Portrait Portfolio

Here is a link to my portrait portfolio for the semester. https://naturallycomposed.wordpress.com/portrait-class-portfolio/


For portrait class I had to design two collages. I went for a look that would be suitable for an 10×20 album.

 I really enjoy the previsualization aspect of this assignment. Hope you like.



Portrait: High Key

Here is my latest assignment for Portrait class. Nothing special, just high key lighting techniques. Check out the rest in a slideshow.


Here is my latest shoot for my Portrait Class. This is Kisha, she is Communications major here at UCM. I had a blast and will definately be using her in the future.

Check out the slideshow of the entire shoot.





I recently got in the studio and shot with the Photogenic monolight. I am still learning, but I felt  I came away with a few keepers. Shayla, my model, made it a lot easier to get good images. Next assignment I will use numerous lights and hopfully continue to get better.


Check out a slideshow here.

And here are a few of my favorites.



I recently had the privelage of photographing Jessica, a good friend of mine. Walking the streets with a 5 in 1 reflector, I looked for shade and diffused light. Using the reflector to bounce back light onto the model, really made the images pop. The gold side of the reflector really helped with warming the face and the overall mood of the images. This shoot also was the beginning, of a hopfully long history, with my new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS.

Click here for a slideshow



Equipment Info:

Canon 5D w/ 70-200mm f/4L IS and 5 in 1 reflector

Here are a few of my favorites

 photo by Matthew Taylor





This weeks assignment for portrait class was “window light”. Using the window as the primary lighting source, enabled me to focus my attention solely on the subject. If I would have been using a flash, I do not think I would have been able to shoot as quickly and smoothly. Using the Canon 5D, I was able to crank up the ISO to 1600 and fire away knowing I would have usable images. The benefit of having a full frame sensor.

I chose my grandfather as my model and his garage as the location. Using a familiar location helped both of us ease into the shoot and feel comfortable almost immediately. It was a blast and I feel I learned a lot at the same time. I have chosen a few of my favorites from the shoot. You can click here for a slideshow of even more images from the shoot.  

Equipment Used:

Canon 5D w/ Canon 70-200mm f/4L (handheld)

White cardboard reflector

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

In no particular order is a collection of my best work from the spring semester. I hope you enjoy and check out my slide show on flickr for more images.



Ice Crystal Sunrise by you.

Pierced Halo by you.

The Old Forest by you.

Climax by you.

As the Sun sets, the remaining light graces the prairie with a fantastic show of golden light. by you.

Farm Creek Bliss Pano by you.

Turmoil on the Horizon by you.

Cool Colors by you.

Loess Hills Barn by you.

Looking Up at the Future by you.

First night of star trails by you.

Goodbye Colorado by you.

Sky Jack by you.

No Contest by you.

On the Edge by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Missouri Trust Company: Sedalia, MO by you.

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Landscape photography with my Canon 5D has opened up new doors. Primarily I have a true 17mm wide angld field of view. This came in handy when photographing the Rockies. Secondly, the resolution and low noise is great for those times when you don’t have your tripod ready. I always try and use a tripod, but its good to know you can crank up the ISO a little and still have a great file. I am consistently looking for new gear to better my abilities of capturing the best landscapes presented to me. Inevitably it boils down to the photographer and the lighting. That is why I am always trying to be out in the woods, more than I am already.

slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/sets/72157617691856079/show/




Farm Creek Bliss Pano by you.

In Remembrance by you.

IMG_5893c by you.

As the Sun sets, the remaining light graces the prairie with a fantastic show of golden light. by you.

Black and White Panorama by you.