Reflections

Have you seen something that makes your mind race with questions and anticipation to record what you see in photograph? I have and spent the last 4 years attempting to fashion in my photographs the wow factor that I see with my eyes. It is a challenge!

If you are like me, it is the challenge that gets me excited. I am motivated by my perception of reward and that reward is learning how to compose the shot. I am not satisfied with just getting the shot. If I cannot reproduce the shot in some form or another, I did not learn the composition and structure of the shot well enough.

I recently photographed reflective objects. It is by experience in photographing these objects that I learn how to better expect the reflection placement.

For an illustration, the reflective ornaments in the linked picture sat in a bowl in the display window of Neiman Marcus. After taking the image I cropped the photo and displayed it; a friend asked where I was in the reflection because there was “no way I could not be in the photo!”

Truly, I did not edit myself out of the photo. I am sure that crossed many minds who looked at the photo, but in this case I found the one place where I could blend into my background with my black jacket and black camera body. Being in the city at night shooting a reflective object can have its advantages.

It is interesting however, literally every thing else is reflected in the ornaments!

I also want to include this statement; I knew reflection of myself was “inevitable” so I did my best to compose the shot as best I could and deal with my reflection. I was blessed to have taken this placement for shooting and learned from my own “accidental genius”. *Grin*

Architecture

An architect looks to a photographer to match the environmental mood to the structure of the building he/she designed.

Architectural photography takes time and more than one trip to the designated site. Time of day will make or break the success of your photograph. There are 2 key times to take a photograph of a structure; sunrise and sunset. If you want to photograph the outside of a building, you must be very dedicated. First, you must watch where the light falls on the structure. When is the main entrance illuminated? Maybe there is a statue that highlights a dominant area. What is most significant? Maybe you can’t get the key places illuminated in only one session. Visit the building and document where the light falls and how quickly it changes. Proper planning will save you much stress and decrease the unknown when the day of the shoot happens.

Weather and time of year are also major factors. If you live in Texas, like me, expect the unexpected. More than once, cloud cover has caused me to revisit a site 3 to 4 times. The weather channel will become your best friend. Even then, meteorologists are never 100% correct all the time. Don’t get discouraged. It happens to the best.  You may think that you can sleep in and just head out a day late, but you can’t afford to take chances. Depending on a deadline or if it is for your own portfolio, consider the vegetation surrounding the structure. Maybe green grass or fully bloomed trees will emphasize the beauty or geometry of the building. Maybe without it, the area looks cold and desolate. What is the site used for and what feeling are you trying to portray? Maybe you want to capture a few people walking in the area to show usage of the establishment.

Be ready for all sorts of conditions and prepared to wake up at the crack of dawn. It may be tough work and the planning may become extensive, but you will see a major improvement of your images quality. If you want to “wow” your audience then play with sunlight and let it work to your advantage.

Happy shooting!!!

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!