Week 21: Spring | 2018 Project 52

This past week I had a few ideas pop into my head. I tried photographing my flowers that have started to bloom… but I wasn’t feeling it. I tried to photograph the rain we’ve had this week… but it was lacking something too. And then on Monday night I got an idea. I texted a couple of lady friends at work and the scouted Tuesday morning for a couple more models to bring my idea to life.

And then we had a mini photo shoot at lunch. I love mini photo shoots.

It’s a little different, but I knew I had my picture the moment I saw it in my view finder.

spring sandals

Settings: f/5.6, 1/500 sec, 35mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

When the seasons change, you swap your closet. Sweaters go to the back or on the really high shelves. Boots get boxed up again and placed under the bed until autumn. Knit dresses are on the “what to wear list” and sandals help you debut freshly painted toes. Spring is my favorite season. True story.

And sandals. This is totally spring to me. Because I myself look forward to wearing them again and love the freedom of not wearing socks every darn day again.

I knew that I wanted to play with the rule of odds and have three or five models; I really liked the way five pairs of feet fit into the frame versus only three. And the ladies have different styles of shoes on, different colors (although black jeans are apparently a hit at work) and I asked them to position their feet at different heights to add a little depth to the image since I was shooting from above.

It’s different. But I really like it. And I really like when I can think of an idea and bring it to life… with a little help from my friends. ;)


Week 22: Smoke Art Photography
due 05.30.18

This is completely new to me, but y’all said you want more photo technique prompts… so let’s start the experiments (and failures on my part) and explore smoke art photography.

Does it look cool? Absolutely. Can you do a million different things with smoke? Sure can. Is it best to capture in camera or edit in post? Yep. Does it matter the kind of smoke you use? Nope. Incense, cigarettes, smoke bombs, dried ice… I don’t care what your source is. Just please make sure that you’re safe and in a well ventilated area.

I’m going to have to do more research myself, but I got us started with a few resources linked up below. What I do know (that I learned from a photog friend that does commercial work told me) is that 1) incense can be a great prop to create fun smoke swirls, 2) stop down your aperture and keep that ISO low, and 3) light is really important – it’s recommended to use your flash.

So let’s do this – get those wheels turning, find your smoke source(s), explore props or models, spend time in Photoshop… push yourself or hell, just wing it. But either way, let’s blow some smoke this week. (I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see what’s shared next week!)

What is Smoke Art Photography?
An Introduction to Smoke Photography
Smoke Art Photography – An Introduction
Smoke Art Photography Tutorial (YouTube)
Smoke Art Photography Inspiration (Pinterest)

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