This class started with capped lessons that forced us to discover how to work in challenging situations. These shots had to be captured perfectly IN CAMERA - without photoshop editing! The final versions could then have minor changes made before print. Forcing me to be cognizant of shots that bored the heck out of me really helped me grow as a photographer - it is not a task I would've set my mind to if I was a 100% self-taught photographer.
When we were finally given a little bit of freedom in this class to create our own design layouts for a product, I chose to use my newly acquired Deuce of Spades, which I supported on kickstarter. Many of my classmates seemed to miss the mark on this assignment, meaning my shot rose to the top on that given day. The bonus for me was that I had a really fun time creating the image of a poop shovel :-P
After what felt like an eternity of shooting products, our class was finally allowed to move on to people. As much as I have had some fun shooting product (and enjoy it SO much more when given free reign), I have always felt more gratification when I'm able to work with people.
Enter, Michaela, my taxidermy'ing triathlon teammate. She graciously agreed to be my model for a classic chiaroscuro style portrait shoot. The day we worked on this project, I was struggling with another migraine (yes, they've returned in abandon, but I'll get to that in another blog post). Migraines for me mean that I turn into a space case - I just cannot keep my focus up to my normal level. Thankfully, Michaela, was able to roll with the flow and we were able to have a bit of fun...
In fact, we had a LOT of fun as we decided to shoot her taxidermy animals as well! This triptych of our result was so bizarre that it is still making me chuckle each time I see it!
Around the same time we were working on super controlled studio portrait lighting, we were somewhat thrown to the wolves in regards to learning to shoot location lighting. We were shown what our school has available for location lighting... and then told to just go play around. Most people took the kits just outside school and shot against the colorful Seattle streets...
I decided to have some triathlon style fun and knew I needed motion in my shots! That said, I didn't know much about what I was doing other than how to ratio ambient vs. strobe light.
Guido for your time!!
As I prepared myself to create a final set of projects to wrap up the quarter, I knew I wanted to get outside to push at the bubble of my location lighting knowledge again. While I packed 40 pounds of photography gear along a local mountain biking trail, my friend, Vicki, warmed up on her mountain bike.
She then worked with me, riding down trails again and again, so I could grow my location lighting style. It was a beautiful day and one of those experiences where I realized how fortunate I am to have made connections with strong and caring people in my local triathlon and cycling communities. This day would not have been possible if Vicki hadn’t been able and willing to share her morning with me. Though I realize I still have room for improvement with my lighting skills, I am happy with the advancements I’ve made thus far!
|Vicki, killing it!|
-This Little Engineer