Lynn Pippenger Hall
If you are going for a business/working vibe for your photoshoot, this is the spot. Lynn Pippenger Hall’s clean and bright lobby makes it a great place for formal photos, while the outside courtyard is perfect for a more casual scene.
Because the inside is so light, I was able to keep my ISO at 1000, shutter speed at 1/400sec, and f-stop at f/4.0. I would also suggest using a lower ISO and adjusting the shutter speed accordingly so there isn’t as much noise.
For outside I kept my f-stop at f/4.0 but changed my ISO to 800 and shutter speed to 1/320sec. When shooting outside, make sure to adjust settings based on time of day and placement of the subject.
The parking garage is best for golden hour pictures. On top of the garage can get you a great scenic shot of the city as your background. Or you could take pictures of just the city. If you aren’t one for being near the edge of a building, spots inside the garage where there is high contrasting light (and no oncoming cars) looks good as well. And if you go outside of the parking garage on the east side, there is a wall of vines perfect for taking portraits.
These pictures have direct sunlight on the subject, so the general rule is your shutter speed should be higher than your ISO. In these pictures I kept my ISO at 160 and f-stop at f/4.0, and depending on the angle of the sun, I changed the shutter speed between 1/400sec and 1/800sec.
In or Around the Edge
For more of a recreational vibe, this is the place. Whether you want your subject inside playing games or outside near the water (day or night), the Edge is a bulls-eye for a fun setting.
This is the only place out of the five where I used an off camera flash (OCF). The flash worked well for the billiards pictures, but I felt like it didn’t work as well for the wood wall pictures. For the billiards picture, I placed the OCF on the billiards table and tilted it up towards the subject’s face to eliminate some shadows. I had my ISO at 4000, f-stop at f/4.0, and shutter speed at 1/640sec. For the wood wall pictures, I placed the OCF on a table to my right of the subject and pointed it straight at the subject. I kept my f-stop at f/4.0 but changed my ISO to 1000 and my shutter speed to 1/500sec.
By the Fountain
Since there is a limited selection of shots available here, you’ll have to get creative. Not only is the fountain aesthetically pleasing, but the surrounding flowers and plants can be used for a nice floral background.
Because I took these at about an hour or two before sunset, the light changed drastically from shot to shot. Because the light changed so much, I kept my shutter speed at 1/125sec and adjusted the ISO and f-stop accordingly. A good tip for portrait photographers is to never have your shutter speed below 1/125sec because below that, any small movement can become blurry.
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
Inside the library are rows of bookshelves that can be used to help make your pictures symmetrical. Get creative and experiment with angles and camera settings for some interesting pictures.
As far as lighting goes, the bookshelves are terrible for natural lighting. I had to turn my ISO way up between 3200 and 6400 depending on the shot. I later applied a little bit of noise reduction in editing.
My f-stop was constant at f/4.0 and my shutter speed stayed between 1/125sec and 1/160sec. I would recommend using the previous approach of keeping shutter speed constant at 1/125sec and adjusting the ISO accordingly.
(All images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark iii and EF 24-105mm Canon lens)