Lesson 1 – Assingment 2

Take photos from different viewpoints–

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Working on Shoot! The Day

In the comments, Ann asked to see pictures of the lightbox I made.  I pulled it out today to work on Shoot! The Day and as I gathered my various supplies, I acquired a ‘helper’.

Here is what my light box looks like:

I cut openings with about a 2 inch border into two sides and the top.  They are covered with tissue paper (the kind of sheets you put in a gift bag.  I also saw tracing paper could be used).  Covering with tissue paper was the hardest part.  I think tracing paper would have been easier since it is slightly thicker, but my box was too big for the pad of tracing paper I have.  It is also too big for the posterboard I bought.  I forgot to take a shot of the inside, but I curve the poster board from the top back down to in front of the camera.  This way the background is a seamless white.  I tried another shot after reading up on the technique a bit (at School of Stock).  seems my lighting was too low and I need to over expose more:

I’m taking a break from shooting because I forgot to charge my camera battery last night.  Even though I knew I was going to do this today.  Is that self-sabotage or what?  I’ll get more in later this afternoon.  Maybe even some with the kid if he is OK with being mom’s model 🙂

Photography Class Project

Here are the photos I’m using for my final project in my photog class. I’m not sure I got too much out of this class, other than a bit of confidence in my abilities. I’m trying not to look at it as a waste of time and money. I still have to mount them for presentation, but that’s about it. I may frame these and put them in my “office” (really just a corner area in the 3rd floor loft).  I might still take a shot of my son’s cello, but I’m not sure.

Slowly Losing My Mind

But at least I have one of my marbles left. And look! It’s happy!

I’m taking a photography class at the local community college and our assignment was to play with lighting. I used a flashlight on a handful of marbles to see what kind of reflection I’d get and I thought this was funny.

Also photography related, I’ve joined an event called Shoot! The Day that is sponsored (partly) by PhotoShelter. I’d been thinking of trying to shoot some stock photos to see if I could make a little money to support my photo habit, so this comes at a good time. The actual day is July 20th, but there’s an online community slowly forming, as well as local groups. They also have a wonderful resource for those starting out (or just curious): The School of Stock, where I learned (among other things) that “silo” photos are not of farms. From Lighting the “Silo”:

“Silo” (aka “knock out,” “cut out”, “white seamless”) is an industry term for images shot against a seamless white background.

I don’t know why, but this technique really appeals to me. I will probably try this– if I can find a white backdrop around the house that works.

A Portrait

I got a great Picture of Q at the playground.  I’m not sure what edit I like best.  Although they all look a bit too grainy to me.

The original:

With a dreamy filter:

With a greywash:

Got A New Lens!

I ordered a new lens for my D40 since I was very frustrated when trying to photograph animals. Apparently birds and woodchucks and the like don’t particularly enjoy being stalked. I ordered a Nikon 55mm – 200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR from Adorama and am quite happy with it. I’d never ordered camera equipment online before, but I saw them recommended on several forums, so gave them a try. They had free standard shipping, but I opted the $1.95 for the 3 day shipping. I ordered on Tuesday evening and had my lens yesterday afternoon! So I tried out a few shots.

Here is Simon from across the room. Whenever he sees the camera he looks at me as if to say “Why do you keep looking at me? Did I do something wrong?” I do have a problem with photographing him. Every time, his fur looks very grainy, like I over sharpened the picture. I think it may be the contrast of color combined with lighting, but I wish I could figure out how to fix it other than softening it in the editor.

And I caught Pixel rubbing up against Tasha. He’s a little out of focus and washed out (I was still trying to get the hang of the vibration control).

Valley Forge Pictures (part 2)

Here’s is a building at Varnum’s Quarters.  This isn’t the main house, but one off to the side.  I’m not sure what it is exactly.

Next we stopped at Wahsington’s Headquarters.

This little building was behind the house.  We couldn’t figure out what it was used for.  I was too tall to stand up in it and the floor was flooded, except a stone island in the middle.  There was a frog inside the boys told me.

This is the view out front: