Hunger Task Force

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Hunger Task Force, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Photos of volunteers sorting donated food for the Hunger Task Force Eastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee.

Third volunteer photo shoot and honestly I didn’t have the nervousness I had with the previous two.

I felt pretty comfortable moving around the group of volunteers as they worked taking pictures and even felt comfortable trying to get some more creative shots when aiming my lens down the conveyor line.

I am a bit upset at how one of the two group shots turned out where the left side was a lot darker than I wanted even when trying to bounce my flash in that direction to balance the light levels. I did my best in post process to make the image better.

In the end though I am very pleased with how all the shots turned out when using my flash in almost every shot. I must give credit to whom ever pointed me to Neil van Niekerk‘s site because I used Neil’s Black Foamy Thing Idea on my flash to help bounce and direct the light but not blind people that I was close to in the tighter quarters of the work area.

Challenging yourself with Weekly Assignments

Sometimes it is best when learning to not just take pictures at random of different subjects but to have predetermined subjects to shoot. This allows you to focus on one thing at one time in order to better learn.

If you are like me and sometime have difficulty thinking of things to practice your skills on you should find a place that does online photo assignments. One place that I do is at the Digital Photography School. They have a forum with a Weekly Assignment Section. I will admit that I do not always submit every week but I do try to do each assignment.

The assignments run from Wednesday to Wednesday each week. However you actually have a week before  the start of that specific assignment where you can take the photo so that you are not rushing to plan out what you will shoot for the subject of the assignment. They do have rules you must follow for what and how you post images for review by members of their staff. There are a lot of people that do these challenges so it really makes you think about what you submit if you really want to “win”.

There is no real prize other than bragging rights but with all the substitutions and feed back you sometimes get from people on your photo it really does help to boost your confidence in your skills even if you do not win.

Thanks for reading
Jason

Executive Portraits

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Executive Portraits , a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Pictures of company executives that won awards for volunteer work or are being spotlighted for the volunteer work they do.

Being the second time I’ve done any photo work for my employer I was still a bit nervous again. Mainly because these people are at the top of the “food chain” where I work and the last thing I want to do is take a really bad picture of them.

The hardest thing to deal with was trying to deal with all the wood paneling casting a harsh yellow light from all angles.

I didn’t use any flash here and I wish I had to lighten up the shadows from the over head florescent lights in all the pictures.

Ronald McDonald House (2013.01.15)

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Ronald McDonald House, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Photos of volunteers making spaghetti dinner at the Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House by Children Hospital.

This was my first “On Site” volunteer photography work for my work’s Community Involvement Volunteer Program. The photo are to be used for “Success Stories” about the volunteers in company for news letters.

I was still getting use to bouncing on camera flash and it didn’t help the ceilings on the second floor of the building where this dinner was. Also the areas was tight with two little kitchens that had shiny tile that reflected everything in them.

As you can tell form the quality of the photos I was a bit nervous taking them and honestly I think they are bad even though they are still usable for what they are intended for.

Not sure why I was so nervous but it was probably because these where complete strangers and it felt like I was working a real photo job. Also there was not much activity to shoot too so I stood around a bit trying to figure out what I could shoot for “Action shots”.

Anyways this was my first Volunteer Photo work and you will see in a later post of another Volunteer job I did the pictures are improved and I can say I was not nervous working around the people to get shots like I was here!

Thanks for reading

Jason

DPS Assignment "Best of the Year 2012" Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012

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Trish, a photo by je.brewer on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Took this quick snap of my sister at the family XMas gathering.

Feeling that I’m still a super-noob with composition and lighting I was really surprised on how well it came out with my on camera speed flash bouncing off the wood ceiling in and attempt to soften the hard evening light coming in the window from the left of the frame.

I’m still learning to use my flash better but this shot shows I’m heading in the right direction.

Now if only I was better at post processing to soften the image up a little…. :p

Used for Assignment DPS “Best of the Year 2012” Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012