Shoot Through Something

It’s always important to notice your surroundings and what is easily available.

The next two pictures are of the same model same location.  Both pictures are within a few minutes of each other.  Both great pictures.  One just stands out a little more than the other.


Shoot through something

Here is picture one.  Not a bad picture by any means.  I actually really like this picture.

Shoot through something

Here is picture two.  I noticed my surroundings and I was able to shoot through the tree that was by my model.  I didn’t even have to move that far away.  I was probably 5-10 feet to my right for the second picture.

Looking at your surroundings will help make your photos stand out.

You can also apply this to other types of photography as well.  Try holding something in front of your lens to get some nice bokeh.  This allows you to get a pretty good shot when you are shooting through, or past, an object.  Here are a few shots where I held something up to my camera to get that nice bokeh.  It gives your pictures an nice and interesting look.

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With both of these shots, I held a fake pine tree branch in front of my lens.  This creates some interesting bokeh that makes your photo look even better.  Plus who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?

Here is another example of shooting through something.

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Now with this shot, I noticed some bushes that were in our surrounding area and placed my model a little ways behind them.  I was able to shoot through the bush giving the picture a little bit more color and add that extra umph to the picture.

Non-Portrait Work

Check out some of my best non-portraits.

Here are some of my best non-portraits that I like and that.  I used all different kinds of techniques to get these shots.  I love capturing the beauty that is all around us.  I like seeing ordinary things in a different view.  I like to get different angles that no one has thought of before.  I like thinking creatively.  Let me know what you think.  Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite is. Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-9 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-4 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-5 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-2 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-1 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-3 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-6 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-7 Benjamin Greenwood-Comm 316 Non-Portrait Portfolio-8 Don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me your favorite!

Portrait Work

Check out some of my best portraits.

I love photography and I love learning new and different techniques.  I’m always trying to learn how to better my photography and my skills.  Here are some of the best portraits that I like.  They are in no particular order.  My favorite thing to shoot is portraits.  I love connecting with my models and learning what they like and their interests.  I love getting good shots and making people look good.  When I get good shots of them it, in turn, makes them happy and more comfortable around the camera.  Feast your eyes on some of my favorite portraits taken from comm 316.  Hope you enjoy my portfolio of portraits.

Drop me a comment and tell me which one your favorite is.  Enjoy!

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Awesome Product Photography

How’d I get this awesome product shot?

Awesome Product Photography

Lately, I have been doing a lot of product photography.  I wanted to do something for the 4th of July.  I wanted to make something patriotic and festive.  What’s more American than Coca-Cola and the American flag?

The product process

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This is the first picture that I started with.  I like how the flag looked.  Also, I was really liking how the lighting on the logo turned out.  I just didn’t like that I could see the nutrition facts and right side of the label.  So I eventually took that out.  You’ll see that in my process.  I also didn’t like how harsh the light was on the cap and the neck of the bottle.

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I used a layer mask to add just the bottle cap and the neck of the bottle.  The lighting on them in this picture was a lot better in this picture.

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I used another layer mask to add the light on the bottom edge of the bottle.

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I tried forever to get the rim light just how I wanted.  I then took it into photoshop and made the rim light better and put it on the other side as well.  Here are different screenshots of the process of creating that awesome rim light.

The rim light process!

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Picture #1 is the original picture of the rim light.  I also didn’t like the glare in the bottom half of the bottle so I used the clone stamp tool to copy that color of the top half of the bottle to the bottom half.  Then for picture #2 I then took that rim light and copied it and flipped it and put it on the other side.

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For picture #3 I used a layer mask to add the light on the bottom of the bottle.  For picture #4 I painted with the brush tool the rim light on the bottom half of the edge of the bottle.

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(Picture #5) I then took that rim light on the left side and copied it and flipped it and put it on the right side of the bottle.  For picture #6 I created a gradient shape that went alongside the edge of the bottle.  The gradient went from white to clear.  I then added a gaussian blur to that shape to make it look more realistic.


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Then for picture #7, I took that gaussian blur shape and copied it and flipped it and put it on the other side.

I spent a ton of time on trying to create the rim light just how I wanted.  I think that it turned out really well.

The final product!

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Amazing Cinnamon Rolls

These amazing cinnamon rolls don’t only look good they tasted good too!

I decided to make some amazing cinnamon rolls.  I love to cook, bake and grill.  I also have a huge passion for photography.  Putting both of these amazing skills together makes for some awesome pictures!

I used a Canon 6D with a 50mm lens.  I also had two LED lights on stands lighting up my scene.

I wanted to have a nice scene set up so I decided to put the cinnamon rolls on an apron that I have.  I also have a bunch of wooden spoons that I thought would look good in my picture.  I then sprinkled different ingredients all around to add a little something to the scene.  I sprinkled powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, sugar, and flour all over until I had something that I liked.  I tried all these different ingredients until I liked what I had.  I mostly used powdered sugar and ground cinnamon.  The ground cinnamon added to the picture so nicely.

Here’s the setting that I used for most of these shots.

Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec., f/3.2, ISO 100

Here’s what I got!

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Hope you enjoyed!  Leave a comment below and let me know what I should shoot next!  Here’s the recipe for these amazing cinnamon rolls!


How it Feels to Wear AirPods

A fun little video I filmed and edited.  This is how it feels to wear AirPods.  Enjoy!


How to shoot portraits?

Shooting portraits with a speedlite.

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For this shot I had 2 different speedlites set up with Rogue flash benders on each of them.  I was able to position them in such a way to give some nice lighting on my subject.

I also had a trigger on my camera that would set off the 2 speedlites.  These speedlites were able to light up my models face getting that perfect light.

The next couple shots were also taken with a speedlite.

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As I was looking through Pinterest for different ideas of stickers that I could possibly make, I came across this sticker.  It really stood out to me in a few different ways.  First off, it stood out to me because I love to snowboard and the goggles caught my eye.  Second, I like how the artist decided to design this sticker.  I really like the detail that this artist put into this sticker.  It’s nothing that’s too complicated to look at.  It has a lot of detail but that detail is simple detail.


An example of simple detail would be the tongue.  It’s just one color and then it has some dots as the shading.  Super basic and simple but it all works.

I thought that it was really interesting how this artist did the highlights on the nose.  I thought that it was a really good idea and creative how he did it.

Another thing that I thought was really cool and interesting was the goggles.  Again it was nice and simple I love the 2 different colors in the class with the mountains “reflecting” in them.

The artist did a really good job with the coloring in this as well.  They did a nice job using triad colors.  I think that this artist nailed it.

Delicious Muffins

Delicious Muffins

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.

3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.


Photography- You’re Doing it Wrong

Speedlites are more important than you think!

One important thing to any photography is lighting.  One way of lighting is off camera flash photography.  There are many ways you can use flashes.

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With a flash, you can light your object with making the background black.  I didn’t make it black in photoshop.  For this shot I was actually in a room with lights on.  I was using a flash bender as a snoot.

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Now this shot is thae same comcept as the last picture.  We were actually outside on this shot.  It works great for portraits.

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Using a flash will light up your shot better than with a continuoes light.  It makes it nice and fresh.

This is one of my favorite shots.  I had 2 speedlites for this shot.  I had one on either side of my model.  I’ll make a post talking about this shoot and everything that I did.  The speedlite gives the picture a nice look.

Here is a link to an speedlite on Amazon. Check it out!

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