This was my first time venturing out to take pictures of random civilians in the streets of Cardiff. I went with my friend Tula for support but found we both struggled to pluck up the courage to ask people. We wandered around for a bit trying to find people who looked friendly enough to approach but it wasn’t working. Worried I would be annoying them if I asked and that the camera settings would be wrong when it came to taking the picture. I took a few test shots on one of Tula’s friends who we bumped into, I quite like how they turned out. I eventually said to Tula that we should just go for it and so I asked a few people; only one agreed, the rest said no or said they would but got nervous and started laughing so I couldn’t take the picture.
Although test shots, I think they turned out nicely. The lighting was really nice as there was an overcast, not too much sun to deal with. Her face is really illuminated and her complexion looks fantastic, I’m rather happy with this set of photographs. The first image was in slightly softer focus so I took a few more to get it right.
F5.6 – ISO 1oo – 1/100sec
F5.3 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec
F5 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec
The only person that agreed to a photograph, he was sitting down but the photograph still turned out as I hoped. The sun was a little brighter where he was sat and so his skin looks slightly more pinkish than it was in real life. I knelt to his level so that I was not looking down at him as this would make for a rather strange looking portrait and the perspective would be wrong.
F5 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec
I have seen various examples of street portraits and street photography during uni but I had never really examined a lot of them in much detail to know what makes a great street portrait. Having the confidence to approach people and then taking a photo with great lighting and composition takes a certain time of character, its like an art form.
When it comes to street portraits the first thing that comes to mind is Humans of New York, I love this project and the photographs that are used. It shows real people and captures their personalities, each picture tells a thousand words.
Continue reading “Street Portraits – Research”
A few days after my shoot with Jade and I’m back in the studio; this time with my friend Deborah. I really enjoyed my first proper studio photoshoot and want to practice more often. This shoot had a ballet theme, and I was very pleased with the results.
As I understood how to use the equipment this time around I was able to get good photos right away. I used one softbox which was directed to the right side of the model, the shadows give depth and character which I really like.My main issue is that the backdrop isn’t wide enough as the room is too small so in quite a lot of photos the walls can be seen. This meant that most of the photos had to be edited to remove things in the background and side of the frame.
I booked the college studio to do a photoshoot with my friend Jade, I’d never used the studio and was left to my own devices and attempted to take some nice photos. I used one softbox that was directed on the left side of the model to begin with, this meant that there were shadows. She changed into different outfits during the shoot and used a variety of props to make the photos more interesting.
This is just a selection of the many photos I took, I was thrilled with the results, and so was Jade. I later edited them as some were a little too exposed for my liking, I should have adjusted my camera settings a little more.
This is the first time I’ve used studio lighting and equipment and as I have had some much needed editing to get on with for a job I don’t really get much time to use it myself. I listened in on my tutors instructions to my peers, such as how to use the light meter to get readings, which allow us to find the appropriate settings for our camera. Two softboxes were set up facing a pop up backdrop that can be rear lighted to illuminate behind the subject. It essentially works as a large rear softbox if preferred. We used a hotshoe trigger for the softboxes which allowed us to trigger the flash. Continue reading “Studio Photography – Entry 1”
During one of the lectures we were shown the photographer Ansel Adams’ work. Adams’ landscape photography is breathtaking and the depth of field is so deep, the photos are so crisp and the contrast of light and dark is so pure and beautiful. Although I couldn’t capture as sharp and shocking landscape as Ansel Adams I went out to the Brecon Beacons to try and get some good landscape shots.
Continue reading “Deep Depth of Field – Entry 2”
Instead of waiting for the rain to return, I attempted to recreate the scene from the morning after doing some research. I came across a website called 500px ISO which had a tutorial for water droplet photography; it suggested using a macro lens and external flash guns, both of which were not available to me. I tried to be resourceful and use what I could to get the best results.
Using an LED light to illuminate the area of focus, I dripped the water into the basin and attempted to capture the moment the single drop hit the surface of water. Overall I am quite happy with the results I got with the equipment I had available. I was amazed to see the images and what the camera could capture; it is something that the naked eye could never see.
The settings I used were a mix between these three:
F/5.6 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 12800
F/5.6 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 6400
F/5 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 6400