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Around the House | High-Speed Water Splash Photography

"Around the House" is a series of everyday objects you would find in your home in a not so everyday situation...Submerged into water. Taking the idea of a traditional still life and transforming into something new was my goal. Having a high-speed splash surrounding the object gives it movement and almost makes it come alive in the photo. This series makes ordinary objects not so ordinary.


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Splash of Color | High-Speed Paint Splash Photography

For my Project Seminar II class at SCAD Atlanta, I was instructed to work on a single project for 10 weeks. I decided to dive more into high-speed liquid photography (no pun intended). I joined forces with advertising major Momo Peterson as a collaboration to create an ad campaign. This project has developed over time and with patience, dedication, and a lot of paint I was able to produce this series of work which I call "Splash of Color". It wasn't an easy road and without the help of some SCAD peers, my Professor and even a few industry professionals, I wouldn't have been to accomplish it. This series was inspired by London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and his high-speed milk splash dresses as well as his liquid superhero paint outfits. Also make sure to check out the behind the scenes blog!


"Splash of Color: Pink"

Model: Bethany Bartkus

MUA: Michelle Daniel

"Splash of Color: Purple"

Model: Joselin Torres

MUA: Chrissy Tina Makeup

"Splash of Color: Red"

Model: Elena de Soto

MUA: Michelle Daniel

"Splash of Color: Blue"

Model: Ashley Weil

MUA: Chrissy Tina Makeup

"Splash of Color: Green"

Model: Lashay Wine

MUA: Michelle Daniel

"Splash of Color: Orange"

Model: Maggie Bass

MUA: Danielle Gardner


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Crime Scene or Art?: High Speed Paint Splash Behind the Scenes

For my Project Seminar II class at SCAD Atlanta, I wanted to continue pursuing my interest of high speed liquid splash photography. I was inspired by the London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and his high speed milk splash dresses as well as his liquid superhero paint outfits. This is my first attempt at anything like this so instead of making outfits out of the liquid, I just splashed paint on female models. The outcome was really spectacular but the process was even better and so much fun. It really looked like a crime scene and everyone told me it looked like an episode straight out of Dexter. 

First thing I had to do was splash proof the entire studio and all the equipment.


For the lighting, I used 3 of the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 strobe lights. These are fast flash duration lights that could capture the high speed splash without any motion blur. I used 2 strip boxes on either side of the model as the key and a beauty dish above and in front as a fill. I controlled everything with Paul C. Buff's Cyber Commander and triggers. This was a combination of 3 different shoots. The more times I did it, the better I got at the process and technique and it was definitely a great learning experience. I had some really great assistants throughout the entire process and they were all real troopers.


I worked with two different makeup artists on this project. The first was Chrissy Tina Makeup  and then I worked with Michelle Daniel. Both did phenomenal work and I can't wait to work with them again.

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Fashion Week New Orleans 2014

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to New Orleans and shadow world-renowned fashion designer Harold Clarke of Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier during Fashion Week NOLA 2014. Headed up by Tracy Dundas, Fashion Week NOLA is an event filled week with fashion shows, style lounges, and VIP patron parties. The week started with the VIP patron party at the Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier Showroom. Harold Clarke showed off a preview of his collection with a small red carpet runway show. Harold Clarke and his daughter Aimee Bass also had the privilege of talking to some fashion design students at career day. Harold Clarke ended the week with the final runway fashion show with his high end couture gowns with a bang. It was a night no one will ever forget.

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Balloons Fashion Editorial Behind the Scenes | Atlanta Fashion Photography

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For my latest Fashion Photography assignment at SCAD Atlanta I was given the words "Excess/Abundance." I had to create a series of images that depict these words using only props and lighting. The first idea that came to mind was balloons and lots of it. I wanted the lighting to be broad and even so I used an Elinchrom 600 strobe in a 74" Octabank and a Profoto strobe in a strip soft box. In combination with the strobes, I used a slower shutter speed to blow out the natural window light.

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I recruited some help to blow up the balloons from other SCAD students. We blew up 144 balloons. This was a very successful fashion editorial shoot. I had beautiful high key images with an abundance of balloons. Afterwards my model, Aubrey Busek, had fun popping some of the balloons and we gave away the rest. The images will be submitted to various magazines for publication.

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Inspirational Fashion Photographers

         Since I am taking fashion photography this quarter at SCAD Atlanta, I have developed a list of established fashion photographers who really inspire me and that I strive to be like one day.  I really like photographer Giovanni Gastel from Milan.  I love his use of lighting and compositions. Even his use of natural light is beautiful.  Another fashion photographer I’m really inspired by is Ben Hassett in NYC. I love all the work he does with Vogue and the quality of light in his images is stunning. His style of studio work is what I’m working towards.

         Michelangelo Di Battista is also another fashion photographer that inspires me. His look, even though they’ve been shot outdoors, look like they have a studio feel to them which I love.  I also like his use of foreground, middle ground and background in some of his photos. His photos look classic and clean and conceptual. Another photographer I like is Henrik Knudsen from Denmark. His Marc Hundley series is stunning and the lighting in his other photos is beautiful. The last photographer on my list is Steven Meisel. He is considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry and shoots mainly for Italian and US Vogue.  Although his style is more eclectic than what I consider my style to be, I still love his work. He is admired by models all over and has gained the respect of a lot of professionals in the industry.

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Experimenting with Studio Lighting | Atlanta Fashion Photography

I was playing around with different lighting setups and used my friends Momo Unspoken and Stephen as my models. I was experimenting with different lighting techniques by using a beauty dish as a key light and a large Elincrom octabank as a fill. Also using a silver reflector card and a white foam board as fills.

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I liked the catchlights in their eyes but if I were to do this again then I would have made my setup simpler and just used the octabank in front of my models and perhaps the silver reflector card underneath for a clamshell lighting setup. Here are the results from my little experiment. 

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DIY Camera Purse Tutorial | How to Turn an Ordinary Bag into a Stylish Camera Bag

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     As a female photographer it's always hard to find camera bags that protect my equipment well and look great at the same time. Men have it easy in that department as there are hundred's of bags out there that they look great with no problem. I've always wanted one of those readymade camera purses but they are upwards of $200-$300 and I'm still a student on a very tight budget so that will stay on my Christmas list until someone breaks down and buys me one. But in the mean time I've figured out how to turn an ordinary bag into a stylish camera bag by making the insert and the best part is it can all be done for under $50! 

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Here's what you'll need...

A purse or bag (Depending on the size of the bag your dimensions and sizes will be different)

Fabric

1 in. Foam

½ in. Foam 

Fabric Shears

Tape Measure

Thread

Velcro

A Sewing Machine (If you don't have one you can hand sew it but I highly recommend one for this)

Liquid Stitch (Optional)

 

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I got my bag at Marshall's for $39. It's an Apana bag made for Yoga gear but it's sturdy and had everything I was looking for in a camera bag. It even has a slot for a laptop which holds my 15 in. Macbook Pro perfectly.

The first step is to measure the length and width of the bottom of your bag. The bottom of my bag is 15 x 7 ½ in. But of course your measurements will be different than mine.

Next you want to measure out and mark where you want to cut out the 1 in. foam for the bottom of your bag.

After cutting the foam I checked to make sure it fit at the bottom of the bag. For added sturdiness and support I cut out a piece of cardboard from an old box the same size.

When you measure and mark the fabric for the bottom of the bag you will need to add 2 in. for the 1 in. foam plus 1 in. for the seams when sewing. So for my 15 x 7 ½ in. piece of foam, I cut out 18 x 10 ½ in. fabric.

Then you'll need to sew all but 1 side closed as if you were making a pillowcase. Remember to sew the fabric inside out. (Disclaimer: Please excuse my messy stitches. I'm not much of a crafter but I get the job done.)

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After you turn the fabric outside in this is what you should get. It will look like a small pillowcase with an opening at one end.

Insert the piece of cardboard first and then the foam ontop of that. Getting the foam in was a little tricky but just keep wriggling it in and it will eventually make it.

Then just sew the opening closed. This would typically be hand sewn closed but to save time I just used the sewing machine.

Next you can go ahead and put that bottom padding in the bag because you will measure where the side pieces will come up. This is personal preference but I decided I wanted mine to come up right above the zipper and the same length as the bottom piece.

Next you will measure and mark out where to cut on the ½ in. foam for the sides. Remember the 1 in. was just for the bottom. The rest of the bag will be using ½ in. foam.

Then just like before, you will measure out the fabric but instead of an extra 2 in. it will be 1 in. since we're working with ½ in. foam plus an extra inch for the seams. So for my 7 x 15 piece of ½ in. foam, I cut out fabric that was 9 x 17 in. Sew all but one side closed with the ½ in. seam like before. You should have two sets of ½ in. foam and fabric.

Since there is no cardboard, getting the foam in is much easier this time if you fold it in half and put it in the fabric that way. Then just sew it closed.

I decided to add two side pieces so I measured the width of the side of my bag and made them the same way as the others. The only difference is I sewed all the pieces together as shown above. Also, I ran out of thread so I used a red one that I found in the house but this is a good lesson to share that you should make sure you have enough of the same color thread. But no one will see the stitching so I'm not too worried about it.

Now it's time to add the velcro. This can be added before you sew all of the pieces together or after. Also if you want to sew the velcro on then you should do that before you sew the fabric into a pillowcase. I'm using Liquid Stitch to attach the velcro on. It is very important that you put the soft velcro side on the inside of your insert. I cut one long piece of soft velcro in half. Then put a thin layer of Liquid Stitch on the back of the soft velcro. This stuff is runny so you only need to squeeze a little bit and spread it evenly on the back.

Position the velcro where you want it and smooth it down for a few seconds. I added a second one for added support. After both velcro strips are in place I placed heavy books and objects on it for about 5 minutes. I repeated this on the other side and had a total of four soft velcro strips on the inside.

Next it's time for the padded insert dividers. I measured the length and width of where I wanted my dividers to be and used the same process to cut the foam, fabric, and sew the fabric. The only difference is that you will add 2 in. of fabric for both sides of the foam for the flaps where the scratchy part of the velcro will go. So that is 1 in. per flap. 

Then sew right next to the foam and the edge of the fabric. You should have something that looks like this.

Then add the scratchy part of the velcro on both flaps and let it set and dry. After it's dry you can put it all together.

Here is the finished bag with the padded insert.

And here is a picture of my bag configured the way I like. I ended up only using two dividers and that gave me 3 sections. The bag holds my 5D Mark III with attached 24-70mm lens, an extra 50mm lens, my wallet, laptop, kindle, extra CF cards, and many more little items I would normally carry around in my purse. This bag is so roomy and I feel confident that my camera and lenses are safe and well cushioned. The best part is it's not a bag that has a big Canon label on the front so strangers on the street don't immediately think there is expensive camera gear in here. The whole project cost me around $50. I paid $39 for the bag and $10 for the fabric and foam. That is much better than $300. Even if you're not the craftiest person in the world like me I would still give this a try. I would love to hear from you and see pictures of your DIY camera bags! Good Luck!

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Atlanta Fashion Photography | Beauty Shoot Behind the Scenes

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      For my first Fashion Photography class assignment at SCAD Atlanta I did a beauty shoot. I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful hair & makeup artist Kiyhana Phillips and her assistant Rykita Taylor. Here are some behind the scenes shots and a lighting setup.

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     I used a 4 light setup. A beauty dish with a sock right in front and above the models, 2 strip soft boxes on either side, and an optional background light hitting the Savage Pure White seamless paper to turn the background white, but when turned off the background was gray. It was a successful shoot and I look foreward to working with them again.

 

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13th Birthday Skate Party

I was asked to take pictures at my niece's 13th birthday party at Sparkles Skating Rink. At first I was excited because I hadn't been skating in awhile. Then I was nervous because I hadn't been skating in awhile plus I would have the added element of a big DSLR camera around my neck. Once I got there, I rented some roller blades and took a couple of laps to make sure I still had it. Once the guests arrived, everyone started skating and my job began. 

...But not before everyone had some cake and pizza.

...But not before everyone had some cake and pizza.

...Then the skating began. (Taking pictures while skating wasn't as hard as I thought)

...Then the skating began. (Taking pictures while skating wasn't as hard as I thought)

...And more skating.

...And more skating.

...I saw this guy doing some amazing handstands while on skates.

...I saw this guy doing some amazing handstands while on skates.

...Then it was time for laser tag.

...Then it was time for laser tag.

...It was pitch dark so this part was a struggle but this was a really cool shot.

...It was pitch dark so this part was a struggle but this was a really cool shot.

...As we were leaving I grabbed this adorable shot of my sister and nephew.

...As we were leaving I grabbed this adorable shot of my sister and nephew.

It was a great night and party. Everyone had fun and I only fell once. Now I can add taking pictures while roller skating as skill : )

Catherine Asanov

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     I'm really fortunate to have the opportunity to attend SCAD. They have so many wonderful resources and are always bringing in visiting artists and professionals in the industry. Yesterday, fashion and style photographer, Catherine Asanov, came and spoke at the SCAD Atlanta campus. She talked about how she got started in the industry and she even graduated from SCAD just a few years ago. I was very inspired by her and one of the things I did right away was launch this website. You can see her work on her website www.catherineasanov.com.