Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Camera Works

I thought that the final project for camera works was due next week. Silly me! So I started working on the project, which is a test for bigger project that has been on my mind since we did the stop motion and painting with light. The project will involve demons, dreams and a woman. :D

Monday, April 26, 2010

Flash assignment

It was really fun discovering the potential of the use of flash. Four sessions for four images.

First try with street flash photography

Second try - the DiCorcia style

Third try - Bruce Gilden style

And the Leibowitz - Romero look

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Bruce Gilden challenge

Inspired by Bruce Gilden I decided to give a try with the flash a little closer. Basically I was carrying a Sunpak flash with the hot shoe trigger in one hand and using the on camera flash to trigger it. So that is the reason you may see double catchlights on the people. I was surprised how easy it can come once you gather the guts to flash people closer. Only I have to be more careful next time on where I place the flash to give more interesting shadows.

And when things go wrong

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two flash street photographers

Philip DiCorcia with his "heads" series (the first shots on the video)

And of course Bruce Gilden

More flash street photography

More fun exploring the possibilities of the flash used on street photography.

Not the perfect composition, but I was trying to get the guy who was close to me lit with my on camera flash as a fill in, the people on the back lit with the sun and the guy at the end with the external flash, although it resulted on too bright guy .

Some people have asked me how i did it. So here is a photo including the flash. (Just ignore the awful post that is growing on the girl's head)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Bounced flash backwards and left, 45 degrees.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Guest model portrait

Classic Portrait

Short lighting w/ 9:1 fill in ratio

Creative Portrait

I wanted to recreate the look of the old soviet propaganda portraits. I used a main 500 watts main light with no fill.


500 w light with no fill

500 watts main light with 5:1 fill in light

500 watts main light with 5:1 fill in light

Web Research - Catchlights and Short lighting

Intriguing catchlights

Photo by Buck Rogers

Photo by Matthew Dawkins

Short lighting

Eugene Smith - Guardia Civil, EspaƱa, 1951

Light patterns

Here are my light patterns photos. I put so much attention to the light ratios that I completely forgot about the tilt in the heads. That makes my models look "stiff". Definitely one thing I will have to be more careful about the next time I make a classic portrait.

Broad lightingShort lighting