Briana & Jon's Wedding Video

I've always had an interest in videography and decided to volunteer to do a wedding video of Briana & Jon's special day in New Hope! There's definitely a lot to learn but I had so much fun doing this and editing it! 

Congratulations Briana & Jon and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!

Neewer C-300 Light Kit Review

Yesterday, I received my very first studio light kit in the mail! I've used Neewer products before, such as their reflectors and speedlite flashes. I was always pleased with them and the prices were amazing! 5 years ago, I bought a Neewer Speedlite for my very first wedding I was hired to photograph and I still use the flash today! The batteries don't really last that long but still an amazing flash for $30.

I decided to purchase the Neewer light kit because of a new job and they were a lot cheaper than other companies. The kit came with 2 600 watt studio lights with 2 sync cords and power cords, 2 50x70 softboxes, 2 light stands, 1 radio transmitter and receiver, and 1 carrying bag.

The first thing I noticed about the lights was that it didn't come with a cover to protect the strobe and modeling light bulb. Which isn't really a big deal, just means I have to be extra careful when traveling with them and storing them.

It's very easy to control the power with a dial and has the ability to turn the modeling light off and on. One of the biggest downfalls with these strobes is the BEEEEP. When the strobe is fully charged again, it makes a loud beep, telling you that it's ready to shoot again. There's no way to turn it off and I'm very concerned about my employers and clients getting annoyed with it, especially when taking multiple shots in a row.

But other than that, these lights are POWERFUL. I had the power turned down to the lowest setting and shot the image of my succulent at 1/125th at f16, iso 200. These lights are great for photographers looking for their first studio lights at a great price. Just hope Neewer fixes the beeping or at least have it so you can turn it off manually. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Below is the Amazon link if you are thinking about purchasing!

Neewer 600W Photo Studio Monolight Strobe Flash Light Softbox Lighting Kit with Carrying Bag for Video Shooting,Location and Portrait Photography(300DI)

Second Semester Review

Well I have officially finished my first year of school and am halfway to obtaining my degree in photography! 

This semester was a huge step from my first. We started working with digital, and although I have been working with digital for about 4 years, I basically had to start over learning completely new things with color photography. A lot more went into it than I originally thought. This semester was really about covering the basics with digital photography and digital printing.

It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait for my next semester to start in the fall!

All photographs are property of Jackie Pursell.

Check out my work from this semester below:

 

Visualization and Community Service

The photo of the girls hugging was for my photojournalism class for the Visualization assignment. For the assignment, we had to take photos and use a single word to describe it. I decided that joy best described the image.

For the Community Service assignment, we had to volunteer our services for an event. I got in touch with Cupid's Chase 5K in Philadelphia and they allowed me to come along.


Hands in Action

We had to photograph the hands working in action.


Monochromatic

We had to produce two different images that were monochromatic, meaning mostly containing the same tones.


Character Portrait (Hands)

For the character portrait, we had to photograph someone that showed character and then also a close-up of one of their best features. I chose the hands for this portrait, to show off her beautiful jewelry!


Couples

For the couples assignment, we could show family members or 2 people in a relationship. The first one features my two younger brothers, and the second features my friends Adam and Ashley.


Sunset

This assignment was one of my favorites to shoot. We had to use the lighting from the sunset to light the mood of a scene and this one came out the best. 

Model: Erik


Sunrise

With the same requirements as sunset, we had to use the light from a sunrise. I chose to backlight these flowers on a tree and really liked the outcome.


Face-off for Autism

This assignment was another one for my photojournalism class where we attended a charity hockey tournament at Ice Line in West Chester, PA.


In the Manner of

This assignment was for my portraiture/lighting class where we had to create an image inspired from another photographer. This photo was inspired by Lauren Naylor Photography. I used natural window lighting for this photograph and a fog machine to create the illusion of steam.

Model: Shannon


Mini Portfolio

For my mini portfolio, I chose to photograph girls all with different types of flowers to symbolize their personality. I also had lipstick match the color of the flowers they posed with.

Models: (Roses) Sarah, (Purple Aster) Julia, (Country Poms) Katie, (Pink Poms) Ashley, (Sunflowers) Natalie, (Hydrangeas) Lauren, (Tulips) Bri.


Photoshop Final

For my final project in my photoshop class, we had to photograph a project and use a technique learned in class throughout the semester. I chose to photograph lotion and overlayed a photograph of rain.


Outtake

This photograph was one of the outtakes from my mini portfolio and felt the need to include this one. Her gaze brings me in every time. Definitely one of my absolute favorites from this semester.

Model: Sarah.

Cupid's Chase 5K Philadelphia

On February 13th, I volunteered to photograph the Cupid's Chase 5k at the Philadelphia Zoo. The day started just after sunrise as people collected their shirts and packets. There was a refreshment table with a variety of snacks and drinks which people seemed to very much enjoy. The day was definitely a cold one with a wind chill of -16˚F so everyone was taking advantage of the warmth from the inside building. 

The race started at around 8am where people started off with a great start! The ladies outran the guys and the first and second finishers were female (girl power!). The guys soon followed behind. The first place winner finished the 5K in about 18 minutes! What an awesome, fun-filled day! 

The Cupid's Chase 5K raises money to support people with disabilities. If you wish to donate and learn more about this awesome organization, visit www.comop.org/cupidschase.


First Semester Review

Last week I finished my first semester at Antonelli Institute. Everything that was assigned to us we had to shoot entirely with 35mm film and 4x5 Large Format, and I loved every minute of it! I'm definitely going to continue with film as a hobby for personal projects. Check out my prints below.

15 Different Angles

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Curves

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Outdoor Lighting with Reflector

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Sarah S.

Window Lighting

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Erik S.

Studio Lighting Patterns (Profile & Split Light)

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Shannon D.

Fill the Frame

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Texture

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Straight Up

Shot with Canon AE-1 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Soft Light

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Holly H.

Morris Arboretum

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

High Key Portrait

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Lance B.

Leaves Left Lying

Shot with Canon AE-1 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Low Key Portrait

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Model: Caity M.

Reflective/Textured Still Life

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Painting with Light

Shot with Nikon FM-10 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Final (Near and Far Landscape)

Shot with Canon AE-1 using Ilford HP5 400 B&W Film

Narrative Environmental Portraits

Shot with Canon AE-1 using Kodak Tri-X 400 B&W Film

Models:

Radio: Tony L., Mechanic: Chris P., Bookstore: Erik S., Office: Rob S.