kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
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how things work

This is how the art collaboration thing is going to work:

1) five_cats and faustian_wish are compiling a list of everybody who's volunteered.

2) we can use one more "administrative assistant" / data collector -- let me know if you're super organized and skilled in the ways of find and replace. bonus points if you can write simple scripts. more bonus points if you have a lot of spare time. i figure it's about two hours.

3) Tomorrow or Thursday I will post the first assignment list -- all it will have is the name of the person you're working with, it's up to you to contact them and figure out what you want to work on. I'll probably post some suggestions to help you along and invite other people to do the same.

4) In a month I'll have another "What came of it?!" post and ask everybody to show off the stuff they did together.

This is representative of a lot of email pouring in

If it's not too much to ask, I'd love to know how you got the shot of Neil and Cabal. What lens did you use? Was it all natural light? It's quite magical, yet very honest and human. Beautiful.

Occasionally on photographers, the photo community I moderate, someone will post something along the lines of "Here are my photos! I don't play by the rules! FTW!" and they're uniformly lousy. You can break "the rules" but you have to know what they are and why you're breaking them. In this case the "rule" is "don't shoot into the sun" why don't you shoot into the sun? because it causes lens flare and causes your subjects face to have very low contrast.

Here we have two photos taken at about the same time. The first follows "the rules" well, golden sun off to the right. The second I shot right into the sun, you can see it there and you can see the lens flare -- that washed out yellow glow. Lately shooting into the sun has become a fashion photography fad as fashion photos have adopted a lot of the trappings of "snapshots". We see shooting into the sun in magazines all the time now. Along with the flare you get a halo of what's called "rim light" and you can also get rainbow artifacts from reflections inside the lens. Typically most of these are things you don't want but it gives us a mood -- what comes to my mind is "summer snapshot" -- like a shaky movie camera it adds a "you are there" feeling to the image by giving the hint that it wasn't taken by a professional.

Both of these were taken with an 85 f 1.8 lens wide open -- currently my favorite lens.

if you're going to try shooting into the sun, set your camera to manual exposure and be sure to meter for the subjects face, or you're just going to get a silhouette. If you get some good shots, go ahead adn post them to photographers.

Hope you're all doing super swell.

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