New Hampshire

New Hampshire, June 2017

Pack Monadnock, Fryes Measure Mill, Lyndeborough

Arizona

Phoenix and South Mountain Park

Boston

Spring Break in New England

Houston Zoo

Some photos I took at the Houston Zoo over spring break.

Product Photos

I was hired to shoot product photos for Kai Artisanal and their online store. Hats, Clutches, and Bags. Here are a few of them. 

Peacock

Peacock in Houston

Cinemagraph

I've been seeing a bunch of these cinemagraph things online lately so I decided to look up a tutorial and give it a try. It's basically a still photo with only a small portion of it moving. I hung up some black paper on my wall and placed a small table in front. I don't have any serious constant lighting set up so I just used two lamps off to the left and placed a diffuser in front of them. The diffuser's I made a while ago out of canvas frames and white diffusion cloth from amazon. One light I aimed directly at the mug and the other I aimed over the mug to light my press and hand as I poured. It wasn't the most original idea for a cinemagraph but it was the first thing that came to my mind. I used a canon t4i with my 50mm f/2.5 macro. Shot 1920x1080@24 fps with a 1/50th shutter speed, f/4, and ISO 800. After I did a few takes I imported everything into Photoshop and chose the one with the least amount of movement and best light. After some layer masks, adjustments, and cropping I exported it as a looping .GIF

 

Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Houston Superbowl Live

A couple weeks ago I went downtown to see Shakey Graves at Superbowl Live during Superbowl weekend in Houston. Pretty different than what I normally do but I've always wanted to shoot a concert so I brought my camera along. I wasn't able to get as close as I'd liked to so I did some shots of the crowd and cropped the shots of the stage later. Trying to get a fast enough shutter to catch movements on stage forced me to bump my ISO so most of the shots are pretty grainy... The lenses I brought were my Canon 50 1.8 and Canon 10-18 4.5. Pretty fun, maybe next time I can get a little closer and have a camera that deals with high ISO noise better.

 

 

Kitchen composite

For this one I was experimenting with interior composites. I used a flash and shoot through umbrella gelled to match the bulbs in the lanterns above the island. I lit up each chair individually trying to keep the lighting consistently from the left side where the windows let in most of the natural light. I then lit up a few other places because the shadows were a little too harsh. The lanterns were causing some strange shadows on the ceiling so I turned them off and masked them in after as well. The doorway on the right had some really warm lighting inside of it that looked off so I had to try to match that to the rest of the photo in post also. A few color corrections for some color casts and a couple luminosity masks to even out the highlights.  I accidentally flattened my final image and saved it but I believe I had around 20 layers masked in to this final photo. A ton of retouching on the floor.

I've added an untouched straight from my camera Raw image and my final finished one after.

Untouched Image

untouched.JPG

Finished Image

Wine

     Quick wine shoot. Another rim light set up with a diffused light in the front to highlight the label/front of wine glass. The bottle and glass were shot separately then added together in Photoshop. After a lot of clean up and spot removal I started looking for a suitable background. The whole shoot ended up going differently than planned and everything ended up looking a lot darker than I had hoped. Because of this, I used a black background and found some "bokeh light spots" to mask through. I thought it wasn't too flashy or bright and didn't look too simplistic. I may play around with the crop but for now I'm relatively happy with how it turned out. Learned a lot for next time I shoot glass.

 

Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Ladybug

     Over Christmas break I found a ladybug in a potted plant so I decided to take some macro shots. I used a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro lens with some extension tubes to get a little closer. I set up two flashes. One on the left to light it and one in the back with a yellow gel to give it that warm outline. I used the yellow gel to make it seem like the sun was rising just behind it.

 

And here's another shot

Watch Shot

     I finally decided to attempt a watch. I knew it would be difficult so I did some research and gave it my best. It turned out completely different than expected.  I had a difficult time getting the lighting correct so I ended up merging four or five photos and making it a composite. I then spent hours retouching it. Next time I'm going to try to get a less used watch (this was the only one I had available from my room mate and there were a ton of scratches). After I was happy with the way the watch looked I started thinking about what to use for the background. I decided on using one of my smoke photos and changing it blue to match the watch face. I then faded the watch into the background and cropped. I attached a video below of myself going from start to finish through the layers and how I ended up with the final image. Fun learning experience, I'm excited to try it again.

Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Rainy night

    First night back at school and it was pouring. Attached a flash to my camera and cranked my ISO to get this peaking out of my balcony door. Unique shot. I'd like to experiment more with this kind of thing. It would be cool to see it with snow. Too bad we don't get any snow here.

 

Nivea Product Shot

     I decided to play with my lights and create some more product shots. For these I went with a rim light set up with another light front left to light the front logos. It was pretty simple but took some tinkering to get what I was looking for. My plate glass bottom was casting a reflection on the black background so I switched to a marble tile I had. I think the marble tile worked well for the wet shots especially with the razor but not so great with the first dry shot. I was trying to go for a cleaner look and the marble ended up dirtying the reflection. Lesson learned. I wanted the light to be a little harder on the wet ones so I put my light a little further to the side and didn't diffuse it as much. It was fun playing with my soft boxes and diffusers. Stay tuned for more product shots in the near future.

I included three shots total. Two wet ones, one without the razor, one with it. It was difficult finding the best spot for the razor to show it off. I think it turned out well though.

Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

 

 

Portraits

     Up until now I've used my lighting gear/diffusers mainly for either close up small product or interior/real estate purposes. I've experimented using them with self portraits a couple times but nothing very serious. This time I decided to really try experimenting with portraits. The first ones are pretty simple set ups but in the end I think I may have overdone it. I moved the lights around a little and experimented with different strengths until I got what you see here. I learned a lot. Next time I will definitely try to use a back light and keep my strobes power more consistent. I think they turned out well for a first attempt though. 

     After getting used to the lighting setup a little better I tried putting colored gels on and seeing how that looked. I tried red, yellow, and blue but ended up just using the red and blue. These ones are a little strange but I think they turned out fun. Again, I learned a lot and now see how I could've done things differently but in the end this was a learning experience more than anything. I'm pretty happy with how these turned out and look forward to trying again in the future. 

Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.