Let me begin with a little bit of an introduction. My name is Emma Glaspey and I have lived in Eugene, Oregon for the majority of my life. I have always enjoyed creative endeavors and hoped for the opportunity to turn my passion into a career, so when given the opportunity to work with Ben Lundberg and train to become a photographer, I was thrilled to learn. I’ve done modeling for a number of years, so it has been thrilling to learn what its like on the other side of the camera. Ben and I first met about thirteen years ago through a mutual friend and I’ve had the chance to watch him grow as a photographer from a guy with a passion to a successful professional.
Over the summer I assisted at a variety of weddings and worked at the Oregon Wedding Showcase. In the process, I learned a lot about photographing events and had the chance to meet a variety of fantastic people including fellow photographer, Bob Williams. Learning from observation was a key portion of my training because a great photograph is about more than technical details that can be read about. Recently, Ben Lundberg, Luke Lundberg and myself braved the typical Oregon rain and cold to practice depth of field at a local park.
It was a great way to apply the concepts we’d been learning because digital photography presents the photographer with the unique opportunity to analyze the results on the go. For example, I was able to control the amount of background within my image and immediately see what adjustments were giving me the most aesthetically appealing photographs. The two images I have included in this blog post were my favorites from our practice session. One is of Ben Lundberg, and the other is of Luke Lundberg who is being trained along with me. When the people in the photograph are meant to be the focus, having a lot of detailed background behind the subject can be very distracting and draw the attention away from the person. Although I had taken a photography course at Lane Community College a few years ago, I am have learned that there is far more in terms of technical information that I have yet to learn but luckily, I love what I do and I’m a fast learner.