Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Paying to stand around a camera

So, one day in lab Kevin decided to show us how to pose groups of people. He gave us some things to think about, then in a round robin style told us to post everyone. These pics are just a couple of the fun things we did.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


We have this assignment where we have to shoot a classic George Hurrell-ish styled picture. For this image, I sat April in a very feminine pose. I also used dramatic butterfly lighting. The only problem I have with this is I really like the color version. The color of the dress is awesome with the red-burgundy of the chaise and lipstick. But, since this was supposed to be a black and white assignment, I had to tone it down. I desaturated the image, but not completely. I do like the second version as well.

Another Try at Portraiture

I think I did MUCH better this time!!! These are a few of the images I will be turning in for Kevin's assignments. They are all done in the studio and after experimenting with many different lighting techniques, I can safely say that I'm extremely happy with what I am turning in.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Both of these images were used for my quick hit photo story assignment. I did the story on my mom since she has been working at a bowling center for about 20 years. I thought it was kind of interesting. The other pictures for the assignment were of other jobs that she performs at the center. These two images were hand-held at 1/20 (the top image) and 1/8 (bottom) of a second.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Paige Times 3

Ok, so hairmasking is fun. Hard, yes, but very fun. Start with a model (thanks Paige!), cut them out, and put them on another scene - or in this case, 2 other scenes. After figuring out how to cut her out, the rest of it went pretty fast. I can say that as annoying as this assignment was, I really enjoyed doing it. I learned a lot.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving with the family

My Aunt Gail. She is so awesome.

Cousin Paul. He's a trip.

My dad with my cousin Matthew. It was Matthew's birthday on Thanksgiving and he had a Pirates of the Caribbean themed party - hence the hat and swords...

My bro, Adam. <3

Cousin Lexie.

All in all, it was a great day. Had family from all over come by and eat with us.

First try...

at the panoramic assignment. I took several images this day at two separate times. This one was about 10 minutes after the first one. Now, I liked this a lot and thought I had something. But man, the sun was going down so fast that almost all my images were different color temps and exposures. It was a learning experience. This is only two pictures put together, but I think it's still kind of pretty.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

FNFB Strikes Again

These all came from the ERHS vs Asheboro playoff game on the 9th. I tried to get things other than just people playing football. The band, coaches, and after-game rituals were all interesting, so why not photograph them? I do, however, still have an issue just accepting the fact that fnfb pictures will all be 'dark as crap'.

Another portrait

This assignment required us to take a portrait of someone outside. Some of the things we needed to be sure of was: balancing light and light temperature, keeping composition nice, posing, and over all feel of the portrait should be nice. I tried this assignment quite a few times and just never really got anything that I thought was assignment-worthy. But, thanks to April, I think I got it on this one. She is lit with a Vivitar 285 + Softbox though the gazebo 'window' and I used a 30d w/ the lens at 100mm and f/10.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Little John's (weekly)

After a few more lessons in layout and design, I gave my weekly another look-over. I had to fix spacing a little. They are located in Greensboro, and I shot this with a Canon 30d, 24 - 105mm lens (lens was around 35 - 55mm for the images), and a Vivitar 285 flash.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lines...mmm fun.

We had this assignment in portrait class where we looked at 3 different body positions, or lines. I, S curves, and C curves. We had to use a male and female to post in both masculine and feminine versions of all 3 lines. This was especially hard for me because I didn't really have an idea on how to pose people to begin with. But, I do have to say thank goodness we were only doing silhouettes of our models...we were laughing so hard during these soots that I can guarantee the faces would have been horrendous. I def. have some things to work on... The original assignment called for plain white walls, but since this isn't the assignment, I changed them. What can I say, I like color.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Friday Night Football

So we have to shoot Friday night football and honestly, it's hard. It's dark, your images are going to have a lot of noise b/c you have to shoot at 1600asa and almost everyone has red eyes because of having to use on camera flash. Normally all of this would bother me, but's Friday night football - it's SUPPOSED to look like that. This game was Randleman vs Southeast Guilford. For the most part, we didn't have to go beyond the 40 because SEG would get the ball and come back to us. Yay for consistency.

Medical Portrait

This assignment was for out BioComm PJ class. We had to make a portrait of someone in the medical field. I bounced a flash off the corner behind me so I wouldn't get a harsh shadow in the shape of her head on the wall to her left, and I used a blue gel on a strobe. I stood on a chair with a 35mm lens to get the angle I wanted. This is the first one I will submit, but I'm not happy with it at all. I'm going to re-shoot it.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Large Format & Object Lighting

"Optimash Prime" This was done for one of my large format assignments in the end of my 1st year. It was our still life assignment. I used 4x5 Ektachrome for this one.

"Water I" This is my original idea for this assignment. It was for my Object Lighting class. I've always seen cool pictures of things exploding, so I wanted to try it. The only thing is, most times they have a sound or motion gate - I didn't. I did this over and over until I had the timing down. There are somethings I can do to make this better, and when I re-shoot this particular scene, I'll post.

"Water II" This was a redo of the above assignment, but this time was shot in studio. To begin with, I used studio strobes to light it, but then ended up using a small flash instead.

"Our Choice - Portfolio" For the portfolio in Object Lighting. To me, this one was all about texture. I wanted to have this really pretty hand painted candle lit.

"Our Choice - Portfolio" This was also for the portfolio. I wanted to treat this small statue like I would a person when it comes to lighting. I wanted texture in the wings, dress and hair while still having pleasing light on the face.

"Portfolio - Edible" Another portfolio piece for Object Lighting. What can I say. M & Ms. Yum.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Small Format

"Fast" This was for a weekly. Two boys practice at the YMCA in Asheboro, NC for an upcoming midnight basketball game.

Brooklyn doesn't pay attention to me as I snap her picture.

One of the "moving artists" during Greensboro's Arts and Storytelling Festival adds her little bit of fun to a canvas that is shared by six other artists.

He relaxes after a few glasses of wine during The 2007 Wine Festival at Tanglewood.

After rolling around on the ground, Maxine grins while I take her picture. She and her mom enjoy themselves at the Arts and Storytelling Festival.

A large group of kids try to beat the heat at the Asheboro YMCA during the hot June days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Yes! Well, this was for a project near the end of our class. We had to light latex to make it nice and clean. I think I did ok. The hard part was doing the initial setup for this - I had a pig's foot and and was faking a surgery. Anyway, after it was all done, I thought this one fulfilled the assignment better.

camera: Nikon D1X
aperture/ss: f 19 @ 1/30 sec
ASA: 250