Discovery Lake Park

I took advantage of the warm colored natural lighting right before sunset. The sun covered the little neighborhood in bright light beams and allowed for some pretty magical lighting. We had a chance to play with LED lights and diffusers to experiment with manipulating the light. Above are a couple of portraits I was able to capture with natural lighting and LED lighting. I wasn’t sure how I would like to effect of artificial lighting during the daytime but I realized how it could be a useful tool to compose photos. Overall I’m happy with the portraits I was able to capture and the lighting that was accomplished.

The park definitely showed signs of the season with a mix of old foliage and new blooming plants around the pathway. All of the textures and different colors were also something that drew my eye. Since my primary lens had a bit of a malfunction the week prior, I had to use another lens that I wasn’t so familiar with. Even with this minor setback I feel like I was still able to use in camera aperture and ISO adjustments to capture the certain effects I wanted.



Flashy Lights – In Studio


Above are five selected photos from our studio session during class last week. We had a chance to take our cameras in studio and photograph our fellow classmates and their guests. Before this assignment I hadn’t really been a big fan of in-studio shooting. I had an impression that it was a little too “one-dimensional” and my composition skills were not enough to make things interesting.

After practicing studio lighting and seeing the different effects we could get it really ignited my interest in studio creativity. I realized that it could be completely different from on location settings, and that’s a totally good thing! Adjusting the lighting by turning one off or turning it away from the subject gave the photo depth and mood and it was all at our control. As far as pursuing photography as a career, having studio photography skills is something that is very important. More specifically in fashion photography it will be a strength I can offer once I develop my skills with studio lighting and setups.


Environmental Portraits

The photos above are my take on environmental portraits that I captured during class time and outside of class for the assignment. These types of portraits are very interesting to me and I realized that a lot of thought and planning before hand goes into these kind of moments. I needed to make sure I could capture the subject in a setting that was able to show the viewer a genuine perception of what they do or who the subject is.

For the first photo with my classmate Cameron, I chose to capture him on campus being that he is a first year student attending CSU San Marcos and it would be a classic memory to document. We chatted before hand and Cameron mentioned he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and that they were hosting events on campus throughout the week. When I got to the setting I felt a little nervous since it was during U-hour and a lot of students were on campus, feeling a little hesitant with the crowd I feel like it affected my ability to compose the photo as strongly as I had hoped. All in all I am still happy with the way the photos turned out and this photo assignment gave me a lot to learn and work with.

The following photo was one I was able to capture during our session in class. The subject is an employee at the USU Marketplace who was eager and happy to take a photo. I was initially attracted to the fridge that held organized drinks as the background. With the small isles it took a few tries to position the subject in a way that didn’t show distracting pieces in the background. I felt it showed enough story to the photo and still allowed me to capture my simple style.