Jono Shields

learning all the things

A Photographer's Perspective

My camera is always by my side these days. And I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to look at things. The same things I look at everyday.

A barista makes espresso shot from directly above

The photo above is from a cafe called Rabbit. The main seating area is lofted above the kitchen, but I never once had a reason to lean over the edge and have a look down.

But now I do.

I am curious.

A hole in a roof covered in vines looks through to a brick building

Close up of a security camera that looks directly at you

Leading Lines

I have been watching more Youtube videos because thats how I learn.

What’s this? Leading lines? Make your landscape shots interesting!

Yes please.

The idea is that you create your composition so that elements flow on from each other and draw the observers eyes into the scene.

A path weaving through a forest, trees either side and a clearing in the distance

In the example above you can see how the path curves into the distance. It brings attention to the clearing.

A tunnel underneath a bridge that gets smaller and smaller as it goes toward the centre of the frame

Shooting Black & White

I decided to have a jam with black & white (b&w) film once I fixed up the light leak.

Lots of research later and I discovered that most people recommend overexposing the film by a stop. This adds contrast to the image (we will learn why they need the extra contrast later).

A woman in a cafe

This first shot came out awesome. I love the expression on my mum’s face as she stares into the distance waiting for that first cup of coffee to arrive.

A woman standing in front of a path, trees and grass.

This second one though, is a little disappointing. Athena was in a joyous yellow dress and in the background a red stone path weaves through the green grass. There were plenty of contrasting colours to separate Athena from the background. But alas, in b&w her body disappears into the grass.

Shooting b&w is difficult because you don’t know how it will turn out until you get it developed. Or at least until you learn to compose based on brightness rather than colour.

Reversing Negatives

I have been going through my photos and found one that missed the scanner. Why not try to scan it myself?

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway

I borrowed a DSLR and took the best shitty photo I could.

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway, now with less brown because the colour has been corrected

Then using photoshop I used the Eyedropper tool inside Image > Adjustments > Levels to set the white point and the black point of the image.

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway, now it looks like a regular photo

Then just invert the image and BAM!

Light Leak

Girl with orange streak across her face

It turns out the camera I purchased has a light leak😔. Which means that all the photos I took in Japan look like this. I mean it’s pretty cool, but got a bit frustrating looking through 72 of them.

Girl in black and white

I’m not pro enough at photoshop to fix this (yet).

But I figured out how to salvage some of the photos. First by desaturating and then playing with the brightness & contrast.