Thursday, August 26, 2010

Entry 03: What About T.E.A.M. T.E.N. Tops & Tees™?

As I said, I worked (and still do) my A series PowerShot cameras. The Canon PowerShot S5 IS and the EOS Rebel XS DSLR, those are different stories. Talk about babying a camera. I need to talk to my therapist about this (as soon as I get one). On the subject of getting one, my plan was for my “babies” to earn me enough $$ to buy an EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens. That’s cheap but an EF 50mm f/1.8 II is even cheaper, though not really a macro lens. I really want a true macro lens though. I think the EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens will do what I need to do so it’s probably going to be that one when the time arrives. But now I think I will invest in a PowerShot S95 instead. I need to have that “camera in my pocket” thing going on and that S95 has a lot of DSLR like features for a “point a shoot” camera. I don’t see Apple or Research In Motion (BlackBerry) having a camera like this on a “mobile device” anytime soon so I think this is it. I know my PowerShot A540 is still able to do the job but S95 is a bad motor scooter for sure. Dude, the thing can f stop to 2 and has 3200 ISO setting. It can even shoot in RAW format. This is a point a shoot camera – wow. My A540 will just have to join my A60 in retirement. Ok, let us look at some photographs – I don’t have the money for any of that other stuff right now:


This is my girl Adrienne. She is great and I’m sure she’ll be a fantastic model if she decides that’s what she’s going to do in life. She (like several other women) helped me out with my t-shirt business by doing TFCD work for me so I could get pictures of my shirts for the web page (the page is gone now – only the myspace page remains). In these next two shots, I like comparing how I did the studio lights. Here we have low light coming from the camera’s right and bright light coming from the left. If Adrienne is the center then the low light is at 135 degrees and the bright light is at 270 degrees, if that helps.
File Name: Adrienne Cap Sleeve Baby Doll Tee 1.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS; Shooting Date: 6/21/2008; Shooting Mode: Portrait; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/15; Aperture: 2.7; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: 80(Auto); Lens: 6.0 - 72.0 mm; Focal Length: 7.5 mm; IS Mode: On; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Continuous AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

Yep, I designed the print too. Actually drew it first with pencil then scanned it then… Ok, this is a photography blog. This shot has the lights basically at 135 and 225 degrees off of Adrienne. Mind you, I did this stuff back before I had a photography class – just thought it would look cool.
File Name: Adrienne Cap Sleeve Baby Doll Tee 2.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot A540; Shooting Date: 6/21/2008; Shooting Mode: Kids&Pets; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/60; Aperture: 3.2; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: Auto; Lens: 5.8 - 23.2 mm; Focal Length: 7.9 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Single AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

Another helper from back then (2008), Breezy did the same deal – TFCD shoot. I’d say TFP/CD but no prints were given so… This first shot is with the light just coming from one side. I love this stuff – looks real cool to me. She’s wearing the mainstay of T.E.A.M. T.E.N. Tops & Tees™, the basic cat cap sleeve tee. You can tell I liked doing the t-shirt thing. I shot this with my A540. I’ll have to dig up some I shot with the S5 IS. I used both of the cameras on these 2008 shoots for Team Ten. I could have done better work had I been knowledgeable regarding the affects of the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Powerful stuff to say the least but I’m preaching to the choir here.
File Name: Breezy Cap Sleeve Tee white 1.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot A540; Shooting Date: 6/21/2008; Shooting Mode: Kids&Pets; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/60; Aperture: 3.5; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: Auto; Lens: 5.8 - 23.2 mm; Focal Length: 9.8 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Single AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

So here I used the “other” lights and I used the lights on both side. I have two different sets of studio lights and this is the better set. Why? Because they will wirelessly remote flash with my PowerShot S5 IS is why. Real cool. I have to see if they will do that for the Rebel XS too. But I’m shooting with the A540 here and that yellowing look is real cool looking. No I mean cool as in the color wheel in “cool colors” versus warm colors kind of cool. Though that yellow leaning tint would be warm, wouldn’t it? Yeah. I really like the affects of this shot. I have to work on that method when I get the opportunity again.
File Name: Breezy Cap Sleeve Tee white 2.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot A540; Shooting Date: 6/21/2008; Shooting Mode: Kids&Pets; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/80; Aperture: 3.5; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: Auto; Lens: 5.8 - 23.2 mm; Focal Length: 9.8 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Single AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

Here I’m using a shot of Breezy I “photoshopped” for use on the site to place hold tops that I didn’t have a photo for yet. But I actually did the work in PowerPoint because, at the time, I didn’t have Adobe PhotoShop. I’m a veteran on PowerPoint. I’m getting real good with Photoshop though (took a class at the college too).
File Name: Breezy Cap Sleeve Tee white Altered.jpg; Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS; Shooting Date: 6/21/2008; Shooting Mode: Portrait; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/1600; Aperture: 4.5; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: 80(Auto); Lens: 6.0 - 72.0 mm; Focal Length: 11.1 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Continuous AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

My girl Lexy is top notch. In 2007, the way I got photograph help was sending the tops to women who would get their pictures taken in them and send me the photos back. Of course, they got to keep the tops too. Lexy was one of the first to do that for me. I later learned about copy writes and decided that was not the best way to get photos. I also learned that it was the easiest way to give shirts away and not get any photos at all. Lexy did get me the photos though. In 2008 she also agreed to let me shoot here for the same TFCD deal too. Oh, in all of these TFCD shoots, the women kept the tops they wore. And in this shot I used the S5 IS with the wireless flash. I love it.
File Name: Lexy Classic Rib Tee 1.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS; Shooting Date: 5/10/2008; Shooting Mode: Sports; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/400; Aperture: 2.7; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: 400(Auto); Lens: 6.0 - 72.0 mm; Focal Length: 7.2 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Continuous AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

Here, with the PowerShot S5 IS and using the other lights, I just caught her laughing. Great model. They all were. Lexy really helped out. I’d love to work with her again but I won’t be back to Texas for photography work for a while. Ok, I can’t help it – that’s a bad ‘made you look’ kind of print isn’t it? Yep, did that one too only it’s a photograph (the flower that is). I’ll show you more of all the “Ladies of T.E.A.M. T.E.N. Tops & Tees™” next time. No, they weren’t known as that, I just stuck that label on them right now.
File Name: Lexy Classic Rib Tee 2.JPG; Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS; Shooting Date: 5/10/2008; Shooting Mode: Sports; My Colors Mode: Off; Shutter Speed: 1/200; Aperture: 2.7; Light Metering: Evaluative; ISO Speed: 400(Auto); Lens: 6.0 - 72.0 mm; Focal Length: 7.2 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance: Auto; AF Mode: Continuous AF; Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

And only because I don’t want anyone to think I’m not using my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS camera, here is a crazy shot with me just playing around with setting. Obviously I did this “hand held” so the shakes are part of it. Shutter speed at 30 seconds – no IS will hold up to that. Still, this is cool shot. You tell me what you see.
File Name: Light Test_001.JPG; Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS; Shooting Date: 8/17/2010; Shooting Mode: Shutter-Priority AE; Shutter: 30; Aperture: 13.0; Metering Mode: Evaluative; ISO Speed: 1600; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; Focal Length: 28.0 mm; Flash: Off; White Balance Mode: Auto; AF Mode: One-Shot AF; Picture Style: Standard; Drive Mode: Single shooting