Trying new ideas – fun with experimenting

August 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Good day!

When it comes to trying something new my granddaughter, Chyanne, is always willing to be my guinea pig, oh I mean model.   It’s nice to have someone that I can test, try, experiment my ideas with so that when I have clients I have it all worked out for the effect I’m after.  We always have a good time trying new things and Chyanne has a lot of patience, which is good, thank you Chy!

First I wanted to try projecting a video that I had taken last year of Chyanne on the background as I was taking photos of her, so that there would be an image of her behind her in the photo.  I had my daughter, Tina (Chyanne’s mom) hold the projector and move it some as I was taking images.  The projector that I was using is a small one and wasn’t very powerful, so we found that the images/video of Chyanne on the backdrop wasn’t very strong, but we were able to still get some interesting images.  I discovered while doing this to get the video to show up I had to have the room darker than usual so trying to get a good focus on Chyanne was difficult.  I got one where she was looking up and it looks as though she looking up at herself, I think it’s a cute shot although she isn’t in focus (darn).

Second I had gotten a fog machine, we had to do some experimenting with the placement of the fog machine plus to figure out the amount of fog needed which Chyanne had the trigger.  Then how to light it for it to be the most effective, we found that placing a blue gel on the light gave the fog a neat effect.  Chyanne had my black hooded sweatshirt on, which was way to big for her, and was playing the part of a cagey person amongst the fog.  One of the images she made a face where it looked as though she was yelling for a different effect and fun shot.

I also did a couple shots of her where she held up her arm/hand, one facing the camera and another with her back to the camera, for me to do a composite in Photoshop.  With the end result to have it look as though she was giving herself a high five.  After taking the images into Photoshop I found that I should have had her out stretch her arm a bit more instead of having her elbow at 90° angle, lesson learned.  That’s what this photo shoot was all about trying new things and experimenting.

Took some images that weren’t experimenting any particular effect, since Chyanne likes hats got a few with a prop hat that I have, love the look, she’s so cute with the hat.

What your thoughts?  Is there one of these experimental effects that you especially like or find interesting?   Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts.

Thank you for visiting my blog, have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and stay safe!

~Bonnie Fiser

As always comments welcomed!

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