So here's an update while I am work(probably not supposed to do this)
I pretty much program in RPG all day and be lazy so life is good!
Here are some pictures I have taken of Cake Injection(expect more soon, just so busy) and my GF Candace(which I will re-edit this weekend and post again since I edited on a 13-inch macbook with no mouse).
I've been meaning to update this but life has gotten pretty busy. Not to mention I just landed a computer programming job which I am pretty excited about so money won't be so much of a stress machine than before. This month I have shot weddings, promos, couples, yada yada.
Also, I am starting like primes more than anything else which is a good change for me I think.
Also, me and my girlfriend are starting a funday photo blog where we will take 1 creative portrait of each other once a week. I think this will help me grow creatively and get me better at lighting as well. So keep an eye out for that. http://fundayphotos.blogspot.com is the URL so you should follow that because we put it into action starting this week!
Enjoy the rest of May everyone, and thank you for supporting me!
Quick video on how I got some of the images. It was cold and I did not feel like having to plug in three alienbees so I went with my trusty speedlights since I didn't require too much power. I would have liked to use umbrellas/softboxes as rim but I can't always have my way.
This shoot was overall fun and laid back. No pressure at all and just having at it with my lights. Needless to say it WAS pretty damn cold and a little windy but we managed to get through the day. Overall I believe we did about 5 outfit changes and 3 makeup changes.. I think, summed up to about a 7 hour day but by now I am definitely used to it. Also, big thanks to Justin(7citiesphoto) who helped me the entire day and helped record behind the scenes video. SO YES, I will be making a behind the scenes video finally! I am pretty excited so we'll see how awful my editing is.
Got a chance to shoot with William Coyle who is an awesome local photographer and storm chaser. ONLY bad part was that we were shooting 30mph winds on a beach which was the worst idea ever haha. I had my lights setup but the wind did not want to cooperate so natural light + reflectors the rest of the day. These shots just consist of a newlywed couple and their best friend. Overall I am happy with these, it feels good to not shoot with flashes all the time :)
Yet another "triple team" with my friends Jason and Jessica. Xanthia came in from California and she was awesome to work with, very easy going and yada yada yada. Anyways Jason just got two new backdrops so we put those to use. And as usual the awesome Elizabeth Tolley came up and helped with make up and hair.
I haven't really shot in a studio setting in a while so it was a challenge at first to control all the damn light spill. I also intentionally left my ri
ngflash at home so I was forced to figure something out without it, worked out swell. For the grey backdrop shot I went with just one beauty dish and controlled the light spill onto the backdrop behind her to give it a little depth and also make it a really dark color. I was thinking about some rims but I would definitely need flags to control spill as well as lens flare since the room was small.
For this shot I ended up using a total of 4 lights. SO GLAD I didnt sell my 2 other sb800's those things are a lifesaver when you need some quick fill. I wasn't too happy with the rim lighting on her left but what can ya do, I'll perfect it next time.
Lighting: beauty dish above camera to the left rim high left behind model rim low behind right with reflective umbrella 1 fill below camera to the left
So I finally got to work with Porcelain from North Carolina. Me and a friend JMB double teamed it up again and Jason later stopped by. I think I was there for a total of 8 hours which was in a way mind numbing o.O
Jessica had 3 different looks and on top of that makeup, hair, and latex. I like to sit around and watch people shoot so it wasn't so bad, plus elizabeth tolley came up yet AGAIN so it was fun to conversate. Actually, shes on her way up here AGAIN since we are shooting Xanthia Doll from California tomorrow / Tuesday. I think it's going to be me, JMB, and stuntkid so I am pretty excited. I need to figure out a lighting scheme as well since I have been WAY too lazy.
Anyways back to Porcelain. I think I started shooting like 945 10pm time frame so I was pretty fried in my brain. I started out wanting to use my beauty dish then made a last minute decision to use my ringflash. I was extremely happy with how it turned out with Raquel Reed(see previous posts for picture) I decided I want to do just ONE more like it. I don't want to get TOO redundant so this will probably be my last shot like this ever... could be lying.
I ended up editing two and may be editing one more once Kayla confirms with me which one she likes best. hope you like!
So not too long ago I hooked up with a band named Andover. We decided we were going to shoot at this abandoned warehouse I was familiar with in downtown Norfolk. I think the last time I was there was about a month or so ago and it was pretty wide open, upon our arrival there was a damn barb wire fence surrounding the whole place. It wasn't so bad since our first shot was outside so we didn't have to deal with any fence jumping. The next shot the guys wanted to get to the other side so we crawled around the edge by the water and I threw my gear over the fence which was BEYOND nerve wrecking by the way.
Anyways, as far as lighting I kept it simple again with 1 main. I would have liked a beauty dish to cover the other half of them but I was by myself and with all that gear its not going to happen. The band was fun to work with and it went by quick and smooth. Good times :)
So my WINDOWS computer crashed again.. so I sucked it up and bought a 24" iMAC which is a dreammmm. Editing on it is so much easier on the eyes.
At any rate I recently did a shoot for a band called the Atlantic. I used to be in a band with these guys before so it was a fun laid back shoot. It was cold as hell outside but we managed.
ATTENTION!! I am becoming less of a fan of a lot of lights so I kept it simple with 1 main light to create some dramatic shadows/underexposing jibberish. I am getting tired of the rim light deal although I am still fond of the look.
Also, I have 3 pretty awesome models lined up so I am excited to see what we come up with. To be honest I never know what I am going to shoot until I arrive on the scene, but shh! I'll be working with the oh so awesome Elizabeth Tolley again, I swear we make a great double team. I'll be shooting along side 2 other awesome photogs JMB and stuntkid so I look forward to the adventuressss.
well here are the shots, they are small but just click and it will forward you to my flickr.
Had to shoot the boys in We Were Gentlemen again. They just got signed to Century Media so they need new pictures for there promotional campaign. This time I had a lot more equipment! We did two days of shooting, one in the back of Jillians in an empty ballroom type area, and one the next day in an abandoned warehouse that Natchez showed me.
anyways, heres the shots. if you need to view lighting just click the images, they will take you straight to my flickr!
Unfortunately, seems like they are not happy with the shots I provided which astounds me completely. Can't please em all I guess.
About time for another update since my dog won't shut up and let me go back to sleep.
A couple friends(JMB, Stuntkid) and I had a little triple team action and shot a model Raquel Reed from NYC. We got to shoot in an abandoned building which is soon to be renovated. The place was about 3 - 4 floors of sweetness. I ended up shooting last of the three since I had to back class.... exactly.
Elizabeth Tolley was awesome enough to drive up from Charlotte, NC, we are such an awesome team I swear. And Jason(Stuntkid) got Al Kelly who is awesome with hair.
I am kind of glad I shot last because I tried at least 4 light setup before actually shooting Raquel. 3 of which I thought up in my head but had ended up looking nothing like I thought it would. Anyways, I ended up using my abr800 as main and 2 strobes to each side highlighting the wall and her frame a little bit. I am overall happy with these shots, the colors pop out perfectly just like I imagined them too.
First things first.. never shoot at the beach during the winter with 20 mph + winds.
SUCKS THE BALLS!
Anyways, I seem to have more and more bands contacting me for shoots which is pretty cool. I have a pretty big shoot coming up at the end of the month so hopefully I do my part on that one. I am getting a little off topic so let me get my thoughts back on track.
Dead Thoughts Memory is a local hardcore band and they are pretty awesome. This shot is one of the TWO we got that night because I raised my white flag to the high winds and cold weather. Setting up a large softbox started to become a pain and my hands were close to frozen.
I wanted to keep the light very simple but very dramatic at the same time so I stuck with 1 light source. I ended up using an AB1600 and a Large softbox(thanks Candace, love you!)
But yeah here are the shots.. I mean here is the shot. We are shooting again this week and I am stoked because I am tired of shooting at night time! Stay tuned..