Entries in Color (27)
One of my favorite times to photograph is shortly after the sun is down. When I lived in Europe it was nice and blue for about an hour after sunset, it's called the "Blue Hour". Here in Utah it is more like 15 min, so this will differ a lot with where you are. Here is my students from Saturday's class outside right by my studio photographing on tungsten setting to get it extra blue early after sunset. We used one tungsten spot behind for backlight and one in front. They are balanced nicely for the tungsten setting. Thank you Lindsey for freezing for us :-) To set the camera on tungsten gives you an early start on the blue, but when the sun have been down for awhile I like to shoot on daylight setting, with warmer skin tone then of course. Manual setting for 4100-4300K seem to end up as one of my favorites, gives you something good in between colors. Color temperature, and how to create more depth and dimension in your images by controlling it is one of many things we talk about in the Photographing People Part 1-3 classes. I have used portable tungsten lights now since I worked on a movie in Paris in 1982, one of my favorite tools when the time is right. What you see is what you get.
Yesterday I showed you an image with our nice expensive hardwood floor as background, so today I want to show you an image with a really cheap backdrop. I bought this fleece blanket at Ikea for about $4 on sale, bought it in 3 nice colors. In the studio I clip them on to a trolley so I can quickly roll it in when I have a nice light set up. We also use fleece blankets a lot on location to create variation in no time, like in a street or park, and if your client get cold, you can keep them warm between shots.
Today it's time for some more wallpaper. I think this wall paper look really cool in the room, but it is busy. It is a constant challenge to get good images with a background screaming for attention. I think it works fine in this senior picture of Lizzie, because her skin is the only real color in the image so the eye is drawn to that minority (The image is bleached in Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0. ) I have a steel floor 4x8 ft under the wall, see how the wall reflects even in the hardwood floor she stands on when I shoot with the camera so close to the floor. The polaroid mask around the image comes from Fotowerkstatt in Germany. This wallpaper area is outside the overview shot of My Camera Room.
It is time for part 4 in my tour of how I use My Camera Room. Today I want to post a testimonial Mr. Johnsen sent me after his family shoot. First a little info: Furniture is the set first to the right in the overview from the 14th it comes from the great store Gatehouse No.1 here in Orem. The image is a high-contrast black and white with a little bit of softener over a desaturated color picture, it's a good seller. So here is the testimonial, remember make Mom look good and give Dad some good attention. Mr. Johnson writing: I used to prefer Root Canal surgery without the anesthetic, than to have family photos done. Until we met Kenneth. Having Kenneth take our family photos was a pleasure, and with two sets of twins ages 3 and 6, was not an easy task.