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2015/08/21 - People & Pictorial

August 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

"Breezy"

2015-08-21 - People Competition - 24/27"Breezy" - 2nd Place2015-08-21 - People Competition - 24/27"Breezy" - 2nd Place      

Category: People

Contest Score: 24/27 - Second Place

Print medium: Digital Upload

 

Location: A photo studio near Steelyard commons

 

Story behind the photo: Used a fan to make the hair flow, and a strobe flash to capture the motion.

 

Camera gear:

- Canon 6D

- Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens

- 1 Strobe light with a massive diffuser, a model light, and filler light with diffuser.

- Fan

- Handheld

 

Photo Specs:

Raw Image > saved as PSD > Jpeg

Focal Length: 40mm

Aperture: f/9.0

Shutter Speeds: 1/50

ISO: 100

 

Software used:

- Photoshop

- Photoshop Camera RAW

- NIK Color Efex Pro 4

- Alienskin Exposure 5 (for B&W conversion, and boarder)

 

Lessons learned:

- Friends make great models when trying to learn.

- It's nice to have someone around that knows how to use strobe studio lighting!  It would have taken me a long time to try to figure it all out on my own..

 

 


"Not-so Picasso"

      2015-08-21 - People Competition - 22/27"Not-so Picasso" - Honroable Mention2015-08-21 - People Competition - 22/27"Not-so Picasso" - Honroable Mention

Category: People

Contest Score: 22/27 - Honorable Mention

Print medium: Digital upload

 

Location: A photo studio near Steelyard commons

 

Story behind the photo: Saw someone try this online, so  I figured I'd give it a go... took a little fooling around to get the ladies aligned.

Camera gear:

- Canon 6D

- Canon 85mm f/1.8

- 1 Strobe light with a massive diffuser, a model light, and filler light with diffuser.

- Handheld

 

Photo Specs:

Raw Image > saved as PSD > Jpeg

Focal Length: 85mm

Aperture: f/16

Shutter Speeds: 1/160

ISO: 100

 

Software used:

- Photoshop

- Photoshop Camera RAW

- NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

- NIK Color Efex Pro 4

 

Lessons learned:

-  using a 50mm lens at about 5-8 feet away from the models gave me issues of their heads being different sizes or being distorted.  This also make it difficult to merge the faces.

- Using an 85mm lens at about 12-20 feet away from the models will flatten the image, allowing the models to appear merged, and have the same sized heads.

 


Final Thoughts:

  One thing I learned from the studio owner is that shooting photos at the same height as the models creates a boring effect.  By sitting in a chair at a slightly lower elevation than the models, I was able to gain a more dynamic and dramatic affect in the photos.  So just remember, if you don't like the results of your shot right away, try slightly altering the angle by standing higher, or lower then the models.  Don't be afraid to lay on the ground to try different angles (unless it's covered in snakes or spiders).

 

Just remember that pixels are cheep and that you should shoot a ton of different shots... but remember that you'll have to wade through the sea of photos that you take!

 


 

"Ready for Takeoff"

      2015-08-21 - Pictoral Competition - 21/27"Ready for Take-off" - Did Not Place2015-08-21 - Pictoral Competition - 21/27"Ready for Take-off" - Did Not Place

Category: Pictorial

Contest Score: 21/27 - Did Not Place

Print medium: Digital Upload

 

Location: Shot taken from the mouth of the Cuyahoga river looking South-East

 

Story behind the photo: I got lucky and met some people who granted me access to a good spot to catch photos in Cleveland!  While taking the shots of a different direction, I head fireworks going off, and quickly turned to take shots of the action!!!

 

Camera gear:

- Canon 6D

- Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM lens

- Remote shutter release

- Tripod

 

Photo Specs:

Raw Image > saved as PSD > Jpeg

Focal Length: 122mm

Aperture: f/4.0

Shutter Speeds: 2.7 Seconds

ISO: 100

 

Software used:

- Photoshop

- Photoshop Camera RAW

- NIK Color Efex Pro 4

 

Lessons learned:

- Long exposures on top of a vibrating platform makes things a little more difficult.  Just try to time your shots out to to allow enough light in to the lens, but not too much that everything is blown out.

- Luck has a great affect on photo opportunities.  You just have to be there to get the shots!  get out there and shoot photos as much as possible, and may run across that once in a lifetime shot!  You'll never get them if you're not out there!

 


 

Have fun, and feel free to ask questions!


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