When I am photographing for a client I have to work to a certain level of quality. There really is no room for experimentation. That is why, when I need to experiment or practice, I find a victim/volunteer to be a practice model for a few hours.
The first image is using a technique called the Brenizer Method. We use a lens with a shallow depth of field and create multiple photographs and then blend them together using Photoshop. It is a cheaper and digital version of a 8×10″ camera. I’ll have to practice this some more. I think I can go wider with my composition.
I also wanted to practice some film photography. I shot a few rolls of film and then had the film developed locally and I scanned and color corrected the images myself. It is so much easier to color correct digital files. So I think I will outsource my film color correction in the future.
I don’t shoot a lot of black and white photos. I should them digital and then convert them to black and white. Perhaps the black and white doesn’t connect with me. I am so good with color photos and I like rich color and contrast.
I also wanted to play with a Diana+ lens built for Canon digital cameras. It is a pretty fun lens that creates softer photos and a unique bokeh pattern. The lens was originally designed for film cameras from the 1970s and now I can stick it on digital! Woo hoo.
Usually sun flare and photography is a bad thing but it seems to be a bit of a trend right now. So creating it in camera or Photoshop works. With Photoshop we can create perfect flares without annoying lens flare shapes that aren’t the prettiest.