Photoshoot with Carol

I have been on a bit of a hiatus recently. I got super busy with school and work and then I got really sick so it didn’t leave me much time for writing posts. Now that I have a little free time and I’m not sick in bed..it’s post time!

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Earlier in the week we had a model shoot in photography class with volunteer model, Carol. Once again it was pretty challenging to get the shot you were looking for since it was about 15 to 20 of us all working with one model. It all worked out good though and it seemed like everyone was able to get what they were looking for.

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This time around we basically were the ones posing and interacting with the model unlike the photoshoot earlier in the year that we did with Mike Owen. Carol was a great model to work with! She has really great positive energy, you could tell she was excited for the shoot and I think that got all of us excited too. Carol was easy to work with because she was super into the shoot. We had some of our own ideas and Carol had a bunch of good ideas as well. Throughout the shoot she would just try things too see if it worked or not and I liked the fact that she was so open to just going for stuff. It helps when your model enjoys getting creative.

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Carol was down for whatever pose we needed and when we asked her to hop into a fountain she didn’t hesitate for a second. I think she had her shoes off before we finished asking her haha. Like I said…it helps to have a model that isn’t afraid to get a little out of the box to get some really good shots. You have to do what you got to do sometimes and not everyone is always ready to hop into a fountain.

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This shoot was a lot of fun to do. I think we all got in good practice of all the things we learned when we were with Mike Owen earlier in the year. Carol did an awesome job as a model. She made the whole process a lot easier and fun with her outgoing attitude and by being up for anything.

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Hope you enjoyed the photos!

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Photoshoot with Sammie

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Last week I headed back to Koreshan Park to do a photoshoot. My friend Sammie volunteered to model for me. (Thanks Sammie!) While at Koreshan Park with photography class the week before I saw a couple places I wanted to take photos at but I never got the chance to have the model pose at those spots before I had to run and go to work. Also I wanted to practice some of the things I had learned on the trip with photo class that guest speaker Mike Owen taught us.

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I wanted to practice working with a model and posing a model because it is actually way harder than it sounds. You have an idea in your head how you want them to move and how you want the shot to look but it can be hard to explain to the model what you are thinking. Practice makes perfect though…The more you get out there and actually shoot photos and work on things like learning how to pose models the easier it all becomes.

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I really need to invest in getting some reflectors. When I was at Koreshan with photo class we were using them a lot to create even lighting or to block the sun a bit because it was really bright out. It was the same situation when Sammie and I went last week. It was super bright and finding even lighting was a bit of a challenge.

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It was a really fun day and it was a painless photoshoot. Sammie did a great job modeling and she was super easy to work with. It was funny because as soon as I started posing her for each shot it was like she figured out what I was going for and before I finished telling her how I wanted her to pose, she would pose the way I wanted and say “You mean like this?” haha I don’t know if she realized it but I did and I found it pretty comical.

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It was a good day and a great shoot. I hadn’t seen Sammie for a while before we did the shoot and it was nice to catch up a bit and hang out while we got the photos. Hope everyone likes the photos as much as I do!

Koreshan Park with Photo Class

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On Monday, October 15th, FGCU Digital Photography class took a field trip to Koreshan State Historic Site. It is a really cool place with an interesting history. It is also a great place for photo shoots. Tons of different buildings, trees, lighting, landscapes, and anything else your heart desires. Guest speaker and professional photography Mike Owen did a hands on workshop for all of us with the help of volunteer model Aastha.

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The first thing Mike went over was what sort of gear he would bring to a shoot like this and why you would need it. Everything from reflectors, flashes, extra batteries, and a variety of lenses. Some of it a tad bit expensive for a college student but he also gave us ideas for great alternatives to some of the gear that was more than doable on a college budget.

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After a quick overview of what sort of gear we should bring, Mike got straight into it and began showing us techniques for interacting with clients while shooting to make sure you get the shot you need and how make it a fun experience for you and the client. One of the most important things is to make whoever you are taking photos of feel comfortable and relaxed. If they are feeling uncomfortable you will probably see that uncomfortable feeling come through in the shots and that wont make for very good looking photos.

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Koreshan Park is full of all kinds of different lighting scenarios so it was a really good place to practice. We also practiced with reflectors to create fill light or to diffuse some of the sunlight in the brighter areas with less overhangs.

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Mike gave us a lot of tips on how to pose models. It sometimes can be hard to explain how you want someone to move. As Mike demonstrated sometimes the best way to explain to someone what to do is to just show them. Do the pose yourself so that your model can see what you are going for.

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It was a great afternoon and I learned a lot from listening to what Mike was saying and then attempting to try what he was saying right away by shooting photos of Aastah. I am happy with the way my photos came out especially since there was 20 plus of us in the class all shooting the same model at the same time haha! It was sort of a race to get the best angle.

If you want to see the rest of the photo set you can head over to my Flickr page. The link is on the sidebar to the left. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Bokeh Photoshoot with Bianca

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This post is about another photo assignment we had in digital photography class. The assignment was to creatively use the bokeh technique by having it interact with your subject. Bokeh is a Japanese word and it basically refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out of focus area of the photo. This shoot wound up being one of the more frustrating things I have tried to do. I decided that I wanted my subject to be a person and I had no idea how difficult it would be before I actually tried shooting photos. One of my good friends, Bianca, agreed to model for me and I have to hand it to her because it was a painfully tedious shoot haha.(Thanks again Bianca!) The first night we tried to shoot I came to find out that my living room actually wasn’t big enough for the shoot because when trying to get the bokeh affect you have to zoom in pretty much all the way if you are using a zoom lens so you can get shallower depth of field. I was backed up against the wall and I could barely fit a smidge of Bianca in the frame. So the first night was a bust but we were going to try again the next night at Bianca’s apartment because she had way more room than mine. Even with about another 20 feet of room it was still really difficult to get the shots I wanted because I had to zoom in all the way. After fighting with Christmas lights and push pins on the wall for an hour or two I got a few shots that I am happy with.

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I really wanted to get full body shots as well as close ups but I just didn’t have enough room to back up far enough. It would be cool to try this again sometime with maybe a 35mm prime lens.

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This one is my favorite out of the whole set

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Chasing Butterflies

This post is really really past due since the photos I took for it have been edited and sitting on my laptop for forever now haha. Sometimes you just get super busy and there isn’t time to make a proper post. That being said, now that I have had a few moments to myself I can actually sit down and write what I would like to.

About a week ago I noticed this bush at the bus loop on FGCU’s campus. It has these green stem looking things with blueish purple flowers all over, up and down the stems. I think it looks really cool so after class I went back to my dorm, grabbed my camera, and then headed back to campus so I could get a couple shots.

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I have no clue what kind of plant this is so if you do feel free to comment and let me know haha!

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After only about 2 minutes of shooting the plant I realized that the bush was a hangout spot for at least 20 or so giant furry bumblebees that were the size of peanuts! I was worried at first but they didn’t seem to mind me being all up in their business trying to get some photos. I tried to get some shots of the bees, but they weren’t really cooperating with me.

After getting over the fear of being stung by the camera shy bees, I spotted a butterfly floating around the bush as well. The butterfly was cooperating with me more than the bees were so I was able to get a few shots, but man did I have to work for it. The butterfly kept going around the bush in circles only stopping for fractions of a second on the green stems every once in a while. This was giving me an extremely small window of opportunity to get a good shot of the butterfly. Also my auto focus was giving me issues because it had to many things it was trying to focus on since the butterfly wouldn’t hold still. As I was running around this bush chasing the butterfly I was manually focusing and refocusing because the butterfly would move out of focus. I have a great collection of blurry butterfly pictures now but it was worth it to get the few shots that I did.

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I only shot photos of the bush and the butterfly for about 45 minutes but I was exhausted and I probably needed a shower. It was 97 degrees out and I was chasing a butterfly around a bush, you would be hot and exhausted too haha.

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Once again, just like the bush, I have no idea what kind of butterfly this is, so if you do, don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let me know.
Enjoy the photos!

Trip to Vizcaya with Laura…

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Yesterday my gorgeous girlfriend Laura and I took a trip to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for a little photo shoot. It is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering. It is located in Miami, Florida which was just a short drive for us. This was my first time visiting the Vizcaya estate but it certainly wont be the last. It really is a beautiful place to visit with so much to take in. Id like to go back because we were there for only about an hour and a half. The blistering hot Florida sun forced us to seek shelter back in Laura’s air conditioned car haha. Next time maybe we wont go during the summer at the hottest point of the day. Despite the heat we managed to have a really great time and I got plenty of good shots of Laura. It was a great day!

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These are just a few photos from yesterday. If you would like to see more you can go to my Flickr. The link is to the left on the sidebar.