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PDXtra Magazine Jan/Feb Issue

A few images from a recent shoot for PDXtra magazine. I was asked if I could find the models myself for this one and felt really lucky that I met Johna and Steve. They both fit the demographic and exude the lifestyle the article was exploring. We traveled around the downtown area one afternoon to check out some neat businesses that cater to a healthier lifestyle. Talk about a tight schedule! Luckily my team was wonderful as well as enthusiastic. We got the job done on schedule!

Locations include Firebrand Sports, The Float Shoppe, The Yoga Space, & Prasad Cuisine.

The article touches on resolutions and features some wonderful local Portland services that may help you pick up a few new skills that keep you happy and healthy this year.

Read the article here: http://www.oregonlive.com/premium/pdxtra/2015/01/promises_promises_ways_we_can_1.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Michelle F Mitchell Photography

Michelle F Mitchell Photography for PDXtra

I hope the new year is treating you all well!

Cheers,
Michelle

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The “Survivalist Guide To SE Portland” Assignment

The opportunity to photograph images of your friend yielding axes and carrying knives in public doesn’t always happen, but when that opportunity comes YOU SAY YES. Hitting the stands today is the special SE Portland Survival Guide addition of the Portland Mercury. My pals Keely (model), and Justin (Art director) collaborated with me on this photo project and I have to say it was a lot of fun to shoot.

Most images were shot on the quick with an SB-600 flash and a cheapo umbrella on a flimsy light stand. For me, the most interesting part had to be holding the stand down without a sandbag in the wind… While tethered to the flash by a short cord. YIKES!

Here are tear sheets from the project, it can be digitally downloaded via the Mercury website :

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The Imagery can be viewed full screen on my Behance account: https://www.behance.net/michellefmitchell

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Using Color Gels

Boredom with my usual set up has led me to explore new lighting options. I do not have my own dedicated studio space at this time and am usually working with one or two lights and little diffusion options. I have a “bare bones” operation in my garage right now. It is by no means glamorous but I’m glad I have some space to practice photography.

In lieu of purchasing more lighting I recently snagged some lighting gels from LEE Filters and have been playing around with them a little. Though I only have two lights and little experience with gels I’m still pretty happy with the results. You can expect more color gel shoots in the future, and maybe next time I’ll be more subtle with the color. 😉

 

The last three are my favorite, its interesting to see the exposure and color difference when a model is jumping all around.

Enjoy the low-res silly goodness!:

 

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To see more of my work visit my website http://www.michellefmitchell.com/#1 

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Instagram: Photographer’s friend or foe?

Instagram is a smart phone based app and social media network. Now, if you’re a photographer you probably already know this, if you don’t, then perhaps you should consider getting one. Eh?! I personally enjoy using Instagram, not only do I get to show some of my work and behind-the-scenes action, but I also get to see bts from other photographers whose work I admire. I’ve even gotten inspired by looking through my old posts.

The weekend hashtag projects are a genius concept, a great way to include users all while building content for the Instagram blog. Here’s the down-low on the Weekend Hashtag Project:

“Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.”  

I always try to check it out even though I don’t usually participate.

Why photographers should use Instagram:

1.) Accept it for what it is; stop hating on it because it’s “hip.” It is a great social media tool.

2.) Visual variety: typically, an Instagram featuring a variety of subjects is better than just one. Come on, even I take a break from photographing cats! (Though you can add a #catsofinstagram hashtag, if you do post a pic of your furry pal.)

3.) Surprisingly, it can be a great way to get recognized by fellow photographers. Instagrammers have the opportunity to build a larger photo community. It feels good to hear that people know your work from somewhere, even if it is just Instagram. :)

Some photo’s from my Instagram:

Here is a link to a great story with legal info on the instagram/photographer debate: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/05/why-instagram-is-terrible-for-photographers-and-why-you-should-use-it/

As you can tell, i’m all for the use of this app, I may as well take advantage of something that is so popular. What do YOU think about Instagram?

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