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#1 Advanced Color Portrait – Hollywood Lighting

For Advanced Color Portrait class, we were supposed to create hollywood lighting using butterfly lighting and Rembrandt lighting. I sided with doing two sets of people (though I did pull in Isaac for a couple shots after Katie’s shoot) and going from there.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157625881521301/show/

Hollywood Lighting_SBibb

Hollywood Lighting_SBibb

Hollywood Lighting_SBibb

Hollywood Lighting_SBibb

Hollywood Lighting_SBibb

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Great Websites For Senior Portrait Tips

Later this week I will be taking senior pictures for my fiance’s sister. Seeing as its been a little while since I’ve done portrait photography, I decided it was time to brush up on my knowledge of making senior pictures. In order to do that,  there are three things in specific I wanted to do.

1. Look through several magazines (Lucky, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen) to get portrait ideas. These were supplied to me by Isaac’s sister.

2. Check to make sure my Alien Bees are working properly. I don’t think I’ve used them since school ended this spring.

3. Find websites with beautiful senior pictures or with tips to get ideas from.

I decided to share the results of my search for websites here, and below are several websites I found useful.

http://www.seniorpictures.com/Portrait-Photographers/Ten_Tips.html

~This site has several tips aimed at the seniors having thier pictures taken. At the same time, it is useful for the photographer to keep these tips in mind, too.

http://www.boxseniors.com/main.html

~ A portrait photographer’s site. They have some beautiful senior photos and great ideas. It may be helpful to look through the work they’ve done to get ideas on locations and retouching.

http://prestigeportraits.com/gallery.aspx

~ Spectacular images- I envy thier skills. They have many beautiful images, and I suspect much could be learned by studying what they have done.

I plan to look up more websites later, but for the meantime its on to scouting through magazines.

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Fish Aren’t Cheap

When my pet Goldie died while I was in Kidnergarten, it seemed I would never have another fish. At the time, my parents weren’t sure what to do with it (I won Goldie at a fair when I was a Girlscout). We bought it a small bowl, a net, food, and filled the bowl with water. When he kept getting sicker, Mom replaced the water. Little did we know that tap water was the very thing killing that poor fish. He was buried in the backyard with a popsicle cross.

Later I got Patchis, my dog, then Misty, my cat. Of course, when I finally went to college, I couldn’t take them with me. Freshman year and part of Sophomore year I lived at the doorms without pets. Then Christmas Vacation came around and I went to the local Hallmarks. To my utter fascination, there were miniature self-sustained ecosystem that had two African Dwarf Frogs in them. The Hallmarks was going out of business, so everything was on sale. I did some research on these little aqauriums, and decided after a week that I would be returning to the dorms with two new pets.

I picked them up a week before school started again, and I’m happy to say they are still alive and well.

Then, later in the semester, I was at my fiance’s parent’s house. His mother, who loves fish, had a fish that had to be removed from the aquarium because of aggressive tendencies. “You want to take him home, right?” She pointed to the giant jar of water holding our soon-to-be new pet.

“Well…”

I wanted to keep him, and Isaac liked fish. But we already had Revan and T’seutey (From Star Wars and Avatar, respectively), and we didn’t have an aqurium. His mom pointed out that the fish needed to get a new home soon, and we could get a tank for fifteen dollars at Walmarts. She even handed us a dropper full of water-cleaning stuff, a bag of used gravel, and a partially used bottle of fish food.

Semi-reluctantly, we agreed. With one condition from Isaac, my fiance. “I want one of the shrimp to help keep the aquarium clean.” Plus, the ghost shrimp looked cool.

It was settled. We returned home that night, bought a new 1.5 gallon aquarium, a few plants, a couple gallons of spring water, and set up the tank. We dubbed our color-changing fish (Normally a blue-grey, black when angry, and white when scared or content- I haven’t figured out which yet) Malak, and the shrimp Gambit (From Star Wars and our recent fascination, X-Men).

Soon after, the shrimp died, and we went to the pet store to get new bottom feeders (after giving him a proper toilet burial). We got a new snail and two shrimp. We didn’t name the shrimp, for fear of them dieing on us, but the snail was named either Kreia or Dark Helmet. We never actually decided. Eventually the shrimp died, rather mysteriously since they vanished from the aquarium with no explanation (Malak got hungry?) and soon after, the snail followed. It took a while for us to realize he was dead, as research indicated they often liked to float. He was buried outside, and once we saw how dirty the water had gotten, we completely cleaned the tank, boiled the gravel, and recreated Malak’s home. We went and picked up a new snail, who was never named, and he acted much healthier.

A week ago, our snail started showing signs of sickness. Despite changing the water (and realizing the algae was picking up) he passed on. We burried him outside, as well. Befuddled at the inability to keep the smaller creatures, we went to the pet store looking for advice and a new snail. We wound up with a small brown algae eater instead, and the plan to buy a larger tank once we found out the smaller tank’s pH levels were probably too variable.

The new fish didn’t last a day.

Frustrated, I went to Walmarts and checked out the prices of their tanks. We needed something bigger, a system that was more stable. I picked up the gallons of water (5 gallons, $5.00), and presented our option to Isaac. We both decided to go with the five gallon tank ($30.00), picked up the rest of the water, came home, and cleaned the gravel. We began setting up the aquarium, only to realize we needed more gravel. So back to walmarts we went, picking up a 5 pound bag of gravel, a set of glass beads for decoration (they also make great minions for table-top role-play)  and a mini bridge for decoration. We transplanted Malak’s old fake plants and found one unused one to put in the new aqaurium. We let it run for a day. Then we picked up the replacement brown algae eater and four ghost shrimp, and floated them in the tank. Finally we released them. After adjusting the filter, everyone swam happily.

So far, they are still alive, thankfully. On the downside- $50.00 to fully replace the tank and get new fish- and we still need to get a new snail. So parents be warned- little kids who get free fish at fairs? It’s not free. And the sons who get a free fish from their mother?

Fish aren’t cheap.

But they are cool.

Below is pictures from the new aquarium:

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

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Creative Photography – Texturing Part 2

These are more photo manipulations I did to practice creative photography and texturing with Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Photography – Sometimes The Basics Are Better

Though I mostly like to play with digital manipulation, it can be a good idea to experiment with other forms of photography as well as have a focus. I often take random (or not so random) pictures with whichever camera I have available, usually of food (the lastest meal or desert) or of flowers, a cool sky, or a neat scene while I’m taking a trip. Though these are often taken on-the-spot, the will most likely turn into a texture or become an object of a digital manipulation. These are a few pictures I recently took that I only did Lightroom edits to. The idea is to practice looking for the elements of a good photograph- which translates into the elements of a good digitally manipulated photograph. Some of the pictures in this set (more on Flickr) are from the Legends Mall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624278627267/show/

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Creative Photography – Texturing

This is a set of photography I decided to do based on playing with texturing and combining multiples photos rather than being based on the Another Day series. I used Photoshop CS4 and Bridge for these. My fiance posed as the model in some of them.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624378060172/show/

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Another Day Series Continuation – Part 1

A continuation of my creative photography classwork, this is the first set done directly for the “Another Day” series project that I am currently working on.

Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624178946041/show/

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

Another Day - Stephanie Bibb

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Portait Photography – Eleni’s Prom

These are pictures I took of my fiance’s sister for her Prom. Some photos I edited in Photoshop CS4, but I mostly used Lightroom 2.0. I used a Lumedyne coupled with a Alienbee umbrella for a flash.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623985365952/show/

Portrait - Eleni's Prom - Stephanie Bibb

Portrait - Eleni's Prom - Stephanie Bibb

Portrait - Eleni's Prom - Stephanie Bibb

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Editorial Assignment 6 – Jewelery

These are jewelery photos I took for my friend Kell. She was needing photos for her Etsy site, as she crafts together the beads to make jewelery. Due to the editorial nature, I planned to use them for my last Editorial Assignment. I used a make-shift "EZ-Cube" made from toilet paper rolls and waxed paper with two Alienbee lights set up on either side. In some of the photos a Lowel movie light is involved, and in other, light was shined into the box with the jewelery sat on top. My fiance helped come up with background ideas and the sets for the elemental backgrounds and the candy background. Most post-processing was done in Lightroom 2.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623815957649/show/

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

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Creative Photography – Assignment 6

More humanistic animal photo montages for my Creative Photography Class. They are part of my "Another Day" series I have been working on.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623805074383/show/

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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