February 25, 2008

Headshot Lighting Lab

This photograph was also produced for James Walter's commercial lighting class. Our class broke into groups and came up with several different lighting recipes for head shots which we can hopefully use in the future.

Capture: Canon EOS 20D, 1/60s at f20, ISO 100, 56mm focal length with 17-85mm lens

Neutrogena Add

For my commercial class with James Walters, we were assigned to pick out three adds to copy. For my product shot, I decided to copy these pretty Neutrogena lipglosses. Here is the comparison between the add on the left with my copy on the right.

Capture: Canon EOS 20D, 68mm focal length using a 17-85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/60s at f18

February 15, 2008


We got an assignment to create an iconic image for ourselves to put on a self-promotional business card and postcard mailer. I naturally thought of photographing my chickens. The idea of the flowers on the chicken was inspired by the cover of the magazine Plenty where they had a peaceful llama with roses on her head. I bought carnations, weaved them together with pipe cleaner, and tied them around her neck. After completing the image, I created a business card and postcard in InDesign which I used for the first time here. CHICKEN!

Capture: Canon EOS 20D, f14, 1/125s, ISO 400, 90mm macro lens

February 12, 2008

Fun at the Green Bean

Last Friday my friend Carolyn and I went to the Green Bean coffee shop in Greensboro, NC to capture the sights and sounds of the place for a slide show that has yet to be completed. These are a few of my favorite images from the visit. Everyone at the Green Bean was so friendly, and the drinks were yummy. The one you see here is a Chai Latte! This little boy made a beautiful subject as he ran around the shop. I promised his father that I'd send him copies. I'm glad that there are little places like this where the people in the community can come together and hang out.

Capture: Canon EOS 20D, 17-85mm lens

February 10, 2008

My Favorite Chuck Out-take

Maybe I should have turned in this photograph instead. The happy Chuck.

Chuck's Portrait

My commercial class was assigned to take a portrait of Chuck to go on the RCC website. I found a picture by Piotr Kowalik whose lighting I tried to copy. I didn't get the exact result, but I got something interesting enough from using Kowalik's lighting as a guide. I used a soft box above the model and a grid to act as fill below the model. This was a challenging assignment for me because I have a hard time directing the model in the chair. I need to learn more things to say that don't sound goofy. Luckily Chuck was helpful and moved around into various poses until I found the one I liked.

Capture: Phase One H10 on a Hasselblad, f22, ISO 100

February 05, 2008

My multimedia teacher sent our class out to record sights and sounds of any area to place into a Soundslides show. My friend Carolyn and I went to the zoo and after spending time with the quiet elk, we walked down this trail a bit.

Carolyn deBerry and I contributed to the photos and audio while I did my own arrangement of the slide show.

Visual Capture: Canon EOS 20D, Nikon D2X
Audio Capture: Zoom audio recorder

February 04, 2008

Lady Elk

While working on a Soundslides project for my multimedia class, I went with my friend to the zoo to record sights and sounds. Although the elk, including this lovely lady peering through the fence, were beautiful, I couldn't get them to make any noise, so they didn't make it into my slide show. I still enjoy the photos though.

Capture: Canon 20D, 1/400s at f5.6, ISO 400, 75-300mm lens, Adobe Photoshop CS2

Bargain Box

In my commercial class, we were assigned to work with a graphic artist from the design department here in school to create a campaign. My artist decided to work on advertising for the upscale second hand store Bargain Box run by the Junior League of Greensboro. This was an exterior shot that my artist wanted. She wanted a different angle on the building, so I stood on top of a news stand to get height. My teacher James showed me how to use Photoshop to make the lines on the building straight since I didn't use a large format camera. He also showed me how to add contrast and color balance the photo to make it more appealing. There was no direct sunlight hitting the building when I photographed it.

Capture: Canon EOS 20D, 1/60s at f4, ISO 100, 17-85mm lens, Adobe Photoshop CS2