Monochrome Photography

I’ve had a hard time finding photos for this one.  I’ve Googled and searched and looked.  It’s difficult to find pictures of white-on-white or black-on-black subjects.  Most people, whether shooting in colour or black and white, shoot black on white or white on black for obvious contrast reasons.

I was able to find a few photos that (mostly) match the criteria for how we students were to shoot this assignment…

I also stumbled on this photo (below), which quite interested me:

I really liked the light, the subject, how into his instrument he seems to be, and also the fact that the blacks stay pretty black against each other.  I think I narrowed down that the photographer is Vincent Isola.  I can’t find a whole lot of information about him, other than he’s the owner/lead photographer of Genesis Photography.  If anyone knows any more about him and wants to post a link, feel free.  The Genesis site doesn’t have much in the way of bios.

That’s it for this time.  I’ll be posting overviews of the first two assignments in the next day or so.


Texture Photography

As part of our projects, we have to blog about a photographer or two who shoots wholly or partly in a similar style as our assignment.  Our first commercial project was texture, and the first person I thought of to blog about was Al Brydon.

I’ve followed him for a while.  I stumbled on his Etsy shop, saved it in my favorites, and have since followed him on Facebook as well.

He lives in Northern England, Sheffield, I believe, and focuses mainly on environmental photos.  He often, according to his Facebook page, heads out into the fields and hills in overcast and rainy weather (as is prone to happen in The North) to take pictures.

I tend to be drawn to outdoorsy photos, and I really enjoy his work.  The fact that he prefers overcast skies to sunny ones alone fascinates me.  And since he takes photos of the world outdoors, it is full of texture.


This past week we had in-class time to shoot our texture assignments.  I feel like it went fairly well.  Our film has been taken off for development so I’ll get that back in a few days to see how it turned out.  (Perfectly, I hope.  One can hope, right?)

This coming week we will be shooting our Monochrome.  The idea is to have a black object on a black background or a white object on a white background.  You should be able to tell a difference between the item and background but without the colors turning to grey.  It should be black black or white white, just not grey black or grey white.

Once again, we are turning in our idea sketches for our teacher to approve or disapprove.  Here they are:

Other backup ideas include eggs (real or painted cardboard ones from Hobby Lobby), or a plastic animal of some sort, also painted accordingly.

Also, Mr. P., does white tend to be easier than black to shoot?  It seemed that way when you did the demo, but I can do either colour.  Also, will we be using two lights or just one still?  I couldn’t remember and the powerpoint posted on Angel didn’t specify, I don’t think.  (I’ll double check on that.)

Sketches for Class

So sorry to everyone for my month or so absence.  I’ve been here, but since maintaining the blog is no longer a requirement for passing a class, it’s slipped to the bottom of my to-do list.  I’ll be posting a little more often once again, mainly for class, but I’ll try my best to put something fun in now and again too.

This semester we (the students) are taking Commercial 1, and one of the first steps for an assignment in this class is to sketch out several ideas for setups and scenes that we will later recreate in the studio and shoot with the 4×5 camera.  Our teacher chooses one he (hopefully) approves of, and that’s the one we shoot.

For this assignment the goal is to go for things with texture.

Here are my first sketches:

Mr. P: Two other vague ideas I had were to use cantaloupe somehow…not sure how, really, but they’ve got a funky texture on them.  The other was, I have a stack of sketchpads that I thought would look neat, but it’s not a terribly tall stack, so not enough really for just a side view of just the pages, and I also wasn’t sure how it’d work to light that so you could see all the uneven edges of the paper.