Light and Shadow – This reading covered the use of different lighting effect and effects different shadow can have pretty well. This is one area of photography I haven’t explored much as I most shoot with the sun to my back or with a flash on. I am interested to go out and try to duplicate some of these effects on my own. Also I hadn’t thought before on how the use of shadow or lack there of could so dramatically change an image.
I found this reading to be pretty informative, and liked how they explained how a lot of the processes work. I use a dSLR quite a bit already and its nice to see that it was based off the older technology and that a lot should be able to carry over for use in the class. I found the other types of cameras to be pretty interesting as well, for instance the different types of pinhole cameras.
I’m still stuck on the idea of using a Holga in the lighting studio, and wanted to see if anyone else has done it. Found this comparison between a Holga and a Hasselblad 500C
Makes me want a Hasselblad…
I am glad I am reviewing the Holga late. partly because although I really enjoyed Paul Bower’s lecture and learning about the Holga, it couldn’t have prepared me for the labor of love that this camera really is. Frustrating, rarely consistent, flimsy and light hungry, I started the Holga project ready to hate this camera. After burning two rolls because I can’t tell ‘Normal’ from ‘Bulb’ shutter sounds, I dialed it in and got some good shots. Some great shots actually, ones that screamed playfulness and magic. I was entranced, this shotty little camera had produces some amazing work.
If I had reviewed the Holga earlier, this would be an entirely different post. The Holga grew on me, and its one I am not going to be able to put down when this quarter is over.
I was also advised to look at The Beckers photography many times in different critiques. Here is one image that I find very captivating.
This neat little camera looks like it could be the Holga of digital, making digital photography accessible to those who are intimidated by the large, super complex cameras of today. I want one of these. Check out the review here, a sample photo gallery here, and the picture above links to the product website.