Rocky Mountain Christian Film Camp Portraits

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to document the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp, and one of my duties there was to make portraits of all the campers and instructors! The main purpose would be to use on their acting resume's, crew websites, or maybe just social media. I had two main challenges in trying to capture all of the campers: making each portrait unique, and taking so many. Normally when I do a portrait shoot, I have one subject, but this time I had more than 10! So it was a lot of fun, and made our shooting times really fast paced and engaging! So here's a few of my favorite photos that I captured!


Lensbaby

I recently acquired a Lensbaby 3G (and if you'd like to get your hands on one, check out this page), and had a lot of fun trying it out! Shooting with a tiltable lens really requires a shift in how you look at the world. Compositions change, how you frame subjects change, it's just different! Here's what I came up with after a little bit of practice.

Neck Lines, and How to Avoid them

While at a civil war reenactment last month I took a photo of a beautiful friend of mine, which I thought turned out really well. But upon showing it to her, I was again reminded that there are many things that I still have to learn about photographing people. But thanks to her, there's one fewer things that I still need to learn.

Neck Creases - they're bad.

Here's the first photo I took:

Initially I really liked this photo. The lighting was nice, and I always like looking-over-the-shoulder shots, especially how they seem to bring out the whites of peoples eyes. But after I showed my subject, she noticed the creases in her neck and pointed them out to me, and I'm very thankful she did! I hadn't caught them, but after she pointed them out, I couldn't miss them. So after a couple more takes, we came up with this one:

What I did to get rid of them is actually really easy. I simply had my subject rotate her chair towards me a bit, and not look over her shoulder quite as much. Poof! Neck creases gone! And I'm really pleased with how the final photo turned out.

Now, if I were to take this photo again, there are a couple of other things that I could do, and that you can do, to get rid of unwanted neck creases. If you have the pose you really like, and don't want to reposition your model like I did, you can simply add something to hide the creases. Such as a collar, or if your subject is a lady with beautiful long hair (like my friend's), it can be positioned to cover any creases. 

Happy photo taking!

Paul

Paul

And so it begins!

I've decided to start a photography blog. I don't know how often I'll be able to post photos, but I'll try to do so with some regularity. As I said in the sidebar, these won't always be the cream of the crop, some will be of excursions that I go on, perhaps some experiments, or old photos that I find in my library. So for starters, what do you all think of this photo? Is the HDR a little overdone?


Paul