tirsdag 18. oktober 2011

Colors and personal project

A few hectic weeks have passed, and new experiences have enriched my life. Last week I had to finish a project that I had about colors. We had to submit portraits incorporating complementary and adjacent/analogous colors. This means I had to use colors to create harmony, even if they are not next to each other on the color wheel and color combinations which blend well together and are close to each other in the color wheel.  

We could use makeup, clothing, environment, objects, etc. to create these effects. I also used Photoshop to achieve the desired result. One must be allowed to cheat a little sometimes. And my teacher thought it was okay, so I thought it was okay too. 

The first picture is definitely my favorite. I was so happy when I saw that it worked out this way. Currently this is also the front page of my new portfolio (printed version) that I have been working on over the past days. I'll tell you some more about this portfolio thing a little later

Anyway, as I was saying, this is my favorite. My teacher liked it too, and that made me even happier. To see how the color wheel looks like, you can click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complementary_color

I am also happy with the other images. We had a fun shoot with a lot of 80s music to set the mood. My model, Cecilia, and I chose to do a 80s theme for the images. Much dancing and head banging made the shoot a lot more fun, and there was a lot of laughter in the studio. Here's the rest of the photos. 


We wanted the last picture to be in brown tones, and the theme was Earth/soil/natural. We even used a fan, to create wind. Haha, how silly. But I think it worked out pretty good. Here is a different version of picture number three, with a more powdery look. 

I have also during these past weeks been working on a special and a bit different project. It is for a class at school called 'Portfolio Development'. I've had this class before, but with another teacher. This "new" teacher (he is new to me, but he has been working at school for some years) is a very talented photographer, and I look forward to learning more from him. This particular project is our personal project. The first day we had class with this teacher, we got half an hour to decide what we would do as a personal project. We did not get a theme, description or any limitations or guidelines at all. We could choose whatever we wanted to do, and that was quite scary to be honest, but also exciting. I do not know exactly what I was thinking about or how I was thinking, but somehow I chose to be inspired by art - to be more precise, the art of ManetI wanted to recreate the feeling and looks of the people Manet painted in his pictures. 

If you have no clue on who this Manet guy is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard_Manet 

We all had to tell each other what we had chosen as our personal project. When it was my turn, I was really quite proud to tell everyone about my theme. But my teacher changed that fast. He said that it would be difficult to achieve, and then he asked if I was sure about my decision. And I replied that I was sure. But in that moment I felt that I had made ​​a fool of myself. Could it really be that hard? He said that the Impressionists, like Manet, created light in their paintings in a very special way - and I had to take take into account. Wow! How on earth would I make that happen? I'm so new on this whole light thing. Alright, now there's no turning back. I have to make it happen! 

So, to make a long story short, I borrowed books on Manet and tried to study the light in every painting. I read about him in various encyclopedias and on the net and tried to understand how he painted his pictures. I went on an inspection and took photos of different locations to create my personal mood board. I experimented with outdoor lights, incandescent and colors. I tried out editing methods to get the right Manet-style

A week ago, I had a shoot with two girls in an apartment with big windows, afternoon sun and old furniture. It was very nice to get out of the studio, and to go to a location instead. I had a little trouble with the lamps that I was gonna use. Firstly, I could not use the two lamps I had booked for the shoot. They were destroyed. Instead I had to use one lamp with an umbrella and my sb 900 flash. Secondly, I didn't have a cable to connect with the unit so that it could use the electricity in the house. I had to use batteries. There were two of them, but they got discharged very quickly. So at the end of the shoot, I used only my flash. The plan was to use multiple light sources, in order to regulate the force relative to the amount of daylight coming in (as long as we had daylight. It was dark after a while). But even though it didn't go according to the plan, I was very pleased with the shoot. And I was fortunate enough to have my father-in-law with me that day. I could not have done it without him. 

Here are the pictures. 


These are the pictures I have been chosen and edited until now. I have not received any feedback from my teacher, because he had to cancel the class we were suppose to have last week. Hope he likes them. I am satisfied with the result. I also learned very much from this experience, like all the preparations for the shoot, the shoot itself and the postproduction. For instance I have used new editing methods that I have not known about before. So that was cool. 

I've also been printing a lot the last few days, so I could have printed images in my new portfolio. I had to buy an old-fashioned portfolio, a real one. From now on, it is not enough with showing my photos on a screen. Every week or so I have to print out the photos that I think works well, and keep on building it. The problem is that I do not really know what genre I should focus on. For the time being the portfolio has no flow. There is a little of this and a little of that. I personally feel that it doesn't represent me. I do not know what I want as a photographer. So that is something I have to work on. I plan to experiment more with advertising and commercial. Maybe that's what I should pursue. I really don't know. I am confused. My portfolio teacher thinks I should focus on conceptual photography. Maybe... 

And as if this post is not long enough, I totally forgot about my phobia/nightmare photos. A few weeks ago, I had a task that was about dreams. It could be pictures of good dreams, bad dreams, fantasies, fears or phobias. Here are my pictures.

I was not satisfied with the first picture, but the second one was better in my opinion. I got good feedback for that one. I will not go into detail about my dreams, fantasies, fears or phobias, but I guess it's pretty obvious what I do not like. This was one of the hardest tasks I've ever had, and I think it was tough to get the two images. But it is a very exciting topic, and I will definitely work more with it later in my spare time (whenever that will happen).

I have also begun to experiment with video. I am going to shoot a music video sometime after Christmas, and I need a band or an artist who is keen on getting a free music video. If you know anybody who does, please contact me. 

Next time you'll hopefully see some good commercial photography.

Stay tuned! 

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