Journal

HSC Mentoring

Over the past few months Daniel and I have been working with Cooper a Year 12 Photography Student with his Higher School Certificate works.

We got together about 4 months ago and came up with a concept…

To emulate four Old Master’s ArtWorks with a modern twist in each as a commentary on modern consumerism.

Daniel and I met with Cooper a number of times to shoot all the images used in the reproductions and to create the composites in Photoshop.

The final images were printed up as close to the original artworks sizes as possible (the largest being 800 × 600mm) on canvas and then framed in antique frames.

The results were fantastic!!

We will be waiting with baited breath for the marks :)

Tutorial - Painting with Light

There a many different ways to photograph light trails and painting with light, the following tutorial is what worked for us at the Snapshots meet. You can also find this tutorial in the Red Door Creative Group you can also enter your awesome images in the Painting with Light Challenge.

There are two very different methods you can use when painting with light.

  1. Painting portions of the subject with diffuse light
    Here you paint around your subject, or on your subject to expose desired parts (eg. Face), while ensuring that the torch faces away from the camera and directly towards the subject. You can get quite close to the subject for a more intense light, or move back for a softer light. This technique will give your object a beautiful glow.

  1. Creating light trails
    In this technique you use th

Tutorial - Smoke Trails

There a many different ways to photograph smoke trails, the following tutorial is what worked for us at the Snapshots meet. You can also find this tutorial in the Red Door Creative Group you can also enter your awesome images in the Smoke Trails Challenge.

What you will need

  1. Incense stick or cone to burn
  2. Camera
  3. Flash (off camera flash trigger if you have one, but it works with the on camera flash)
  4. Black backdrop
  5. Something black to put the incense on
  6. Tripod
  7. Matches or lighter

Setting up

  1. Once you have your equipment, set up your backdrop indoors somewhere where there will be no draft or breeze or any flow of air that will disrupt the smoke.
  2. Get a table and place it at minimum a metre from the backdrop. Cover the table with a black cloth, sheet, paper (anything black) and place the incense in a hol