So one of the downsides to living in a dorm is that they’re quite possibly the most boring looking rooms in existence. This isn’t too big of a problem because normally I try to shoot most of my photos outside. However, when all of your free time is when the sun has already gone down and it’s winter, the idea of taking a tripod outside to shoot at night with a slow shutter speed is incredibly unappealing. So this quarter I’ve been learning a lot of methods to try and disguise the ugly locations I’ve been taking photos in (aka my dorm room). Usually I’ve just been shooting with a really shallow depth of field and playing with the colors of the bokeh, but recently I’ve been a real big fan of using light to separate my subject from my background. In these photos I shoved toothpicks into an old to go box and played around with light angles in order to see what kind of cool shadows I could get in addition to masking the fact this was taken at my desk.