GESO What happens when you loan a model a camera?

Larry Colen lrc at
Fri Oct 30 05:30:37 EDT 2009

A couple of friends of mine from dancing wanted to do a photoshoot
today. I was looking forward to getting some more practice in my
studio space, but they decided it would be more fun to shoot someplace
more interesting than my backyard, so we wandered down to the Felton
Covered Bridge.

Gwen has also asked me to teach her photography, so I've been teaching
her some of the basics. The last time she visited she briefly played
with my K100, but was a bit intimidated by all of the controls. 

Tiffany used to shoot with her mom's Minolta, though she said that
unlike my SRT-101 it would stop down when metering, so she didn't need
quite so much coaching.

When we were down at the bridge, I gave them the K100 with DA40 and
would let them play. I coached them a bit on exposure. We shot
everything on manual exposure, as the goal was to help them learn. I
did grab a few shots with the K100, mostly showing them how to do
various things.

Here's the set Zab and I picked of the shots that Gwen took:

Tiffany didn't shoot quite so many, but they also turned out pretty

My set is here:

Here's one for a Pentax ad:

Everything was shot with available light. There were some shots I
would have liked to get using flash, but we never got around to

One amusing sidenote, when I was packing the car for the shoot, I
noticed that the door to my shed would make a nice backdrop. So while
we were waiting for Tiffany to put on her makeup I did some quick test
shots of Gwen using it as a backdrop. The light in this one might be a
little flat but I think it came out pretty well nonetheless:

I really need to start looking for a job, or at least sell my racecar,
but in the meantime I'm having fun with the camera. 

The first step is learning to take great photos, 
the second step is learning to throw away ones that are merely good.
Larry Colen             lrc at  

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