Oregon Professional Photography Teacher, Speaker and Lecturer: In Arkansas Early this month, I was one of 6 Master Photographers who got to judge the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association print competition in the Diamond State. I, along with two of the other judges, were joined by 4 other photographers who gave speaking programs at the Arkansas annual convention.
At the bottom, I have some of the posing and lighting images that I will use for critique and educational purposes
Being blessed to travel, I try to spend some time seeing the local sights. Having never been in Arkansas before, it was nice being in Little Rock, a city of about 250,000 (encompassing North Little Rock and outlying areas). Besides hosting the State Capitol (below). Little Rock also still has its old State Capitol Building (used in the 1830’s to late 1800’s). Rendition below: It was fascinating to go through the Old building-below are the old desks the legislature used. This was an old safe that was in the building along with many other displays. Here is the front of the building (The Arkansas State flag is at half mast). It was where Bill and Hilary Clinton greeted their supporters on the elective eve night, 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected President. A stage was built extending the portico.
Little Rock is home to the beginning of the modern Civil Rights movement. In 1957, the Eisenhower administration sent in federal troops to insure school integration at Central High, which is a huge, beautiful Art Deco building.
I had never been to a Presidential Library, but it was well worth the trip.
The former US President has an apartment on top of the building (about 2500 square feet) along with a helipad. He flies in about once a month. Closer up close view from the old rail bridge. The Rail bridge is now used for bikes, it goes over the Arkansas River.
Inside the library are displays of his 8 years in office and historical events. Note the stacks of official Presidential papers lining the cabinets. Here is a close up view of the holders. This is a mock up of the cabinet room. The real chairs are leather (not vinyl like these) and cost $5,000 each. The names and position of each cabinet member is on the back of the chair. The presidents is a bit higher and in the middle. The Vice-President sits directly across and Chief of Staff is at the head of the table. Presidential Gifts are accepted, but no longer allowed to be personally kept, so they find themselves in the library. A place setting during a formal White House dinner in Washington D.C., Here is a view of the Oval Office, staged to look exactly like it was from when Clinton was in office (1992-2000). After I toured downtown, Bruce Allen-past President of Professional Photographers of Arkansas asked Joel who graciously took me to the Old Mill near Little Rock- They had really unique wood bridges and railings. The Mill was featured in Gone with the Wind, (1939) at that time though, there were no trees around the mill so in the movie, it looks quite different.
Here is fun little video that you can watch.
OK…on to the section for Professional Photographers.
During my four hour talk, I had a live photo shoot and Anthony, who is a real high school senior to be, volunteered to be my model.
First two images, traditional head and shoulders, using a separation light (behind his left at 45 degrees), along with a soft box to his upper right, a large reflector for fill and a back light.
A more serious look is always good to offer. Image below, he is leaning on this leg and tips his head in a masculine pose. Here he naturally lifted his head not only brings about glass glare, but it is a more feminine pose-not good for a guy.Dropping his chin makes it much more appealing. This is similar to the first image only with a bigger smile. These are all 2/3rds view, note how you can still see both eyes. I used the background light in a variety of ways to get different tones.
First one-hardly any power, next was.full power on the SilverLake Color Smack backdrop, Then I added a gold gel, same gold gel, but cutting the power makes it look totally different. Easy to get a variety of colors depending on power, placement and gel color. Note how he is seated with relaxed hands not facing the camera, likewise with his feet. The image below is a great one so long as you have solid lighting that is on the floor or nearly so. Hands behind the head and bending the leg closest to you makes it more natural looking. After the indoor shoot, we moved outside where the lighting was really flat (plus it was sweltering!), hey I’m an Oregonian not a Southerner.
I used these stones for several reasons, one is that it did give me a bit more directional light, they were of the same tone-forcing the eye to the subject (focus also helps this), and there were some repeating line elements in the pillars of the stones.
Often I start with the High School senior photo shoot with the seniors looking down and away, allowing them time to relax.. Then, I start having them look at the camera-using a variety of poses. Never show them the same thing-Seniors want their high school pictures to have variety. Moving to the columns, it gives us more dimension. By using a wide open aperture, you are able to throw the foreground and background out of focus. Hopefully these quick little tips can help you in your photography career. Oregon Professional Photography Teacher, Speaker and Lecturer: at Arkansas PPA.
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Oregon Professional Photography Teacher, Speaker and Lecturer: In Arkansas