Tag Archives: Photo 181

‘Best’ of 2012

Here on the last day of 2012 I have compiled a ‘Best’ of reel (I use the term ‘best’ loosely) These images represent my creative journey this year, and while I may have shot better work, these are some of my favorites. Click on an image to enter the slide show and enjoy…they are in approximately the following order…compositions, disco-tec, studio portrait, location portrait, critters…


Artist Portraits

What follows are a few portraits of my painter friend Will Ambrose. The above shot reminded me of the Bad Religion album cover “The Empire Strikes First.” Will thought this was his “I’m going to work at IBM” look…

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My Mamiya Mit Mid Morning Meridian

Stopped by the Photo 285 summer session class at Northern Arizona University for a few days this week. The students were shooting in the studio all week and I hung out, helped a few students and shot a little too. Recently I have been on a natural light kick, so in keeping with that tradition I put down a few frames of Stormy outside the Communication building and in a stairwell with floor to ceiling windows… Continue reading

Pano Pandemonium Pt. 2

Shot several panoramic images yesterday, thought I would share them with everyone. They are all taken around Northern Arizona University during and after my classes yesterday. Above is the second floor loby of the School of Communication. Click on each image to view it slightly larger. Hit the link for several more… Continue reading

Shooting Strangers…Photo 181 Natural Light Exercise

Tonight I assigned my photo 181 student to shoot a natural light portrait. I told them about how you can’t just go out and find great light, you have to be ready for it when and where it happens. This means having your camera with you all the time and not being afraid to shoot strangers. If you follow this blog with any regularity, you will no doubt know that I am quite a fan of ‘street portraiture’ and as such often shoot complete strangers. This is very challenging, but has produced some of my favorite images…

If any of my students happen to read my blog, I shot this between classes tonight at the coffee shop in the science building. If I hadn’t had my camera with me I couldn’t have captured the light. I saw an interesting character, Hans…He had a large stack of notebooks and was in some great window light. So get out there, drop the excuses and shoot some strangers.

Compositionally Speaking Of Course…

This week my students in Photo 181 were required to shoot images representing ‘Rules of Composition.’ A lot of them did really well, some not so much…Busy compositions, camera shake and things creeping into the corners of frames were common issues. They were prompted to keep an eye out for things like, texture, form, patterns/symmetry, lines, depth, perspective, rule-of-thirds etc. etc.

In an on-going effort to practice what I preach and actually shoot what I assign, here are a few images I shot for this assignment. Hit the link to view everything…

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Panning For Gold…Photo 181 Motion Demo Followup

Last night I posted about a demo on photographing motion in my Photo 181 class. I told my students that it might be good to shoot every bicyclist on the ped-way in front of the Student Union. Then I realized this was actually a good idea and decided to try it myself. Hit the link to see some panning practice…

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Photo 181 Motion Demo

Today in my class we did a demonstration on how to capture motion in photography. I had the students brain-storm the ways to show/shoot motion…Motion Blur, Freeze Action, Panning/Trucking, Zooming, Light-Painting etc. Then we went to the studio and shot some students riding skateboards around the room…

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