Sgt. Fees

Scott Fees_019Edmond Police Sgt. Scott Fees leads a double life, bomb squad leader by day; church worship band leader by night.

*Once again, the saturation gets sucked out. I’m not sure if this is being done by the Web browser, or by WordPress, but it is frustrating.

10 Responses to Sgt. Fees

  1. james says:

    Not bad Zach. You kind of loose his head into the blackness though. Maybe put a flash in the cab firing back at him to give a small rim light and luminate some of the tools inside. Good use of cross light though.

  2. zachgray says:

    Thanks, James! You’ve pointed out my weakness, having only one studio light and one SB800. College student with limited resources haha.

  3. James says:

    Not weaknesses, obstacles. And they can be overcome by creativity.

    Maybe shoot straight on at the back of the ambulance and place him in the center close to camera. Very symmetric looking with the doors open and such. Place the 800 in the back firing at his back to give him the rim light and light the inside of the cab. Then use the studio light to light his face. He’s got a pretty well defined face so semi harsh light may not be a bad option here. Place it center over head firing straight at the face. Just make sure the shadow from the nose does not cross his upper lip. Having him turn on the ambulance lights may add to the character of the image. Just an idea.

    Don’t limit yourself by your limited amount of gear. Creativity can trump almost any obstacles. Keep shooting, your doing a good job.

  4. zachgray says:

    James, you’ve surprised me once again. Thanks for the helpful analysis and the encouragement! This fall if you get a chance, I would love for you to do a portfolio critique for me.

  5. Tony Hogrefe says:

    My monitor shows plenty of separation between his head the the back of the rig. If you shot in RAW, I’m sure you could eek out more detail in post processing.

    I love the lens flare, I think it really adds to the shot. I like the hard edge of the lighting. Coupled with the pose gives the subject a hardy rugged masculine look.

  6. zachgray says:

    Thanks, Tony! You’re right, but I’ve had to take a break from RAW for the summer. The paper I’m working at is using Photoshop 7… I don’t even know how old that is, but it definitely doesn’t have ACR.

  7. Tony Hogrefe says:

    Photoshop 7?!?

    Good Lord, are they using chisels and stone tablets, too?

  8. zachgray says:

    Hahaha. Welcome to the local newspaper business. The thing that throws me is the ad department has updated versions of PS as well as LR.

  9. Megan Foster says:

    Ad departments always get the best equipment cause that’s where the revenue comes from. Go “borrow” one of their computers.

  10. Scott Fees says:

    Zach – Would it be possible for you to email me some of those pictures? My mother would like to have a few copies. It doesn’t matter how old you get….moms will always want pictures of their sons. If you could either email them or mail them to the Edmond Police Department, I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks!
    -Scott

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Scott Fees_019Edmond Police Sgt. Scott Fees leads a double life, bomb squad leader by day; church worship band leader by night.

*Once again, the saturation gets sucked out. I’m not sure if this is being done by the Web browser, or by WordPress, but it is frustrating.

10 Responses to Sgt. Fees

  1. james says:

    Not bad Zach. You kind of loose his head into the blackness though. Maybe put a flash in the cab firing back at him to give a small rim light and luminate some of the tools inside. Good use of cross light though.

  2. zachgray says:

    Thanks, James! You’ve pointed out my weakness, having only one studio light and one SB800. College student with limited resources haha.

  3. James says:

    Not weaknesses, obstacles. And they can be overcome by creativity.

    Maybe shoot straight on at the back of the ambulance and place him in the center close to camera. Very symmetric looking with the doors open and such. Place the 800 in the back firing at his back to give him the rim light and light the inside of the cab. Then use the studio light to light his face. He’s got a pretty well defined face so semi harsh light may not be a bad option here. Place it center over head firing straight at the face. Just make sure the shadow from the nose does not cross his upper lip. Having him turn on the ambulance lights may add to the character of the image. Just an idea.

    Don’t limit yourself by your limited amount of gear. Creativity can trump almost any obstacles. Keep shooting, your doing a good job.

  4. zachgray says:

    James, you’ve surprised me once again. Thanks for the helpful analysis and the encouragement! This fall if you get a chance, I would love for you to do a portfolio critique for me.

  5. Tony Hogrefe says:

    My monitor shows plenty of separation between his head the the back of the rig. If you shot in RAW, I’m sure you could eek out more detail in post processing.

    I love the lens flare, I think it really adds to the shot. I like the hard edge of the lighting. Coupled with the pose gives the subject a hardy rugged masculine look.

  6. zachgray says:

    Thanks, Tony! You’re right, but I’ve had to take a break from RAW for the summer. The paper I’m working at is using Photoshop 7… I don’t even know how old that is, but it definitely doesn’t have ACR.

  7. Tony Hogrefe says:

    Photoshop 7?!?

    Good Lord, are they using chisels and stone tablets, too?

  8. zachgray says:

    Hahaha. Welcome to the local newspaper business. The thing that throws me is the ad department has updated versions of PS as well as LR.

  9. Megan Foster says:

    Ad departments always get the best equipment cause that’s where the revenue comes from. Go “borrow” one of their computers.

  10. Scott Fees says:

    Zach – Would it be possible for you to email me some of those pictures? My mother would like to have a few copies. It doesn’t matter how old you get….moms will always want pictures of their sons. If you could either email them or mail them to the Edmond Police Department, I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks!
    -Scott

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