Last weekend I got to shoot my first Prom session with a group of fun loving High School students. We were supposed to shoot outdoor, but the weather didn't play along so we did most of the shooting indoors. I'm still happy with how they turned out and we did manage to sneak in one outdoor pic between the raindrops :)
Forget Instagram filters! All you need to do to make your pictures turn out crummy is to use a 50+ year old camera. Oh and use expired film. Plus if the film says ISO 200, be sure to set your camera to 400 so it underexposes everything. And to make those cool flares? - be sure to open your film back before the film is rewound all the way, that works great.
I have had a great time using the Contax 139 Quartz and Yashica FX-3 as my main film cameras for several rolls now, but with many more cameras to try out and evaluate, it's time to put these back on the shelf for a bit. Here are some scans from my latest batch. Stay tuned for the results of my next camera to sample!
Well, it's been a while since I've posted so, nothing like the new year to kickstart the engine again. I haven't been shooting a lot of pictures lately, but I have spent a little time on self reflection and found some interesting information.
Many of you are likely familiar with the Meyers-Briggs profiles and the 16 personality types. There are numerous online tests you can take to find your type, and I have tried several, but what I found annoying was that I could get different results depending on my current mood, stress level, and other factors. So while the results were usually partly accurate, I never felt they were completely on point.
Recently, I took another test and came up with INTP as the result. (Introverted Thinking, Extroverted Intuition, Introverted Sensing, and Extroverted Feeling, in that order of priority)
While the generic description seemed to mostly match my own perception of myself, I didn't fully appreciate it till I read an essay found on this site:
The first thing I found interesting was that the author bothered to register a whole domain name dedicated to INTPs! While Paul James claims that only about 1% of the population are INTPs, I've seen other stats that claim more like 2-5%. Regardless of the actual number, it's a fairly small segment of society and one of the rarer personality types out there.
Now, Mr. James is rather wordy and the site is not formatted for easy reading, but I will pull out a few quotes that I related to the most:
Naturally, the essay contains much more information but this is getting to be a long post already. So I'll stop here. Needless to say I find the subject matter interesting (for now). How about you? Any other INTPs out there care to comment?
1. A description of the INTP Personality Type by Paul JamesOriginal version: April 5, 1999
revised and published on the web: March 12, 2000
I haven't posted in a while since the summer has been getting busy, but today I took the opportunity to try shooting a car with the Novatron studio strobes. It was fun figuring out how to shape the light the way I wanted it to look. Overall, I'm pleased with the results, but there's always room for improvement.
So after 2 years of shooting, I'm finally venturing out from the "clean edit" as it's called. So far I've been happy just producing a well balanced, properly exposed picture with sharp focus. Lately though, I've felt like trying out some more dramatic processing and I'm liking the results.
I was excited to get to try some professional film and see if it made a difference in the contrast and colors of my pictures. I would say it did indeed help with the outdoor shots as they look pretty good, but contrary to what I thought, the film is still daylight balanced, so indoor shots still came out yellow/orange. I was also disappointed to see light leaks on some shots which means my light seal replacement did not go as well as I planned....
In the past year, I've been collecting vintage cameras and lenses, these are almost all of them. It's a lot of fun, but they do take up a bit of space.....
I took a few minutes the other night to try some HDR using the built in function on the Sony NEX-3N. It allows you to specify whether you want a 1.0/2.0/3.0/4.0/5.0/6.0 stop spread of the 3 exposures. I generally found the 3 or 4 stop spreads to give the best balance of the effect without looking garish. I then edited them in the computer to further enhance the dynamic range while still avoiding the obvious "HDR look" that so many have come to despise.
the ramblings, musings, and tinkerings of Minsan Sauers.