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Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Concert Lighting with Christina

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I’m continuing my 10 week shooting project with Christina. If you missed my first post about the photography course I’m taking, please see last’s week’s blog post.

Christina is an accomplished singer in several genres. We decided to create some images in the studio that would imitate club or concert lighting. In the image above, I used three lights – one with a blue gel aimed towards the background, the second a bright light just off the frame to the right to highlight her hair, and the third a beauty dish to the right at about 45 degrees to the camera line.

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Here’s one using a red gel. Christina sings with a wonderful country group and I was listening to a playlist of classic country hits she’d made on Spotify while editing these pictures.

I found the vintage-style microphone on Amazon. It’s a replica of “the Elvis mike” – what could be better?!

Stay tuned for more pictures of Christina over the coming weeks.

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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Mentoring a Young Photographer

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This afternoon, I spent some time with my friend, Ashley, giving her some tips on photography.

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Ashley has really gotten the photography bug. At age 13, she is off to a great start. She has a good eye and is already taking some very engaging pictures.

I’ve had quite a few photographer friends that have mentored me along the way, so I’m always happy to help others.

Ashley’s family has been dear friends of ours for many years and she is a delight to hang out with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, in the shade by the swimming pool, we discussed the finer points of auto-ISO, depth of field, composition and shutter speed, among other esoteric subjects.

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I quoted Cartier-Bresson, one of my favorite photographers, who said, “My first 10,000 pictures were my worst.” He was saying, of course, shoot, shoot and shoot more. This is just what Ashley is doing.  She even goes under the tree where the bugs are to get the shot!

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In the picture below, Ashley is dreaming of her next new lens. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) And yes, I told her that the rule is to have the eyes in focus, not whatever the person is holding. But we both liked this rule-breaking image.  Look forward to shooting with you again, dear one!

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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