After a brief hiatus to get my mid term portfolio in order, i am back with my weekly photo shoots for my capstone project, which i guess is thematic/alternative portraiture.
hit the link to keep reading and see more images from this weeks shoot, which is Lomography inspired portraits with ring-flash…
For those not hip-to-the-fact, Lomography is a photographic movement involving medium format film cameras, usually made of plastic that produce very unique images. It is about wide angles, double exposures, blown out subjects and getting a spontaneous artistic feel out of the images.
Katie has a great Lomography camera that came with a funky ring flash. We took a trip to Sedona, Ariz. so i borrowed the flash and used it with my digital body to try it out and see what happened. Shooting at wide angle and on the minimum focal distance, i got in close and blew out the subject for a funky/artsy feel.
When shooting at 18mm the outside of the ring flash creates an odd vignette that i fell in love with. In combination with the super-even light from the ring flash and a little bit of post-processing i think the over all feel came across very well.
the other thing about ring flash is the distinctive catch-light it gives in the eyes and the halo like shadow cast behind the subject, it can be gimmicky sometimes, but i think it worked very well here.
I think these images have a nice commercial edge, like i hope all my images do. They showcase the clothing/jewelry and the product (which in this case is a camera) but also are creative portraits of a beautiful person.
I had a lot of fun experimenting with this look and plan on doing a lot more in the future. In the mean time i have some fun shoots planned in the coming weeks so check back soon for more great content.
Next week, another shoot with the one and only Melissa Misfortune, it will be quite a bit different than the last time around, but should be good.