Monthly Archives: September 2011

Day of the Modeling Dead

Halloween is on the way – and at the end of our photo shoot last weekend, my friend Laura Smearman was exhausted enough to lay on a bench in UNC gardens and “be dead”. Not sure she looks quite dead in these, but they do have some weird spooky mood and lighting to them. so Enjoy!

©Eric Waters 2011


RCC Photo Student for Mayor

For one of my self-promos, I decided to photograph a political campaign-style portrait. First year student, Lewis Perkins agreed to pose for me (as the candidate) and we shot outside the Asheboro City Hall. I underexposed the background to make him stand out and shot from a low angle to give him a sense of power.

©Eric Waters 2011

Here is a behind-the-scenes idea of the set-up. I had one strobe on a battery back with an umbrella and the awesome Courtney Satterfield assisting, holding a fill Unlike this picture, the strobe was on Lewis’ left in the final shot. Thanks to Lewis and Courtney for helping with this image!

Self-Promo Preview

Here are a couple of previews of an Anthropologie clothing shoot that I am working on. Enjoy!

©Eric Waters 2011

The Tripod Stays in the Shot

In our Monday product lighting photo lab we were assigned to find an ad of a product and then recreate it as closely as possible in terms of lighting by the end of the day. I choose a tripod ad from a photo magazine. The tripod I used was older and less fancy but it was a good exercise to figure out the lighting…

Here is a shot of the lighting set-up:

Fashion Flare

In the studio, I wanted to experiment with some high-key individual model fashion style shots. Caroline Simmons (a talented recent RCC graduate herself) agreed to model and we tried some different lighting styles and looks. I ended up liking the two shots below- envisioning it as a mock double page ad for a designer eyewear company. Thanks to Caroline for modeling while also giving lighting assistance on the set!

©Eric Waters 2011

Read A Book!

For one of my self-promotions, I shot a few images with the idea of a reading campaign in mind. Thanks to Lillian Higgins and Trey Lovelady (RCC newbies!) for doing a great job modeling.

©Eric Waters – 2011

Here was my studio set-up:

Self-Portraits #7, #13

Our latest weekly photo illustration assignment was to create two self-portraits. Mine are below. Enjoy!

©Eric Waters 2011

And here is the lighting set-up for my second shot:

Pringles Madness

In our lighting “workout” lab, we were put into groups of four and given four general concepts for photographing a can of Pringles. Each of us had to conceive of the look for one of the concepts and then switch with someone else; you photograph their idea while they photograph yours. Below is my final shot of Richard Valle‘s art design (which had to display the texture and shape of the chips). We only had a couple hours to shoot all four shots and I think our group (Richard, Holly Rose Mann, Emily McNeal and I) did well and had fun.

©Eric Waters 2011