How To Organize A Mass Photoshoot (In Under 2 Weeks)

Hey guys,

Benjamin “Von Wong” Montreal Based photographer here to write a quick article on what it’s like to put together a Mass Photoshoot with two week deadline.

Les Artisans d'Azure - Ride to freedom

[udi: Ben is leaving for a super awesome photography collaboration trip funded via indiegogo, if you like stuff like this, go and check it out]

First off, what is a mass photoshoot? Well I consider it a photoshoot that involves more than 10 people. In this instance, I successfully organized a massive medieval photoshoot with over 40 models, in a medieval village over one hour thirty minutes away from the city. Despite rain and a forecast of -3 degrees we still had a 90% turn-out rate. Quite amazing for a photoshoot in which nobody was paid! [Read more...]

Shooting For Friends And Family

This is not a DIY kinda post, it is more related to my career as a photographer. If you here for the nuts and bolts, move along, nothing to see. If you are starting out as a photographer, I think this will be super relevant and valuable for you.

Having walked the path of “What’s that black button for?” to “Chin down, eyes to me” over the last three years, one of the things that I had to struggle with is how to handle friends and family who ask for discounts (some will ask for  a 100% discount :).

The next video by the awesome Jasmine Star pretty much sums up what I think is the best approach to handling this awkward situation.

Jasmine’s advice breaks into two parts, one that fits the “I’ll shoot anything that will stand in front of my lens” phase where you are benefited from sharpening your skills and spreading the word about your talent. And one that fits the phase where you move on to establishing a business where you need to be more aware of your time.

As Jasmine explains it may be hard, but it is best to have “the conversation”. To me this makes perfect sense in the way that you will probably not ask your carpenter friend for a free table.

How do you handle friends discounts? Share with us in the comments

[Photo Discounts + Booking Policy via slr lounge] [Read more...]

Use Open Source Software To Emulate Every Possible Lighting

One of the ways to understand how light works in photographs is to do basic exercises. We did one way by creating the portrait lighting cheat sheet that shows how positioning a single light effect a portrait, others have done similar stuff with an egg.

Photographer Pat David had another idea. Using a CC-BY 3D scan by Infinite Realities and an open source 3D modeling software called Blender 3D (Blender is darn near real rendering engine, it can even mimic shaped bokeh), he started to play with positioning various light sourced around the scanned head.

Use Open Source Software To Emulate Every Possible Lighting [Read more...]

Setting A Model On Fire. Twice.

Setting A Model On Fire. Twice.

Benjamin Von Wong is no stranger to this blog. In his latest installment Ben shares how he lit his model on fire.

For me it was very interesting to watch this BTS as it is a second run of shoot that did not go well for Ben, which at least for me, sends out a clear message about pushing yourself and not giving up. It was also interesting to see that Ben did not fled the windy conditions that interfered with his first shoot but embraced that in the second one.

Watch both this man on fire BTS and the previous one after the jump. (New one first, older second). [Read more...]

Nasty In Vegas (A Post-PMA Post)

Nasty In Vegas (A Post-PMA Post)

Having the opportunity to visit the industry at PMA and CES this year was rad, but what was even radder was the chance to meet and have fun with a few of my personal industry heroes, Zeke of Nice Photo Mag, Matt of Nasty Clamps and James of Orbis. We spent some time talking gear and the industry but having spent too much time confined in the show rooms, Zeke and I need some venting. We took a Nasty Clamp a Canon s100 and an strobe and roamed the strip. Having limited gear, we wanted to see what we can come up with.

What started as a fun (yet cold) evening ended with security kicking us out of the boardwalk for taking professional photographs, but I am getting ahead of myself. [Read more...]