October 11, 2007


So I thought that I would give myself a challenge and shoot something really hard. I shot these marbles on the schools Leaf Aptus17, using a shutter speed of 1/60 at f-11. This was shot using two lights, a hard light with a grid reflexed off of a white wall and a soft box that was double defused.

Jelly Beans

I have always loved jelly beans and I got a huge jar of them for my birthday and decided that they would make a very tasty photo.I shot this for my photographic illustration class. I used my Canon 1D with an 100-300 canon lens, at 1/60@f-11.

October 4, 2007


I shot this for my Photographic illustration class. I used the Leaf Aptus and a 180mm lens. I shot it in studio. I made sepreate exposures for the glass, the table top, and the metal lid and then merged them all together in Photoshop.


I shot this as the one picture, of Adam on the white background and then I shot the two backgrounds at the NC Zoo. Now having the 3 components I masked the photo of Adam into the two backgrounds. I did this for my digital imaging class.

September 27, 2007


I shot this for my lifestyles project last week, I thought that it was such a cute picture that I would share it with everyone. I shot it on my canon 1D at shutter speed 1/60 at f-11. I shot this at my parents house with my dog Molly. I thought it would be cute if she was using the computer for a couple of shots rather than the models. Tell me what you think!


I shot this for class. We had an assignment to shoot fashion shots. I used my canon 1D at ISO 100 and shutter speed 1/160 at f8 for both of these pictures.I used my Fhototech mono lights with a soft box at a 45 degree angle on my model. My model was very nice to pose for me when he really hates it!

September 20, 2007

Rice Krispies

We had to shoot a tear sheet for my photographic illustration class and ours (Christy Bullins , and Carolyn DeBerry and I) was an ad that looked almost the same as this photo. We shot it on a mamya 6x45 with a Leaf back. Our exposure was 1/20 of a sec at F 10. The second photo is of our setup. Oh and if you make rice Krispie treats get your insturctions from the box not the internet.


This is a picture of the head of a butterfly. I shot this for my photographic illustration class. I shot it using a mamya 6x45 with a Leaf back (love the schools equipment!) I shot at a 60 of a second at F 7.1 . I shot on a white piece of plexi-glass and a soft box and a broncolor with a med sized grid. Oh, and for all you animal lovers I did not kill the butterfly, I found him.

September 14, 2007

This is a photo of the small format crew from summer semester. Just thought you would like to see us all. Photo taken by Glenda Martin. See if you can spot me!

September 12, 2007


I shot this for an assignment for my photographic illustration class. I shot the photo that makes up the left side on my Canon 1D Mark2 with my 100-300mm lens at 1/60s at f-10 at ISO 100, the photo that makes up the right side was shot on the same camera and lens and settings other than it was shot at f-5.6. I took the two individual photos and merged them together in Photoshop. The second photo is a shot of my set up for the first photo it was the same for the second, but shot in studio. I had a lot of fun with this assignment and hope you like my picture.

Breakfast agian...

I decided that I didn't like my first breakfast (well my grade didn't, and me) so I shot it over again. I hope that you like this one because I feel that it is much better than the other. I shot it on my Canon 1D Mark 2 with a 100-300mm lens, my shutter speed was at 1/60 and my f-stop was at f-10, on ISO 100. The second photo is of my setup.

September 11, 2007

Scavenger Hunt

So I decided to go on a scavenger hunt to find some different photographers and tips. Here are the results of the hunt.

Photographers-(I was looking for fashion and found a few but I liked the looks of these more and yes I know there are several wedding photographers in the the mix but there just as hard working without all the glamor of the fashion photographers.)

I like his fashion and studio work he seems like he wants to not label himself because he has his hand in everything, but mainly sports.

I like the lighting that he uses in his portrait I wish I knew how he does it, but I am not very fond of his group shots. He also has this site which I enjoyed. http://petespringer.wordpress.com


I liked there style, some of it is a bit weird for my taste but I am just one person. I really liked there blog that is why I posted that link rather than the home page, it just really gives you a feel for the photographers.

I liked his blog also, he has a link to his web site on the blog page but I liked how he not only blog about what he was photographing but about what was inspiring him that day or week.

Tip sites- Some of these are more for the amateur but I found it really hard to find photographers sharing lighting tips.


I found this site that tells you how to build a light tent but I would NOT build the one out of bathroom tissues. It gave several ways of building it and some I liked like the using a large tube .


This is another site that tells you a how to for building a light tent or box, I liked this one a little more and I might use it one day if I forget to get a light box from school.


This is how to light glass, I must admit I put this one up for my mom she wants to light glass. I looked at it because glass is one of the hardest things to light but I found this to simplify it, the site talks like our teachers talk about glass and does make it easier. I liked the site for the many options it gave you.

This site reminded me of my first semester at RCC and I thought that it simplified lighting even more for me it also brushed me up on things that I had placed in the back of my head and needed to be refreshed on.

Loved this site!!!!!!! This is the best thing I came across the entire time I was scavenging. Although I didn't find it alone my teacher told the class about it, but I found this one part extremely interesting. I never knew that you could make taking a picture of a piece of paper into art.

I hope you enjoyed the sites but I will encourage you to do your own . And remember we need to share information with each other!!!! It could only make us better and the need for each other stronger NOT take clients away.

September 7, 2007

Pie the second time around

This is my second attempt at this pie shot. It was for a self promo shot in my photographic illustration class. I shot on my Canon 1D Mark2 with a 100-300mm macro telephoto lens at ISO 100 with my shutter speed at 1/15 and my f-stop at 5.6, I was zoomed in all the way to 300. I tried the pie a second time just because I wasn't happy with it the first time around, but I am really happy that I did.The second photo is of how I set up. I shot at home so I blurred out some personal items on the counter, I also have some flare from the soft-box both in the second photo.

September 6, 2007


I took this picture of Adam, around 6:30 at night. Using natural light, I used a fill card to light the side of his face that was not facing the sun. I took this photo for my photographic illustration class. I shot it on my Canon 1D Mark 2 camera with a telephoto lens with my camera set to 100 ISO and the shutter speed at 1/60 and the F-Stop at 5.6. I really love how intense his eyes are. The second photo is just an over all so that you can see how I shot him.

August 29, 2007


I shot this photo for a self promo assignment. It was shot on a Canon EOS 1D Mark 2. The camera settings were, shutter speed 2 sec, F-stop 14, I SO 100, on a 17-40 mm lens. This image was shot in RAW format giving me the opportunity to have a larger range for my adjustments. I was really trying to capture the texture in the pie, and feel that I have.


I shot this image for a project for my Photographic Illustration class entitled "Breakfast". It was shot on a Cannon EOS 1D Mark2 at ISO 100, my shutter speed was 2 sec and my F-stop was at 14. I was using a Cannon USM 17-40mm lens. The image has been cropped and touched up but only minimally. I was trying to capture the feeling of a nice hot breakfast on a cold winters day, I think I have achieved this.

August 22, 2007

The Best of First Year

I attend Randolph Community College and am majoring in Commercial photography.This work is some of my best and favorite photos from my first year. I hope that you will give me your honest opinion, I look forward to improving with your help.

The first photo was taken in studio at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, on 4x5 Kodak ISO 100 Extachrome (transparency) film with a Sinar F1 large format camera at F30 at 22 sec with a hot light, of some old spools of thread, for summer portfolio in my large format 2 class.

The second photo was taken on location at Friedland Moravain Church in Winston-Salem, on 4x5 Kodak Extachrome ISO 100 film with a Sinar F1 large format camera at F32 at 15 sec I used a Vivitar 285HV flash poping it 3 times,of the sanctuary I took this for portfoilo in my large format 2 class during the summer.

The third photo was taken at the North Carolina Zoo on 35mm Kodak Extachrome ISO 100 filmwith a 35mm Canon E-1 at F8 at 1/60 of a sec, of a leaf laying on the ground this was taken for design lab 2 class in the spring.

First Post!!!

I am doing this for class, my name is Laura and this will be my new PHOTO blog I hope you enjoy it. Hello world and HI MOM!