Saturday, July 26, 2008

Johnny's Coffee House Concert

Last evening I had an opportunity to attend a Johnny's Coffee House concert. I'v had previous intentions to attend one of these, but never could get it to work with my schedule. For those unfamiliar... Johnny's Coffee House is located in Metamora, IL and hosts, on a regular occasion, indy bands both local and from neighboring towns. While I generally don't have a interest for this style of music... the performances do offer great photo opps.

I have posted a gallery on my site if you're interested in taking a look.

Johnny's Coffee House Gallery

To provide some insight into how I set up these shots. I placed a single flash behind my subjects and moved it from either side of the stage depending on who I was trying to get a picture of. I used this like to make my subjects pop or to add color to the photos. I used the house's stage lights as my primary light source. This is the light that exposes the faces of the musicians.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Practice makes perfect...

...or at least you get really good at doing something wrong. Thankfully with photography there isn't really a way to it "wrong". Photography, like any art forms is successful when the artist is happy. However, as a photography I always consider there to be room for improvement whether it be generaly technical knowledge or broader creativity.

At the beginning of this year I have started to regularly make time for personal experimentation. While shooting jobs is fun, there is a lot of freedom in doing your own stuff. Here are some galleries from past excursions.

Chicago, IL January 8th, 2008

Pottstown, IL February 15th, 2008

Glasford/Kingston Mines, IL June 7th, 2008

Downtown Peoria, IL June 28th, 2008

Main St. Peoria, IL June 30th, 2008

Fireworks July 3rd, 2008

Grandview Dr. Peoria, IL July 12th, 2008

Future Shoots:

Decatur, IL August 9th, 2008

Nashville, TN and surrounding area August 16th, 2008 (tenative)

If you're a photographer of any level and have an interest in joining me leave me a comment. Also, photographers like myself like to have people to photograph. While I am unable to pay models I am willing to offer pictures as payment.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Look

Recently Black Olive Photographic, the photography studio I work under, has received a face lift. Along with the much needed update... new photos have also been added and will be continued to be added. Take a look!

Black Olive Photographic