Dollar Store Creative Lighting

Prop Tips:

The closer a prop is to the subject, the more defined the shapes/edges.

Hard Light: Use a small light source to achieve hard light. The further the light is from the subject, the harder the light source.

Lighting modifiers: Try a zoom reflector and a grid. This will control the spread or spill of light.

How to Capture Dance Movement 

Freezing motion with rear-curtain sync, flash photography, shutter drag.

“The key to this creative lighting technique is mixing studio strobes, a constant light source, camera movement, and shutter drag.

“Creative In-Camera Motion Blur”

Step 1: Use a strobe to light your subject. Anywhere that the strobe illuminates will be frozen in place.

Step 2: Introduce a constant light into the scene. This can be a modeling light, a work light, an LED, a flashlight… etc! In this case, I have chosen a Nanlite Pavo because it is inexpensive and has a full RGB range (plus it’s quite bright!)

Step 3: Change your shutter speed to a long/slow shutter speed. Start with somewhere around 1/8 to 1/20 of a second.

Step 4: Turn off all ambient light in the room (other than your purposeful constant light). This includes overhead lights, covering windows, and turning off modeling lights.

Step 5: Take a photo and move your camera or subject. Try zooming your camera, wiggling it side to side or a combination of both. This will create streaks of light across your image.

Pro tip: Select clothing or jewelry that has sparkle/shine. This is the best way to pick up the reflections of the constant light!”

Thank you, Adorama & Lindsay Adler for these great videos!

AAPI Youth Rising & American Girls Doll

Fighting Xenophobia in America: American Girl’s 1st Chinese American ‘Girl of the Year’ doll aims to fight AAPI hate

NPR: https://www.npr.org/2022/01/05/1070616965/chinese-american-girl-doll-corinne-tan-aapi-racism

AAPI Youth Rising

“American Girl selected AAPI Youth Rising as the partner organization for the American Girl 2022 Girl of the Year! Corinne Tan is the first Asian American GOTY and we are so honored to be the 2022 GOTY partner organization with American Girl!”

Article: Why it’s time to start collecting NFTs and how to get started

Why it’s time to start collecting NFTs and how to get started https://flip.it/mPnYVl

Art & Math: Golden Angle Spiral Geometry Studies

The Perfect Number…. The Golden Mean/ The Golden Ratio

Phi – The Golden Ratio!

Cultural Iconography & African Identity

aestheticamagazine.com/cultural-iconography-2/

Namsa Leuba is a Swiss-Guinean photographer and art director who focuses on African identity as seen through the western gaze.

Article: Made on a Boat, a Photographer’s Dreamy Views of the Sea

Made on a Boat, a Photographer’s Dreamy Views of the Sea https://flip.it/tvnPXy

How to Make Cyanotype Prints of your Own Photos

Different perspectives on a classic process.

AnthotypeColor with Tumeric!

PREPARE PAPER – 1 teaspoon of tumeric > in shot glass > add 99% rubbing alcohol > fill shot glass to 3/4 > stir, until dissolved > use copy paper, cut and place in a disposable plate cover (it will stain!) > place a few sheets of paper towel over the paper in disposable plate > do this to catch any powder remains > let the paper soak solution, let sit for a few minutes, lay out in a dark room to dry, 10-15 minutes > set up, make a print ( keep out of bright light) > use a photo frame (glass) to hold objects in place during processing > In Sunlight, about 2-hours – OR – Blacklight, about an hour. Exposure depends on light.

FIXER – teaspoon of Borax, tap water > mix well in a glass > pour on the paper… bath it for a couple of minutes in the solution > quick rinse under tap water

How To Develop Your Own Pinhole Camera Photographs

https://www.rigb.org/education/loreal-young-scientist-centre/teaching-resources1/pinhole-cameras

“Make your own developing solution!

You can use dried mint, coffee, or basil – anything with caffic acid, which converts the colorless silver ions in the photographic paper into dark silver to produce a negative image.

If using mint, make a strong mint tea by stirring 10g of dried mint leaves into 200ml of hot water. Leave to brew for 15min, then strain through a coffee filter into a new container. In another glass, measure out 200ml of cold water and add two 1000mg vitamin C tablets. Then gradually add 10g of bicarbonate of soda while stirring to help break down the bubbles. The bicarbonate helps the vitamin C dissolve and creates the alkaline conditions needed for the developer to work. Mix the two solutions together and leave to rest.

Make an acidic stop solution to halt the chemical reaction started by the developer. Just mix 5 ml of lemon juice with 200 ml of water.”