The 24 Hour FB Challenge

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The 24 Hour Facebook Challenge starts with a friend from facebook making a video and drinking one shot and one beer, then right after that person finishes drinking they nominate three friends to do it also. If a friend doesn’t do it with 24 hours there are consequences of the person who made the video’s choice. I did a video then turned out to be a photoshoot as well. I’m not very fond of these “chain-reaction-type-things” but, I admit this one was fun!

The 24 Hour FB Challenge

The 24 Hour FB Challenge

The 24 Hour FB Challenge

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Ben’s Birthday

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Ben celebrated his 21st birthday with a bunch of the old high school / middle school buddies. Moonlight Lanes was the place to be. Since it was a semi throwback reunion, I thought of giving the pictures more of an “old-school” look. Plus the bowling alley was dark, allowing me to put up the iso; therefore the pictures consumed more grain. I used a flashgun in which vignette was naturally captured with almost every picture. The blur you see in the pictures was actually me having a hard time focusing in the dark. Although I had a hard time focusing in most of the pictures, I liked the blur in the pictures; it gave it more of a “first-person-view tipsy” look and plus it adds a little bit of suspense to the picture. People might not like this “artsy” look of mine, but in my opinion I think there’s a lot behind the pictures and keeps the viewer guessing on whats happening. One thing you can still see behind the blur for sure is how much fun were having.
Set Up: Nikon D7000, Nikon D90, 10.5 2.8 fisheye lens sb-800 flashgun.
Post Process: The edits of the pictures started with lowering the clarity, viberance, and the saturation. Curves, a little bit of blur were added, as well a little bit of grain. The finishing touch to the picture was adding a light overlay to give the picture more of that “old-school” / “polorid” appearance.

Ben's Birthday
Ben's Birthday
Ben's Birthday

Santa Teresa High School Prom

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I did yet another prom shoot. I really dont mind taking prom pictures, it gives me a chance to try new ideas for weddings; different positions, different editing, different approaches, ect. Its also implied that the more pictures you take the better you get.
Post Processing:
Something I “focused” on differently in this set of pictures, is the dept of field. So what I did was enhanced the dept of field to where its visible but yet it looks natural. Also the the most focus points remains around our subjects. Other than that I enhanced the colors, clarity, a little bit of curves, and a slight bit of glow.

Santa Teresa High School Prom
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Santa Teresa High School Prom

Silver Creek High School 2012 Prom #1 (The First Couple)

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One of the couples (Kaine & Gina) of the first group had more pictures than the others that were done at Communication Hills. Kaine & Gina, they were really easy to work with, in terms of listening where to position them so the strobe lights would hit in the correct spot, and they were really cooperative. The natural pictures came out perfectly how I wanted it to look, because the ambient light and the natural light were just right, but I felt like I should edit it to give it a bit more detail. In that sense i added clarity, enhanced the black, and added a little bit of glow. The pictures came out like this.

Silver Creek High School Prom
Kaine & Tina

Kaine & Tina

Silver Creek High School 2012 Shoot # 1

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Last Saturday, I took pictures for Silver Creek High School students (class of 2012). I took pictures for more people than I ever had in my life. My biggest obstacle wasn’t how many people there were though. Although that was sorta a challenge; my biggest challenge was that there were two groups/ two different places = Limited to time. Unfortunately nothing really went according to plan, so what I learned was to save one shoot for the whole day instead of scheduling two shoots in one day. Also another thing is, “to be prepared for the unexpected”. During one of the shoots after, I set up my strobe lights, the location changed; meaning I had to set up the lights again at another location close by, but like I said, I was limited to time. As you can see in the pictures, there are shadows, so Cross Lighting did not work for the shoot as well as I thought for the specific location due to one of my lights dieing, but what can you do at that point? I just worked with what I had and after I edited the pictures to an extent where I thought it was a pretty good picture. As for the photography aspect of shoot, I gave the pictures more clarity and darkened the colors.

Silver Creek High School Prom
Silver Creek High School Prom

Silver Creek High School 2012 Prom #2

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Im not picking “favorites”, but this group was really cooperative, they knew there poses like they just knew right when they got in front of the camera. Short story, the shoot was done in less than twenty five minutes.
As for the obstacles i faced with this group, like I mentioned earlier one of my lights were out so again the cross lighting failed. I would have used the natural light better, but the environment / background wasn’t exactly nice; meaning there were too many distractions but, I think that would be it as far as obstacles.
Exactly what i’m trying to convey in my pictures is to capture the moment, and capture the the smiles. Another thing im trying to work with, honestly is to be more social and be able to make my clients comfortable with the way I work, and comfortable in front of the camera. In this case I socialized a bit to the prom dates and they seemed happy with how I was working and everything worked out smoothly.

Silver Creek High School Prom 2012
Silver Creek High School Prom 2012

Silver Creek High School Prom 2012