Tuesday, December 16, 2008


As of tomorrow large format and lighting will be over and I'll be in New York for a week hopefully receiving lots of money as xmas presents from my family (rent's due in January).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Ladies and Gentlemen of the world! (Or maybe just you, Jill, and my mom)

Victory is mine!

I wonder if you'll recall... back, long, long ago in one of my very first blog posts I told you about a light vs. dark assignment in lighting. A photo that had to have three objects in it and every dark part of the photo had to be against something light and vice versa.

Well, today is the day! After four reshoots, many tears, and serious thoughts about therapy, I present to you the image that got me a 3.5 on the assignment!

...and more Karsh!

I set up the lighting for this Karsh style portrait very quickly and it probably won't be the final image I had in next week for class, but it was just too good not to be on the interwebs somewhere!


For our macro assignment in large format and lighting we had to focus in on an object no bigger than one inch in size and our object had to have an environment. Meaning the photo had to have a foreground, middleground, and background.


B.O.B & W.O.W
black on black & white on white

Very similar to the previous post's assignment, with some differences.
This time we had to light an object and illuminate its shadow side so as to retain detail throughout the image, but we had to have a black image on a black background and a white image on a white background.

Key Fill

For this assignment we needed to use a fill light in order to retain detail on the shadow side of an object.

The first image is shot with only a main light coming from the left which creates a dark shadow side on the right. As a result some detail is lost.

The second image using the same main light, but has a fill light added. The shadow side of the cup does remain slightly darker, but none of the detail is lost in the cup now.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Macro My Face Off!

While I was youtubing photography today I found this:

I don't have a lens that goes further than 100mm like he suggested in the video, but I tried it with my fixed 50mm and my 18-70mm real quick and it totally works. I even like the little circular image it gives you.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I own you large format and lighting

"A1 steak sauce!", I'm told after my instructor looked at this board. Large format and lighting, I own you!

For this assignment we needed to gradate light across a shiny metal object while still maintaining light vs. dark and separation from the background.

HOWEVER. I am reshooting my three objects again. Sadly I can't show you a scan of the failed image because I chucked it in a bin in a small temper tantrum before leaving school today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


One of our final assignments in Large Format and Lighting is to take a Karsh style portrait. If you don't know who Yousuf Karsh is click HERE. While setting up the demo our instructor asked if I would model for the shot and he let me take a copy home with me too. I'm finally excited about an assignment in Large Format and Lighting!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Clyde is 1 year old!

Today was my dog's first birthday and since I have a blog now I decided that bad pictures of her not holding still at her party table were appropriate! Happy birthday Clyde!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Heavy B!

The crowds reaction on election night when Barack was announced president elect! Woo!


Two self portrait assignments--one we had to be in and the other we couldn't be in...

Most Recent

The most recent project in Large Format and Lighting went really well!

The assignment was to place a rim light on a glass by lighting what reflected into the object instead of the object itself.

One Shot

Not everything is a reshoot for me though. There are some projects that I nail the first time out!

The cereal box assignment required us to use the view camera to get all four corners of the box tack sharp.

The clock assignment was selective focus. We were assigned to numbers to keep in focus and make sure the rest were thrown out of focus.


While I was trying to think of something clever to name this photo blog I glanced over at an assignment in my large format and lighting class and sighed because it was a reshoot--hence the name, and I thought, why not start the blog off with some reshoot projects?

The rocks need a burned down background so there is clear separation between subject and background, and the building needs the keystone completely corrected.