Mista Skee

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"Two way communication"

...From the family files :-)

I'm in teaching mode today, I see so much lovely work on shutterchance :-) but in terms of lighting 'cept for afew, c'mon guys, get creative!

The ability to "Control Light", comes, to those who are bold enough to practise, to those who care enough to do that extra research about light and it's characteristics. To those who say, "I'm tried of my pics looking like everybody elses.

If you care enough to buy a camera, even if it's brandless, care enough to actually snap, process and post, please care enough to step up your game!

Some peeps are talking 'bout themes on shutterchance, nice... okay here's one... let's work on our understanding of light and how to use it to compose interesting pictures lol!

In ART101, they normally start peeps off with black n white pencil work, why? simply because, it introduces to the student the concept not only of "Light n shade", but also that of "Tonality", which later form the building blocks of all coloured painting.

Guys, don't be afraid to use that flash, but "get creative wit it", it does, after awhile become second nature.

ABOUT TODAYS PIC

1.Abit too heavy on the flash side, but still quite interesting, my technique has been refined since this picture was taken last oct/Nov.

2. Flash off camera technique

3. Composition becomes second nature, only with constant practise.



"Two way communication"

...From the family files :-)

I'm in teaching mode today, I see so much lovely work on shutterchance :-) but in terms of lighting 'cept for afew, c'mon guys, get creative!

The ability to "Control Light", comes, to those who are bold enough to practise, to those who care enough to do that extra research about light and it's characteristics. To those who say, "I'm tried of my pics looking like everybody elses.

If you care enough to buy a camera, even if it's brandless, care enough to actually snap, process and post, please care enough to step up your game!

Some peeps are talking 'bout themes on shutterchance, nice... okay here's one... let's work on our understanding of light and how to use it to compose interesting pictures lol!

In ART101, they normally start peeps off with black n white pencil work, why? simply because, it introduces to the student the concept not only of "Light n shade", but also that of "Tonality", which later form the building blocks of all coloured painting.

Guys, don't be afraid to use that flash, but "get creative wit it", it does, after awhile become second nature.

ABOUT TODAYS PIC

1.Abit too heavy on the flash side, but still quite interesting, my technique has been refined since this picture was taken last oct/Nov.

2. Flash off camera technique

3. Composition becomes second nature, only with constant practise.



comments (9)

I'm noting the points Skee, man that your off camera flash does give you a very creative edge though!
Very nice expression and framing. Processing is very nice. For some reason, the processing of this shot, along with the framing of the kid, reminds me of an old barbershop. Not sure why, though. Cheers, Brent
  • Mona
  • London
  • 1 Jun 2006, 16:09
Too much techy jargon PUH-LEASE!!!!! heheh the boy is a cutie! You've got a really good camera there.
Lovely expression, nice natural shot!
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2006, 01:16
I would gladly step my game up MUCH more if I could have money to buy an off camera flash. You also have to understand that not all of us have that kind of dough or time.

Anyway, nice shot of a very cute little one.
  • idleye
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2006, 05:34
idleye says ... nice one Skee .... but what is that hand on the right doing?? Perhaps the hand of the old barber Brent is reminded of ....?
Lighting wise - good technicals - but i would argue 'bout composition (viz hands at right and other body parts as per comment above) but then, as always, when ya grab a shot, ya get what ya grab!

Also POV - get down man get down! and catch the scene from the kid's POV.
Mr Skee: Thanks Idleye, but let me explain about the cpmposition, because it seems that you are really missing the point here smile

Firstly,there is an old age adage in painting and it's something like this,Make everyy stroke count!", which simply means, if it's there then it's there for a reason.

everything that you see in the composition is there for a reason, the hands, position of the kid,and the hint of seated people.Why my you ask, simple because I use all these elements to tell my story.

Yes I could have done the "Classical, take the picture from the kids POV", but I think i've left, "What they tell me in High school", long ago.

I chose such a high angle to illustrate and over emphase the size of the kid and his vulnerability.

The kid stands tall and confident, mainly because of the adults around him. The hand represents, the guiding hand of a father.

It is intitked two way communicatuin, not because of the obvious: Oh the cute kid is holding 2 cell phones smile but rather because of the visible bond of communication between father and son.

Alas, my work is often complex, and even though these and many others are not staged shots, alotta thought does goes into them.
  • Mr Skee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jun 2006, 08:09
Sorry for all the TYPO's guys, I broke my glasses during Suby's wedding and i'm not wearing my contacts as at the time of replying idleye's post smile
  • Paul
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2006, 15:18
Me thinks that Mr. Skee is getting a little bit "full" of himself. Everyone has their own style. We are all trying to get better, I believe.

Personally, I prefer to use nothing but natural light. I don't even own a flash, so there! smile I do own some ripstock nylon, some reflectors, etc. Thanks for your encouragement, but you might want to put away the "big stick".

Regards,

Paul


Paul
  • Idleye
  • United States
  • 4 Jun 2006, 10:03
Hi Skee

Thanks for the explanation (those pesky thousand words, etc). I am impressed that you are thinking ('seeing') so deeply while you work.

That is terrific. I just love to hear what is a photographer's mind as they catch/present an image. I don't hear so much of this so far on shutterchance and it is great to know there are yet depths to be plumbed here. My apologies if you felt I was implying less of your photographic/seeing talents.

idleye

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