Construction Zone – Part 3

I cannot be sure that I can say enough times that safety is very important in Construction Zones. So without belaboring the point I will let you know that being always observant of your surroundings and scanning the work area will not only show you new possibilities for your next shot, but could very well save your life.

If you have been invited into a Construction Zone, the Safety Officer will give you some very important information and guidelines to follow, both for your safety and the safety of the workers with whom you will come into contact. Please pay special attention to these instructions!

Even if you are not allowed into the Construction Zone, it was well worth the asking!

Another minor point of discussion would be not to assume the Construction Zone to be road construction alone, but also housing construction, business zoning, and what about small projects around the house or artists such as sculptors? There are many items Constructed from many substances! Use your imagination and consider the possibilities!

How do these mentioned projects fit into the category of backgrounds for portraits? Is this not getting a little far afield of the original post intent? I will let you judge that, I only wish to help you cultivate a fertile imagination for your photography. Small projects around the house are great for portraits of children and perhaps an artist wants to showcase themselves as well as pieces of work.

Portraiture and Stock have an odd way of working across their lines of definition. As well they should; to keep us on our toes, showing us that life is not all cut and dried. I have just finished several photography projects. As I bring them to a close, I am learning a lot about what it means to put into practice what I have learned as well as some finer points, just so that a photography experience with my studio is natural, coordinated and inspiring.

We all have our own “Construction Zones”.

Construction Zone – Part 2

As I continued thinking about the post “Construction Zone“, I realized that some of it may not have made sense. Safety is also a rather obvious subject in regards to “photo ops” inside a Construction Zones, but a time wherein we each would be wise to heed these reminders.

It is not my desire to list shots for you. Creativity has its place in your work as it does mine. However, I want to play the salesman and in a friendly way “demonstrate” to you that such a style of photo are great for portraits. Ready?

Construction Zones provide you with a unique opportunity to see a physical transition from  a natural landscape to intentionally designed architecture which into it has had many hours of labor and planning invested. Does this sound like a graduate, or engagement, perhaps a wedding? These also are relationships which are being constructed in individual people. This is to set the subject of you photography within a pictorial statement of what is happening in their life.

To illustrate setting your subject in a pictorial setting of their life happenings, I will find in my archives of photos a picture I set-up and took while in college. My college time was a time of testing and maturing, so within this picture you see a few statements such as I suggested for Construction Zones.

Now there is more to this photo than just the setting, but let us first address the surrounding settings. Since I am the subject in the photo above, the photo setting I was in reminds me of being isolated from distraction. This isolation for me was beneficial so that I could focus on course work but also provided an aspect of quiet reflection.

This quiet reflection is part of the maturing process I mentioned earlier. I was able to consider my motivations and match them against the standard for living a quiet and peaceable life. This is the other part of this photo. My actions in each pose speak to my attitudes because of my choice motivation. As I questioned my motivations and looking to understand where attitudes came from, the very foundation of my beliefs were settled, suitable for building.

This is the same purpose that your stock images taken from Construction Zones can serve as portrait backgrounds.

I will leave the rest to your fertile imagination!

Construction Zone

This post is an over view of how the next 3 months could appear. I want to give you this warning or observation so that you do not get discouraged about the business blog.

My topics may be less about photography tips during this season of building than they have of late. During this process I want you (my readers) to get excited with me about the website, so while my focus is slightly altered I can share these exciting things with you so that when the website is open you will be able to browse it with ease and intuitive knowledge.

The Foetoss Light Photography Online Store is under construction and in such a state there are going to be a few problems and hurdles to overcome. Feel free to look around the website (foetoss.com), but as with all construction sites, please be very careful! *Smile* I am really just teasing about that. There is nothing that you could do to damage the Web Development process. Web Development is not that similar to Structure Fabrication. The real issue is that when viewing the Online Store, you realize things are changing and may not be the same from viewing to viewing. By changing I mean that I expect them to be improvements.

In fact, as I close this post; check out construction zones for unique photography opportunities! Please do so wisely and carefully, but contacting the safety officer and site manager, they will help you get some great shots if at all possible.

Do not be discouraged if they can not grant you access to the site, but think creatively of using telephoto lenses and shooting from a safe location outside the construction area. The center of the Construction zone will not make for an optimal scene for portraits because of safety issues. However with the right stock shots of the Construction Zone, shooting portraits against a green screen and proper lighting, you can piece the shots together! More on the green screen shooting to come!