Tag Archives: photoshoot

A pinch of magic

11 Mar

Yesterday I did a fantasy, fairy type shoot. I used smoke bomb fireworks for the ‘mist’ and color effects. One of them blew up in my hand. ouch. (I picked it up because I thought it was a dud). I shot the photos in the woods behind my house and I freaked out. All the plants seemed to have little ‘three leaf’ clumps so everything looked like poison ivy. Anyways, here are a few photos! Check out my page to see the rest…

Junk Yard Shoot

25 Sep

Here are a few edited photos from my Junk Yard Shoot! Enjoy!

 

 

Makeup

21 Sep

I love makeup. Sometimes a little too much though!

I hadn’t been wearing much makeup this summer, but after I had to empty out my makeup drawer and move all my cosmetics to my bathroom I started playing with them again, experimenting with different colors and styles. I had a lot of fun and I wish it was socially acceptable to walk around in public with costume makeup on.

After painting my entire face with eyeshadow for my butterfly photos, I decided I need to start doing makeup on other people because I make a mess and got glitter all over my camera. Anyways, I just bought two packs of false lashes and I have lots of ideas for future photo shoots and I’m really excited!

Natural lighting

10 Sep

Taking photos outside in Florida is difficult because it is normally very sunny, creating harsh lighting and shadows. The best time I like to take photos is when the clouds passes over the sun diffusing the light rays and creating the effect of a huge softbox. However, in Florida, that natural softbox quickly becomes an afternoon rainstorm!

Anyways, I’ve come up with a few ideas to overcome bad outdoor lighting…

The first tip is to always shoot into the sun. It makes sense to have the subject looking at the sun to light up the face, but this doesn’t always work if the sun is too bright. The face will become too bright and and have harsh shadows around the eyes and nose. Also, staring at at sun will make the subject squint. Instead, have the subject face away from the sun, and if even if the face becomes too dark, at least the lighting will be even and the shadows can be ajusted with a bit of editing.

Reflectors are often used to create better lighting. In natural lighting, the light rays bounce off of other objects such as walls of buildings and water. My favorite setting is when the light bounces off of the floor. It creates a soft glowing light. I have done three photoshoots on a floor of light colored bricks. Even in the brightest sunlight the photos still turned out great! The bricks will bounce the light back up to the subject as long as they are close enough to the ground.

Bad lighting vs. Good lighting

A few of my photos with the bricks reflecting the light-

 

 

 

Before and After

10 Sep

Before and After

It’s hard to tell whats real in photos when Photoshop can change everything!

I don’t normally edit my photos too much, but its interesting to look back at the original when I do.

To see more photos from this shoot view my previous post:

https://xiaolindesign.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/rendezvous/

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Black and White

25 Aug

Here are just a few Black and White photos I took recently.

Enjoy!

abandoned

30 Jul

Today I did a photoshoot in Wisconsin. I am very attracted to abandoned houses, barns, ect. I love the way that nature has taken over some buildings, in a strange and beautiful way. Vines creeping up walls, and shattered windows are such an cool effect, and even the scattered litter can have a beauty of its own, when photographed.