Patrick Adds To His Port

Patrick Adds To His Port

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Patrick and I mapped out a shoot with a few looks and lighting setups for the purpose of building up his portfolio with images unlike what he already had. The shoot was so much fun and we produced some pretty stunning images. We started with headshots. Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100 Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100 Next, we shot some natural light portraits. This is one of my favorites. Great connection and a very strong image. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2, 1/400s, ISO 1000 As the final set of images, I added in some subtle background lighting effects to create these powerful, high contrast black and white images. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/320s, ISO 800 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/400s, ISO 800 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/400s, ISO 800 Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Elinchrom 600RX, Lupolux Daylight 1200 HMI... Read full article.
New And Beautiful Portraits of Liz

New And Beautiful Portraits of Liz

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Liz is a very talented hair and makeup artist. I’ve worked with her many times and her work is beautiful. She wanted to add some portraits of herself to use for business and marketing purposes, so we came up with a few ideas and had a great shoot. All images were lit with natural window light as the main light and a silver/white panel reflector for fill. The first two images were shot into a black corner and the last two were shot into a white corner. Lighting was almost identical. These are some of my favorites from that shoot. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/160s, ISO 1600 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/160s, ISO 1600 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/250s, ISO 1600 For this last shot, I pulled Liz forward to get that highlight in the hair, but the reflection of the window was no longer visible as a catch light in the eye. My solution was to add a 24 inch octa with a grid and directed it towards the eyes and face, coming from a similar direction as the window light. This gave me a great catch light and a nice glow in the face. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/200s, ISO 400 Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Genaray Monobright 1200, Impact Panel Reflector, Impact 24 inch Octa... Read full article.
Amelia Starts A Modeling Portfolio

Amelia Starts A Modeling Portfolio

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This is Amelia’s first photo shoot and the start of what could be a very promising career in modeling. When you’re beginning a modeling portfolio and you don’t yet have an agent or agency behind you, it can be very difficult to know what types of images work best. Based on my own experiences, I can safely say that the most important thing is to get your face seen, and to see some degree of versatility in expression and connection with the camera. The following series of images are some of my favorites from Amelia’s shoot. I think she’s off to a great start. [1] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/13, 1/160s, ISO 64 [2] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/14, 1/100s, ISO 64 [3] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/14, 1/100s, ISO 64 [4] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/14, 1/125s, ISO 64 [5] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 3200 [6] Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/14, 1/125s, ISO 64 Lighting I kept the lighting simple, using a large octabox as the main light (images 1, 2, 3, 4, 6) and a large silver/white panel reflector as fill. By adjusting and feathering the main light while using the reflector to control contrast, I was able to get very nice shadow transitions. I’m also using a small strip softbox with a grid as a hair light, giving a very nice and subtle highlight. Image #5 was shot using natural window light, and again, the panel reflector was used as a contrast control. Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Elinchrom 600RX, Impact 43 x 67 inch panel... Read full article.
Amye Gets New Headshots

Amye Gets New Headshots

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Amye needed some new headshots and we had a blast capturing these beautiful new images. Amye was a natural and gave me great expression and connection with the camera. I couldn’t ask for more. These are some of my favorites from the shoot. Lens & Camera Settings: 105mm, f/5, 1/200s, ISO 1600 Lens & Camera Settings: 105mm, f/5, 1/200s, ISO 1600 Lens & Camera Settings: 105mm, f/5, 1/200s, ISO 1600 Lighting was similar to other setups I’ve used with two horizontal strip softboxes in a clamshell configuration, except the lights were LED daylight balanced continuous instead of strobes. Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR, Genaray LED 750, Cheetah 14 x 55 inch Strip... Read full article.
New Headshots For Loralee

New Headshots For Loralee

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Loralee is an actor and it was a real pleasure shooting her new headshots. I could have photographed her all day, as she just kept giving me great expressions with lots of emotion and great connection with the camera. Lighting was a bit different than my normal headshot lighting and it turned out beautifully. I used a single continuous daylight balanced LED light in a 24 x 32 inch softbox as the main light, placed very close to Loralee and just out of frame. Two white reflectors were used for fill. One on the shadow side of the face and one under the chin. The results are beautiful. Have a look. Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1000 Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1000 Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1000 This last image is more of a portrait than a headshot but I couldn’t resist. The lighting changed a bit, eliminating the reflectors and positioning the softbox on-axis for a bit more contrast. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/200s, ISO 1000 Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Genaray LED 750, Photoflex 24 x 32 inch... Read full article.
Portraits Of Christine

Portraits Of Christine

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This was a fun shoot. Christine needed some headshots and portraits to add to her portfolio and I needed to shoot with some new LED continuous lights to see how they performed in real world shooting. A full review of these LED lights will follow in a separate blog article. I used an assortment of lighting setups, incorporating reflectors and natural window light to supplement the LED key light, and was able to create these beautiful images. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/320s, ISO 6400 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/7.1, 1/100s, ISO 2000 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.2, 1/250s, ISO 5600 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 1250 Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 1250 Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Genaray MonoBright LED 750, Lupolux Daylight 1200 HMI Fresnel, Cheetah Qbox30, 32 inch Collapsible White... Read full article.
Godox Portable Flash System Overview

Godox Portable Flash System Overview

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The Godox flash system has become hugely popular in a market that is exploding with portable and lightweight flashes, offering more power and better battery life than a standard Speedlight. Godox and Godox rebranded items can also be found under numerous other names including Cheetah, MoLight, Bolt (sold at B&H), Flashpoint (sold at Adorama), Witstro and Neewer (both sold on Amazon and ebay). There are probably more out there and by all accounts, the lights, batteries and accessories are all identical. This is my Godox portable flash system overview. System Overview The system in its most basic form is comprised of a flash and a battery pack. Unlike smaller hot shoe flash units, there are no internal batteries. These flashes use a 360 degree bare bulb flash tube that extends beyond the plastic housing for more even light distribution than a typical hot shoe flash. The flash has a built-in accessory mount that can accept a variety of light shaping modifiers and speed rings, not to mention brackets that will interface the flash with almost any third party light modifier. Cheetah Light CL-360 (front and back) and Cheetah L4500 Lithium Battery Pack Add the FT16 transmitter and FT16 receiver and you have radio triggering and remote control of power as well as several other features. The FT16 transmitter mounts to the hot shoe on your camera and the receiver mounts to the side of the flash via a USB connector. A new TTL version of the 360 and 2.4 GHz transceiver were just released. The receiver is now built in to the flash, but you can still use the older plugin... Read full article.
Studio Portraits Of Megan

Studio Portraits Of Megan

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Megan came to me for some portraits to be used for marketing her image and brand. We shot for a few hours and produced this series of images. Her expression and connection were really fantastic and I could have photographed her all day. This first image is a really great headshot with the feel of a contemporary portrait or beauty shot. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/160s, ISO 800 A longer shot with the same look, taken in the same location. An adjustment to the expression and a really flattering pose make this a beautiful portrait. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/200s, ISO 800 After changing the look and background, we shot this portrait. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.5, 1/80s, ISO 600 Another wardrobe change and a black background for this next one. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/3.5, 1/100s, ISO 2000 We wrapped things up with another change to the look and wardrobe. Megan did such a great job. Her expression and connection with the lens were consistent and the smile is so contagious. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 800 Lighting for these images was done with a combination or natural window light, a daylight balanced HMI fresnel and a large white reflector. Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Lupolux Daylight 1200 HMI Fresnel, DIY Large White... Read full article.
In The Boudoir With Jackie

In The Boudoir With Jackie

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I had already photographed Jackie’s beauty and head shots, and so, we had a rapport and comfortable working relationship that made this photo shoot a fantastic one. Boudoir can be so beautiful and tasteful and both Jackie and myself are so pleased with the images we created. All shots were lit with natural light or a Lupo Daylight 1200 HMI Fresnel. This first image was lit using window light behind Jackie and a large reflector in front of her, bouncing as much light as possible back in to the shot. By exposing for the subject (Jackie), the window and backlight blow out, giving it that angelic glow. Lens & Camera Settings: 50mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 3200 This next shot was lit with the Lupo HMI Fresnel with a blue diffusion gel for a softer look. Combine that with wide lens apertures for shallow depth of field, and you get a dreamy, sexy image. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/2, 1/500s, ISO 500 The last image was lit with the HMI Fresnel (no gel or diffusion) set to full flood for a nice crisp shadow edge on the background. Lens & Camera Settings: 85mm, f/4, 1/1000s, ISO 640 Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Lupo Daylight 1200 HMI Fresnel, DIY 48 x 87 Inch White Reflector... Read full article.
Headshots For An Entertainer

Headshots For An Entertainer

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Ron is not just a client. He was one of my very good friends from a long time ago, and through an interesting set of circumstances we re-establisehd contact and then decided to do a photo shoot to give him some new headshots that really represent him and are more current in terms of what the industry and casting directors want to see. Here are three of my favorite shots of this very talented actor and entertainer. Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100 Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100 Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100 I always get some fun and interesting outtake shots and this has to be one of the best. Lens & Camera Settings: 120mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100 I look forward to following Ron’s success and to photographing him every chance I get. Lighting for these headshots was almost identical to my signature setup but with men I tend to rotate the strip softboxes vertically and have them positioned to the left and right of the subject rather than top and bottom. Below is an image of the setup for this shoot. Gear Used: Nikon D810, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR, Elinchrom RX600, Elinchrom RX300, Elinchrom 14 x 35 inch Strip Softbox, Elinchrom Wide Angle... Read full article.

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