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Annual Traditions

Fall-Filled week @ Disneyland

It may have happened over a month ago, and I may be super late, but it was still totally AWESOME!

After moving into an apartment with 3 of my friends after my CP it’s become sort of a family tradition for us to go to Disneyland every year now (apparently). It began in October 2016 with Celine and Brian’s first ever trip, and then as the Fall months came back around we started to get antsy to head back to the better Disney park, so we packed up our bags and headed back a little bit earlier in the year. 

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New Equipment: Softboxes

I had a great Christmas, but there was one thing on my wishlist that I didn’t receive that I knew I immediately wanted to buy with my Christmas money and that was a set of softboxes for my photographs and videos. My mom wasn’t sure what kind of buy for me and while I had a set in mind I ended up purchasing the PBL Studio Continuous Lighting Kit 24×24″ which you can find on Amazon HERE for $93. That is actually an extremely cheap price point so I knew that these weren’t going to be the most high quality lights of all time but I really don’t need that right now for what I want.

I do want to preface this by saying that one of the softboxes came damaged and so I’m going to have to return and exchange them. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase them immediately or wait so I can have them shipped to Orlando instead of driving them down so I probably won’t have any pictures very soon using these. 

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Getting to Know: EVERYTHING (Final weeks)

What’s up! So, I was on hiatus for a little while as I was visiting some friends in Florida for a short vacation. You can check out my life update for more info on that, but I also missed a few classes while I was gone, mainly photography. We only have about 3 classes left in the semester and so our assignments have recently been piled on last minute as my professor was going to be gone for a week. For this round we had to take 6 environmental portraits as well as 3 creative portraits for our final project.

We also will be displaying our work at the tech library for voting and the winners will be displayed at our university library. Those photos were chosen from some that I had taken from this semester, if I end up getting a photo of them displayed I’ll paste that in here. Anyway, my first Enviro shots were of Lauren at work in the library, my second shots were of my brother in his gaming corner of his room where he spends probably 100% of his time, and my last shots I haven’t quite decided on what to do.  I’ll most likely pull my mom into helping me. I’ll also add the last Pixelstick shot we did right before I left on vacation. We decided to take a group shot and have one of our classmates weave in and out with the stick. We had our teacher go through and use an external flash on each of us as well. I used my 50 mm for Lauren’s photo and used a back-bounce flash and fisheye adapter on my photo of Andrew.

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Getting to Know: Pixel Sticks & High Key

This week and a bit of last week we pulled out the Pixel Stick for our class assignment. I’d heard about them before but had never seen a ton of pictures taken with one or had used one in any way so I was really excited to see what we were going to create.

Our assignment was to each come up with two different ideas and shoot them as a group and upload them to Flickr. This was really a group project because you had to set the exposure for about 10 seconds on Bulb, focus on the subjects with manual while the lights were on, THEN turn the lights off and hold down the shutter while everyone did their thing.

We also used an external flash to light the subjects after the pixel stick was moved past the background. My first idea was really just a test run, I had one of my classmates use the rainbow setting and twirl the pixel stick while they walked behind Kalie. I also had another classmate use an external flash to light her from the side. I held down the shutter and had Cam walk behind Kalie with the Pixel Stick, then after he turned away and turned off the light I had someone else set the flash off before letting off the shutter. I really didn’t know what to expect for my first try but I ended up with this:

Pixelstick Kalie

Insane huh?!

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Getting to Know: Lighting

This is kind of ongoing from last week as well. 

We only met once last week so we just started on our next assignment which was using different types of studio lighting and also utilizing natural light outside in different ways. We had to take our subjects and show the technical side by lighting them different ways and then doing some creative shots on our own. I’ll post the studio shots first and label what kind of light they each are.

Soft Light vs. Hard Light 

Hard Light

Hard Light

Soft Light

Soft Light

Broad Light vs. Short Light 

Broad Light

Broad Light

Short Lighting

Short Lighting

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Getting to Know: Custom White Balance

Another week down! 

This week in photography we only met once, but we spent the time learning how to set a custom white balance using cars like THESE. I’ve never used a custom white balance before, usually I’ll use auto or maybe try out the other settings depending on where I’m shooting at so this was super useful!

We went out in different types of environments and took photos using auto and our custom white balance. What we found is that custom white balance does the best at capturing skin tones or making the photo warmer while auto makes the photo cooler. It wasn’t difficult to set the custom but I’m unsure if I’ll use it often unless I’m trying to get a specific shot as it can be time consuming. I’ll list off the photos I took below and what setting was used.

Studio Lighting 

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Getting to Know: Lenses

What’s up guys! I can’t believe it’s already September!

I’ve been really enjoying my Portrait Photography class this semester as I’ve had the same teacher for the past 3 years and I’ve finally made it into a new class. I feel like I’m actually getting to take good photos with the time that I have, although I am much more interested in portraits than any other type of photography. This week we spent our class at our new Bicknell Arts Center that opened this Fall and tried out a few different lenses for our Canon DSLRs. If you click on the photos it should tell you which lens each photo was taken with. I’ll go through them a bit below and discuss my favorites.

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Emily – Senior 2015

I made a live post about this a few weeks ago when we went to take some photos in the snow, but we are officially finished with Emily’s Senior Photos! I’ll leave a link to the flickr page HERE, but here are just a few as well. This is certainly not all that we took, but many are in the same location that I didn’t feel like uploading all 80 of them. Thanks so much to Emily and her mom. Congratulations lady! 

Emily_Collage

Emily_Collage

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Flickr & Book Haul #2

Good evening friends, I’m stopping by today to let you know that I finally restarted my entire Flickr and filled it to the brim with some of my favorite past photos and keeping it up to date with all my new photos! You can check out my page here:

cm_kayla 

It gives you really easy access to share my photos with others, and I refrained from putting a watermark on them because I know how annoying they are. Please PLEASE do not steal my photos, I am putting my trust in everyone by not wartermarking these. The share features allow you to share them while still giving credit to me, please use it. If you are wanting to use these photos as a background or screensaver or anything else please email me at k_justice23@hotmail.com FIRST to ask permission. Otherwise, enjoy!

I also stopped in to post some photos of my book haul from this past week. Technically it counts as July since I ordered them then, or let’s at least say so for my checkbook. From Book Depository I picked up Fangirl Special UK Edition by Rainbow Rowell for $19.95. It was a little pricey, but the book comes with a pink cover, the title printed on the side of the pages when closed, a ribbon bookmark attached, and the dust cover also works as a poster. 

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