How good is this example of Portrait Photography from one of our students, Rachel Parkinson?
Rachel is working on Unit 8 of our Professional Photography Course.
Rachel has included her settings and her thoughts on setting up this shot:
“Manual mode, f/2.8, shutter 1/250, ISO 400
I used a continuous soft box which has a fluorescent bulb. I chose split lighting because I had a male subject and wanted a dramatic look. In post production I warmed it up a little bit but then decided it look more how I imagined as a black and white. My subject is happy with the image.”
Great job Rachel and thanks for letting us share.
A really great example of wildlife photography as taken by one of our Professional Photography Course students, Elizabeth (Lisa) Steele.
Lisa has applied so many good techniques such as locating a good vantage point, a fast shutter speed teamed up nicely with a wide aperture setting.
Lisa has supplied her own summary below contained within the inverted commas:
“Camera settings: Mode – Shutter Priority
ISO 100 – I used as low an ISO as possible to get a nice clear crisp image.
Speed 1/1000 – I dialled up the speed so that I could freeze any action and prevent blur when my subject moved.
Aperture F3.5 – This was the aperture required for correct exposure. I was happy to keep it as it was, as it was suitable for bringing the focus to my subject while blurring any distracting background.
Focal length – 100mm – A good focal length to zoom onto my subject and fill the viewfinder to capture emotion and tell a story.
Image story: We have just returned home after spending nearly 4 months exploring the Kimberley region and one of the busiest scenes we came across was at a crocodile park with hundreds of tourists watching the croc feeding. I managed to get a good spot behind the fence and wanted to zoom into the scene and capture a close-up of this monster being feed. I did manage to get a good shot of this reptile coming out of the water with the green weed covering him flying off his head at the moment he captured his meal. The flying weed gives an impression of the speed he can travel and gives the viewer a sense of danger, and terror of what this animal could be capable of. I was initially attracted to this subject by a sense of morbid curiosity – I find crocodiles repulsive but also fascinating. The story I wanted to tell was that there is always a sense of danger around these wild animals and that you must always be on your toes even at these feeding shows. I also found the green weed striking – it can completely cover the water and hide these creatures so that you cannot see what lurks beneath until they come trashing to the surface. To me this image evokes a sense of danger with a balance of beauty and repulsion.”
Thanks for sharing your great image Lisa but also for sharing your thoughts as you set up and took the shot. It gives a great insight into the processes you went through in getting this image.
As we continue to expand our course offerings we are really excited to announce the addition of two new courses to our range. They are the Wildlife Photography Course and the Portrait Photography Course. These two new, exciting online courses are brilliant so if you ever wanted to learn all about wildlife or portrait photography then now is your chance.
While on the subject of announcements we are also pleased to announce we now provide buy now pay later services with Latitude Pay and Paypal Pay in 4. These two payment platforms make it easier for students to spread their payments out which is great for the weekly budget. For details on how these work click on the hyperlinks above.
So there has never been a better time to study photography online and don’t forget our Professional Course is on a great sale price at present.
ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES
One of our unique student choice elective subjects included in our online Professional Photography Course is Advanced Photography Techniques.
In this great image one of our students, Sam Cook has taken his fire-wheel activity to the next level.
There are so many great elements Sam has applied to this shoot to make this image awesome and very unique.
For starters the great location choice has provided the ideal background to set things off. The slow shutter speed has put a beautiful creamy sheen on the surface of the water while it captured the sparks flying through the air. The sparks can get hot, so this is definitely a beach activity. Love the reflections. They add that extra element to an already great scene.
Terrific job with this one Sam, and thanks for allowing us to share it with everyone. I am pleased you had fun with it.
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AWARD WINNING IMAGE
Congratulations to one of our recent graduates, Jessica Perceval, on her award winning image. Jessica has just graduated our online Professional Photography Course.
Part of our course sees students compiling their photography portfolio and this image made it into Jessica’s.
Below in ” is some words from Jessica about her image:
” Image 1 I chose this photo as it is one of my best images so far, which has won two first prizes in two different agricultural photography competitions and winning a grand champion print of show at one of the competitions. The image was taken with a Nikon d3400 with the settings of auto shutter speed of 1/400sec f stop of f/10 and iso of 200.”
Great image Jessica and thanks flor sharing.
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HELP A FRIEND
Every now and then we hear about a nice story just like this one from one of our students, Paul Conlon and how he decided to help a friend.
Paul was working on Landscape Photography in Unit 7 of our online Professional Photography Course when this image was taken.
This shot uses a whole package of skills which combine for a terrific result including great location vantage point, correct lens, focus and setting choices, NDx6 filter, 18 images, Photoshop photo merge and final edit.
Let’s hear from Paul about his image:
“Camera Settings: ISO – 100, 28mm, f/11, 13 seconds with 6 stop ND filter
The reason I have chosen this photo is it is what is beginning to be my style(s) of photography that I seem to gravitate toward of being landscape and/or long exposure.
The reason I chose this photo is rather special as a friend asked me to take this for her father who is in palliative care who can no longer take his daily walks down by the Onkaparinga river mouth as captured. This will hang in his room so that he can wake up each day imagining his normal daily routine of early morning walks at sunrise.
The techniques I used was to use a 28 mmm focal length to enable a wide angle of capturing the scene, and took a series of 18 photos in portrait mode to merge into a panorama. I also used a 6 stop ND filter to smooth out the water, also to help remove some of the people walking in the scene. Whilst I was not able to remove all the people, the people who remain (i.e. fishing on the beach) due to them being blurred gives this photo almost an etherial feeling. I have also used several graduated filters to increase and decrease exposure throughout the image.”
Great image Paul and an even better story for it. I am sure your friend’s father will get a lot of enjoyment out of your image. Thanks for sharing your work.
Nice to have some good news stories every once in a while.
The power of photography can really take you to other times and places.