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Different Perspectives

Looking Life at Different Perspectives

Some things are boring at first. You don’t see anything special about them. But once you look closely, using a different perspective, you’ll find there is beauty in everything. Looking at things with different perspectives helps us to see the world in ways we’ve never seen before. Looking with a different perspective helps us to bring new ideas to the table, or find solutions to problems we never thought were there.

With this photography project, I wanted to look at an ordinary thing or place and try to make it extraordinary. I wanted to look at it with a different perspective. I hope that by doing this I will inspire other people to do the same in their daily lives. Who knows, looking at things with a different perspective might just help you with that one situations that is bothering you right now. Without further ado, here is how I saw things with different perspectives. When you get the chance, check out this page right here on how other students got some amazing extraordinary shots from ordinary places. https://316.commbyui.org/highlight-oses/

EXAMPLE 1

Here is a before pic of a park bench next to the apartments I call home.

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After looking at it with a different perspective, I noticed these small plants that started to grow in the soil. I thought it would make for an excellent shot!

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EXAMPLE 2

Around the same area I found a place where they parked all these bikes. I’m a fan of bikes so I decided to try to look at these things from a different perspective.

When I did look at these bikes with a different perspective, I got a pretty cool looking shot. What do you think?

Invisible Black Background

Studio Quality Invisible Black Background

Do you know how easy it is to create a studio quality image with an invisible black background? I do! There are several ways to create an image with an invisible black background, but a few of those ways don’t involve having thousands of dollars worth of equipment! I want to show you some images that I took in broad daylight. No black background, no black tarp,just me, a camera, a model, and a speedlight. Check these invisible black backgrounds out! If you have time, check out Douglas Phan who has more AMAZING studio quality black backgrounds! https://www.douglasphan.com/comm316-squibb-studio-quality-invisible-black-background-2/

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For this invisible background shot, all I had on me was my speedlight, camera, and some baby powder. Here were my camera settings for this invisible black background.

ISO- 100

F-STOP- f/29

Exposure- 1/320

My subject was looking right into the light when I took this shot. I had a helper of mine shoot some baby powder in front of him so I could get a little bit of mist into the picture. The camera had a hard time picking it up, but it did the trick. But with my settings I was able to get an invisible black background even though it was 2:00 in the afternoon. In Photoshop I did a little bit of contrasting editing, but it turned out great with an invisible black background!

 

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The settings for this invisible black background photo were the same as the previous ones.

ISO- 100

F-STOP- f/29

Exposure- 1/320

Like the last one I had my subject looking directly into the light. With my settings how they were I was able to get a great shot with an invisible black background. Remember that every camera is different. My settings may not be the exact same setting you will use for your camera, so don’t be afraid to jiggle around with your settings until you have what you need to take a studio quality shot with an invisible black background!

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So my settings for this image with an invisible black background were different since I was a lot closer and working with an inanimate object. My settings were,

ISO-100

F-STOP- f/10

Exposure- 1/250

I had to pull my speedlight a little closer to me so that it was almost shooting over my shoulder, but with some adjustments I was able to get a great shot of the hour glass. Using some content away and healing brush tools in Photoshop, I was able to get rid of some reflecting glass off the surface of the glass. It turned out to be a great image with a great invisible black background!

Fantasy Photography

How to Create Fantasy Photography

My favorite form of photography is called conceptual photography, or in simpler terms, FANTASY PHOTOGRAPHY. Fantasy photography is great because it allows me to tell a story in the most fantastical ways possible. Unlike other forms of photography, I can use Photoshop to manipulate an image to look or do something fantastical for fantasy photography. Below are some of the projects I’ve conjured up for fantasy photography! Big Shout out to YK Designs for giving me the Photoshop brushes I needed for this project. Here is a link to their YOUTUBE page, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6f8fvt0d1aUi7EFFBs7oJw

 

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alex-grigg-fantasy-photography-raven

So a few months back I created this image as part of my fantasy photography. It took a lot of work, but I also thought it was easy enough that anybody could it do if they wanted to try fantasy photography. I took an image of myself wearing a hat, a plague mask, and a black robe. Then, in Photoshop, I selected myself out of the original image and placed myself in front of a gradient background. The gradient background was set to radial. Then, using the free brushes I downloaded from YK Design, I got to work on my image. I created a duplicate image of me in my bird mask and then liquefied the duplicate layer using the LIQUEFY effect in the filters tab.  Once the copy was liquefied, I placed it behind the gradient background. I then added a mask to every one of my layers except the liquefied subject. Using several brush tools I got from YK Designs, I carefully brushed away part of my subject to make it look like it exploded from paint. Using the mask from the gradient background, I added wings USING the splattered paint brushes. This fantasy image came out great, but recently I had the opportunity to re-do it. It came out the same, but with a few improvements to the wings. Here is the more up dated version. All in all, they were both great images for fantasy photography!

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My second image for fantasy photography is actually a gif. I had to create a fantasy photo called a cinema graph. I took a small video of me pouring some apple cider (video was about 7 seconds long). Then in Photoshop I merged part of the video with a still image I took from that video. For fantasy photography, I think it turned out great!

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alex-grigg-fantasy-photography-cinemagraph

 

Blended Photography

Making Blended Photography with Different Images

This week I had the opportunity to create some blended photography. We had a guest model come where I was able to take some “Maid Mariam” photos. Afterwards, I went outside with my camera took some photos that I would create into textures. Some examples are like tree bark, walls, floors, and benches. Then for all three of my images, in Photoshop, I created blended photography by blending one of my textures and my Maid Mariam photos into one image. I put the texture layer over the image of the model(s) and then used the overlay blending mode to mix them together. I then added a mask to the texture layer and carefully smoothed out the texture around my models using the brush tool. Then, using the LUTS in color selection, I added some AMBER and FROGGY GREEN to my image to finish the blending. It was really fun and I am proud of the way they came out. Here are some images of my blended photography including the before and after images. Also a big shout out to TWISTED SHIFTER for having an amazing blended photography blog. http://twistedsifter.com/

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(THE IMAGE OF THE AMERICAN FLAG IS NOT MY IMAGE. CREDIT GOES TO WWW.PEXELS.COM)

Wilderness Fine Art

Some Wilderness Fine Art, more close to home.

I’ve been hiking, running around, waking up early, and whole lot of other stuff to get some wilderness fine art. So I thought it would be cool to take some shots of items that were around or near the cabin I was staying at in the Tetons. As it turns out, you can find a lot of cool stuff that counts as wilderness fine art! All of these photos were taken with a DSLR camera with very few or minimal edits inside Photoshop. I was just getting some more shots close to home! Check out my wilderness fine art!

When you have time, check out Pink Ellie’s forest photography as well! http://pinkelliephotography.com/2015/01/12/fairytale-forest-fine-art-photography-macon-middle-georgia/

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Landscapes in the Tetons

Amazing Landscapes in the Tetons

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph amazing landscapes in the Tetons! To be honest, I struggled with this project because I don’t have much experience when it comes to taking landscape portraits. But I think my mission of photographing landscapes in the Tetons was a success! Here are some of my photos of landscapes in the Tetons!

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It was really cloudy the day I went to the Tetons, but I was able to get some good shots anyway. This is my favorite mountain image because there is an epic cold feel to it. In Photoshop I only tweaked the coloring, added contrast, and lowered the saturation.

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It was so cool to see some buffalo! I had to take this shot with a long lens because I didn’t want to get TOO close to the animals. They were amazing though!

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There was a river dam nearby that kept spitting out water. Thankfully the sun was out so I was able to put on a high shutter speed and get a cool freeze motion capture of the water. It turned out great!

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Along my journey I found this long road that seemed to be endless. I thought, why not take a shot? In Photoshop I tried to bring out some of the light beams to make this photo more interesting. A good shot!

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Last and but not least, I found some cut logs on my hike through the forest. I thought it made for a nice composition shot. Pretty cool!

 

 

 

WWII Details

Fashion Shoot with World War II Details!

This was all part of my “Back in the Past” series. For this project we had to take some WWII Fine Art pictures of the air museum were were visiting. Most of these WWII Fine Art photos were taken either with natural light or with a continuous strobe light. I’m a big fan of the “up close and personal” style of photography, so I was trying to imitate that. Overall, after adjusting some settings in Photoshop, I think these WWII Fine Art images of being up-close and personal turned out very well. Take a look at them!

Also, a big shout out to LEGACY FLIGHT MUSEUM for letting me use their museum for this project. Here is their website! http://rexburg.org/pages/lfm-legacy-flight-museum

WWII Fine Art

Alex Grigg’s WWII Fine Art

This was a close up of a soldier in uniform to show World War II details. I really focused on the hat because I thought that was the more important aspect of the photo.

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Alex Grigg’s WWII Fine Art 2

An up-close and personal photo of the propeller of an airplane, another great example of World War II details. I slightly increased the colors in Photoshop.

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Alex Grigg’s WWII Fine Art 3

An up-close and personal photo of an engine pulled out of an airplane. I though this rim made an interesting pattern.

 

 

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Alex Grigg’s WWII Fine Art 4

A side-view of one of the historical airplanes in the museum. Didn’t do much editing for this one except increase the exposure.

 

 

 

 

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Alex Grigg’s WWII Fine Art 5

I simple like this airplane because of out the colors juxtapose each other. And it’s a great shot! The only editing I did for this one was increase the contrast. It was a blast shooting World War II details at the Legacy Flight museum.

 

 

 

 

 

Couples Portraits

Creating Some Amazing Couples Portraits

I was able to get involved in creating some amazing couples portraits, and the results were amazing! Some of these couples portraits are part of my Back in Time photo series, and others are not. A big shout out to LEGACY FLIGHT MUSEUM for letting me use their museum for this project. Here is their website! http://rexburg.org/pages/lfm-legacy-flight-museum

And don’t forget to check out the digital photography school and their lessons on taking great couple’s portraits. https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-take-creative-couples-portraits/

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Ok, so obviously this isn’t a “Back in Time” photo, but these guys were modeling as well and I had to take a picture. Setting up this shot was difficult. Behind the motorcycle we had a speedlight with a red gel frame that was in sync with a three-arm speedlight bracket that we used for the front of the models. We had to play around with the settings of each speedlight until we got the lighting that we wanted. I was on my belly for most of the time trying to get a spectacular angle of them, and I did. This is definitely a great couple’s portrait.

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This sad couple is saying goodbye before the husband flies off to war. Since we were outside we used an Einstein Strobe light to get a shot of this couple. In Photoshop I decreased the saturation in hopes to get a more epic portrait from these guys. In the end, I think it turned out to be a great couples portrait!

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Another period action shot that I wanted to get in Black and White. For this shot we had a continuous strobe light hitting our models. In Photoshop I increased the contrast of the photo and added a BW filter. It’s kinda sad to see another soldier go off to war, but that was what happened back then.

Back in Time With Women Photography

We’re Going Back in Time With Women Photography

This back in time with women photography project was amazing! Most people go to a fashion studio to take fashion pics, but I had the opportunity to go back in time with women photography! Welcome to an era where the United States was entering WWII. Back in Time where young men flew off to war and the woman stayed behind to tend to the social aspects of war. It was a blast from the past! So let’s go back in time with women photography!

Also, a big shout out to LEGACY FLIGHT MUSEUM for letting me use their museum for this project. Here is their website! http://rexburg.org/pages/lfm-legacy-flight-museum

Also, check out this article that inspired some of the photo below! http://www.universitytimes.ie/2014/03/over-my-dead-body/

Fashion Girl 1

Alex Grigg’s Fashion Girl 1

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Alex Grigg’s Fashion Girl 2

Going back in time, this model did a great job posing for me.  For these photos I used an Einstein Strobe light to capture her images. I used my SQUIBB technique (Studio Quality Invisible Black Background) so that I could get the background as dark as possible so that only she and the car were the main focus of my camera. She did a great for a girl living back in time!

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Alex Grigg’s Flight Girl 1

Flight Girl 2

Alex Grigg’s Flight Girl 2

Going back in time, this model was also amazing. For lighting we used a three arm speedlight bracket to lighten her up. I did very minimal editing in Photoshop for her. This included some dodging and burning to bring the detail out on her clothes. Overall, she was a blast to work with!

Motorcycle Girl

Alex Grigg’s Motorcycle Girl

So we didn’t actually go back in time for this one, but this model was also fun to work with.  We were actually trying to get a couple’s shot of her and another man when we decided to take a small break. Since we weren’t doing anything I asked if it would be ok if i only got a shot of her. She said yes and this was the end result. Pretty good I’ll say.

Back in Time Men Portraits

Back in Time Men Portraits: An Amazing Opportunity

This Back in Time project was amazing! Most people go to a fashion studio to take fashion pics, but I had the opportunity to do some back in time men portraits! Welcome to an era with the United States was entering WWII. Back in time where young men flew off to war in planes and the woman stayed behind to tend to the social aspects of war. It was a blast from the past!  Here are some back in time men portraits I did.

Check out Glyn Dewis who does some more amazing portraits of men! https://www.glyndewis.com/male_portrait/?v=7516fd43adaa

Also, a big shout out to LEGACY FLIGHT MUSEUM for letting me use their museum for this project. Here is their website! http://rexburg.org/pages/lfm-legacy-flight-museum

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I was lucky enough to go back in time and have a model who had permission to climb aboard the wing of the plane. This image is a SQUIBB portrait (Studio Quality Invisible Black Background). It was taken with a speedlight with a flashbender attached to it. The speedlight was set almost to its maximum limit while I had a F-stop of 18 and a Shutter Speed of 1/500.

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Same model, back in time, except now in front of the wing of the plane. Same thing as last time, we used only a speedlight with a flashbender. This time however, it was not SQUIBB. I darkened the background in Photoshop and gave it a filter that gave it an old timey sepia look. A great back in time men portrait.

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For this shot, I wanted to take a Black and White action shot that showcased a man back in time going off to war. His wife was fixing his buttons one last time. For this shot, we used on-going strobe lights that was able to light up my subject very well. In Photoshop I added the black and white filter. A great back in time men portrait.

 

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Part of my project was to use a photo to make a logo of some kind. What better logo  than that of the U.S. Army? I selected out a model from one of my images and then blended it with an image of the American Flag in Photoshop. It turned out to be a great looking propaganda poster.

 

 

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As I was completing my project, I saw this model in a leather jack just standing in front of an airplane. I decided that I needed an image of his because he looked so serious. The only available lighting at that moment was an LED light, so I snapped a shot and got a photo of this cool looking pilot. Awesome right? A great back in time men portrait.

 

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