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February 23, 2011 at 07:31 PM

Photography Class Homework - Week 1

Photography, Photography Class

Last week I wrote about a great Valentine's gift: a photography class on studio lighting and portraiture. I also included some stunning photos of eggs.  We had a homework assignment to photograph one item 4 times, do two self-portraits and a close-up of a wall.  I've included those photos here (except the wall, which is really boring). 

Object Photos

The object I chose is an Alessi bowl (my Valentine's gift to Jessica).  Each photo is below: 

Photo 1: This was taken on our white kitchen table and lit by a floor lamp. 



Photo 2: This was taken on our white kitchen table with the tripod pointing straight down. Lit by an iPhone 4 in movie mode. 



Photo 3: This was taken on the table as well. I opened the blinds a bit to let in just a bit of ambient light.  



Photo 4: This is my least favorite. It looks like a bad catalog photo. Its lit by a floor lamp from the side and an iPhone 4 overhead. I'll probably toss this photo and shoot another before turning in my assignment. 



Self Portraits: 

We were given a photo of this really unhappy looking bald guy wearing a hoodie and told to recreate it. One photo had really dramatic, ominous lighting while the other was a bit more straight forward.  

Photo 1: If I ever get arrested, I'll just hand them this as my mugshot. Lit by an Nikon SB800 speedlight from the side. 



Photo 2: This one is more typical, but pretty uninteresting. Lit by a Nikon SB800 from the side, and the onboard flash straight on. 



Photo 3: This was an accident. There was a remote SB800 speedlight behind me, but the onboard forward flash didn't fire.  The result is actually one of the better pictures of me on the internet. 



The class has been fun so far. We're playing around with lots of expensive equipment in their studio which could spell trouble for my wallet, but with my brilliant career taking high school yearbook photos on the horizon, I'm sure it will be worth it. These were all shot on the Nikon D7000 and Nikon SB-800/900




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