Portrait Lighting- Stephen and Beth

My studio lighting class is less, “Here’s how to use this studio lighting equipment” and more, “Here’s all this studio lighting equipment, good luck with all that.” Maybe that’s just how you have to learn? I’m not sure, but I trust my instructor. I did manage to take some images that I find acceptable. I don’t Photoshop out things like wrinkles or blemishes–the most I’ve done in post-processing is remove wrinkles in clothing or stray hair.

Beth, or Madame Elizabeth, went for a character shoot. Her persona is based on a lady (one might say she was ‘of the night’) that spent a lot of ‘quality time’ with members of Congress in the early 20th century. Anyone surprised?

Madame Elizabeth #1

Madame Elizabeth #2

You can see some of Beth’s work here.

Stephen was our begrudging male model.

Stephen #1

Stephen #2

We had another lovely lady named Jamie model for us, but I didn’t feel my images did her justice.

Our next project involves the use of six or more lights (which makes the classroom feel like a broiler, let me tell you). I’ll post those images later this month.

Thanks for reading. <3


Digital Photography 2

These photographs are from the digital class I took last semester, Digital Imaging 2. One of our first assignments was to appropriate a photographer. I chose Chip Simons, whose incredibly varied work includes fun, surreal, and somber series (there’s even a “things I don’t know what to call” series, haha). I chose to emulate his  “light painting,” particularly the portraits. To put my own spin on it I focused less on the textural qualities of the backdrop (prevalent in his single subject portraits) and more on the shapes made by the light. Every photographer wants to take long exposure light trail pictures, but many are hesitant to because it’s so “done” nowadays. Well, I took my chance. ;)

Chip Simons-Inspired

I used the triptych format though it isn’t used in any of Simon’s pictures simply because without the details of the background or props the photos were not as interesting. I bought some “rave” gloves with fingertip lights that could be one of three colors or shift between them. I liked the effect of the later in particular, so the three images I chose all used that setting. I would gladly do more of these for fun (if I ever did photography for fun).

We were also assigned a portrait project in which we were to stylize images. My initial idea was to “ironically” take hipster pictures, but the sarcasm wasn’t coming across very well–totally unacceptable. I ended up applying an “aged” appearance. This is my favorite of the two images I turned in:


Several ladies commented on how handsome he was. As far as the stylization goes it’s definitely not something I would consider doing to most images, but it looks nice enough. A shrug of a project. I do appreciate my friends posing for me, though. :D

My next post will be my final project for this class, a self portrait series about bullying and stereotypes.

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My first plunge into digital drawing

I’ve had a graphics tablet for most of this semester. Until mid November I used it solely for editing photographs in Photoshop. Then came the third anniversary of a tragic, transformative event in my life and many others’, the suicide of my best friend, Katie Smith. Having been deeply affected by the Out of the Darkness walk I participated in two months before, I felt the need to contribute something to the other people still grieving the loss–and hopefully deal with my own grief through art. So I did first digital drawing, a very short comic:

In Memoriums

I got frustrated with it at the end, hence the sub par last panel, but overall it was a good learning experience and did have a somewhat therapeutic effect. I got a bunch of “likes” on Facebook, but the only important response was that from KT’s mother, “This brought tears to my eyes, Liz. It’s wonderful!” That meant so much to me.

The next drawing a week later was less meaningful and more improvisational, haha. A self-portrait to tie into the photo series I was working on at the time:

feat. my snazzy new logo

feat. my snazzy new logo

Not bad, I think. A good practice.
A few weeks ago I learned about raster and vector graphics in photography class, which cleared up much of my confusion.

I’m somewhat obsessed with apocalyptic and dystopian landscapes right now. I was thinking of incorporating that into my next practice. :)