Throughout this semester, we’ve received more than our share of assignments. They have challenged us to think outside the box and really to look at what we’re doing. Personally, my favorite class has been Product Lighting. We’ve learned how to light different things including metal, glass, plastic, and other shiny surfaces. As the semester is coming to a close, I decided that I wanted to combine a couple of these skills. This photo was not shot for an assignment, but instead, just because I felt like doing it. Like many of the assignments I’ve had, it required me to really look at the light and observe what was going on with all of my reflections.
Our fourth major assignment for Small Format class consisted of finding an industrial setting and photographing there. We were required to capture three main photographs: one wide shot, one of a particular workstation, and one showing exactly what that worker is doing at that workstation. I decided to go to an automotive shop, where I photographed a mechanic changing the oil on a car. The lighting was a bit different than most of the things I’ve done before, mostly because the car was in the air and I was under it.
Once again, I find myself posting an assignment from Small Format class. This time, the instructions were to photograph someone in their usual environment, and somehow show their “sound.” I chose my good friend Tyler Mathai, who is currently a volunteer firefighter at Guil-Rand Fire Department. We walked around the trucks and equipment trying a few different things, and I ended up with a couple of images that I liked. The assignment required two images, and here is the one that I prefer:
This week I’d like to share something kind of special with you guys. One of my classes this summer is Large Format, in which we use a 4×5 view camera. This is the last time this class will ever be offered at RCC, so I feel pretty lucky to have gotten in. One particular assignment we are working on in this class is a tabletop still life setup, in which we must use hyperfocal distance to get the entire object in focus. If you look closely at the image below, you will see that the entire glove from front to back is in focus.