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
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