Sunday, March 28, 2010

More examples

Digital Photography School had this on a post last week, it may be inspirational for you as well:
(They referenced this site).

Forrester Rocks At Night - by brentbat
This is a fun technique to try out at night and is an ideal way of adding light to the scene to enhance a particular immobile object, such as a tree, rock face, bench etc.  Position your camera on a tripod and ramp up the ISO to around 400. Dial in a shutter speed of 15-20 seconds and to avoid camera jog, use the self timer to activate the shutter. During the release, light your subject with a beam of light from a torch and ‘paint’ with the light to ensure the entire object has been covered.

Night Photography

Start by playing with your shutter, and keep it open as long as you possibly can. (look it up if you aren't sure how to use it).
A tripod is going to be your bff for this assessment. We will look at these when you come home from break- here is an example:
Fire Island - by sebastien.b
Light graffiti is everywhere at the moment and is a fantastic to way to get creative with light trails at night. Set up your camera on a tripod, with ISO of between 400-800. During the exposure you’ll want to ‘draw’ an image or word with a beam of light such as glow stick, torch or sparkler for example.
Dial in an exposure long enough for you to complete the word or image, and start the release with the self-timer. Get in front of the lens and start drawing. To finish the image hold the torch steady and turn it off, then move out of the frame. Check the LCD for results and amend the shutter speed as required. It’s advisable to wear black so you do not show up within the photo and remember to move quickly or you’ll be captured within the scene. Coloured gels or coloured plastic sweet wrappers can be taped over the end of the torch to add a variation of colour.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekend Assign: Enviromental Portrait

An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject's usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings.
Spend time getting to know your subject
Before you select a location and start shooting, spend some time getting to know your subject. Find out where they spend their time, what the rhythm of their life is like and observing their personality. Out of this you’ll not only find appropriate locations but will begin to get a feel for the style of shots that might be appropriate and you’ll begin the process of helping your subject relax into the photo shoot. If possible it might even be helpful to accompany your subject to some possible locations to see both how they look but also how your subject behaves and interacts

Sometimes a location chooses you (it’s easy) but on other occasions you need to be quite deliberate and purposeful in making your choice (and it can take a lot of searching).
When choosing your environment you ideally want to get one that says something about your subject – after all that’s what this style of photography is all about.
The environment that you place your subject in needs to provide context and interest without overwhelming the subject. Sometimes the location can dominate the image so much that it distracts your viewer away from your main focal point (the subject).
Try to avoid cluttered backgrounds (and foregrounds), colors that are too bright etc. Keep in mind that you might be able to decrease the distractions with clever use of cropping, depth of field and subject placement

Larry Sultan
Arnold Newman
Tina Barney

Monday, March 15, 2010


This week, you will be working on portraits and Holga.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lomo photo

The digital photography class is doing a lomo photo. I thought you guys may be interested in doing something like that (or at least learning the technique). Click here to do the tutorial.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Holga (cont'd)

Almost forgot to tell you that your Holga can take multiple images in a frame. Here is one Cody did last year.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Assessment for 3/4/10

You will be doing a holga photograph over the next couple of weeks. So, some of you may be getting the camera this weekend.
Your only other assignment is to do 2 digital photographs. Portrait to represent "moods".

Ready. Set. Go.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For Sarah

Here is the post that we were talking about in class.