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Problem Solving 101

Jeff Rojas

Shooting in Small Spaces

Jeff Rojas

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2. Problem Solving 101

Lesson Info

Problem Solving 101

Let's discuss problem solving? I come and just a little bit of experience about may growing up, I was always in ap classes like the advanced placement classes I went to college, I wanted to study was studding aerospace engineering. I'm a very logical person. I dropped out to move to new york city, they didn't finish the book is actually my college degree to my parents as a joke problem solving and analyzing situations is kind of in my forte in life it's kind of helped me push myself. I didn't have a college free work is I worked my first corporate job I found in three days after being eighteen was the account manager to data recovery company to learn about raids and hard drives and raid a raise and discuss that with clients. I didn't have any idea in regards to take out technology, learning things and simple concepts to make it happen has been my forte within a couple day period. I mean, that happened. So the concept that we're gonna discuss in this class, I'm not going to go over phys...

ics because photography can be very, very scientific. I'm going to talk about very precise details that I want you to be able to replicate when you get back home, just two totally different kind of processes, so and never put quotes in. Anything that I do, but I felt this was appropriate for the first time, which is eliminate all other factors in the one that remains must be the truth that's always true, except for the anomalies, unless you believe in aliens and ghosts and things like that, which is where that comes from. And I guess this is kind of a promise they were going to hear in this whole class eliminating what we see that is inappropriate in this situation. What could we fix? What can we not fix? Analyzing what's the variable what's the content? What can we what can we repair? What can we walk away from and kind of figure out spaces there? So our first step overall brief, our photographers were artists very emotional you forget to breathe it's like what I do, what I do, what I do and I've been that way before it gets fixed that back and just think about the situation next is identify the issues. What problems are the into space? It doesn't matter if you photograph in ten by ten square feet doesn't matter if you're photographing fifty by fifty square feet, whatever you're photographing, figure out the issues and isolate them to figure out what you need to do look for what you can change, what do you what do you have that you can physically change in the scene that's the most important part in all this? If you're trying to resolve the situation, you need to figure out the variables you can change, because if you can't change this size of the space that you're shooting it and it's consistent, you can't fix it that's it it's done again, don't focus on it, and this kind of goes into your personal approach this situations, if I focus solely on the space time going in, complained the whole time, that's my mindset is it's a problem, and you need to not think about that as a problem figure out the things that you can change to accommodate for the situation and being realistic with your expectations, we're going to be able to photograph, for example, today we're going to turn me into houdini, I'm going to shoot in an eight foot by eight foot square space that's a shooting coffin, we're going to make that a little bigger, going to make it shooting in small spaces, so it's going to get a little wider than that is currently so we're going to shoot three hundred people in a size eight foot by eight foot room, right like that's, the reality of things, but I'm sure you guys small little adjustments in your mind before you ever pick it, but camera it just for me when I'm walking into set when I'm walking with a client, especially even here, you know, for example, you don't want to pick up a camera, not know what you're doing and assume that you make that process, you have to think about what you're doing before you go up there, when I'm in front of a client, I don't want to look like a genius, you know, where I have the wrong setting? I picked up the wrong lens like, if I'm in a small space like that and I grab it seventy two hundred lens and I'm already at the two hundred im going to able to photograph the subject that's in front of it, we'll discuss that and a bit regards the viewing angles, but probably not more than likely it's not gonna happen, so if I take that first photograph and I'm tethered and I'm like, sorry that's the wrong lens two seconds, I don't look like the smartest person in the world, so I need to take a second to pretty think about what I need to do and make that happen. Let's look at what we can control, we control a camera we can control our camera settings are lenses in our angle of you, we can change the position of ourselves relative to where we're photographing, we can change lighting editing and clothing and certain environmental elements. I can't change the size of room from photographing a subject in that small of a space. Can't make the room any bigger. But these are things that I can actually change in order to change the final output of my photograph. These are things that I can literally manipulate.

Class Description

Space is a luxury that many photographers simply cannot afford. Learn how to make big images with limited square feet in Shooting in Small Spaces with Jeff Rojas.

Lots of photographers begin their careers working in garages, second bedrooms, or even their basements. When you're shooting in small spaces, every decision you make – from your lens to your lighting style will ultimately impact your final image.

Join Jeff Rojas as he dissects the art of shooting in small spaces and shows you how to get a great image, no matter how little room you have.

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Bill Bistak

I'm not sure why so many rip on this class. This is exactly what I needed to know (after I pulled my head out of my rear about wanting highly technical explanations). I do have an unusually small studio and really listening to him taught me loads of goodness, which I immediately applied and earned several awards by doing so. Thank you! Although a very calm video (which I also appreciated), it paved the way for deeper understanding of small locations and how to use them for great portraits.

a Creativelive Student

He had some good ideas like using corners, light modifiers that emit focused/directional light, and dealing with color casts. Showed some excellent fashion portraits shot in really small spaces. Wish he had gone more into shooting in a room with average ceiling height.

Amber Tolbert

I was at a shoot the other day, lugging in so much equipment, and found myself crawling on tables to get the shot I needed. Jeff's course shows exactly what you really need for effective and impressive portraits in small areas, a huge help and my next shoot will be much more efficient and powerful.