Friday, October 28, 2011

Guy With Camera T-shirts!

I heart GWC!

Just when you couldn't get enough GWC, now you can wear GWC stuff too! I mean, it was about time right?

I heart GWC!

Seriously though, I have been looking for a way to support the site for a while now, and I wanted to stay away from ads and anything that would come off as annoying. I also like a good ironic T-shirt. So it was a no-brainer...and now guy with camera T-shirts are here! Every T-shirt I sell supports the site and the bottomless money-pit that is photography.

I heart GWC!

I heart GWC!

There are a few other designs already up on the GWC T-shirt site. And don't worry guys, there are more designs coming soon, especially for all the photographers out there!

Above, Pamela Bell is sporting the I heart GWC Tee in size small!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Enough blah blah blah about the lighting already!



I don't always have to write all this stuff about lighting and other nonsense. Sometimes I just want to put up some pictures and be done with it. Don't believe me? How's this...







See, told you I could do it!




(cough)...on-camera flash...(ahem)

dammit!

Model: Usherka
MUA: Airah Morena

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Goldilocks

Goldilocks

I found her sleeping in my bed...and to top it off, all of the porridge was gone!

Goldilocks

Goldilocks
I think my 5DII is messed up and has a light leak?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The answer to the lighting challenge!



Last week I posted this picture on facebook and another one here on the blog, and wanted to see who could reverse engineer the lighting. It's a good exercise to try when you see a picture you like, since it helps you think about the way light behaves, and can allow you to figure out and learn from other people's work...how to recreate the lighting and so forth. Hey, it's not like most pictures you see in magazines or on billboards come with behind-the-scenes info in them! Plus it's fun when you get the answer right!

I only got a few responses on the facebook page, and both people came pretty close. I wasn’t surprised that no one got the exact setup…it was somewhat of an unusual one!

Here is another shot, taken with the same setup:



So where to begin? Let's start with the main light...first thing that you notice is that it's very big, which you can tell from the very soft shadows where her arm bends and on the skin by the shirt seams etc. Big light relative to the subject yields softness. Another clue is the background...which is one of those blue wood barriers around construction sites (the ones that usually say "POST NO BILLS")...which is lit uniformly as a result of a huge light source far away from the wall. You can also guess that it is on-axis (with the camera lens) since there really are no shadows on her face at all.

The next clue is in the eyes, which are the place to look if you're trying to reverse engineer lighting! In Kendra's eyes there are actually two clues. The first is a dead giveaway: you can actually see the giant light source itself as a catch light and you can again tell it is on-axis since the reflection is right in the middle of the eye. The second way to tell it is on- axis just by looking at the eyes is that you can see my reflection right in the middle of her eye, as a slit-like area where there is no catch light, since I am standing in between the light source and the model!

So we have established that the main light is a single huge light source on camera axis. What could be that big as to also illuminate the wall behind her? You can tell it's not the 60-inch umbrella I own since you can't see spokes in the catch lights. An 8-foot octabox could do it, but c'mon, I have a budget to adhere to and that is just not something you carry around outdoors! Likewise, it could probably be a softlighter or something similar, but I don't have one of those either! A big translucent scrim or a white sheet or shower curtain with some strobes blasting through it would work too, and can be done on the cheap, but that's not what I used here.



OK, OK, enough already...I'll show you what it was!

Behind the scenes!

We turned a corner and were probably going to end the shoot at that point, but instead we randomly found these big light cubes and just had to do something with them! It turns out that the other sides were open and they apparently sell clothes and stuff inside the cube thingy, but one of them also doubled as a pretty neat huge softbox. And they meet the definition of "available light" being that they were available for me to shoot in front of :)

As for the hair/rim light that you see off to camera right, that was just a bare strobe on a V.A.L. about ten feet back to camera right, held by my pal Frank.



Wasn't that fun? I think I will do little contests like these once and a while and totally at random, only next time there will be a prize! Maybe a custom photoshop action made by yours truly, or something else cool that I have on the way (ooo! mystery prizes!) The only catch is that I will announce these contests on my facebook page first, so facebook fans will get a several-day head start! And the first correct response wins it! So go over and become a fan on facebook won't cha?

Model: Kendra Richards
MUA: Tatyana @ Visage Allure
Assistant: Franklin Abreu

Friday, October 14, 2011

GWC the book?

GWC: Volume I

Well not exactly...it's not like it's in the library or anything. But for my real birthday (which happens to be today), my very thoughtful wife compiled my first year of blog posts and published them as a book! She did this secretly, at nights or when I wasn't home..so needless to say I was very surprised!

GWC: Volume I

GWC: Volume I

It was really neat to see one year of posts all in one place, and it made me realize a few things. I write more than I thought I did! Some of the entries were a few typed pages without pictures, which is funny because as of late I have been trying to make the blog more about the pictures and less about the verbiage. I also realized that I don't print stuff as often as I should. There is just something tangible and satisfying about holding a book in your hands and not reading everything off a computer screen. Same goes for prints of photos...all this fancy technique so I can look at a picture on the computer screen...what's up with that? Also, if the internet ever goes kaput, GWC will be safely preserved in paper format for future generations to enjoy! But in all seriousness, seeing the blog printed and bound made it feel more significant for some reason...more of a cohesive thing and less like my random ramblings.

GWC: Volume I

So needless to say, GWC: Volume II is going to be next. If I am lucky it will have another intro written by Mrs. GWC. Oh, I didn't mention the intro already? Well she wrote a super-loving and supportive little dedication in the beginning and that made me a little sappy when I read it. Whatever, it's my birthday and I can get sappy if I want to, especially in my old age...

Thanks babe :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Just do what you know





From the time you notice that the sky looks pretty, you have about 2 minutes to catch it and then the light is gone. Speed light into a white umbrella on a light stand held up high...no time to think about getting fancy.

Speaking of lighting stuff:



How was this lit? Hint, it was shot outdoors after the sun was completely down (as in, it was dark outside.) All the clues you need to figure it out are in the picture itself and you can reverse engineer the lighting that way!

I posted another example on my facebook page taken with the same setup...so go over there and be my friend and take a guess! Winner gets mad props on my blog, but in the future I will have fun little contests like these with actual cool giveaways, and facebook fans will get first dibs! You know what to do :) GWC facebook page

Model: Kendra Richards
MUA: Tatyana @ Visage Allure
Assistant: Franklin Abreu
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