Product photography is what I love most. As you can tell, firearms are definitely my niche! I am lucky in the fact that this is something I am able to work on every day while running an online firearm store. I am looking forward to creating more outdoor shots this summer when things calm down a little bit! Reflection shots have turned out to be a lot of fun. Using the colored plexiglass is an easy way to add some flare to my images that helps them stand out online.
I honestly rather enjoy shooting the Blue Hour. The only difficulty that I really had with this particular assignment was finding the time to actually complete it. I was in Texas for a few days and decided I would take advantage of the scenery while there. It was also much warmer in Texas, which the experience rather more enjoyable!
The first and last images worked out nicely in my opinion as I was able to incorporate motion blue photography as well. Shooting in Texas proved to be difficult as many people would walk into the shot and stare at the camera wondering what I was doing.
All in all, I rather enjoyed this assignment. I look forward to warmer weather this summer to continue this style while camping.
Portraits in general are not exactly my cup of tea. When the notion of a self portrait is mixed into the equation, I am a hot mess to say the least. Ultimately I learned how to control my camera through my phone, and learned how to feel a little more comfortable in front of the camera instead of behind it. I most certainly feel like I struggled more on this assignment over any other photography aspect so far.
The first image is of me working on building a new dog house for my puppy. I love carpentry, and will normally spend most of my weekends finding random things to make that can be used around the house. For this image, I used a 5 in 1 to my left side, with a soft box continuous light pointing at my left side.
The second image is probably what my wife sees most nights when she comes to check if I will be calling it a night soon. I typically stay up late into the night working on the 208 Gun Shop website which leaves me feeling like a zombie to say the lease. Whenever I catch my reflection in the screen I feel like my eyes have a creepy whitish grey look to them. For lighting on this image, I found a youtube vide that played a solid white screen for 24 hours. I also turned the flashlight on my phone on with it pointed at my face to increase the shadows ultimately adding to the zombie feel.
The third image is something that I have actually wanted to attempt for a while. Before last year, I would typically drink half a bottle of whiskey nearly every night. On January 1, 2019 I took my last drink of any alcohol. The reflection of me pouring the drink out is a symbolizer for the inner victory that I had in the decision. For lighting, I used a continuous light soft box and the white side of the 5 in 1.
Both of the last two images are at The Gun Shop. I have worked there for nearly five years and spend more time at work than I would like to admit! For lighting I relied on the 5 in 1 gold side for both images.
Ultimately I learned valuable lessons in this assignment, but it is not something I would prefer to do again if I had a choice!
Still life photography is one of my greatest passions in life. It has opened up many avenues in recent years that have greatly changed the path I walk on.
For this particular assignment I quickly knew what kind of image I wanted to create. My love for firearms always seems to find a way of creeping into my photography, so I decided to run with it. The reflection image is something new to me, but it is by far my favorite image that I created during this assignment. Although it is simple, I feel that it was the most powerful one.
I wanted to try creating this in different environments in order to see what gave the best pop to the image. The granite countertops added texture that I really enjoy, but also made the image a little louder than I personally prefer.
Ultimately, this assignment was a great way to end the semester and has made me look forward to really diving into studio photography on a larger scale.
I ended up going over to a family friend’s property to create images of an abandoned barn. I went early in the morning in an attempt to get the lighting illuminating one side of the barn, along with spilling a bit inside. Creating images of buildings is not something that I am particular used to, so I spent quite some time finding angles that I could fall in love with. The family friend that lives on the property to us that the original owner quit using this particular barn after a family member was bitten by a rattlesnake in one of the stalls.
This assignment was also the first time that I really utilized converting images to black and white. Ultimately, I really enjoyed seeing the end product. At the end of the day, I think I prefer my standard product photography better due to the fact that I get to stay indoors and avoid the impending Idaho winter!