Business Cards….

February 19, 2009

For this assignment, we had to shoot something for a self promotional post card and business card. It had to be “iconic” and represent our individual photography… This is my image…

Business Cards


More Model Shots

February 19, 2009

For this assignment, our whole class went to an OLD theater in downtown Asheboro. Our instructor had several models lined up for us to shoot, but a couple of them didn’t show up…. This lovely model is actually a classmate that stood in for the no-shows….

More Model Shots

Commercial Portraits…

February 9, 2009

For this assignment we had to shoot four commercial portraits, three in a studio and one on location.  Here they are.



How to….

February 9, 2009

So now we have to do a how to session…  I’m going to explain how I took this


to this



First,  I took  the base exposure and I under exposed the crap out of it to create the illusion of night.


Next, while keeping the images under exposed, I simply walked around the mailbox with my flash and lit it from various angles and directions….


o.k., I think you get the idea…

Next, I opened all the images in photoshop.  I took the first exposure (the really under exposed one) and used it as my base image.  I took the rest of the images, using the move tool, and draged them all on top of  my base image creating many separate layers.  Then,  layer by layer…   I created a mask layer on each individual layer and painted with black in the areas I wanted to highlight or show.  After that, I inverted each specific layer to let the pained areas show through.  Again, I did each layer one at a time, layer by layer….  After that, I tweaked the tonal values and added a high pass filter for a punchy contrast effect.  And that’s how it was done!

More Jewelry….

February 9, 2009

For this assignment, we had to find an ad in a magazine and attempt to reproduce the image best as possible.  I chose an ad  for a watch.   Here it is.


Man In the Box

February 2, 2009

This is a photo I used for a lighting class assignment.  We were to take several photos during the daytime, while using only one light to light everything, but make it look as if it were night time and put them all together in one image….   This is what I came up with on the fly.  I used my cannon 30D,  580 speedlight,  and 8 images to create this shot.


This is another image I took to use in my multimedia interview.  I used my cannon 30 D and hand held my 580 speedlight just above his head.


Painting Light

January 29, 2009

This is an image from a recent assignment where we had to light an entire room with one small flash/strobe.  I walked around the room “painting” light in the areas that I wanted to highlight.  45 images and 6 hours later, this is the final image after merging them all together!  It’s actually a pretty cool trick to know!

painting light

More Mask Practice….

January 27, 2009

I found a file that I thought was  lost…  I was so happy!  Anyhow, I thought I would use this file to practice my masking technique for dropping in backgrounds that I have created….  It is however a very rough practice piece.  I did not get very precise with my pen tool for lack of time.   I shot the background with chrome and cross processed it and manipulated the image in photoshop…  If I recall, it was one of the very first images I worked with in photoshop.   The girl is a friend I recently met and she was nice enough to model for me.  This is one of the out take photos from the shoot.WildflowerI know I still need A LOT more practice,  but it’s pretty cool I think!


January 22, 2009

I shot these images as part of my multimedia assignment.  The image on the left was shot in the studio with my cannon 30D,  24-70 lens,  and two spedo’s bounced into two v-boards (split-light).  The image on the right was shot “on location”  later that evening.  I used the same camera and lens with my 580 speedlight at half power diffused with two cocktail napkins.