This was one of my favorite shoots to do. I went into the city and quickly realized that taking pictures of people on the street was not as discreet or natural as I thought it would be. I got very shy taking pictures of people on the street which has never really happened to me. Typically when I’m shooting is when i’m most comfortable. This was not the case with this assignment. I became very aware of how much my camera settings brought attention to me taking a picture. Like my focus light that typically is very helpful was now a nuisance. And my shutter now sounded louder than ever and I finally realized the appeal of a leaf shutter. I actually went into camera to change those things and once I did I felt way more comfortable. I realized it was much easier for me to take photos out of the window of a car because it was fleeting. There wasn’t the awkwardness of needing to walk past the person after I took their picture. I’m planning on investing in a new camera for everyday shooting and it’s shutter sound and discreetness will need to be something I keep in mind if I plan on continuing street photography. My Iso was 100, my aperture was f2.2 and my shutter was 1/1600
I was very proud of this photo, much more than I had been in a while. The few weeks before this I was in a creative rut. Only shooting strictly to get a grade, I felt like I was losing passion and then this came along. I was so excited to get an amazing picture when this was assigned and I wanted to have a really creative idea. I decided to use the light of the cars wizzing by Michigan Ave. I was lucky enough to catch the semi truck and the lights to create a really interesting image. I realized that sometimes you need to let go of the control when your in a rut. I kept trying to control each aspect of every shoot and it was destroying my creativity. I needed to be able to leave part of it to chance to allow myself to create something new. My iso was 200 my aperture was f11 and my shutter was 0.8 of a second
This photoshoot was all about the photographer as the subject. I think as photographers we tend to have a hard time in front of the camera because it makes it harder to completely control the photograph. Most of us are used to staying strictly behind the camera and being forced to be in front of it can make some people feel vulnerable. I think it’s very important to do this from time to time to have a better understanding of what your subjects go through each shoot. Doing these gives you a better understanding of being in the subjects shoes and will make you a better photographer. This photo was harder for me to take than most, being that I’m not the most comfortable in front of camera and it made it harder to control every aspect of the shoot. Most of it was trial and error but I think I created a photo with good emotion. I do wish I would’ve changed the background slightly to make it less distracting. However overall I’m very happy with the image as well as the shoot itself forcing me to step outside of my comfort zone. My iso was 100, my aperture was f1.8, and my shutter was 1/80
This photoshoot taught me a lot about people and how they portray emotion and how to capture such an elusive thing for some people. I realized how differently people addressed their emotions or how differently they liked to portray their emotions to other people. Inspired by the photographer sarah Bahbah, I wanted to get to know my models more than just a subject. Although I knew my models really well I still needed to interview them to get them to the point where they would be comfortable with sharing part of their personality. A part that they typically either don't show or don't like to show. I did struggle, I had to deal with a model that didn't want to get in touch with those emotions and that shoot ended up a bust. However This photo was a real success in my opinion.
This photoshoot was a really uplifting one for me because I felt like I finally was starting to create good content again. The sports photoshoot really made me doubt my photography skills because i was just so discouraged by how the photos turned out. I was getting lazy with my photos and I wasn't doing my best job. This was the first photoshoot in a while that went exactly how i wanted it. I really wanted to capture a bright youthful feeling for my sisters headshot and I really think that with my use of lighting and the rule of thirds that I accomplished my goal my aperture was f/2.5, my iso was 100 and my shutter was 1/160