For this assignment in my portrait class we were allowed to shoot whomever we wanted in the portrait studio and the guidelines weren't as strict this time. We had to a head and shoulders pose, 3/4ths and a full body and then two poses of whatever we wanted. I was very excited about this assignment because I like having more room to be creative in the studio. Caitlin, a first year, was my model for this shoot and I'm so happy that I picked her to my model because we got along so well! She is so beautiful and I had so much fun with her and trying new things. I used a main light, which was being moved constantly, a hair and a background light.
I'm starting to fall in love with shooting metal and glass in the studio for my product lighting class. The techniques used to light these objects in the studio are very interesting and fun to do. For instance, when lighting glass it's important to know that glass sees everything and reflects everything. So, how do you fix that? Glass also bends and refracts light when it hits it, so you have to compensate for that as well. Setting up the studio for these projects are half the fun for me because I like creating and building set ups for a shoot. Product lighting is not my forte but I am very much enjoying it.
For my product lighting class we had to take images in the studio of glasses with colored water in them, we had to do an image that displayed cool colors, warm colors, neutral colors and rich colors. It was fun to be back shooting in the studio again and also to be using colored gels that go onto the hot lights to help us create better images using color. Shooting products and doing commercial stuff is not my strong suit so I made sure to put more effort into this assignment as I would for a portrait. I was in the studio for a good 5 hours before I had all the images I needed and was satisfied with my work. These are some of the images that I turned in for the assignment.
For a lab in our small format class we had to shoot getting a custom white balance on our cameras. This meant using either using the beloved grey card we all bought at the beginning of first semester for film, or a neutral white surface that our camera sensor could read to determine the custom white balance setting. This technique is very useful because using auto white balance isn't always helpful and neither are the other pre-settings that your camera may have. Josh, one of my classmates, was my model for this assignment and luckily I got my white balance just right for this assignment.