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!


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.


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!

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


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.


breakin' the law, breakin' the law!



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!

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!!!
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