Image Challenge 2017

As part of the final assignment in the Digital Photography Program at Lambton College, all student (first and second year) are required to submit their photographs in Image Challenge contest held yearly at Lambton College. This year's theme is People, Places, and Commercial. As I am a portrait photographer I submitted 5 photographs in the People category. The awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7 PM. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Lear more about Image Challenge 2016 here

Food Photography

I admit that food is my weakness. Photographing food is never going to end, at least for me. I have a huge love for tasting flavours and dishes around the world. Soon I am going to create a blog page where I will post thing to share with you all. For now, enjoy these delicious work. 

Announcement

Pleased to inform all of the beautiful people that Raspal Singh Photography portfolio website is going live with this post. This is the end of my Digital Photography Diploma at Lambton College. Hopefully, I will continue to grow stronger with the support of my family, friends, and the loyal community who has welcomed and embraced me.

Backlighting Challenge

Assignment number 10 in photographic design and style. We suppose to create three different portraits each with different lighting setup and convert them into a triptych with help of photoshop.

We were given two weeks to complete this assignment. At first, it seems like very easy from the demo photographs so, I thought I will do it later. But before one week the assignment was due and I was having trouble to find a model I asked my roommate sunny to be my model.

Sunny was in the similar situation as it was almost the end of the winter term at Lambton College. But at last sunny agreed to help me out with a promise to be completed within an hour.  I agreed and booked the studio from 4 PM - 6 PM. Next day sunny informed me that he will come around 4:45 PM, which gave me 45 minutes to set up the three different lighting studio.

The shoot was completed in thirty minutes and we left the studio around 5:45 PM after packing the studio equipment.

Results from backlighting challenge

Backlighting

 

 

It's possible to be versatile. Interview with Bisi Alawode (part two)

  • What was the reason you decided to become a full-time photographer?

Becoming full-time photographer was more of my dream, when I was continuing my photography and started reading autobiographies, I realise that it's possible to be versatileWhat I mean by that is that now it is possible to be more than one-way traffic. I read a lot of biographies of people and there was some person who was an architect, engineer and doctor just one single person. It means our brain is able to do so many things and can achieve success in all of them. So, I wanted more for myself. I wanted to focus on photography exploring all the possibilities there and at the same time been able to diversify into other areas. Because it makes me realise, that human's ability is endless. As long as you are able to sit down and focus on one thing you could achieve and become best in. So, for me to become a full-time photographer is just to explore one of my abilities and excel in that area. Mostly, I do wedding photography, but I am versatile enough to do other things. And that is one of the benefits of studying Digital Photography at Lambton College, I was able to learn different aspects of photography and I was able to showcase what I can create in different scenarios.

 

Bisi Alawode Photography

Bisi Alawode Photography

  • Why you choose Canada for photography education?

I always wanted to come to Canada. I think Canada embodies my personal values as a person. Canada is a very strong nation that is very shy. This beautiful country has so many resources and so much potential and Canada have power under control and that is one of the reasons I choose Canada for studying photography.

  • How did Digital Photography Program at Lambton College help you to archive your goals in photography?

One big thing for me was the closeness of the class, the relationship I developed in the Digital Photography program and also the experiences of the professors, which helped me to become who I am today and I am always thankful to them. 

  • Do you think any specific area you should have paid attention to, while you were in college?

Maybe, web design will be that area I should have paid attention, But I got too much busy with other things. Just because I am someone who does not like sitting. I am always looking for new opportunities the affects the people around me. I should have learned web design, but at one point I lose the interest but no excuses.

  • Who influences/inspire you the most in photography? / Do you have a mentor?

Yes, I do have a mentor, I realise that mentorship is usually depended on in which area you want to grow. Then you could have a mentor in photography or mentor in life. Richard Beland is my mentor in photography and in life, my mentor is someone I look up to and speak to is my paster back in Nigeria. I am very close with him now and I travelled to Chicago from Sarnia three months ago to see him.

Read part one of the interview here

 

How to compile your idea of concept photoshoot ?

There are moments, when you feel like you have an idea for a concept photoshoot you want to do,  but feeling it will be too much or how to make a path that leads to successful final result? Still stuck? Worry not I have listed a process I tried, which might help you as well to stay on track.

Step 1 -  Write down you idea

  • Writing your idea on a piece of paper will not only help you to remember it. The written words will also help you to modify it as you start processing your idea.
  • When an idea pops out in your mind write it down immediately in a note pad, book, diary, or a blank paper. 
  • Keeping a small note book with you either in a car, wallet, bed room or working area will help you to write and remember your ideas and useful key information.
  • For example - I wanted to create a photo manipulation. The concepts was "QUEST" in which, A girl handing a lantern in the woods while wearing the red hood.
  • For QUEST project - I wrote in my notebook beside my bed to check back later.
  • Third day from writing the idea down, I visited that page again and made a moodboard of my ideas and inspiration.
MOOD BOARD IDEAS

MOOD BOARD IDEAS

Step 2 - Research your Idea

  • Now you have an idea / concept in your mind, lets start by writing more about the idea.
  • Idea - I want to photograph someone holding a lantern in Red riding hood theme.
  • Place - Woods
  • You can also start by listing items / or scouting the location you need for the photoshoot.
  • Things Needed- Red hood/ cloth/ bed-sheet
  • Equipments - Off Camera Flash, Stand, Pocket Wizards, Camera, lens with big f stop number.
  • Model - Ask your friends/post on Facebook you will get someone who wants to volunteer for you.

 

Step 3 - Plan the shoot

  • After listing all your needs about the concept photoshoot.
  • Share your mood board with your model and plan your calendar for the shoot.
  • Make sure you check the weather one day of shooting prior to your shoot, also if you can visit your location before the shoot "Thank me later".
  • Research if your selected location is safe to be for certain hours, ask for permission if the location belongs to someone.
  • Contact your model with whole story, location, date and time.

 

Step 4 - The big Day

  • Collect all the stuff you have listed for the shoot a night before and contact your model prior to the shoot.
  • Don't forget food / water for yourself and the model, you never know how long it will take "Be ready".
  • Make sure you have backup of almost everything camera, lens, memory cards, flash, light-meter, pocket wizards, tripod, because you never know what kind of error you may face in the field.
  • Check your location for any dangerous thing on the surface, metal, nails, broken glass "Safety first".
  • Practise the shoot and setup the props before your model arrive on the location.
  • Check the batteries, white balance, also measure DOP and mark the positions of the photographer and the model)
  • Shoot the concept and be patience. Keep reminding your self it was your idea and you have to make it.
  • Don't just shoot and leave, instead shoot and review on big screen and make note if you have everything in focus. Once you are satisfied scream "PACK UP".
  • Research and make notes from the shoot for future reference.

Step 5- Edit / Composite

  • Don't forget to copy the original RAW files in backup drive before editing.
  • Cull the images
  • Edit the photo
  • Photoshop
  • Pat yourself on the back for a successful project.
  • Make a list of project you want to do or keep writing in the notebook and check frequently.
  • Sleep for 24 hours

 

The Final Result

"QUEST"

Quest By Raspal Singh

Quest By Raspal Singh

Treat from the teacher

We are about to complete our final semester of Digital Photography program at Lambton College, our English teacher Erica Kelly, baked cupcakes to enjoy the hard work everyone did during the semester. Erica is a very talented and one of my favourite teacher. Erica has helped me since day one till the last day of the diploma. She is the one who pushed me forward and helped me to define my strength in writing for media course. We set couples of time to discuss my ideas and assignment.

 

Portrait of Erica Kelly, Professor, Lambton College.  Photo by Bisi Alawode Photography

Portrait of Erica Kelly, Professor, Lambton College.  Photo by Bisi Alawode Photography

Erica Kelly is a Professor of English at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario. Erica started her career with an undergraduate degree in English at Brock University, then she completed a Master’s in English at Queen’s. She again went to complete her second Master’s of Social Justice at Brock University. After completing from Brock, Erica enjoyed the great experience, where she grew the urge to learn more and in the end, Erica completed her PhD in the spring of 2010 in English at the Western university and began her position at Lambton in 2012. She has published articles on social justice and Canadian poetry, and continues to research the role of art in social change.

Read more about Erica - Humans of Lambton , The Sarnia Journal

Adobe RGB vs sRGB colour profile

The Adobe RGB (1998) colour space is an RGB (RED, GREEN BLUE) colour space developed by Adobe Systems, Inc. in 1998. It was designed to encompass most of the colours achievable on CMYK colour printers, but by using RGB primary colours on a device such as a computer display.

sRGB is the standard RGB colour space created cooperatively by HP and Microsoft in 1996 for use on monitors, printers and the Internet, and subsequently standardised by the IEC as IEC 61966-2-1:1999. It is often used as the "default" colour space for images that do not contain any colour space information, especially if the images are stored as 8-bit integers.

Visual difference between Adobe RGB and sRGB

Visual difference between Adobe RGB and sRGB

To better understand which one to use, you must first understand the difference between the two. AdobeRGB, by all accounts, is better, as it represents a wider range of colours. How much better? They say that AdobeRGB is able to represent about 35% more colour ranges than sRGB is able to. But does that make it the best for photography? Not exactly, as the world works with sRGB far more than it does with AdobeRGB.

pros and cons

How to Accurately Convert Your Photos from AdobeRGB to sRGB

 

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

If you use a tandem of Lightroom and Photoshop, Adobe makes this conversion process painless for you. My workflow and many others consist of loading images into Lightroom, making basic corrections, then importing the image directly into Photoshop. Upon importing to Photoshop, you can have your images converted for the web with just a few simple setting adjustments. Simply go to Edit>>Preferences>>External Editing and adjust your colour space to sRGB when being imported into Photoshop. This technique is the most preferred, as it'll automatically convert all images you export to Photoshop to sRGB, without any colour loss in the web format. This will also allow you to keep both an AdobeRGB copy of the image for print, and an sRGB version to use for the web and everything else.

 

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

If you work without Lightroom and still want the benefits of AdobeRGB colour space, you can also convert your images for the web in Photoshop. Simply navigate through your menus to Edit>>Convert To Profile and change your destination space to sRGB after editing your image. To ensure that you do this every time, I recommend you incorporate it an action used for saving your images. Remember, failure to convert your images prior to saving them for the web will result in dull and unflattering colour tones.  

Conclusion

All of this is very confusing and leaves you feeling overwhelmed, you can switch your camera to sRGB colour space. It'll still allow you to photograph and print beautiful images. However, if you're shooting specifically for print, AdobeRGB offers more range and versatility in the images taken. It all really comes down to personal preference, AdobeRGB does offer more colours, but at the cost of complicating things for a subtle difference in your photos. However, if you're a perfectionist, like me, the extra steps taken to shoot in AdobeRGB may be worth the headache to achieve nicer prints, and get the best of both worlds.

 

References - Fstoppers and Wikipedia 

50th Anniversary Celebration Day - Lambton College

Today we are celebrating Lambton College's 50th anniversary! As the second oldest college in Ontario, the 50th-anniversary milestone is quite significant. Over the next 18 months, a variety of exciting anniversary events will take place that has been carefully planned by both Lambton College and Colleges Ontario. 

First Day of Class in 1971

First Day of Class in 1971

Established in 1966 by the Province of Ontario with four programs and 54 students at the original Blue Water Campus, Lambton College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years and built a reputation as a post-secondary leader in education, training and research. 

With an expanding roster of more than 90 diploma, certificate and degree programs, Lambton College is known for offering a diverse range of flexible learning options, including a broad selection of programs and courses that incorporate elements of the classroom, mobile, hybrid and accelerated educational alternatives.

Lambton College was the first college in Ontario to receive the Apple Distinguished Program designation for its Mobile Learning initiative, which features an exclusive Class+ Experience that has students using their iPad as a tool to access resources like eTexts, software, learning management systems, and apps both inside and outside of the classroom.

The College's transformation continues with the construction of two new buildings: the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre and Athletics & Fitness Complex, and the expansion of world-class facilities such as the Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies and the Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence.

Lambton College 50th Anniversary Celebration Day April 5, 2017