Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card 2010

Here is our Christmas card for this year...I would love to send it to you all, but that's not in the 2010 GWC budget :) We tried to make it more ridiculous than last year's card: hopefully we succeeded! It was really hard to hold the Mrs. over my head like that and balance on that comically-small ladder, but we nailed it on the first take. After all, we are seasoned professionals...

Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fashion time...BTS, part duex!



Short and sweet...this is how it's done!

One big bare flash for some edgy popping light. Big crazy shadows on the ground give away the hard light and the angle and position of the light. This is a B800 with the 7" reflector-my new monolight!

A monolight is just a self-contained strobe that plugs into the wall. The advantage over small flashes is power and super-quick recycle time!



Make sure to get the exposure right by using a flash meter. Hard shadows can be cool!



Speaking of hard shadows...this was shot with just a bare speedlight handheld just above the camera lens and connected with a PC sync cord. At f/13, anything not in the path of the light goes almost black. If I shot this against a flat white wall, there would be almost no shadows anywhere (like you see with her shoulders above). But I already had the big seamless up, and one can only stand so close to the background since the paper at the bottom is sweeping up off the floor in an arc...and if you stand on the part that is off the floor the paper rips and/or comes crashing down! So by necessity, Mollie had to stand about a foot away from the seamless. Hence the big shadows behind her...Still looks pretty cool though!

to be continued!

Credits:
Model: Mollie Komins
MUA: Cassidy Renee Boch
Wardrobe provided by CURE Thrift Shop
Styling: Lizzie Altman

Fashion time part 1, part 2, part 3
Behind the scenes part 1, part 2, part 3

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fashion time...part three!



I was going to post more BTS lighting stuff today, but I figured I'd change it up and show the rest of the pictures first! So, without further verbiage, here they are...














Yup, she's a jumper!

Model: Krissy Bordas
MUA: Pamela Kalechofsky
Wardrobe provided by CURE Thrift Shop
Styling: Lizzie Altman


Fashion time part 1, part 2, part 3
Behind the scenes part 1, part 2, part 3

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bounce video...closure.

Last year I* made a cool video called "Bouncing Light in NYC" for a lighting-technique competition organized by the photography site LIME. Well the long-overdue results are finally being released...



I got fourth place.

The prize is a California Sunbounce Micro-Mini. Not as cool as a trip to Belgium, but it is a nice piece of gear and it will definitely get some good use shooting headshots and all sorts of stuff soon!

Here is the announcement on the new California Sunbounce blog too.

All in all, the video was a great experience. It was the first time I tried to do something instructional like that. It was a blast to make. It got about 13,700 hits on YouTube so far, and tons of wonderful comments from people all over the world. And now I have a fun new toy to play with!

*Thanks again to Carmine for filming/editing, Dave for assisting, and Valerie for modeling. Couldn't have made the video without you guys (and girls.) I am glad to have closure on this thing and can finally stop having to hear "so what ever happened to that contest you entered?"

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fashion time...Edginess!



After we did the more commercial and straightforward shots, it was time to kick it up a little and do something more edgy. We had some cool outfits that we pulled from the thrift shop and Cassidy, our MUA (make up artist) did an amazing job on the make up...heavy smokey eyes, and striking red lips.



We started out with the huge sweater with some funky red shoes, and went from there. Used a few different lighting techniques, but that is for another post: for now just check out the pictures!




Yes, those are leather shorts with suspenders attached if you were wondering...




A change of outfits and some amazing posing make this shot one of my favorites!


Models that can fly are a plus too!



Having a great team to work with is essential to pulling off a shoot like this in a short time frame, and keeping the energy levels up the whole time. After the shoot, Mollie said how the make up made her feel like she was a different person...a character that could pull off all those dramatic poses and intense looks like it was a normal thing to do! Lizzie from CURE helped us pick all the outfits in the days before the shoot and then kept everything moving along seamlessly on the day of the shoot. We ended up shooting about 10+ looks on two models in a little under 5 hours. There is no way that would have been possible without a lot of help and organization courtesy of Lizzie! As far as my role in keeping things moving, I made the flow between the lighting setups as streamlined as possible, I planned out everything I wanted to do in the weeks before the shoot, and I picked out all the kickass music (yeah!).

There is more on the way in terms of lighting and behind the scenes...as well as another model and MUA, so stay tuned! As a matter of fact, the best way to keep updated is to join my facebook page (the link is at the top right of this page) or subscribe to the RSS feed (shameless plugs here).

Credits:
Model: Mollie Komins
MUA: Cassidy Renee Boch
Wardrobe provided by CURE Thrift Shop
Styling: Lizzie Altman

Fashion time part 1, part 2, part 3
Behind the scenes part 1, part 2, part 3

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fashion time...BTS



BTS of course meaning "behind the scenes." Here is the picture of the lighting setup used for most of the shots that look like the one above. One big light source on the left, and a big reflector on the right. That's it!

bts

More specifically, the big light is an Alien Bees B800 monolight (320 Ws) and is fired into a photoflex 60" satin-white umbrella. Satin-white is halfway between real silver and real white...sort of a highly-reflective white. At half power it gave me f/8-ish at about 6 feet from the subject. It's about 6 feet off the ground and at an angle (as you can see!) Attached is a cyber sync radio trigger. Then there is the ginormous reflector over to camera right (thanks for lending it to me Manny!) When I was shooting I moved it closer towards me and in towards the model, but in the shot above it was moved out of the way. It gave a little fill from the main light, but I didn't meter it to know how much.

The backdrop is a 9-foot roll of white seamless paper that I lugged in to the studio. Good times...



The setup for the above shot, and most of the portrait shots was very similar to what I showed above. I wanted to use a lighting setup that I could "flow" into easily from the full length shots, so I could shoot some portraits with somewhat different lighting but not need 10 minutes to set everything up and break the momentum of the shoot. So, I just moved the umbrella in closer, and the reflector too, and added a smaller reflector just below the models waist, silver side up for more fill. So the one main light is really the only source used, but there is fill from the right and from below.

bts

This is pretty much the setup, although there was an outfit change obviously!

And that's that...nice lighting from one huge source and some reflectors used a couple of different ways. Full-body and portraits with one light. The 60" umbrella is the real star here, since it is so big and can really give a soft light that covers a whole person at six or eight feet away. Can't do that with bare strobes or little umbrellas! Relative size of the light=softness. Would the light have been softer and better with something like a 7-foot octabox? Sure thing, but there is that budget thing I need to consider...damn!

Model: Mollie Komins
MUA: Cassidy Renee Boch
Wardrobe: Cure Thrift Shop
Stylist (and reflector holder!): Lizzie Altman

Bunch more to come soon!

Fashion time part 1, part 2, part 3
Behind the scenes part 1, part 2, part 3

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fashion time.



Here is the story in a nutshell. Guy likes camera. For his birthday present, Girl (loving wife) rents a studio for Guy for a full day to use said camera. Guy thinks this is an awesome gift but doesn't know what to do with a full day in a studio. Guy calls Cure Thrift Shop and asks if they have any fashionable things they want to lend him. They say "yes, lots!" Guy says "you are cool!" Guy finds some models, make-up artists, and Cure sends an awesome stylist over to the studio. Pictures happen.













Surprise ending! Guy finds out that the studio not a photo studio, but instead is a dance studio and he brings in all the equipment and everything else himself and sets it all up from scratch! And he took a bunch of setup shots of the place and the lighting and all that, and will share it with you soon!

Model: Mollie Komins
Make-up Artist: Cassidy Renee Boch
Wardrobe: Cure Thrift Shop
Stylist: Lizzie Altman

I shot a few more looks with Mollie, and then did a whole bunch more with another model, so there will be TONS on the way...stay tuned!

Fashion time part 1, part 2, part 3
Behind the scenes part 1, part 2, part 3

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More headshots!

Headshots!
Actor Adrian Winther



Guys need headshots too! These were shot outdoors back last month when the weather was nice. Lighting is diffused open-sky with a white reflector held in the subject's lap, filling in any shadows. That's pretty much it. It's easy when it's warm and sunny out! Guys are twice as easy: no need for make-up artists and all that jazz...just bring your face, I'll bring my camera, and that's that!

Nowadays, I'm taking to the studios where it's warm and I can make my own lighting. No need to wait for the sun to do it's thing...who has time for that? Plus, we can listen to our own music...really, really loud!

More to come...

Monday, November 8, 2010

NYC Musician Romy Elliott

Romy

Here is some new work! I shot a few weeks ago with Romy Elliott again for some new promotional material for her music. Her site is coming together now and she needed some updated pictures! We choose to shoot out and about in her neighborhood, on her rooftop, in the surrounding streets, and in some cool spots that she knew.

Romy

Romy
breakin' the law, breakin' the law!

Romy

Romy

Romy
since Romy is originally from Amsterdam, we thought this would be fitting...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Food in Italy (It's Good!)

Pasta DiGandolfo

In Italy, there was sooooo much great food to be eaten, and we ate tons of it! From the street food, to the restaurants-even the highway rest stops-the food was just amazing everywhere. The whole attitude towards food there was different too...people weren't rushing around with grease-soaked bags of fast food, running to work while drinking super-sized sodas. Food was for the most part prepared simply and with fresh ingredients.

Zucchini flowers
Zucchini flowers, a rare find in the US, were all over the place and in all kinds of delicious dishes!

Simple fresh seasonal ingredients were the real stars of the dishes in Italy. We finally tasted things like olive oil and tomatoes like it was the first time ever. Maybe it was the clean air, or the fact that we were drinking (lots of) good wine on a daily basis, or that we were on vacation and had no real responsibilities...hey, let's not put labels on things!

Mussels
These were the best mussels that we have ever had...we were starving after walking for hours, and found this place right on the water in Capri. BTW, mussels with garlic and white wine broth are best served with some good Italian beer and wine!

While in Ravello, which is a beautiful little town on the Amalfi Coast, we spent a day at Mamma Agata's Cooking School. This was definitely the food highlight of the trip! We spent the entire day there, starting out with delicious lemon cake and espresso while sitting on the outdoor terrace overlooking the coastline and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Lemon Cake
Lemon cake, this time with some homemade limoncello!

Then we were introduced to the family and Mamma Agata's charming daughter Chiara, who was our excellent hostess for the day. Here's what we made:

Farmer's pasta
Pasta of the Farmer

Pasta with sausage
Pasta with sausage and peppers

Mamma Agata
Mamma Agata shows us how it's done!

Mamma Agata
We made this amazing chicken dish again the first week we got home. It was that good!

Home grown veggies at Mamma Agata's
All the ingredients we used were grown on their farm, which extended all the way down to the sea! The importance of fresh ingredients cannot be overstated.

The cooking school was one of the highlights of the trip, and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Italy. All of the food was amazing! The memories, views, smells, flavors, and the people we met there were totally worth the cost. Not to mention that we came hungry, and left stuffed (we made lots of other things that I didn't get pictures of) and didn't eat anything for the rest of the day! (Unless you count the late-night gelato run, but no one counts gelato!)

We miss the wonderful people from Mamma Agata's Cooking School...but the good news is that we are seeing them again very soon! And you can too!!! They're in NYC right now, and will be signing their new cookbook tomorrow, November 2nd at Rizzoli Bookstore so come check them out! You can bet that we'll be there!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Just a quick fun shoot, testing out a new rental studio...figured a Halloween theme would be a good thing to try! Of course, I use the term "theme" very loosely: as you can see it's really just our model Maegan wielding a big knife from my kitchen, but I think it is pretty cool nonetheless!

Happy Halloween!
Maegan's other name is Ms. Stabby

Happy Halloween!
The background is white 9-foot wide seamless paper. It can look white, gray, or black depending on how you light it, how far the model is from the background, etc. This specific studio was a tad too small to make the white seamless go completely black: there was just not enough room between me and the background.

Happy Halloween!
Creepy.

Happy Halloween!
SCARY!!!!!

Happy Halloween!
Psychokiller!

The studio passed the test (it existed, and all the stuff worked)...and bonus points to me for not getting randomly searched on the subway while carrying an eight-inch chef's knife and a mask in my gear bag!

Happy Halloween everyone!
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