Ring Light Practice

Excuse my lack of posts lately. I’m still dealing with a whole lot of drama so things that don’t concern work or school have been put on the back burner. Last night during my late class we all got a chance to use a ring light and I really wanted to share them.

A ring light is exactly what it sounds like and it creates really even and flattering light and creates a beautiful catch light in the eyes. Sort of like this…

We all put our cameras on a tripod and shot experimented. It hurt to be photographed because all of us would rather be behind the camera but we stuck it out. I’ll show mine first.

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We put a kind of screen on the light to focus it more which is why you’re able to see the edges of it. I’m all for dramatic lighting so I loved it.

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If you ever have the chance to play with a ring light I highly recommend it. Just be careful because some companies make them really cheap and break easily so do your research!

Happy shooting!

Food for the Eyes 005: Masashi Wakui

Some of the most tranquil and calming images can be those taken at night. Just knowing that the world is all at rest and in a few hours they’ll all wake up to the new day. Or it can be the nightlife when people emerge from their homes and take on the social life with one another. I myself am a night owl so when the rest of the world is settling down I like to see what’s out there.

I came across Masashi Wakui’s images on tumblr and the colors reflected off of the wet pavement just made me want to run outside and enjoy the night.

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All of the neon lights of the signs and the streetlights are calling me. I miss when my friends and I would just walk down the street at night. We met some of the most interesting people. I’m a sucker for small markets too… so who wants to go to the bar with me next weekend?

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Food for the Eyes 004: Zenzile Sky Lark

Ready for some color guys? This girl definitely knows how to makes colors pop and keep you sucked in! She is the lovely Zenzile Sky Lark.

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This is her Sisters series which was a tribute to her own family and I think it was gorgeously done. The make up, the clothes, the expressions! Such a beautiful family.

Lots of her work involves bursts of color so if you’re looking for photography that’ll lift your spirits follow her on tumblr, Instagram or visit her website. It’s filled with beautiful series.

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Motel shame

Weird name for a post right? I know but it’ll make sense in a bit.

I officially changed my idea for my senior show and I’m so excited about it. I decided to go to motel rooms and use black lights to expose whatever… grossness that may be in them. Sick right? I know but I think it would make a pretty interesting series. I plan to do long exposures to make the “grossness” glow more (for the non photo people long exposures means leaving the shutter open longer to let in more light). To push it further I plan to have models half naked and in vulnerable/shameful poses to play off the stereotypes of the things that can happen in motels.

I was really afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find people that would want to even be in contact with what may be in the room. I posted on the community boards of my school and so far I have 10 people willing to model! I have meetings lined up for next week to answer any questions they may have and make up a schedule.

I googled potential inspiration and here’s what I found. As a warning it is pretty gross so… be prepared.

Gross? Extremely. But it also kind of reminds me of those galaxy stickers we used to put on the ceiling that would glow at night. Kind of beautiful in a way.

I’m hoping that the rooms will be pretty gross (not as much as above). Enough so that I’ll be able to see something in the images. It depends on how deeply this motel cleans its rooms. If not I’ll have to try to find another motel or try to photoshop things in… I really want it to be real though.

Always believe in your ideas and yourself. Self doubt is the worst thing so when it creeps in shove it down as far as possible and go for it! You never know what accomplishments are around the corner.

Food for the Eyes 003: Arianna Palazzi

I follow The Photographers Directory on tumblr because it’s a jackpot for inspiration. Photographers are able to submit and give a small bio in order to attract more attention to their work. I’ve come across so many amazing artists on this blog like Arianna Palazzi.

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This series caught my eye because of how the human body gives form to the scenes projected onto them. She frames them in such a beautiful way and I love when artists present a nude figure without it being sexual. She also has many lifestyle images so you know I’m smitten.

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If you’re a photographer and would like to be featured in the Food for the Eyes series shoot me an email!

Hard work pays off

Through my college career I have attended 3 schools. The first was my dream school but because I was out-of-state I couldn’t afford for more than a year. I was heartbroken and had to move back home and attend my community college for a year. After a slow year I enrolled in the school I am and it’s been a crazy experience.

At this school I’ve loved my teachers because of how creative and helpful they are. The students in my department are great except a few individuals that collectively annoy us. The rest of this school? Absolutely hate it. I’m not going to go into the gruesome details but I’ve never met such fake and evil people in my entire life.

A few days ago I found out that if you have less than 9 credits in order to graduate you are able to walk early and once you complete them they will mail you your degree. I only have 3 credits left.

Ladies and gentleman… I have successfully applied for graduation.

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I’ve never had a GPA not on the dean’s list so I’m making sure that I keep this streak for my last semester. I can’t even believe I’m saying it…

Be confident

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Something that I struggle with when it comes to voicing my ideas for my work or just showing my work is confidence. I’m always thinking what if they don’t like it or is this idea actually stupid? I instantly doubt myself to the point where I think my idea/work is so amateur that it shouldn’t even be shown the public. I’ve had many times where my peers or professor genuinely like my work and wash my doubts away but it always creeps back. The self doubt really holds me back at times.

I have to keep reminding myself that my ideas are good. They may not be perfect and not everyone will like them but they’re worth hearing. My opinion matters as much as the next person.

I think it comes from how I respect a lot of my peers’ work to the point where I don’t think my own can touch theirs. There is nothing wrong with appreciating another’s work while also having the confidence to put your own right next to theirs.

So be confident in what you do ok? You put the time and effort into what you created so you’re allowed to show it. Be proud of your work and never think it’s not good enough. True friends will like it or tell you what you can do to make it even better. It’s the ones you don’t need to be around that will tell you they hate it.

I hope I can take my own advice one day.