Monday, July 18, 2005

Photography News.

July 15th, 2005: My entry(s?) to Photographer’s Forum‘s Best of Photography 2005 made it to the finalist group. Whichever one or ones they chose will be published in the annual book, Best of Photography, and will also go on to compete for further recognition. The winners are also published in Photographer’s Forum magazine. This is the second time I’ve been published by Serbin Communications, I also was awarded a certificate of excelence for Bitshift, which was published in the Best of College Photography Annual 2005. Wish me luck!

July 15th-17th: I shot some film at Connecticon 2005. A free shoot was awarded to the winner in the Journyman Cosplay rank, for craftsmanship. They were tired and decided to go home with my card, so I grabbed a couple people I found interesting. You will be seeing those photos as soon as possible.

July 18th, 2005: I am currently

Student of the Week

over at the Student Photographic Society! SPS is the student devision of Professional Photographers of America. My work will be featured on the site publically for this week, and student members can see the mini-portfolio they put up in their archives, possibly forever. I got 10 free rolls of 35mm Across Fujifilm. I guess I’ll have to use my 35mm camera more, wasting film is a shame. :D

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:43 am  

Sunday, July 17, 2005

I’m seeing a lot of good things about Charlie and the Chocolate factory and it scares me. I miss Gene Wilder.

I’m seeing some bad things about Harry Potter and it amuses me. I miss Wizard People, Dear Reader.

Ok, back to reading. On skip=125.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 5:14 pm  

Friday, July 8, 2005

I’m sorry. J.K. Rowling just doesn’t deserve to be that rich.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:25 pm  

Friday, July 8, 2005

I think it’s interesting that when I breath you can clearly see my rib cage expand. If I breathe deeply, it’s quite something. Bodies in general are interesting. Life is beautiful.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 10:36 am  

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Experiments In Digital Noise

So, while looking at a lot of photographs online, we often see a lot of digital noise (called grain in film, though the look of it is different) and it seems most people take offense at it. We’ve come to believe that the less noise, the more professional the image.

Generally, a lot of times, this is true. When using professional equipment, metering the light correctly, exposing correctly, and shooting under controlled conditions, we often see a lot less noise. We usually work to minimize it.

However, I’ve realized that in critiquing other people’s work, I have sort of fallen into a stuck up opinion of noise and overexposed images (where the highlights are blown out). To try and overcome that, I’ve challenged myself to maximize the use of digital noise, and try to see what I could come up with. I decided to try this out during a shoot for images for a friend’s small poetry book.

I borrowed a 10D (I’m familiar with it’s noise patterns, though I don’t own one myself, as I’ve used it to shoot stage before), and set it for 1600 ISO. The higher the ISO, the more noise or grain generally evident in a shot. I then used very simple low light hot lights (just some regular light bulbs in reflectors on stands), and collapsible reflectors for lighting, as using strobes usually gives you a softer light (well, not always, but don’t worry about that now, lol). I also wanted the color shift from the lighting, so I did not set the color balance on the camera. Most of the effect was achieved in camera, though I did a little in processing the RAW files.

For the one you see above, I under exposed the image and brought it up two stops in RAW processing, which generally makes the grain more evident. This one below I overexposed in the highlights and underexposed in the shadow. It was pushed a tiny bit in processing, and slightly nudged in terms of contrast and saturation, but most of the color is simply achieved by leaving the color balance way off and using a gold reflector. Both of the shots were lit with just one light, and a very inexpensive one at that. Most of you can probably do something like this, and many of you probably have without knowing exactly why. Hopefully it’s some food for thought. :)

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 5:33 pm  

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