Digital Vision, Journal, Photography

RDVP Portraits

On Friday, Rae and I photographed the 2005-2006 group of Digital Vision Fellows at Stanford. There’s a few more fellows remaining to be photographed, and I will capture most of them at the October 4 welcoming reception. It’s always exciting to meet a new batch of fellows and hear about their projects.

Vi, Carlos, Stuart, and I have been hard at work the past few weeks launching the new website for the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program. The main goal of the redesign was to display more timely information from the fellows themselves. We’ve got all of them writing in their own blogs on our new interactive space. The most recent posts and polls are pulled from that site and displayed on the RDVP homepage. We’re also displaying information about upcoming events, program highlights, and alumni news on the homepage.

For the photography, we set up two AlienBees B800 flashes. One had a 30×40-inch softbox on the fellow’s left-side, and the other one had a background reflector set directly behind the fellow. Rae held a reflector to help fill in the shadows on the right-hand side of each subject. Fortunately, there were outside power outlets on the outside of the new Nora Suppes Hall, located next to the Digital Vision offices in Cordura Hall. I’m going to have to look into investing in a Vagabond power supply for the lights if I intend to do more outdoor shooting.

I also used both the WhiBal and the EXPOdisc for setting the white balance. Both of them set the WB to be a little too warm, but they did provide a good reference point from which I could work from.

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