Portrait: Ivanna

Ivanna’s Portrait was another assignment. The assignment: plan out out the shot…the location, the lights you’ll use, the lighting style etc. Then we had two minutes to shoot it. Two minutes to set up, pose, and shoot. Β Couple of the shots I got.

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Remmy: Germany Pt.1

I must be getting better with remembering to take pictures of Remmy when I travel because I have enough to split “Germany” into two posts. πŸ™‚ The above picture is Remmy’s first picture in Germany, he’s sitting on top of my suitcase in the Frankfurt airport. (I traveled to Germany in Aug./Sept. 2011).

On the Rhine River.

At the Deutsches Eck, in Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine River’s meet.

Still the at the Deutsches Eck. Β With statue of the German Emperor, William 1 (William the Great) in the backround.

Driving in Europe… enough said. πŸ˜›

In Autostadt, the Volkswagen Plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. One of the famous VW towers in the backround.

When your last name is a German word… it’s amusing to see it on a bottle of shampoo… 100% Glanz, I think yes!

One of the warmer days we were there, we went to (their version) of the beach. Remmy came too. πŸ™‚

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Next week, Remmy in Berlin.

Portrait: Lennae

Yesterday we took our lights outside and practiced on location lighting with our classmates! πŸ™‚ (See, all that box work paid off!) This is my class mate, Lennae! I’ve only known her for a few days…but I like her; alot! Wish this course was longer…OR we had more time to get to know each other! πŸ™‚

Short lighting, with a soft quality of light, low contrast.

Butterfly lighting.

Broad lighting.


Rembrandt. Medium Contrast.

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1 Subject 10 Ways

One of today’s assignments was this: Pick one subject and shoot it 10 ways. I chose my little “Canada ring”.

Obviously, above it’s on a camera because I’m at a photography course.

I’m kind of “old-school” in that I still take notes in a notebook. My ring with my notebook.

It was raining outside. My ring on one of the bricks in the little courtyard outside.

The ips logo… IPS is the company with which I’m doing this course.

On my feet…because they take me everywhere I go πŸ™‚

On a lamp

My lens cap

The place I’m taking the course is in an old hotel, build in the 1890s. Β My ring the old window lock.

With my computer…

Back on my hand where it’s meant to be πŸ™‚

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Who I Am…

Another assignment was a “self portrait”. Β So obviously, the picture above is of myself. πŸ™‚ I’m wearing a hat (of course!). Also, I am wearing a scarf I bought in Germany which represents my love of travel. I chose to convert the image to black and and white because…well, I really love black and white images! My expression is intentional…showing that I’m taking what I’m doing here seriously….but there’s a hint of a smile – always…

Part 2 of the “self portrait”was to take pictures of three things that represent ourselves.

Coffee…of course! πŸ™‚ If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, or if you know me in “real life” you’ll know I love coffee.

I know it’s a little quirky… but I decided to add Remmy in. I’m traveling so as you may have guessed Remmy is here too! I also decided it would be fun to take a picture of Remmy in my studio here. πŸ™‚ (Remmy’s Story is HERE.)

My last choice is my iPod…for a few reasons. One, when I travel this is where I read my Bible…so this, is my faith. Β Two…the obvious reason, MUSIC! If you know me, you know that music is a huge part of my life from singing in choirs, playing violin, and the sheer enjoyment of listening to it! Please note: the iPod case is green πŸ˜‰

This…is (a small piece!) of who I am…

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P.s. All photos shot in studio! (how cool is that?!)

Upgrade in my Studio!

The cool thing about starting with something as simple as a box…is that it can only get better from there! πŸ˜‰ Very similar to our box post.. but with a mannequin head. Always fun to make things more interesting in class…we dressed our mannequins up a little. πŸ˜‰ Mine seems to have somewhat of a French air about him, wouldn’t you agree?

Broad Lighting: Ratio 3:1. Order: B, M, F

Short Lighting: Ratio 2:1. Order:B, M, F

Rembrandt Lighting: Ratio 8:1. Order: B, M, F

Profile Lighting: Ratio 4:1. Order: B, M, F

Butterfly Lighting: Ratio: 8:1. Oder: B, M, F

Well I’ve heard hints our next studio subjects will be people…! So come on back soon!

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More Studio :-)

Second part of our studio lighting assignment was to choose an object of our choice (rather than using the box in the previous post). πŸ™‚

4:1 Ratio: Main, fill, both

2:1 Ratio: Main, Fill, Both

Looking forward to learning more! πŸ™‚

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Studio Lighting – The Beginning

So, part of my photography course is on studio lighting, which is very challenging…but super rewarding too. It’s so different than using natural light because I – the photographer – am in full control. πŸ™‚

1:1 Ratio. Order: Main light, Fill light, Both

2:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

3:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

4:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

8:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

Well no, boxes may not be a super exciting subject in photography… however, it is exciting to know that these steps lead to more. πŸ˜€

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Just something to make you smile on a Monday morning! πŸ˜€ Yellow is one of those “smilely colours”, wouldn’t you agree?

On a side note…I’m out in Colorado for the week doing a photography course! (How cool is that, eh?!) Super excited to be here, to have the opportunity to learn, to stretch my skill, to spend time with other photographers! πŸ˜€ I’ll be posting during my week here, so be sure and check in to see what I’m up too!

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