Thursday, January 27, 2011

Addicted to RSS

This little symbol has been my newest's called an "RSS feed" and it rules! What happens when you click on this icon is that it lets you follow updates on whatever page you clicked it on. So instead of randomly checking your favorite blogs and websites every so often (most of the time to see that nothing has been updated), you can log into whatever reader site you choose and everything that is updated is automatically there for you to see.

I use the google reader in gmail but most email providers have a reader, or there are all types of them that you can download. You can hook this up to your iPhone or iPad or whatever you have and read on the go too.

RSS feeds

Above is a screen grab of part of my RSS list in google reader. I think I subscribe to about 50 photography blogs and sites by now, and the list keeps growing! I use the "reeder" app on the iPad to view them and it's like reading a magazine of only the stuff you're interested in.

This is by far the dorkiest post I think I have put up on here...but I am one-third dork, so there! So get clicking on some RSS icons today...there is one at the top of this page just to the right of the address bar to get you started!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some recent work: headshots.

Just some recent headshots here...some variations on a simple lighting setup.

This is the basic setup for the shot above...just one main light, and a light on the background for spray, and some reflectors in close.

Add a hairlight back on the left and you get this.

And to brighten it up a little, I moved the main light closer and more centered, and kept the hairlight and reflectors the same.

That's it, just some simple variations on a theme...

Model: Alex Sasha Reheylo

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Clamshell lighting

This is the last behind the scenes post from this shoot. I used what is referred to as "clamshell lighting" as the main light here. As you can imagine, a clamshell is basically 2 large light sources arranged from above and below like the open shell of a clam. The model stands in the middle, and you shoot from between the 2 lights. This sounds too here is a picture of the setup to make things much clearer!

setup shot

It makes it much easier to use this kind of lighting if you have a boom arm and can float the big main top light above without needing the stand directly underneath it...I, however did not have one of those yet, so I just had to carefully position myself so that I was right next to the light stand and it was just out of the frame. Incidentally, I just got a cool boom arm for Christmas...woohoo!

Clamshell lighting gives a nice flattering light that still manages to sculpt the face and cheeks and provide a good amount of wraparound lighting. The top light and the bottom light can be in different ratios: I made the top light 1 stop brighter than the bottom (2:1 ratio), but a 1:1 also works. You could even use a reflector as the bottom light, then the ratio would be more like 4:1 or 3:1 or so. Just make sure that the bottom light is never more powerful than the top light, unless you're going for that zombie look with reversed shadows under the eyes and all that...

The gradient on the background is provided by using a small speedlight directly on the background. This is sometimes called a "spray light." I just played with the power and position of the light until I got a subtle gradient going...not too much science here! Just wanted something to help separate her gray shirt from the gray-appearing background.

Well that is pretty much it from this shoot! Yay!

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
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