Our second to last weekly had to capture America in one picture since it took place over the weekend of the 4th of the July. I went camping with one of my good friends and unfortunately there wasn't a huge display of fireworks so I couldn't get the typical shot for my project. So I found a stranger near my campsite that was wearing cool American flag sunglasses and I instantly knew what I was gonna get my picture of. I got some sparklers, she lit a cigarette and put on her glasses and there it was--my picture! I messed around with my two flashes, that were off camera (like that usually are) and finally got a good shot with good exposure and with a good moment.
Among the weekly assignments we get in my small format class we are also assigned majors which have a longer deadline and require more work than a weekly. There are five majors in this semester and we recently just submitted our first one: on location portrait. The purpose of this major was to capture someone in their environment while so having their "sound" in the image as well. It took me a while to get there but I instantly thought of a nearby meinceke car place in Greensboro that would be perfect. The owners of the place were amazing and let me photograph them in their busy, cluttered and thankfully noisey garage. I really liked how the photographs turned out and enjoyed working in this type of environment.
Here's to another weekly assignment in my small format class. Thankfully, this week wasn't so hard to get. The goal was to get "bokeh" in your image. Bokeh is easily defined as the blurry circles in an image, when the background is blurred out and whatever is in focus stands out more. As a portrait photographer, bokeh almost comes naturally in many photos because many clients want that in their image. I had a former model/client of mine, Brooke, model for me in this assignment. I also had a lighting kit from my school which was an umbrella light stand. I've never used an umbrella flash before outdoors and was very pleased with what I got--definitely going to invest in one of those very soon!
Here's to another weekly assignment we had for our small format class! However this one I decided to put more effort into and make it my own, instead of taking simple and easy shots. Since I have a liking for fashion shots, especially ones that are edgy, I thought this assignment provided me with the best opportunity to produce something that went along the lines of my own style as a photographer. I am so thankful for these two girls, Ashley and Sydney, who dressed up and spent 2 hours with me at UNCG at night shooting for this assignment. We all so much fun and I got some pretty awesome shots. I had two flashes set up for these pictures, one behind the models and one at an angle facing them.