Chuck Espinoza Photography

Los Angeles Based Freelance Photographer.
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More lessons from the pool

July 27, 2016

I recently sat down and pulled together images I shot since my last portfolio review. As is clearly shown on my instagram page I have spent the past year shooting mostly underwater.   Shooting underwater has been great for my psyche over the past year. A year ago we sold our house and along with that house went the studio space I had been working in for the past four years. It was the first house we owned and with my experience of previous garage-studios I knew how to dial it in so that it was a great space to work in.  Now my current garage is basically back to being a place to shoot on seamless which doesn’t inspire my creativity nor my interest in shooting. So I now wait for the next house to buy and stay busy shooting in the water!

My latest experiment in the water was shooting on a black backdrop. I used a 9×12 backdrop in the pool and learned how much the camera doesn’t like the contrast and color combination of shooting against black underwater. All underwater pics are overly cyan in color. This is usually easy to address with white balance but now I’ve got a giant overhead light as my source shooting against a black backdrop which translates into a really ugly file. An ugly files means a lot of work in post.  I was also reminded how quickly I can run out of backdrop.

 

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Monette Moio
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