Friday, 29 April 2011

Ideas for 30th April Model Shoot.

Rob has kindly booked a model for all students to use in the studio, This will be my 2nd studio session for portraits and as the studio will be set up for high key head shots in the first half its an ideal opportunity to work with a professional model. I have put together some images that show the look that i intend to produce.

For the first half:

In the second half we intend to adjust the lights to create positive shadows.

I will be using the studio camera mainly as it can produce more high quality images and is more compatible with the studio lighting. I will use my own to capture the layout of the equipment.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Edward Weston - Still life Research

Whilst Researching Irving Penn Bing suggested that i look at Edward Weston. Upon looking at some of his images i was Drawn to his unusual flair for still life imagery. He was born in 1886 and the first images he captured were of the local parks and his aunts farm in Chicago with a bulls eye #2 camera that his father got him for his 16th birthday. He then moved to California briefly working as a surveyor and going door to door for every opportunity to build onto his photography career, photographing children, pets and funerals. saying this though, its more of his still life imagery that I'm more interested in;

When you search for Edward Weston this image will more than likely be the one that pops up in the search engine, Called simply Pepper this image is dated 1930. I admire the shapes that contour the pepper and the way its reflecting the light in a soft flowing texture, the composition is simple but effective and the pepper almost looks intimate like a couple embracing. The main focal point is the pepper but the top half is where you are drawn to even though the pepper is in the full frame.

Another Vegetable image but this time a different perspective. The choice of using black and white for this image is great because it make this onion look deceptive. The way this is composed gives an accurate look at how this grows both above and below the ground, The shape of the stem curves and almost looks like a flower coming from a seed whilst being soft, but the onion is rough and crinkled which gives this image texture and interesting patterns. I would say that this is lit with at least one light which is focused on the lower half as the light graduated into shadow as you look up the image.

The above two images i find interesting in two different ways, The cabbage leaf has a great texture and shapes within it but still has a soft feel to it, The lighting is probably from above and focused on the back as the light graduates as it reaches the front of the image. I especially like the composition and how he has chosen to just capture the one leaf rather than the whole vegetable. The top image shows obvious use of the rule of thirds. All 3 vegetables are in focus and my eye is drawn to the top half of the image even though this is the part of the image that has more shadow, This image makes me thing of trees and forests which i think is the whole composition.

Not only has he used vegetables in his still life work he has used flowers, which are common for still life artists. The top image is full frame with all four roses in full focus. The original colour of the roses could possibly be white as they are quite a dominant lightness within the edit. The natural shapes of the roses give texture to the images as a whole and the lighting is soft and subdued with almost no shadow which tells me it was caught in natural light. The second image is again black and white but for saying this type of flower is naturally bright and colourful, he has managed to retain the elegance of the flower itself. i like how this is two images of the same flower but from two perspectives, the main focal point of one is the shadow of the stamen and in the other its the actual stamen that is the main focal point. 

Without looking at a description of this image its quite confusing due to the composition. This is a shell but in an unusual perspective. The shapes within this image are flowing and natural where as the colour is again black and white. this is probably lit from the front again and with only one light.

The pepper image is a little different from all of the others because this time its lit from the side and the shadow is cast over the second half of the image, in doing this Edward has highlighted the shapes and texture of the pepper. The top image has also been lit from the side although its a lighter image which suggests that more than one light has been used. It has great use of colour even though its black and white you can still imagine the light and dark green tones.

This final image is completely different from all of the above images and it shows the pepper to be bright and loud, the hand coming from the soil is a little bit creepy but works well to put full focus on the pepper itself.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Research: Rob Price - Studio Portraits

Whilst looking on Facebook i came across a local studio photographer that just poped up on my news feed. I found the link to his website and was pleasently suprised by the quality of his imagary. He specialises in family portraits but also does a little fashion photography. He is based in Tamworth and has over 10 years experience as a photographer. His images, in my opinion have character and the family portraits look fun and creative. Although his website contains his main studio work, his Facebook page holds a wider range of photography such as landscapes and some product photography.

These Two images are simular in composition but show a different feeling, The above image shows love and affection towards grandmother and child where as the one below it shows a baby looking up to his older brother. The lighting in the two is bright and clear but the bottom image has been pushed a little. Both images convey a happy emotion and make you smile when you look at them.

 Showing his creativity, he has gone from your usual family portrait and made what was once a chore, a happy, fun experience. The familys in these images look ganuinly happy. Again the lighting is full on and the whole set up high key. I like the composition in the first image, its fun and quirky. There are no shadows in either imahes which is maybe appropiate for Rob but i would like to play with the top image and see how the use of shadows would change the image.

These photos catch my eyes because of the main focal point which is the eyes. The lighting has been pushed high and they have been softened. The colours of both images are different and convey a different emotion, the first images is warm and loving and the childs eyes give a relaxed umpression. The second image is monochrome and is quite cold but in contrast the emotion is of supprise and again the eyes draw you in.

I like the shapes in the second image and how it makes tattoos, which are probably normally a symbol of haed and rough, look soft and insignifigant compared to the models loving embrace. The use of the tattoos in this image makes it interesting and the shapes catch your eye without defecting from the main focal point which is the couple themselfes. The first image uses a single light to light half of the subjects face which makes it look mysterious.

As well as working as a family photographer he works with models and these two images are as far different as they could possably be. The upper image has loads of 'pout' and the model is poised looking off set and is giving off an emotion of stone. Its a high fashion shot and the lighting is relaxed. The second image is monochrome and the subjects yeys are the main focal point. The closeup head shot works well with the side look pose.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Statement of intent - Studio Still life photography (DRAFT)


My intentions for this section is to create a minimum of 10 photographs of various items of Still life. The purpose is to create a group of images that look like the research images i have included.




I will be using the studio equipment at college and also my own equipment in a s home made studio.

Canon 5D
Lens - EF 24-105 mm ISUSM
Macro lens
Studio Lighting
Product Table

Canon 1000D
Lens - EFS 18-55 mm IS
Macro lens
Canon Speedlight 430EXII


Friday, 1 April 2011

First studio session - 7 images.

f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100

f/9, 1/125, ISO 100

 f/9, 1/125, ISO 100

f/9, 1/125, ISO 100

 f/7.1, 1/125, ISO 100

 f/7.1, 1/125, ISO 100