Sunday, January 29, 2012

5/52 - Grandpa Griffith

As many might know, I went to Houston this weekend to take care of a few things for my upcoming wedding. While in town, I met up with my grandparents and asked my Grandpa if I could take his portrait for my project this week.

I really was not quite sure where I wanted to take the picture, but decided to just let him sit in his chair on their porch to keep him as comfortable and natural as possible. He is quite the character and the little smirk he has in this picture I feel represents his personality really well.

What was nice about this set up is the sun provided an awesome back light while I brought my 60in umbrella about 3 feet from him and set it at 1/16th power to allow just enough light to get him off the background.

I am really happy with how this one turned out and even though I tried to put more negative space in the other shots, I felt this helped keep the background as blown out as possible.

5/52 - Grandpa Griffith, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, January 23, 2012

4/52 - Adam

Meet Adam, he just married one of my oldest friends Emily. I had the opportunity to shoot their wedding this last weekend and it was a blast. This portrait was more of a happy accident than actually doing it on purpose. He was just getting ready to walk down the aisle, when I got him to give me a quick glance to snap this shot. What I really like about it, is the hint of the groomsmen just in the background. They are just subtle enough to show what is going on, but do not overtake the photograph.

One thing I did learn while shooting this wedding as a newly found strobist style portrait shooter is you do not have time to be a strobist style shooter, haha. I tried setting up an umbrella for a couple of shots, but soon broke it down and stuck with my flash bouncing through the ceiling and my newly acquired Gary Fong lightsphere.

Just in case you are wondering, I did not post one of Emily (the bride), because I wanted her to see the photos of her self first.

4/52 - Adam, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, January 16, 2012

3/52 - Carolyn

First off, I would like to thank my soon to be sister-in-law, (still sounds weird to say that) for stepping in front of my camera and letting me take her picture.

I knew going into this photo that I wanted it to be black & white, and minimal, but other than that it was a toss up. I started out trying to get a solid white background, but with a single flash and my Cactus triggers failing on me every other shot, it made it quite difficult. I made a few adjustments to my flashes location and took a test shot. Something close to the 50% grey you see above is what I got. I really liked it so decided to keep going with it.

I still seem to have trouble communicating with my models during a shoot. Hopefully that is something that I am able to work on throughout this year and eventually get super comfortable with.

3/52 - Carolyn, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

1/52 - Happy New Year

A new year, a new photography project and soon I will have a new blog as well. I will keep you posted on that.

It has been over a year since my last big photography project and a lot has changed since then. The last photography project I tried, I wouldn't say failed, but I was not completed. I found myself getting really lazy and my photographs were reflecting that. So since I was unhappy with the results I decided to scrap the project and try again some another time.

That time is today, except this time I am taking things a little bit slower. I promise these descriptions wont be so long in the future and hopefully I can start to record flash data for anybody who is interested. That is all for now, I hope everybody has a great new year.

1/52 - Happy New Year, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.