Mountains, Lizards and endless horizons are a few words that conjure up Red rock Canyon. This amazing location played host to our Editorial shoot in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We spent the day not only shooting, but also exploring, and experiencing a foreign environment. Admittedly a city boy at heart, I’ve never desired to be anywhere else…but that attitude quickly changed.
I can honestly say, the moment we stepped out and looked around, I was excited! Not only was this the perfect backdrop & weather for our shoot, but also to see things I’ve never experienced in my life (including rocky mountains) was a huge bonus!
There were a few areas setup for tourists but we decided to park the car and explore the unbeaten path. I wish I could’ve taken more pics and explored more parts but I had a job at hand…and through that I did manage to climb 50 feet up a rocky mountain @ a 25º incline and a desert tree (lol).
The attached pics don’t do Red rock justice but that was not my intention - My plan was actually to use these for a candid page in the editorial layout. Unfortunately this was my first time using a Diana cam, which is why most of the shots have cropped heads haha. These were the few I thought were decent.
Using a Diana cam is different in many ways and getting used to it takes practice. Having come from a DSLR background, I’m used to viewing the subject from the lens’ perspective. The Diana’s viewfinder, however, is located at the top right with no connection to the lens which is why you often end up with very inaccurate shots.
On the bright side, I did take some great landscape shots using my DSLR which I’ve incorporated in a personal photo album.
All in all, I don’t dislike the Diana pics, I actually think some of the mistakes are interesting and next time around they’ll be intentional.
Diana Cam Tips*
Frame your subjects carefully to avoid unintentional crops
Make sure to remove lens cap (SLR’s make that obvious)
Check your settings (e.g. exposure and focus) again, not as obvious as SLRs
Take your time to line up the film numbers unless your intention is to overlap images (e.g. cover pic)