I've been working a lot on compositing images lately and I have to say I'm starting to really enjoy it. I'm able to illustrate concepts that I've never been able to illustrate before. I still have a long way to go, but I would recommend trying it out.
Sometimes they don't always turn out very realistic, and it's easy to get frustrated when you spend a lot of time on an image and it doesn't end up turning out the way you wanted it too. But if you keep working at it you could end up doing some REALLY cool stuff.
These two photos I made were inspired by anxiety. I struggle with anxiety often and sometimes I try to illustrate how it feels. I'll probably come back to this idea in the future but until then this is what I came up with.
So as I've said before I've never taken a stab at fashion photography before. And now all of a sudden I've thrown myself into an entire fashion class with a lot of really talented photographers.
My first assignment was to shoot photographs for a "series of lingerie shops". I decided to take the classy, vintage route with black and white with crisp detail. Not that original, I know. But I had to start somewhere! Overall I'm not unpleased with my results. I had two wonderful models work with me and overall I had a lot of fun photographing them.
For future assignments though I'm going to not play it so safe... or at least I'm going to try. My professor said I should push the concept more and so I'm going to try to come up with more creative ideas. In my other shooting class I actually just shot an assignment inspired by pictorialism. It was really cool actually and I like the results, so I think I might incorporate that style into my fashion work. I think it would be cool. I'll show you the results of today's shoot soon. But until then, you can take a look at my fashion shots and tell me what you think if you wish!
During the month of December I had an opportunity that I've never had before. I created a photo series with the help of two other talented photographers. Joleen Zubek, Ethan Herrington, and myself created a series of portraits with the conceptual idea of mismatched safety gear. Each portrait portrays a person with one safety item replaced with a humorous and/or unexpected prop. All three of us contributed to the creation of these photographs and we are all very happy with the outcome!
But in the beginning I was a little worried. I would love to take credit for getting this group of talented people together, but alas, the group was created by my photo professors for a photo project. So naturally, knowing I was going to work with two other people on a very important photo assignment had me thinking about all that could go wrong. What if I get paired with people that I don't know? What if we don't get along? What if we can't agree on an idea? What if we can't pull this off?
Thankfully we got along well (most of the time) and we were able to compromise. And in the end we were able to create something special that none of us could have created on our own. Which I think is the coolest thing of all. Being able to create something that is so much better than what I've done before. All because I didn't do it alone.
I've found there are two different types of people in this world. People who think that graveyards are creepy, and people who think graveyards are peaceful. I happen to find graveyards to be a very peaceful place, and so does my friends Lauren. Thus when Lauren moves into a new dorm at her school that is 50 yards from a graveyard, we go and hang out in it. Now I feel differently at night. Being in a graveyard at night is creepy. (not to mention the ghosts and zombies that will try to eat your face)
I took a few photographs while we were chillin in the graveyard. I thought about converting them to grayscale, but I think they look pretty good in color. The lighting was pretty cool that day. Now some photographers may feel that photographing graveyards can be a cliche. But... I don't care.
Last week I visited the city of Rochester. I got to explore the city for a little bit and take a few photographs. Even though I live outside Rochester during the school year, I don't have a vehicle so getting out and about is difficult.
But last week was an exception and it was a lot of fun. I decided not to stress out too much about my photography. Over the school year I take my work very seriously. Sometimes too seriously. And after all, I got into photography because I get a certain level of enjoyment out of it. So wandering around with my camera and taking photographs of whatever catches my eye was quite refreshing. It wasn't for any kind of "assignment" or "project". It was just for fun, and I enjoyed myself. I probably won't do anything with the photographs I took. But it doesn't matter. I'm just glad I got out to take some pictures.
And yes... that is a dead bird that I found on the ground. I thought it was cool. Because I'm weird.