Macro Plant Photography
One of my favorite things about macro photography is that you can do it for under $10! There is no need to go out and buy an expensive macro lens. You can convert any zoom lens to a macro lens by using close up filters. Close up filters usually come in packs of four with a +1 filter, a +2 filter, a +4 filter, and a 10x filter. Make sure you get the right thread for your zoom lens, set your zoom lens to manual focus, and find the perfect subject!
I chose plants for the subject of this blog post because macro photography is one of my favorite ways to take photos of plants. You are able to catch some of the most amazing details that we don’t normally see by just looking at them.
And sometimes you get those magic moments that happen when you spend some time in nature. This chubby little guy was working so hard to collect as much pollen as he could. Check out all the pollen on his legs!
Check out some other amazing macro shots here.
Scanography – Photography using a scanner
Scanography, more commonly known as scanner photography, is a photography process that uses a scanner to make digital images instead of a camera. I was first introduced to scanography a couple of years ago in a photography class at my university. There were two things that really took me by surprise. The first thing was how much detail a good scanner could capture. I chose flowers for my subject that I wanted to capture, and some of them are so small that you would not be able to see the details the scanner captured with your eye. The second thing that surprised me was the intense shallow depth of field that happens when you scan an object. As you can see in the images below, the only part of the image that is in focus is whatever was directly touching the glass.
The blue flower in this next picture was about the size of a pencil eraser! I was so small, but the scanner still picked up so much detail.
This image was really fun to make, but it was also a challenge. One of the hardest parts of scanography is editing out all of the dirt and scratches from the scanner glass. There was quite a bit of dust in between all the pine needles, but this picture is by far my favorite of them all.
Even though scanography does not use a traditional camera, it is still an amazing way to photography things. I love how this kind of photography allows you to see things in a whole new way.
Find more scanography at https://www.scannography.org/artists/Nelson-Stewart.html
Comm 316 Portfolio – What a fun semester!
I have learned so much this semester in Comm 316 from Caryn Esplin, Douglas Phan, and my classmates! From building my own website and learning about SEO, learning new photo editing techniques, and an amazing trip to Grand Teton National Park, it has been such a good time.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the Tetons.
Here are some of my favorite food and product shots!
Here are some of my other favorite shots from the semester!
I’ve had so much fun and I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned this semester!
Here is my personal style project!
I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do for this project to show my personal style. After thinking back on all my other recent projects, I remembered how much I enjoyed doing food and product photography. I decided to do a photoshoot for a local restaurant and then make a small, branded brochure with my most recent food and product photography for my personal style project.
I had so much fun at the photoshoot for Big Juds. You can check out my blog post about it here!
This brochure took quite a bit of time because I kept starting over. I ended up not liking most of my original ideas and this is what the finished brochure looks like. It turned out really simple, but I ended up liking this one the most.
Here is the front.
Here is the inside with my food photography.
Here is the outside with my product photography.
Check out this personal style project.
Amazing food photography – ads.
The restaurant that I had the opportunity to take photos for also wanted a few pictures with their logo.
This image was taken with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens and some good, old-fashioned window light. And then I just simply added their logo that they sent me.
This image was taken with an 18-135mm lens, a Speedlight, and flash bender. Using the settings in my camera, I was able to darken the background to really focus on the subject of the photo. And then I simply added their logo to this image as well.
This picture was taken in the kitchen, so the lighting situation was not ideal but I made it work. And, once more, I added the logo to the top corner.
Check out more amazing food photography here.
Amazing food photography – Big Jud’s Archer.
I had the opportunity to take some photos for a local restaurant, Big Jud’s, to use for advertising and social media. I had so much fun taking these pictures! They had me set up at a table in the back next to a window, so all of these pictures were taken with natural light. I used a Sony a600 and a 50mm 1.8 prime lens and an 18-135mm lens. Here are just a few of the many pictures I took.
This restaurant has a burger called the “Big Jud”. It is a giant 1lb patty topped with anything you want!
Check out some more amazing food photography here.
Venue and accessory photography.
Here are some of my favorite shots of accessories and the venue at our fashion shoot! I also made a couple of them into advertisements for the accessory brand.
I really liked this picture of one of the model’s watches so I made it my first ad by putting the watch brand’s logo in the bottom corner of the photo.
A couple of the models had some really beautiful rings! The first picture was taken with continuous lights covered in red cellophane and the second picture was taken with a Godox light.
Some of the models had some really fun shoes!
Here is the second ad I created.
Here are some pictures of The Venue.
Check out some more venue and accessory photography here.
Group Studio Photography shots.
All of these pictures were taken at a fashion shoot at The Venue. I used many different lighting setups including continuous LED light and colored light wands, Einstein lights, and Godox lights.
These first pictures are all Halloween/costume themed.
These first pictures with Frankenstein and his bride were taken with continuous LED lights. They were originally colored, but I loved how these ones looked in black and white. Check out the colored images of Frankenstein here!
These next photos with the skeleton bride and groom were taken with a Godox light.
These next two pictures were taken with Einstein lights.
Check out more group studio photography here.
Men’s studio fashion photography.
These pictures were all taken at a fashion shoot at The Venue. There is a wide variety of themes from Halloween to fitness to normal fashion. These pictures were all taken with different lighting setups including Godox, Einstein lights, and continuous LED lights.
These next two were both Halloween themed. This first picture of Frankenstein was taken using LED color light wands set to green on the model, and a continuous LED light with a sheet of red cellophane directed at the wall. I didn’t do anything in post-production. This is straight from my camera!
This picture of the skeleton groom was taken with a Godox light.
Check out more men’s studio fashion photography here.
Women’s Studio Fashion Photography
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to The Venue for a fashion photoshoot. Here are some of the pictures I took. As you will see, there is a wide variety of themes from Halloween to sports and fitness. These images were taken with many different lighting setups as well.
These models were dressed up for Halloween as the Bride of Frankenstein, a skeleton bride, and Cruella DeVille.
This picture of Bride of Frankenstein was taken using different continuous LED lights, colored LED lights, and colored cellophane.
This picture of the skeleton bride was taken with a Godox light.
These pictures of Cruella Deville were taken using large continuous lights. We also used sheets of color cellophane to change the color of the lights. I added some smoke in the second image in post-production using a brush in Photoshop.
This picture was taken using large Einstein lights.
Check out more women’s studio fashion photography here.