LIGHTS, Camera, Action!

Hey out there! Happy Sunday! This post is for my fellow photogs. Last Wednesday, I attended a two hour lighting workshop at Adorama.  It was only $25 bucks, can't beat that, lol.  They say in photography, lighting is the key to everything and boy were they right.  The ability to manipulate shadows and highlights are basically the two major aspects to lighting.  This class was specifically for studio lighting which I do little of; I'm more of an outdoorsy ambient light girl.  But, some studio lighting concepts can also be applied when shooting outdoors and using natural lighting. Here was our model Llana.  You'll see below that the photo is focused and clear but it has a cool blue temperature.  That was because my white balance was not correct.  I actually had it on Auto but my camera was unable to pick up the appropriate light setting.  No flash was used, ISO set to 220. By simply changing my camera's white balance to Daylight (the little sun icon on your camera), the photo revealed Llana with a warmer tone.  I pumped up my ISO to about 400 for a little more color saturation, still no flash.  This was the look I was going for. Just a tip!  For all you outdoor shooters like me, the way to avoid harsh shadows on your subjects face is to simply turn them around so that their back is facing the sun.  That and using a reflector to bounce the sunlight can help fill light onto the face.  With your subjects back against the sun, if you position them correctly, you can actually achieve what is called rim lighting.  Thats where you can create a sort of halo around the person's head using the sunlight.  Kinda cool, huh? Any lighting tips you'd like to share?!! I'm all ears...:)
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Coming Together Despite Our Differences

I'm constantly inspired by people, places, and things I see; sometimes unexpectedly. You never know what you may come across on the streets in Manhattan.  I was taken by surprise when I came upon this scene last Wednesday evening at Beth Israel Hospital. ARI_1484a People gathered together with solemn looks on their faces but hope and strength shown brightly in their eyes.  At the time I wasn't aware of what was going on or why these people were all gathered by candle light.  I later found that a patient at Beth Israel, Mario Vera,was the victim of a hate crime and residents from his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn gathered together out of concern and to raise awareness of hate crimes in that area.  Mario was viciously attacked by thugs who yelled racial slurs as they beat him on the street.  Now he has no recollection of who he is and does not recognize his own family. This story truly saddens me but it was really touching to see how people will come together at the face of adversity and be strong for one another.  Unless we can all appreciate and have respect for each others differences, these type of crimes will continue to happen.  To read more about this story CLICK HERE .
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Freedom to Control

Hey guys!! Welcome to another round of one of my blog posts! So this time, I was thinking I want to share my thoughts on one of the appeals of being a photographer.  Ok, some of you who may be turned off from that last sentence, but let me assure you that this post can be applied to anyone, no matter what your passion or creative mode of expression happens to be.  So as the title states, Freedom to Control, think about that for a moment....Freedom...to....Control.  I think it's human nature to not want to feel controlled by anyone or anything, no matter what.  We'd all like to  be free to express ourselves, our thoughts, and our actions.  Right?  You're a writer...the story line is yours from A to Z.  The content is as mysterious or informative as you want it to be, no holds barred.  You're an actor/actress...the role is yours, the words flow freely from you mouth, you're movements gestures and attitude bring your character to life.  You're a photographer...creative images flow from your mind into real life, the unseen becomes seen, beauty is now yours to portray any way you want.   No matter what the circumstance, the output is whatever you want it to be; straight from your imagination for the world to see.  I think one of the main elements that excites artists alike is the work they do as their own creation.  Something that was just your mere thought can be visible to the world.  It can be a very liberating thing; not being told what to do or criticized for expressing what you think is beautiful, unique, or interesting.  It awakens the spirit  and demonstrates individuality.  And that's what we all want isn't it? To be individuals and unique in our own right. Tammie and Rashmi, two different individuals, both holding beauty all their own.  I casually photographed them in the way I imagined; letting my interpretation of their uniqueness come through my images. DSC_0952 DSC_0960 DSC_0974 DSC_1004 This is the result of a free imagination and controlled creativity.  Exciting stuff! Can't wait for the next shoot!
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