Photography Classes, Partie 3

Here are some more photographs from my portrait and commercial photography classes that I took and/or collaborated on, as indicated below.

Photography and light painting by Sarah Milstein, Christiane Creixell, and Elizaveta Bakunina.  Light source: iPhone.

Photography by Sarah Milstein.  Light source: softbox.

I took the following photograph using a 10 second exposure and popping the flash 3 times.  I did not use any photo editing software on this image, it’s straight from the camera!

Photography by Sarah Milstein.  Light source: softbox.

Photography by Sara Stevanovic and Sarah Milstein.

Photography by Sarah Milstein.

Finally, comic musings of Janine Murphy and me, inspired by Irving Penn.  Technically, this is not from this week — we took this in our introduction class.

Photography by Janine Murphy and Sarah Milstein.

Here are some behind the scene photographs of my food shoot.

© Sarah Milstein 2013

Instructions For Painting With Light

Painting with light is one of my favorite photography techniques that can easily be done at home.  All you need is a flashlight, iPhone, iPad, or any other even-toned light source, a tripod, a really dark room, and a really still subject.

  1. You will want to set your camera on a tripod for a really long exposure (i.e., 8 seconds or longer);
  2. Set a large aperture (i.e., f/5.6);
  3. Set your ISO at 100;
  4. Manually focus the camera on your subject (this is important because the lights will be off when you press the shutter, so the camera will be unable to “automatically” focus);
  5. Turn off all the lights so it is so dark, you can hardly see where you or your subject are;
  6. Now push the shutter and walk over to your subject and literally shine the light where you want the light to appear so as to “paint” in the areas you want to be light.  Voila!  Easy peasy.

It’s best to move the light constantly so as not to get hot spots.  Also, if you point the light at the camera, you will get streaks.

Photography Classes, Partie 2

This week is flying by since I have a commercial photography class every morning, and a portrait class every afternoon.  The commercial class is, sorry to say, pretty boring/frustrating, but I think I have learned a lot and have a new appreciation for photographs of objects in magazines.  Shooting glass, metal, and porcelain are a nightmare.  Getting the camera perfectly parallel to the table, balancing all of the stands, blocking the right amount of light, creating the perfect amount of highlights — these are things that all take a lot of patience.  A quality I unfortunately do not have much of.

The portrait class was really fun and we learned some great techniques.  My favorite was light painting.  This was super easy (well, relatively speaking) and you can even do it at home.  If you want to know how, visit here.  I think my favorite part was that I donned a black cloak while “painting” so as not to get in the frame myself.  Here is one of my “paintings.”  I actually did this in my apartment just now with my iPhone, sitting on my floor, with my camera on the table.  It doesn’t get more ghetto than this!

Finally, you might remember that I mentioned a few weeks back that I was “styling food” on the set.  Here is one of the shots we did.

Photography and styling by Janine Murphy and Sarah Milstein.

More photos to come…

© Sarah Milstein 2013