Playing with the camera

It’s no secret that I like taking photos.  Photography has been a big part of my life ever since my cousin Nick showed me how to use a camera and develop my own film when I was 12. One of the best things about this blog is that I finally have a place to show my pictures.

Although I take plenty of food and travel shots, what really interests me is people.  I’d like to be much better at portraiture.  That takes two things: a modicum of equipment and lots of practice.  I bought some lights, hung a backdrop and created a tiny studio in my garage, now for the practice part.

I asked my friend Cass to come over and let me play around with different lighting setups and camera angles.  Maybe we’d get something worthwhile out of the experience, maybe it would just be practice.

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This one isn’t very serious or formal, but the expression is interesting and the lighting is pretty good.

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Black and white makes it look serious, and I like the quiet sense of this.

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Sometimes you can do more with less light than you can with more.  I just keep moving the lights around and trying new ideas.

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When TIME magazine needs a photo of Cass, I think they can use this.  The day was a success.

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And this is my favorite, although Cass thinks the expression is off.  I think she looks slightly bemused, which is the way most women look at me.

So the day was a success, but it’s just the first step on a long road.  I need more models.  Do you want a portrait?  Do you have 30 minutes to spare?  Leave a comment, call me, see me at the club.  I’ll try to make you something you can be proud of.

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3 thoughts on “Playing with the camera

  1. Hey Chris, hard to look at all those wrinkles and blemishes! If I’d realized you were going to post these, I would have suggested your camera be — less in focus. Cass

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