Sunday, July 21, 2013

Moving On

Hey friends, I have moved from this blog over to my own site for the time being. You can see everything about shooting, techniques, classes and workshops, books, etc, on my portfolio site:

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Read My Interview in PhotographyBB Magazine

I am pleased to be the featured photographer in issue 27 of PhotographyBB magazine. Keep Reading: Full Post and Comments!

Monday, April 5, 2010

How to Light the Big Industrial Shot

I had an assignment to shoot this photograph for an annual report and as always, I try to avoid photographing exclusively with available light. The reason is that available light in a manufacturing plant rarely compliments a scene that requires good lighting for an effective photograph. On the other hand it is difficult to use artificial light exclusively and have the scene look believable as well, so I use a combination of both ambient and strobe.

The image below shows the scene before I have setup a single light. There is detail everywhere and that is good but ceiling lights are blown out and some of the shadow areas need to be brighter. My approach is to add some overall broad additions to the lighting and some selective spots as well. Here is how I did it.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Interview on Lensflare35

I have the pleasure of being featured today on Lensflare35 a podcast featuring professional photographers. Keep Reading: Full Post and Comments!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Photographing the Industrial Valve and Faking It

I have a client that makes valves for the industrial markets. When I visited the company plant they asked me to shoot among other things, a new valve they had just launched into the market.

I could have just set it on a table and shot it or on seamless but they wanted a photo that looked like a real installation. The problem was there was no installation here to photograph and they did not want to spend money sending me to a client location.

Instead we faked it and here is how.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

How to Get a Ringflash Look Without a Ringflash

Ring lights, aka ring flash, have been popular and in style for years. They offer a nice soft quality of light and when your subject is against the background you get a shadow around your subject.
These were originally designed for macro and medical photography, but these days are used in fashion photography as well as general people and portrait situations.

I like the ring light look but also feel it is trendy and will fall in and out of style. Both Canon and Nikon make ring lights as well as some third party manufacturers. There is also the Ray Flash which works with your existing flash unit.

These small units have small guide numbers and are not very powerful making them good for fairly close-up subjects. Several major lighting manufacturers make ring lights, such as Calumet, that have substantially more power. The prices are around $2700 and I don’t feel I would get the use from one at that price. Here is how I lit my Santa with a ring flash look.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Black Hills Photo Shootout

I am pleased to announce that I will be joining George Lepp, Les Voorhis, and other distinguished photographers leading a wide variety of workshops at this first annual event.

The Black Hills Photo Shootout is the brainchild of the Senior Photographer, Chad Coppess, of the South Dakota Department of Toursim.

Workshops incluide Photoshop, Nature Photography, Ghost Towns, Widlife Photography, and more. Keep Reading: Full Post and Comments!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Big Yellow Pipes

Industrial photography often has you looking for locations amongst ugly and filthy environments. Often clients will tell me that they want to shoot at a certain location but they have no idea what there is to photograph the subject in front of or within the surroundings.

This client led us out to a site of a natural gas facility and when I saw this yellow pipe I thought this is the spot. There was nothing else there for the most part.

Once I shot a test shot and showed it to the client she liked the shot and was convinced. Here is the setup.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

More HDR Fun in Anza Borrego

When I am not on assignment or doing post production on client work and can break away for more than a day, I love traveling and shooting the landscape. Then using all the cool tools and plugins for really messing up an otherwise normal image.

I shot this image in Anza Borego last year on my way back from California. Images that dont have a deadline seem to sit patiently on the hard drive until I get so board with the lack of creativity that each day seems to bring, I decide to look for an image and work on it.

Here is this Agave that I decided to shoot.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Photographing Elise with the Octodome

I recently had a shoot with a young lady in the studio and wanted to achieve the soft, flat look using a large light source.

I chose to use my 7' Photoflex Octodome which a great light source if you want a large soft light quality. I have also used it for shooting large groups of people because it has such a large coverage area.

I placed the Octodome over camera and then just to the side a little to add a faint shadow next to the nose.

I then added another monolight next to the camera with diffusion material over it and to act as a fill light and had it set to -1 from the Octodome. Here is the diagram.
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