2.8). For this assignment, we  aren’t allowed to use any  light other than whatever is available, in this case, natural light streaming through the window (camera right).

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It will probably be a while until I am completely adjusted with my schedule. Work and school have been keeping me busy lately. I must say though, I really am enjoying being a student again. I survived the first week, so far so good. Introduction has been quite a tease and a little bit of an eye opener. I knew that the program isn’t going to be a piece of cake, but I am now realizing how taxing it is going to be, schedule-wise, especially as the semester progresses.

I have not had a chance to go out and shoot since the semester started. Yesterday was an exception, but that was for a paying client. Homework will be introduced this week, most of them will be a “shooting” assignment. That’ll give me a fresh content for the blog, and hopefully will show what I have learned so far. Today’s image is one that I took before school started. Lightroom has been my favorite post processing tool for as long as I can remember. With the addition of the Radial Filter in LR5, I find myself loving it even more. That is exactly what I did on this image. I added a localized enhancement on the center of the ring as I wanted the viewers to really focus on the details. I am hoping this is enough to keep you amused for now, or at least something to remind you that I am still here :)

Happy Monday, everyone!