Tag Archives: student work

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

Future Sounds

I took my awesome Harmon/Kardon USB speaker system into the studio and shot it using the black line glass lighting technique. These are the speakers that Tron rocks out with…

©Eric Waters 2011

Here is a photo of my lighting set-up:

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

Get Your Goats Here

For Small Format class, we had to locate and photograph a farm. I found  Kilby Family Farms here in Asheboro, NC. They make goat cheese and milk! Goats are weird and obstinate creatures but can be very interesting models. Here are some photographs from my visit there. Thanks to the Kilbys for allowing me to take these shots.

©Eric Waters 2011

Alphabet Treasure Hunt

In our digital imaging class, we were assigned to photograph the whole alphabet in two forms, one typographical from signs, billboards etc. and the other from found environmental items. We then had to make a Photoshop layout for each. It was interesting to focus on all the different varieties of typography out there and also to search for “letters” within the shapes and forms all around us every day. Below is my completed layout for the typographical letters. I composited alphabet blocks on a shelf then put the photos of the letters on them.

©Eric Waters 2011


Teach Me How to Pflugie

In our large format class, we use Calumet view cameras. One of their unique properties is the ability to tilt, swing or slide their lens and film planes. This is called Scheimpfluging and allows for very interesting shifts of the focal plane in images.

Below are pictures of a cube. The middle one shows the plane of focus over the whole cube. The one on the left has the focus only on the top of the cube. The right one’s focus intersects the middle of the cube (click on image to view full size).

The image below of the Caterpillar tractor is an example of trying to apply this principle in order to alter perception of a image and control the point of focus. The focus here cuts through the center of the tractor and behind it, leaving things on either side out of focus (click on image to view full size).

© 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