Six Month Retrospective

Wow, it’s been about half a year since I started this site. So, I thought that a quick retrospective would be interesting, so I rounded up a handful of some of my favorite photos thus far. I have a ton of ideas I want to try, unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way. I hope that the best is yet to come.

Fashion Week-Friday

Here we go, Fashion Week, round two! If you haven’t seen part one, go get caught up.Seriously, if you haven’t seen that one, the plot’s not going to make any sense, and the big reveal just won’t have the same impact.

As much fun as these are, they’re going to be the death of me. It’s five hours of shooting, then another few hours of solid editing through hundreds of photos. Still, I think the results are worth it. What do you think?

Fashion Week-Thursday

Kent State has one of the biggest fashion schools in the country, and this time of year, they’re always doing big things with student projects. As with the concerts I  shot previously,I’m happy to help the school since I’m still in the area. In lieu of a normal runway show, the event took place at the 157 Lounge, a local bar. Models stood on platforms in the middle of the bar, allowing guests wander through to examine the students’ work. It’s a clever idea and gave me some photographic opportunities outside the standard runway shots. Of course, the fact that the outfits were as awesome as they were didn’t hurt either.

As a bit of a post script, lighting in places like this can be hard, so it never hearts to keep an eye on the environment for ways to set your white balance properly. grey wall

Of course, barring that, you can always ask for a little bit of help with your grey cards. grey card

Rock the Runway

I am so excited that I got a message about shooting Rock the Runway, the fashion show for the design majors at the University. The early 90s hip-hop theme was amazing, and I had a lot of fun with it.

I almost didn’t go for a couple of different reasons, but I’m glad that I stayed.  I got to hang out with some of my friends who are still in school, and even made a new one by sharing some photo tricks.

Reflecting Light for Fashion Photos

As a thank you for being my awesome assistant for my shoot last week, I helped out my friend, Lee,  by shooting some photos of her so she has something professional looking for her work in fashion school.We shot the photos in the fashion building itself, and I thought that the lighting setup could be a tutorial for the site. We start with the final photo here:

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I started with the natural light coming in through the window. Of course, that left only half the face lit, while half of her was left in shadow. When this happens, the most effective thing to do is even out the light is with an external flash. I have mine rigged up with sync cord to get the flash to the right angle. However; a direct flash will be too harsh, and make the image look like this:

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The solution here is to bounce the light. By pointing the light away from your subject, and at a properly angled reflector. To illustrate, I you may refer to the laughable sketch I threw together below:

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As you may or may not be able to see from my 3rd grade level scribbles, the flash is angled away from Lee, and being reflected from two different directions. First, I have a reflector angled toward her face to even out the light coming through the window. Second, since the flash itself is pointed upward, the light bounces off the ceiling, eliminating any nasty drop shadows from messing up the picture. Bouncing light is a basic trick, but it can make a world of difference when shooting with a flash. While the easiest go-to for bouncing your flash is a ceiling, I’ve used garage doors, tile floors. walls, snow, and bodies of water. Pretty much any pale, reflective surface will work. Give it a try next time you’re shooting with an off camera flash, and feel free to post your experiments in the comments below.