Editorial Photography Project 1
For project 1 in Editorial Photography we had to create a series of portraits and a series of still life photographs that took advantage of one-point strobe lighting. For my portraits series my theme was generations. I showed generations by photographing my sister, my mother, and my grandmother. In this series they are all wearing the same shirt to further increase similarities. For my still life series, I created a set of memento mori images that depicted flowers and apples in their fresh state to their rotting. A requirement for this series was that some form of transparent and opaque glass had to be placed in the still life. For my glass I chose to use a white ceramic vase, a green tinted wine bottle, a clear glass bowl, and a pair of glasses. I then placed a mirror in the background of the image which reflects a "light" white board in the images of the fresh fruit and a "dark" black board in the images of the rotting fruit.
Editorial Photography Project 2
For project 2 in Editorial Photography we had to create at least six final images using two-point lighting. Two of these images had to be portraits and the other 4 had to be still life images. I have a strong interest in learning still life and product photography over portraits in this course. First, this is because I already have had a lot of experience in portrait photography. I have taken several photo courses to obtain my photography minor, and many of these courses focus solely on portrait photography with no lessons in product photography. Second, as a Graphic Designer many companies need a photographer to shoot images of their products, and having this versatility makes me even more of a benefit to companies. I chose to shoot photos of glassware which is one of the more difficult subjects to shoot. I also experimented with refraction by putting dye in some of the glasses during my photo shoot. The glasses I used are very unique shapes. The first was a set of Glencairn Crystal Glasses which are a whisky tasting glasses. The second set was a uniquely cut stemmed crystal glass. Due to their exceptionally unique shapes showing the form of the glasses was more challenging compared to photographing a simple stemmed wine glass or bottle. My portraits were glamour shots. The first image uses clamshell lighting to evenly light the face, and the second using loop lighting with a fill light on the right to reduce the strong shadows while still creating a more dramatic image.
Editorial Photography Project 3
For project 3 in Editorial Photography we had to propose a project to the professor. I proposed a series of photographs about seeing things from a different point of view. Each set of items have been hung upside down based off of the tarot card, "The Hanged Man." The card is a man hanging upside down in order to see things from another point of view and become enlightened. I chose some odd items like kazoos and some more everyday items like silverware or coat hangers. I hung the images with a thin fishing line and carefully removed any visible wire in photoshop to make the objects appear to float in space. Images such as those of the hangers have a unique sense of depth. It seems like the hangers exist in an infinite space. Other images are fun such as those of the kazoos while others are a more abstract look at an object. For example, the image of the single fork and spoon looks more like a still image of a kinetic sculpture spinning in space than it does a fork and spoon.
Digital Photography Black & White Project
This is a series of black and white portraits taken during my digital photography course.