Entries in Color (27)
Image 1. I had so much fun photographing my wife and our two daughters yesterday. First of all I'm not very good at taking pictures of my own family, so don't be like me. I sure enjoy the results and having them when I do. I have always been a shopper, and buy most of the clothes for my wife ( she doesn't like shopping!!!) and also more and more for my daughters. I wanted to take a picture of the 3 of them in clothes I bought them without them! They keep getting so many compliments on their clothing and when people ask: Where did you buy it the answer is often, my Dad/Husband bought it in Europe. Especially my 14 year olds friends have a hard time understanding that Dad bought it :-) Well here is my shopping shot, photshopped by my wife MaryLyn, all my girsl are awsome in Photoshop BTW. We left the hair light etc on top to give it a Polaroid feeling kind of, like it.
Image 2. has a good lesson to it. In this image of my daughter Lindsey, she is just standing waiting for the other 2 in her spot, I'm telling her I'm testing light and she is all relaxed and thinking, great mood, and I think the use of space where the other 2 soon would be worked well. You can get so many great shots of people when you test light, tell them you need to change some settings or whatever. They will so often do something relaxed and natural which will again make a great image, so always watch and click, click.......Have a nice week end.
I been in love with reflectors since long before they made fold ups. Remember working on a movie in Paris the first time a saw one pop open, so did my eyes! We used to buy silver cooking foil, step on it on the asphalt or cement to make mini bumps in it then tape it to foam boards. Still works great today. Then I remember I found actual sheets of reflection foil from Rosco, and I could tape them on. Reflection of light have always been used in photography, reflections from walls, windows, snow, water, a silver car in the parking lot etc etc .
My question today was HOW MANY do you need? It's not one correct answer to that question of course, but I want to bring up some points why I find a need for many. If you look in the image you will see some of mine along the camera room back wall. I think I have about 30 total? A brand new reflector reflects so much more light light then it will do after a few months use. About every 10 months I keep buying the same silver reflector in my most used size 32" I write the date I bought it with a black marker on it for fun to keep track of their change.
By having many silver reflectors with different ware I get many choices of brightness, especially great when I can't choose the distance to the subject. It's kind of having a flash with one output or variable outputs. I also love using soft gold a lot, but I use them all even my blue one I bought from a german photographer. Color correction is a huge issue with them, getting to change color on a part of your image, create minorities. Like on a bride I might want to use a large white or silver one on the dress and a smaller soft gold just for the face. Keeping the dress white, while giving her a nice skin color. Often I will just use a different one on the face because the face need more brightness then a white dress.
This is such a huge subject I can write on it forever. In my seminars and workshops you will learn a lot about reflective light, but this blog post should get your mind running? NEVER trow away an old reflector it might be the only one weak enough on close distance on a bright day, you can also spray paint it in a cool color and you have a new portable pop up backdrop for portraits :-)
In situations of low light or cloudy days a brand new silver reflector will almost be like a mirror to add some great catch lights in the eyes. What is so beautiful with reflectors is that what you see is what you get vs flash. This image is about 20 years old shot on the wonderful Polaroid Polapan B/W chrome film, loved it!!! I keep using old images for fun these days if I can. Show how great results we could get straight out of a film.Happy shooting, hope to see many of you around Europe in February.
I think one of the best qualities a photographer can have is to know your own limits at the moment, when it comes to take upon yourself jobs. It's NO limit how far you can go, but is it sometimes better and more right to pass it on? I remember years ago saying no to a job to photograph a lamp catalog. I new somebody else that was really good at that, then I passed it on to him. I got a little % from the other photographer and asked if I could go with him on the shoot to learn and assist. What a great "free" seminar!
Once I said no to an Art Director to do a complicated food shot. I recommended 2 different experts on food photography with kitchens in their studios etc. I said please come back to me when it's anything with people. A week later he gave me a whole clothing line to shoot! Have integrity and it will pay back. One of my proudest moments was when I quit as the drummer in a band because I could see I was the weakest part of the band. I felt good, I saw it, reacted on it myself. The other band members are still among my best friends. PS. And I enjoy playing drums just for fun at home some times :-)
PS.This image was taken in the mid 90's. It's retro time :-) Nikon F3 Titanium, Nikkor 20mm 2.8 No retouch, scanned from original slide.
I have enjoyed posting some mages lately from the 80's. Todays image is from the early 90's shot, also on chrome film with NO retouch, straight scan.
This photograph was taken about 45 minutes after sunset. In Norway the sun sets very slowly and it takes about an hour at this time of the year before it gets dark. We call this extra time of light after the sun is down "the blue hour'.
I had taken pictures of the young lady (owner of a model agency) in the evening sun, but didn't feel I got what I wanted, so I'm glad that I had a tungsten light available and the blue hour. The background is a famous sculpture.
So what is the difficulty here? It is dark, I want movement, no fast films was good enough. I was loving the Konicachrome R100 film for this kind of work at the time and that is what I used in this image. Exposure is 1/15 sec @ Nikkor 105 mm @f2.5 on a Nikon F3. The lamp lighting her up is a Kaiser 250w, 24volt tungsten lamp. The battery was so low, Im probably only getting around 125watts?
The HOW question? How to you get her sharp moving while the water from the fountain is blurred because of movement???
I remember being very excited when I saw this exposure on the light table with my magnifier, the way we viewed them back from the lab in those days. I got the ONE sharp image I needed! I shot many to get this one ( almost like digital :-))) The only thing we did retouch in print was the one backlight from a truck in the background as you can see in this untouched scan.
PS. I will tell you already tomorrow afternoon US MST how it is done, again old students might remember the answer? If so, let the people that have never been told get a go at this please.
PSS. Wednesday Dec.30, 2009. The answer to the trivia "How was this done?"
If you throw a rock straight up in the air there is a split second when it stands still before falling back to earth. I used this principle to get her sharp with the 1/15 sec exposure and capture the movement of the water. She swung her dress up and down and I caught the very moment (in one of the many tries and exposures) when the skirt stopped to turn back down.
Just thought this image would be a good follow up from my last blog. I used to pay a fortune for portable tungsten lights back in the 80's and 90's most of them made for video and TV production. In this image we used one $44 Vector 3 mill candle lights spot from Target. Often we use different blue foils to adjust and little home made diffusion screens, but in this shot it is as it comes and auto color setting on camera. Timing, YES. 400 ISO, 1/60 f4.6 Canon 20-35mm 2.8L at 23mm.
PS.We have added an Extra Extra Photographing People Part 1 class, here in Orem, Utah on March 28th, 2009.