Tag Archives: portrait

Beauty Pose

I wanted to shoot a beauty session, focusing on a model’s make-up and styling. Thanks so much to Sara Allman for being such a beautiful model – and to Molly Mullin and Holly Rose Mann for creating the “look” on hair and make-up.

©Eric Waters 2012

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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!

Heavy Metal

For our Small Format class, we were assigned to photograph with flash at an indoor industrial location. I found the Randolph Machine Co. in Asheboro. The owner and workers were friendly and helpful and all the industrial machinery was perfect for photographing. I had to get an overall shot of the shop, a close-up shot of a worker’s hands and a mid-range shot of someone in their work area. Here is my submission for that last shot.

©Eric Waters 2011

Fourth of July Red White and Blues

We were assigned to capture a trio of photos over the Fourth of July break that had an Americana aspect to them. Unfortunately, it rained on Fourth of July- but I still caught a few shots at the Eno River Festival that same weekend and during the rain…

All images ©Eric Waters 2011

36 Strangers

For our small format digital class, we were assigned to photograph 36 strangers and learn some basic facts about them. We had to take very close shots so that the person came close to filling the frame. We also had to use portable flash on 24 of them. During this assignment, I met a lot of new, cool people and heard some interesting life stories! Below are 12 of my favorite portraits. Enjoy!

Available Light

Fill Flash Outside

Inside Flash

All images ©Eric Waters 2011

Getting Snooty in the Streets

In Small Format class, we are learning about hand held strobes (flashes) for use when on location or shooting on the fly. We made cardboard modifiers which go over the strobe and control the direction of its light, called snoots. The shot below was done with a snoot on the flash. The background was purposely slightly underexposed to make the subject really pop. Thanks to classmate, Alyssa Paige-Murkin for being my awesome model!

©Eric Waters 2011

It’s In the Eyes

For our first assignment in small format camera class this summer, we were assigned to find a stranger with compelling eyes and take a portrait of them. I went to the Durham’s Farmers’ Market and met a lot of interesting folks who were willing to let me take a photo. In the end I choose this photo of Terra Omni, jewelry maker and yoga instructor extraordinaire!

©Eric Waters 2011

Portrait Re-creation

For our Spring Portrait class, we were assigned to find an image by another photographer that we liked and to try to recreate it or copy its style. I choose this image of Audrey Hepburn by Yousuf Karsh. Thanks to the wonderful model Laura Smearman and to Molly Mullin for rocking the make-up on this shoot. This was shot on medium format film and scanned from the negative.

Eric Waters ©2011

Spring Portfolio 2011

Here are 3 of the 5 images from my Spring Portfolio for Design Class. These were scanned from medium format b&w film negatives.

©Eric Waters 2011

Fall Portfolio

Laura Smearman, Durham, NC 2010  – ©Eric Waters