Chasing Light & Capturing Moments

al_daybreak_bw
Note: Watermark website is no longer active; see https://www.facebook.com/unleashyourlook

Here’s a quick one for you today!

While this blog is primarily about audio/music, gaming, and management theory, I have to put the occasional post about photography here as it is a hobby with which I am quite impassioned.

For several years, I offered professional photographic services in our state before focusing more wholly on finishing my degree. Though I ceased taking on clients full time, the occasional photography request or job still keeps me going.

The above image is from a series I shot with a model in Utah three or four years ago. This set has long been one of my favorites for the smooth, creamy lighting and breezy posing of the subject. A lot of things just worked in this session.

But what is it that makes an image work? And why bother?

There are several key components to an image and they are;

  • Composition
    • Positioning–where the photographer is positioned
    • Posing/Unposed–how the subject is posed, or candidly unposes
    • Framing–the boundaries of the image that is created; what can you see?
  • Exposure
    • Aperture–controls both amount of light let in as well as depth of field (blurry background or not)
    • Shutter Speed–controls both amount of light let in as well as how crisp the image is vs. showing blurred movement
    • ISO–the sensitivity of the film to light, or the control of how sensitive the digital sensor is to light
  • Color (or lack thereof)

More than that, though, there has to be some kind of connection and goal with an image. This shoot was great for me because I had only to focus on the technical aspects of the photo, since our model–Aubrie–was doing such a good job positioning and posing herself. A lighthearted and fun photoshoot meant we all had fun and were able to relax and really let enjoyment shine.

What I particularly like about this image: The light is just how I like it. Light, creamy, and bright enough that it smooths everything out, but isn’t blowing out the highlights and you can still see definition in the skin. The subject was relaxed smiling. The simple background and central, overhead lighting places focus on the subject. It’s sharp (in-focus) such that you can see minor details such as eyelashes.

Creating images such as this fueled my early passions in photography, and looking back through some of the work I have done often leads me to want to photograph more. While returning to school has limited the amount of time I can spend shooting, I do hope to spend more time behind the camera in the coming years.

Are you interested in photography? Feel free to share your images below! I’d love to see your work.

Happy photographing,

~ Griff


You can find more of my work on Facebook.

Author: griffethbarker

Griff is a manager of IT, consultant of IT and management, and continuous student of organizational development. His hobbies and interests include games of all types (video, board, dice, card, tabletop, etc.) as well as listening to music, photography, and writing. Find him on LinkedIn!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s