This year I’ve had several advanced photo students take an interest in night and astrolandscape photography. We’ve been to different venues such as, Chesterfield Reservoir and Craters of the Moon National Monument. Last night, we stayed nearby and went up to Crystal Summit, just south of town. We had another excellent evening of clear skies and bright stars. It did drop to about 22o F and our gear was getting icy…my Mountain Dew froze! So we cranked up the camp stove and made hot chocolate, made photographs, and listened to howling coyotes that were a little too close for comfort!
Earlier this week a number of students from the Advanced Photography class joined the Photo Communication class on their photo trip to Chesterfield’s ghost town. Here’s a few shots of students at work.
Today we out to the quad to practice working with on-camera fill flash techniques. Although it’s still officially summer, a cold front came through and it was a more brisk than we anticipated! Our group worked with a variety of manual and dedicated DSLR speedlites. We even had some furry friends stop by to check out what we were up to!
Yesterday I took my Advanced Photography class out to the Quad here on campus so we could work with a 5-n-1 light disc (reflector). These are handy tools for the serious photographer to have in their grip kit, as they allow for the manipulation of light. They can function as fill light or as a primary light. Further, as the name suggests, the kit has five reflective/transmission options: diffuser, white, gold, silver reflectors, and black for absorbing light. The brand we were working with is from Westcott and can be purchased from B&H Photo. Here’s some shots of the class in action.