Ooooh, Aaaah! Painting With Light Preview…

For lab this past week in Advanced we learned how to paint with light. These are just a few photos we messed around with and now that I know how to go about painting with light, there will be more to come!


Smiley!

This is supposed to say Melissa, but I squashed it all because I thought I was running out of room.

Nick with a light up wand, entertained all of us behind the cameras.

…and again.

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Fill & Balance

Sooo I sort of struggled with this. Maybe not the techniques so much but finding situations to portray fill and balance flash. I found there was too much light from the sun when I was trying to fill flash and the hotness on the side of the guy’s face (below) but in all attempts to get the technique right I sort of, accidentally, ignored that. Woops. For balance I went to the Farmer’s Market on campus. I don’t think I had enough sunlight to even balance with and my flash became the dominant light source. I hope that my struggles will turn into successes eventually, but until then, this is what I came up with.


“Columbia resident Brennus plays songs on his violin for those passing by on Lowry Mall on Wednesday October 27. “I come out here to play most days, and I’ll stay until the snow comes,” said Brennus.”

Color Correction

The color correction assignment was a tough one for me. I’m still quite the amateur with my flash and now that we added gels to it, it threw me for a loop. The assignment itself was not hard but it was finding the light I needed and applying the correct gels is what got me. Fluorescent lighting can be found all over the place and because of that I wanted to go somewhere that had that light but also had something interesting going on. So, I went to The Mud Room. The Mud Room is a ceramics studio in Columbia that anyone can go to to create, paint, and explore pottery. When I went there weren’t many people there but there were a few kids painting, so I used them as my subjects.


A regular of The Mud Room, Bailey, paints a ceramic cat on October 20. The Mud Room is a ceramics studio in Columbia where everyone is welcome regardless of artistic experience. “I love coming here and making new things. I’m starting to run out of space in my room for everything!” said Bailey.

Single Flash Assignment…Seeing Stars

For
 the 
single
 flash
 assignment 
I 
had 
trouble 
initially
 figuring
 out
 where 
I
 wanted 
to
 shoot
 and
 where 
the 
best 
situation 
to 
practice 
flash
techniques 
would 
be.
 For 
the 
first 
take
 of 
the 
assignment I 
went 
to 
the 
Homecoming
 Blood 
Drive.
The 
Hearnes 
Center
 is 
a 
really
 awful 
place 
to 
try
 and 
take 
photographs
 and
 there 
wasn’t
 much 
to 
bounce 
off
 of,
 which
 is
 why
 I
 did 
direct. 
Most 
people 
didn’t
 mind
 me 
popping
 the 
flash
 at them
 while 
they 
were
 giving 
blood 
(as 
long 
as 
it 
wasn’t
 when 
the 
needle 
was 
going 
in…I
 wasn’t 
about 
to 
do 
that)
 and 
I
 thought 
I 
could
 get
 some
good
 emotion 
from
 the
 people 
there. For 
my
 second
 take 
I
 went 
to 
the 
Boys 
and
 Girls 
Club 
of 
Columbia. 
I 
know
 people 
who 
have
 volunteered
 there 
and
 they
 have 
said 
it’s 
a 
great 
place
 so 
I 
decided
 to 
go 
there 
to 
get
 some 
interaction
 with
 the
 kids 
and
 practice 
bounce 
flash.
 I 
was 
worried
I
 wouldn’t
 be 
able 
to 
take
 pictures
 of 
the
 children
 without
 consent
 but 
the 
woman working 
said
 it 
was 
fine 
as 
long
 as 
it
 wasn’t
 for 
publication
 and 
I 
couldn’t 
give
 out
 their 
names,
 which 
is 
why 
the
 caption 
does 
not
 have 
names.
 Once I 
got 
the 
ok,
 I 
followed
 some
 of
 the 
kids
 around 
for
 a 
 little 
but 
I 
forgot
 that 
once
 you 
take
 a 
picture 
of
 one 
kid,
 EVERYONE
 wants
 their 
picture
 taken,
 everyone
 wants
 to
 try
 the 
camera,
 everyone
 wants 
to
 know 
why 
you’re
 there,
 and 
everyone 
wants 
you 
to 
play 
with
 them 
and 
give
 them 
a 
piggy 
back 
ride.
 Needless 
to
 say, 
I
 had 
a
 blast 
but 
my
 goodness
 was 
I 
tired!

Direct:


Mizzou student Hannah Lane helps Lindsay Lidley recover after giving blood at the 25th Anniversary Homecoming Blood Drive in the Hearnes Center on October 11. Lidley had only given blood once before and says she faints easily.

Bounce:


Second-graders play an intense game of foosball in the games room at the Boys and Girls club on October 13. The Boys and Girls Club is an after school destination for many kids in Columbia who need a safe and fun place to go after school until their parent(s) get off of work. “Many of these kids don’t have much to smile about and playing with them or helping them finish homework is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said staff member Cornell Ellis.

Here are a few other of my favorites from the shoot. Some with, and some without flash.

Lighting Glass Assignment

For this assignment I chose to photograph glass. In this day and age so many producers are adding preservatives, coloring, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and syrups to their products to make them last longer and look prettier on supermarket shelves. I came up with the concept of breaking down food products into it’s essential ingredients and showing how simple and basic food can be. Or in this case, how simple marinara sauce really is.

This is the approach I took in lighting…

…and this is the finished product.

As technology in farming and food processing has increased, the quality of food sold on supermarket shelves has decreased. Ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, preservatives, and refined sugars are added to products to make them appear fresh and to last for a long time on a shelf or in a cupboard. It’s easy to forget how simple food really is and often times the tastiest food is basic, fresh and additive free. The staple ingredients of marinara sauce are tomatoes, garlic, onion, and basil (the vegetables can be modified, of course), no extra oils, syrups or sugars needed.