elisaspinellophotography

Toronto based photographer. Trying to find her way into the world step-by step.

Month: April, 2016

First Year Down

As of a couple weeks ago I finished my first year of the Digital Photography program at Durham College. It felt like I had just started a few weeks ago, walking through the Gordon Willey doors, running back and forth trying to find my class, sitting down and not knowing anyone, as nervous as I could be. I met some wonderful people that day and we’ve become good friends. With the blink of an eye, it’s the final class in Video Capture class, in semester two, and we’re done for the summer.

Going back to school was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I feel blessed to be able to wake up every morning, attend Durham college, learn and do what I’m most passionate about and I’m not going to lie, it’s been two weeks and I truly do miss it.

First year was focused on Photography. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun being able to learn and focus on my passion for photography. Window light, Flash, Product, Studio, Fashion, Long Exposure, Architecture, etc.
Though there were ups and downs, struggles and obstacles, it was never a dull moment!

 

Second semester was different, it was focused on Digital Video. Although it wasn’t exactlyΒ my cup of coffee, it was a great learning experience.

Throughout the semester, we had some opportunities to take photographs and here are a few.

Overall it was a great First year! I learned a lot, enjoyed my time and met some wonderful friends. I’m missing the routine, the environment and the people I would share my days with. I can’t wait to see what second year has in store for me in September! xo

Rembrandt Lighting

 

For this photo series, I chose to take a more natural approach by taking simple portraits of different models. The lighting pattern that I used throughout this series is Rembrandt. Rembrandt lighting is a lighting technique that requires minimum studio equipment and is mainly used in studio photography. Rembrandt lighting creates a triangle under the eye, usually the side of the face that is less lit. It can easily be achieved by using one main light and a reflector.

While researching different themes and studio photographs, Rembrandt stood out to me because I feel like it gives the image emotion and mood. Although I normally enjoy expressing this through bold colours in my shoots, I wanted to keep this one simpler side. I wanted to show a different side of expression, since not everyone is bold and out there. Everyone does things at their own pace, at their own comfort, in their own way, and simple enough, not everyone expresses themselves for everyone to see.

When photographing a series, I personally like to change models throughout so that the series gives you more variety that showcases different personalities, comfort zones, and emotions. Although I tried to maintain the same type of portraits throughout they are all different and unique in their own way.

I am happy with the way this series turned out. I worked with some new models, male and females, and different skin complexions, which I think gives the series a nice variation. In doing this it gave me some more insight on how everyone is different, and how they each like different things. What is comfortable for one model may not be for the other. I learned a lot from this shoot, which for sure has given me direction and knowledge on what I need to focus and achieve to become the best photographer I can be.