These past few days have been spent photographing a bunch of different dogs and cats for my portfolio which has made for my favorite time spent. Being around dogs and cats can be calming and the least stressful thing.
They did remind how much I missed my own pets while I was internship. It was strange not waking up to my cat or dog. It is easy to fall in a routine especially when you have pets. I was so excited to be home to see them especially when my cat, Sassy, met me at the door.
To graduate from RCC’s Photographic Technology department, we as portrait students must complete one internship. The last 8 weeks of the spring semester is when the internship took place.
I interned for Leslie Leda of Leslie Leda Photography. She is a pet photographer based out of Jersey City, NJ and New York City. (Pictured below)
During this internship, I mainly focused on working on making a welcome/session guide for her. The guide is a useful marketing tool. This helped me to learn more about marketing and allowed me the chance to look at other pet photographers and there marketing techniques/tools.
On the internship I did not get to take that many photos because the weather was not ideal for taking photographs of pets. I mainly assisted at the few photoshoots that did occur. I did however get to take photos at the foster dog training that was hosted by Foster Dogs, INC. This was not in my comfort zone which I am glad I was able to step out of that comfort zone.
Since I was not taking as many photos as I would have like to, there were times where I was itching to go out and photograph something. This lead to me photographing a pillow fight on International Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park. This was an event I saw on social media and decided rather last minute to go photograph. I am glad I decided to go. Another time was when I needed to kill time in the city and wondered over to Roosevelt Island. I just walked around the island and would stop every so often when something caught my eye to take a photograph.
Various photos from International Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park in New York City
I am thankful for the opportunity I had with this internship. It was a great experience and I enjoyed my time in Jersey City and New York City.
This week we learned how to make panoramas. First one has to to take up to 10 photos. When taking these photos you slightly move the camera over to get the next image. When getting the images you need to leave a little of what was in the last image in the one you are about to take. After you have all of the images you put them into photoshop to combine all of them. After there are all put together you will have to use the transform capabilities of photoshop to make sure the image is the same size throughout.
We got a creative composite assignment for our digital imaging class. For the past few days I have being throwing around some ideas about what I would want to do. Nothing was really sticking with me so I decided to go photograph some locations. The locations were randomly chosen and they might not even be used but they were a good place to start. I am still not 100 percent certain what I am going to do yet. A few of the ideas a came up with where difficult to build onto. I learned that more elaborate ideas were easier to build off or take away from than simple ones.
This week in our digital imaging class we learned how to make composite images. This is a process where we take two independent images are make them into one. We took a portrait of someone and separated them from the background and moved them onto a different background. We used the quick selection and lasso tools to remove the portrait from the original image. I definitely need more practice with doing composite images to make them look more realistic. Out of all of the composites that I did in class this week, this one looks the most realistic. This portrait blended the most seamlessly with the background out of the three.
This week worked more on perfecting our retouching skills.
I winded up photographing my mom for this assignment. When retouching the photo of her I did not want to completely get rid of her “flaws.” Completely getting rid of everything would be unnatural. When retouching photos I think it is better to still be able to see some wrinkles and texture on the face.
All of that being said I had a harder time editing certain aspects of this photos, such as the redness in her face. That was one of the first things she told me to get rid of but when getting rid of the redness I realized how different someone can look without the pigmentation that is normally there.
This week in our Digital Imaging class we had to photograph three different classmates with three different lighting setups. We then moved into retouching the skin in photoshop using the spot healing brush, the patch tool, and the clone tool. Also, we used the liquify tool to move parts that either need to be brought in or taken out. We also worked on Frequency Separation, which is separating the image into two layers so one can work on the texture of the skin and the color separately. This particular skill I still need to improve on. Since I am going into portrait, retouching is something I will need to continue improving on since I will be doing so regularly.
Monday was a struggle to say the least.
The day started off with us leaving an hour late and then we had to turn around to go back to get our forgotten solar eclipse glasses. On top of that I felt nauseous which I just figured was just being nervous about the eclipse. I found out later that it was not nervous but still do not have a clue why I was so nauseous.
After being stuck in traffic every so often, we finally made it into South Carolina. We winded up stopping at a gas station. At this point I thought I was getting better but I was sorely mistaken. This is where it was debated about going back home because I had got sick and was feeling worse, but I was determined to see and photograph the eclipse.
After driving for a few more hours, we arrived at Newberry, SC.
We had gotten there early so all we had to do was wait. As we were waiting we noticed that clouds kept rolling in which worried us about the possibility of actually being able to see the eclipse. We were lucky that there was not a cloud in sight for totality.
Going to the eclipse started out terrible and had us considering turn around a few times. In the end, I am so glad that we kept going because it was an amazing experience, even if I did leave with a sunburn.
This was the first week back to RCC and my first week as a second year student. On Monday, we jumped right back into it. We learned about capturing photos using Capture One by tethering. Tethering is when one connects their camera to a computer using a USB cable. By tethering one can operate the camera on the computer. Also, the images are imported instantly so one can view them on a bigger screen which is convenient when checking focus. This is very useful in a studio setting. Not only is it useful for the photographer but it also can be used for the clients benefit as well. The clients would be able to see the images as they are being taken.
Growing attached can be a great thing but it could also be extremely difficult, when what one is attached to is no longer there.
Growing attached can be foolish and silly but it is human nature to do so. We grow attached over and over again, until there is nothing left.
Callie liked to take naps where ever she could fit and she tended to go back to these places multiple times. I took this after I got done doing an assignment and noticed that she had taken over my camera bag. She was resting there for hours it seemed and she finally woke up from the sound of the shutter going off. She was always intrigued by that sound.
It has been a week and the attachment is still there and it is strange. It is strange to wake up and expecting to see Callie and then don’t or try to feed her, then she never comes.
Attachments can seem silly to others but sometimes the least expected things can hurt the greatest.