First Resin Casts!

First experiment using resin! mixing the catalyst with the resin to set into the moulds.

These photos show the whole process of the first cast, placing objects into the half-set resin, adding the second layer, and placing the eye hooks into the piece.


Experimentation with Lighting & Poses

I felt the urge to experiment with lighting in the studio, I also picked up a new ball dress at a second-hand store and just felt like taking some shots with how I had envisioned it to be modeled. I also did some quick sketches (below) along with some google searches to see what movements and poses worked well with particular lighting and dress lengths.

In these sketches I was really just brain storming poses etc as mentioned above, and possible ways of creating movement with the materials of the dress. On the right are notes from a past shoot of successful lighting, such as placement of lights in relation to the model.

These photographs were the result.
I am quite happy with the lighting and movement I achieved, however I will continue to experiment with refining this. Another thing I might try is shooting on location, as this could add to the photos along with giving more leeway with the backdrop, since some of these image I had to repair, with the dress flowing past the set background.

Shooting in an outdoor setting will allow me to use more fabric to ‘fly away’ and might if I choose the right day, provide a natural breeze, which is so much easier than trying to create it artificially.

Photographs are my own as Rachael Anne Photography NZ

Video Tutorials – Focusing on Lighting



Video 1 retrieved from,

Lanier, Jason. “Outdoor Flash Portrait Lighting for AMAZING Results, Zeiss Batis, Sony A7Rii by Jason Lanier.” YouTube. January 28, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2016.

Video 2 retrieved from,

Ortiz, Manny. “Natural Light Vs off Camera Flash Comparison Photoshoot Using Sony A7Rii Flashpoint Xplor.” YouTube. June 4, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2016.

Video 3 retrieved from,

Lanier, Jason. “AMAZING RESULTS Using Off Camera Flash, a Beauty Dish, and High Speed Sync by Jason Lanier.” YouTube. April 16, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2016.

Video 4 retrieved from,

Brehaut, Mike, James Moffatt, and Creative Photography Courses. “Bare Flash.” YouTube. September 11, 2015. Accessed August 29, 2016.

Editing in Lightroom

I finally got round to watching a few Lightroom videos, (which I shared earlier this week), and then today I was about to go edit a photo in Adobe Photoshop, and then I considered trying to do it in Lightroom instead, and I am glad I did.

I was able to navigate my way around, trying new tools and thankfully remembering the new ones I found out in the tutorial. I have also been regularly using Camera Raw editing in Photoshop anyway, and so the conversion into using Lightroom was not as bad as I had thought.

Below is the original image, unedited with the exception of the water mark, and some spot removal (as I need to clean my camera sensor!)


The second image edited in Lightroom exceeded my expectations, I have a lot of advise to make the switch or experiment with it, rather than Photoshop, as it is made solely for photo editing, but I have finally seen why.
Without loosing any detail, and just three quick adjustments, I have a totally new image, that makes the original fall flat!


I know this image isn’t the style I am using for my studio photography project (however it will come in handy for my object design class), and is not the greatest image in the world, (and needs the street light removed), but through very little editing and time consumed, it has turned into something that would have degraded the image and taken twice as long if done using Photoshop.


For watching later:




Photographs are my own, as Rachael Anne Photography NZ

Video retrieved from;

Kost, Julieanne, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. “Lightroom CC – Moving Between Lightroom and Photoshop.” YouTube. April 21, 2015. Accessed August 26, 2016.

Innovative Camera Info

Came across this article while doing a bit of technical research.


Griffith, Adam. “Four Innovations That Could Revolutionize the Photography Industry.” PetaPixel. Last modified September 18, 2013.

On Location

Shooting on location is something I want to try for this project, using powder, rather than smoke as they do in this tutorial. I think experimenting with using natural light along with flash could really add something to the work I have produced, as the images from the first shoot were very dark, moody, and mysterious it would be great to see if we could capture this feeling within the images using totally different processes, and techniques.



Hoey, Gavin, and “Shooting with Smoke Bombs on Location: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey.” YouTube. July 2, 2015. Accessed August 25, 2016.

Moment or Memory + Reflection of Progress.

The project brief I initially chose for creating jewellery titled Moment or Memory, with which I was intending to create Perspex jewellery. I wanted to make pieces that symbolised a significant moment from the past, in nature that is in my memory as a wonderful moments.

As the project has progressed, it has come to me wanting to express the ‘Sublime’ in nature.A moment when you stop for a second to look around or when the sites around are just too beautiful to neglect, such as a sunset, or a view, something that seat he’s your attention for a moment.

As my research and brainstorming has developed and after experimenting with resin casting, I am finding that my ideas around my brief have evolved into something a little more unique.

In terms of the title moment or memory, I had initially been thinking I would use elements from nature (such as plant matter, stones, forms) to set in the resin or in a Perspex dome as a symbol of that particular moment.

After experimenting with setting plants into the resin, and then putting a critical viewing of them, the pieces didn’t portray anything. They were just like any other resin setting with flowers in, there was no message being expressed, even though I know what I want to say through the jewellery, there was nothing to read into it portray that special feeling of being in nature.

After the first experiments, I began to consider what would capture that special recollection of that sublime moment, and then the idea of setting in photographs of that particular memory of being surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Being a photographer I tend to take photos of these moments, and when you stop to look for them they are all around, so I had plenty of photos to experiment with.


These are my first experiments with setting photos into the resin and only my second time using resin, (I will upload a better photo of the final polished pieces in the next few days).
They turned out better than the first, being smoother and better cast form, however there is a few issues I will have to resolve with the photos when setting, as they kept rising to the surface and coming apart in the ones where I put two images in back to back.

There also was a few air bubbles occurring, perhaps caused by the fact that the first layer of resin had set quite hard before I put the image in, since I did a fast set solution rather than the slow set mixture used for the first experiment. It also seemed that using the fast set created a smoother result in the resin, possibly due to fewer changes in temperature when setting, since the slow set took a few days.

Photographs are my own, including those used in the resin casting 🙂


A great collection of some amazing photographs by various artists using powder to mystify the model in the image.

I am currently trying to take in as much information and inspiration before my next powder shoot; Can’t wait!

Here’s the link to the post from (which is filled with so much info and insight into the photographic world!)



Galai, Noam, and “Great Images Using Powder As a Prop.” Fstoppers. Last modified April 26, 2013.