Sunday, 28 July 2013

jenny and the frog

The third day of the NVK photography camp was the tough day for me. I thought a fashion advertisement would be very easy as an assignment - I still think it is - but getting a male model just wasn't something I had prepared for.  For why there is a girl in the photos you have to read further.
I actually got a rather clear vision of what I wanted to do with him: a shoe advertisement. He jumping off a (small) cliff, the shoes clearly visible and on the go, his hair and upper body painted so it didn't look too much like traditional gender roles.
I think I tried to fool myself for the whole time about that it's going to be so cool. I made myself excited about it and it went all wrong. Well, nobody did anything wrong, in fact, at least he didn't. It just wasn't like I imagined it. I couldn't have made it much better with Lightroom either. On the first day I learned that if I'm not excited when shooting, I'm not going to be so excited when lightrooming.

After I had seen it wouldn't work with the shoes and the cliff, we went to the water and he jumped in and out of the water but I couldn't make it work. I felt really bad: I felt sorry for myself, I felt sorry for the model and the team for trying to help me and doing all those things for me even if it was for nothing because of me.
I'm still not quite sure what I could have done better. I'd like to be able to do things that are totally out of my comfort zone. Maybe if we'd had more time or if I had had a better vision. I hope it'll come to me one day, why was it that it went wrong.

What made the evening good again was another photo shoot. Two photographers were planning to shoot a new photo for the other one and they wanted an assistant. I wanted something else but my failure to think about and went with them. The idea was really good, the place was really good, the model and the styling and the lighting and the photographer were all really good and we succeeded in creating something very beautiful.
After that very successful photo shoot I felt much better. Jenny, the photographer modelling in Juuli's photo, and I decided to go to shoot a photo for me too. We walked for a while, found a frog, experimented and I finally had a photo. It's not a perfect advertisement or perfect otherwise but I'm eternally thankful for beautiful and fearless Jenny.


I sure hope the little frog survived its scary scary adventure with the giants. And don't ask what the photo is advertising for.

Friday, 19 July 2013

hidden by the light

The assignment for the second day of the photography camp (see my photo and read my thoughts about the first day here) was a movie poster or a promotional photo for a movie. Our group (= 2-4 photographers and a model) got the imaginary movie "Hidden by the Light". There were also others such as "The Lord of the Light" and "Alice in Lightland".
I sort of got an idea right away. It wasn't a ready idea, it was more like images, feelings and thoughts that didn't form one vision but they were separate. "How could you be hidden by the light if you couldn't see the light? Or the shadow", was one of the thoughts I had and as the thought became visual I wanted to cast a shadow of patterned cloth on the model's body.

I had had the idea of a shadow pattern on skin for a while and I must admit that I got the idea from America's Next Top Model: in the photo shoot they used things like tablecloths in between the sun and the model, like in this photo. My photo shoot worked pretty much the same way though we only had a dress, not a whole tablecloth.

Hidden by the Light

The resultant photo doesn't quite match with my vision but I like it very much anyway. We would have needed a tablecloth to implement my vision fully and we didn't have one. Luckily I had Sonja whose skills as a model compensated the lack of cloth quite nicely. Very nicely.
Sometimes it's hard for me to see why a particular photo is a good or a bad one. I don't like the dream photo too much because I feel that it's only a good photo because Erika did well in modeling and I didn't fail completely whereas this one I do like because I can very well see that both of us succeeded. Also this is the first photo with which I did magic in Lightroom.
In case you haven't noticed, I have updated the portfolio page! Also today I edited something that might get in there soon.

Friday, 12 July 2013

dream photo

On the first day of the NVK photography camp we explored style: what is my style, how can I find it and how would I describe it. Going through my favourites on Flickr I wrote down the things I like in the photos and appear often. I wrote down words like

warm colours
extraordinary positions

I also like the idea that light could be visible in the photo, not just a tool to bring out the subject. I can also see softness and girls. I also find that I don't need anything to be happening in the photos. If my style is and will be something like this, I'm pretty happy about it though I'm worried about that where do these things come from. Why do I like these particular photos and features? Is it what I really like or have I just seen photos like these too much? Do I dare to admit what I like? Do I want to like all of these things?
I'm afraid that I've seen too many tall and thin girls, too much certain kind of beauty. I don't necessarily want to have the traditional gender roles presented in my photos, but I'm not sure how to break it with taste. And I'm not even sure do I want to break the tradition, I'm just afraid of being bound by it.
Now that I have thought about what my style could be and can do conscious decisions about it, I'm not really sure where to take it. Each and every photo shoot is going to take my style forward as I stay on the bus. But which bus?

The assignment for the day was to create one's dream photo. It was a rather scary task to be the first one, but using the words I had written helped. Maybe I wouldn't call this the photo of my dreams because there's something in the photo that I don't like. It could be the 2-dimentional feeling, I don't really know, but for some reason I feel that only the model succeeded at this one.

Who is the photographer whose style you like the most?