Every Party Has A Pooper

I've been trying to come up with more conceptual images for the purpose of commercial advertisements. I had the idea of advertising an odor neutralizing cat litter by showing a party scene being disrupted by a "party pooper"....literally. As usual I'll draw up a very quick thumbnail sketch to get a sense of the balance of the scene, perspective, and scale. I also make lists of props, lighting set up ideas, or anything else I might need to remember later on during the process of creating the photo. For me the joy in this photo comes from the color palette and the dynamic going on between each character in the scene. Below you can find a time-lapse video of the editing of this photo. The whole

Ads I love II

Second installment of crazy clever ads that I love. Looking through these always gives me motivation to push myself to try and reach the same level of expertise. How could you look at these as a photographer and not feel motivated? Amazing work all around. It frustrates me that most people don't view advertisements as art. True, some advertisements are not, but many out there really are amazing artworks. I had someone comment on one of my photos recently "This is a advertisement. Please (expletive) off". First of all that was on imgur which is a brutal community to try and share photography in. Most are met with negative comments seeing as it's a site dominated by memes and humorous gifs. Th

Ads I Love

My ultimate goal in life is to become a conceptual advertising photographer. I'll often take note of advertisements that I think are extremely clever and smart. I'll save those in a folder to peruse through when I'm feeling low on inspiration or need to see some amazing work to get me going again. So, I decided to share them with you guys :) This will probably become a reoccurring post theme much like my Photographers to Follow series. I apologize for not having the proper credits for each image. I usually just grab the photo without looking further into the agency or photographer behind the work. Bad habit! In any case this work is mind blowing and needs to be shared :) #ad #ads #advertisem

Before and After's

I personally LOVE seeing before and after images from the photographers I follow. Sometimes it's enlightening to see just how different the original RAW image looks. In the past I've been shocked when I've seen that the original photo didn't have that pop of color or perfect set up. Since then I've learned that a lot of magic happens in post production, but above all else, the most important thing to get right in your original image is the light. Now of course I still edit the light some, but I'm ENHANCING it. I never try to change the direction of the light. Nor do I try to use Photoshop to add in light on my subject that wasn't there or take away light that was falling onto my subject. As

Making Cotton Candy

My recent image "Cotton Candy Cute" was for the purpose of practicing commercialized product photography. I found a project on Behance about a year ago from Alex Palazzi. He handcrafted typography and covered them in textures. It stuck with me and I thought about some of those images pretty often. Originally for this image I was thinking summer, fun, shoes, purses, girly...and I had ended up on the idea of a mound of shaved ice with popsicles popping out of it with some accessories laying around in the ice. Since I don't have a studio or a sizable freezer this was going to be really difficult and messy, so I decided to rethink the food material. "Do not play with your food" series by Alex Pa

Creating A Point Of Focus

I've mentioned before that the ultimate goal in any image is to be able to intentionally direct your viewer's eye. Do you want them to look in the center first? Off to the side? In a corner? All are perfectly fine, but there are certain ways to help enhance the influence on the viewer's decision of where to look first, second, third, etc. Obviously composition is a huge aspect and, for me, is the first thing I think about and plan out when deciding where I want people to focus on first in the image. Often in my images I use defocused objects in the far foreground to help draw in the viewer. It is natural human instinct to see something blurry and instantly look past it to see what's in focus

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