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Archive for the ‘creativity’ Category

Window Light with Christina

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I’m continuing with my personal photography project to shoot one person, Christina, over a period of 10 weeks. If you missed any of the earlier blog posts, see the three listed just to the right under “Recent Articles,” all with titles ending in “Christina.”

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This week, we shot in a modern building with a lot of window light. The quality of window light is hard to replicate in the studio.  It provides a very flattering look and if the subject is placed close to the window, the light can wrap around her in a lovely way.

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Christina has been joy to work with. Stay tuned for more images – we’ll be going to outside locations, now that the weather here in Connecticut is finally looking and feeling like Spring!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Fun with Oversized Sweaters!

 

 

 

 

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Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, J.D., an actor and model. Regular readers will recognize her from my January blog post, Shooting with an Actor.

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J.D. wanted to try some images with big, stretchy sweaters. I was game! We didn’t really have a plan for the pose concepts, rather just to try different looks and see what worked.

I had two lights on the background to make it almost pure white and also provide a bit of wraparound light. There was one big soft box above and just to the left of the camera and a reflector below the frame to bounce a bit of soft light back into her face. This is a flattering lighting setup overall, while still allowing for shading on the right side of her face to add dimension and depth to the images.

Capture0105-2-950px-EditJ. D., you are a joy to shoot with.   The best shoots are the ones where the model and the photographer collaborate in the creative process – as we did here.

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Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Playing with Marbles

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Last week, I spent a couple of enjoyable hours playing with marbles. Loyal readers will recall I sometimes do closeup (macro) shooting of marbles or other colorful objects. This is partly for fun, partly for testing out lighting ideas and partly just a creative exercise.

 

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Here’s an iPhone picture of my setup.  The marbles were propped up on an upside-down Chinet plate, with a blue poster background for most shots, and two lights on the sides in umbrellas (one visible in the upper right corner here).

The camera was on a tripod – something I never do when shooting portraits.

 

 

 

 

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There wasn’t much editing in Photoshop for these – punching up the color slightly was about it. In most of the pictures, there’s very little area in sharp focus. In the photograph above, just a tiny bit of the blemishes in the green marble is sharp. And of course there’s a marked drop off in focus as you move further back in the image – I purposely went for a very narrow depth of field.

As always, I’d welcome any reactions, comments, questions on the pictures.  I’m aiming to do more of this type of shooting over the next few months – who doesn’t enjoy playing with marbles?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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