I need to pick an image to print in large format. I have chosen a few of my favorites and need your vote to help me decide. Leave your vote in the poll below! (or in the comments)
This week, I started on my photobook. Here are the Covers, First spread, TOC, and my Professional Page/Bio. I really like the bio page, but I might mess around more with my covers and the spread layout because they’re both pretty basic.
So this is what I have so far. I know that there will be a lot more changes and better design as I consider ways to show off the photos in a more creative way. For now, this is what I have. Thanks for checking it out.
I looked around the buildings for things that stood out to me on the construction, whether it was from weather over time, or simply nature. I looked for any wallpapers that were torn and would make a good composition, floors with stains (now that I think about it… stains from what?), and the walls where the weather had caused water damage over time inside the house.
In Adobe Lightroom, I edited the photos for better exposure and emphasis on certain spots with brush exposure and sharpness to the intended focal points.
I considered how these pictures meant something to me (it’s habit by now, and sometimes a curse…) then thought of ways to express it, and in Adobe Photoshop, I added the text and shapes and lowered the opacity so that the text had a better contrast. I would like to practice other ways to not have to use the shapes and still have the text look good.
Thanks for checking these out. I was considering ways to use the open space for advertisements and other things. I think some of these would look pretty nice with a brand or logo on it. Maybe I’ll experiment with that in the future.
We went to Bannack Ghost Town in Jackson, Montana last Friday with a few people dressed up in western outfits. Bannack itself is just beautiful for photography, but these models did a fantastic job.
These portraits have edits to exposure, and some saturation or contrast in Adobe Lightroom, and a couple, such as the 1st and 3rd have some in camera edits.
I only had time to do my portrait shots at around Noon… which I know is terrible for photography. So all the outdoor ones you see are at noon. I did the best I could to keep them in the shade and use the reflector in the sun. That was something cool I learned.
I edited all of these photos at least slightly. I put exposure onto their eyes and face, lessened the exposure on some of the surroundings of some of the pictures, and edited blemishes on a few. (Thanks and Sorry for pointing it out)
Thank you to all the wonderful people willing to be my models for the pictures. You all did great.
The thumbnail pictures are the originals before edits.
Thanks for checking out my blog. Feel free to look around.
This week, I’m back to messing with reflectors and portrait photography. They make a huge difference, but it’s hard to get your subject to keep from squinting.
Something that made it easier to aim the reflector is to point it at the body of the subject, then move it to their face. If you bend it so that it looks like a potato chip, it lessens the light enough that it doesn’t hurt their eyes, but still improves the photo. Personally, I like when more light is reflected, so we would have our subject close their eyes and then we would count and they would only have to struggle with the light for a couple seconds.
We went to Eagle Park in Rexburg to take these pictures. The first two are with the silver reflector, no feathering or bending, and the other two are using the gold reflector with bend, and the silver reflector.
Macro is definitely my favorite photography style. I’m still waiting on my own lens because right now I just have the regular 18-55mm. The pencil shavings pictures were taken with a better lens that I borrowed and with a macro tube. I usually just use the screw-on filters.
Thanks for checking these out. Cheers.
I loved taking these pictures. I just went out somewhat earlier than my procrastinating self normally does and just kept shooting. Then this little lady bug landed on my guitar and I yelled for a roommate to come hold the guitar up while I got a few with the bug. I have some edits to exposure and also to sharpness, such as on the strings and the ladybug on “Blue Sea Bug.”