Athletic Portrait Lighting Breakdown + Getting Models

Last week I shot an athletic portrait session for emerging fitness model Kristin Cavarzan. 

In this article, I want to touch on the studio lighting setup that I like to use for athletic portraits, the benefit of using modeling lights, post production photo editing, the importance of unique photographs and where to find and hire models.

Fitness model athletic portrait

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Quintessential Moments

Oddly enough (or embarrassingly enough) it was actually a conversation in a movie that got me thinking about this topic recently.

“There are several quintessential moments in a man’s life– losing his virginity, getting married, becoming a father, and having the right girl smile at you.”

While we can endlessly debate what the quintessential moments in life are (as well as the philosophical merits of 1985’s “St. Elmo’s Fire), I think we can all agree that we have them. They are moments that define us. Benchmark moments along our timeline (NOT the Facebook kind) where we look back and see how something important about us or our lives took shape.

Lonely Tree, Guyer Photography

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The Arnosync Takes On Spot Photographs Of Flying Insects

It is not easy to photograph flying insects. Actually it is twice as not easy an anything else.

ArnoSync Mobile with Olympus XZ-1 - Front View

Firstly, if you are doing it really up close with a macro tube, and still want a sharp photo, you need to pin-point your (frantically flying) subject inside the Depth Of Field which can be a few mm wide. Secondly, if you want to increase the Depth Of Field, you close down the aperture and then you need more light, and need to sync a strobe.

Sounds pretty hard, right? Not if you have an ArnoSync. [Read more…]

How To Build A Square Light Beauty Rig

I have had and used a regular ring light and though I liked the even lighting it produced, it was not something I used often and when asked about selling it – I did. The smooth, clean KinoFlo fluorescent lighting effect on portrait subjects interested me; but a KinoFlo rig was out of my price range.

How To Build A Square Light Beauty Rig

One day while putzing around my garage and the remnants of my photography studio I found the makings of my own fluorescent lighting rig. [Read more…]

What I Miss About Film

I’m always fascinated when I meet a photographer who has never shot a roll of film. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean it in a critical way. I’ve fully embraced and invested in digital, just like you. Couldn’t do what I do without it. It’s just interesting to me, though, how so many photographers have never used one of the most basic elements in all of photography. I can’t (and don’t) blame them. It’s timing. The history of photography in general– and the digital age in particular– has come a very long way in a very short time. Cameras get smaller. Sensors get bigger. “iPhonography” is actually a thing. And don’t even get me started on some of the insanely impressive time-lapse photography going on out there. Exciting stuff.

And yet, I miss film.

1961 KOdak Retina Camera

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Old Cameras And Strobes Reborn As Beautiful Lighting Fixtures

Old cameras are often a thing of beauty. They are well curved, with every aspect both engineered and designed to the maximum.

Sadly with the advance of technology, those beautiful cameras and strobes are often forgotten on a shelf or in the attic, never to be seen again.

Old Cameras And Strobes Reborn As Beautiful Lighting Fixtures

Ystudio, a Japanese based studio transforms old photography objects into beautiful lighting fixtures and lamps. [Read more…]