I don’t remember a time (since probably 2001) that I have gone this long without taking any pictures or for that matter even having a camera in my hand. Certainly since I started blogging I have not had this long of a dry spell.
Call it a creative block, a funk, or a brain cramp I just could not see anything that inspired me to take images. 😦
So yesterday I got to do my favorite type of photography. I love doing portraits and the neat thing is that my lighting system has evolved to a style that was taught by Joel Grimes, which seems to fit my creative vision perfectly. Is it perfect? No of course not (I still have tons to learn) but it is to the point that I can set up my lights, camera and background without much adjusting and that gives me additional confidence.
I was at one of our banks yesterday taking images of our summer interns. It takes about an hour to get everything unpacked and set up. The air conditioning was almost nonexistent in the room I was using so with all the physical activity of getting things set up in the limited amount of time I had, the temperature got even hotter. I think I perspired away about 3 pounds. 🙂
The image above is our Corporate Trainer, Joni. She was gracious enough to pose for me while I tested and balanced the lights.
This image is without a digital background. A lot of portrait photographers shoot on a neutral gray background because it makes for an easier extraction of the subject so that you can use any background you want to. Photoshop Creative Cloud just released a major update yesterday and they dramatically changed the selection tools. So I had a little trouble refining my selection. Anyway I like the digital background over the plain gray one but it’s up to the beholder.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. A Happy Birthday to my wonderful Son-in-Law Ben. Hope you have a great day!!
Enjoy your day and be careful.