Lights, Camera….

….no action, but just wanted to share a few pics from my Advanced Digital Photography class that I just finished at the end of May. This class was all about lighting and was a lot of fun! I enjoyed setting up the studio lights and using them for still life and portrait photography.

Written permission was given by my model, Heather, to share these pics on my blog. I would love your feedback. For both of these photos, I used manual mode, my 50mm 1:1.4 lens and a Soft Box light set at half strength. I had so much fun working with Heather. She is a professional photographer so she knew exactly how to pose. I didn’t really ask her to do anything, she chose her poses. She also is a belly dancer and had lots of neat scarves, fans, netting, jewelry, etc. to work with. I took several photos of her but am only sharing what I think are my best two. I am shooting at 100% manual mode now and loving it.

APC Model 6 edited

APC model 10 edited

These two were from one of our still life projects. I edited them in Photoshop using the solarization tool. I like how they both turned out. Even though they are of the same objects, the two styles of editing completly change the vibe of the photos.

APC still life 3 edited

APC still life 2 edited

I recently purchased a 430EX II Speedlight flash and it is making a world of difference for my indoor photos. I am also slowly learning editing and am looking forward to the arrival of Lightroom 5, which should be delivered to my house this week.

I took these this afternoon. This one is without any flash. The lighting in my home is very dim. This is SOOC (Straight out of camera). Yes, I could have used some editing software to try to fix the under exposure, but my goal is to do very little editing. I would like to understand completely how to set up various shots by adjusting shutter speed, ISO, aperture, flash exposure, white balance etc. so that my pic SOOC is a very good one. šŸ™‚ Mitch says I am getting in too deep. He may have a valid point. I use to actually read books at night before bed. Now all I read is websites and facebook pages about photography. Until I no longer enjoy it, I will continue on.

She moved so this is not the exact pose, but this was taken seconds after the above shot with the flash bouncing off the ceiling at a 90 degree angle. The only editing I did was cropping Mitch’s leg out.
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I hope everyone in blogger land is doing well and I look forward to catching up on your blogs and to your critiques of my photos!

3 thoughts on “Lights, Camera….

  1. Love the lighting on the b/w shot of Heather. The solarization is cool effect. I have sometimes thought about getting a flash, but too lazy to learn how to use it properly. Mitch is right. You are in deep šŸ™‚ I have Lightroom, but I know I’m barely touching what it’s capable of. I guess I’m 2/3 manual as I will control the aperture and shutter speed, but usually leave ISO auto. Congrats on being a full manual photographer.

  2. I’m shooting full manual now too. I’ve got Lightroom and love it. I’m also shooting RAW and do love the editing part of photography … a bit too much at times, lol! You can do so much with Lightroom. Next thing is to get a flash so I can have a bit of control over indoor photos. It looks like you learnt a lot on your photography course šŸ™‚ These days I don’t get time to read many blogs because I’m also stuck on the computer reading photography websites and keeping up with photographers on Facebook! Or else I’m playing with photos I’ve taken in Lightroom! Then there’s Flickr and I’m trying to work out how to get my digital photos up on Instagram … it’s a snowball!

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