Not long ago David X. Tejada (blog, site) posted a video showing his setup for a firm executive shot. You can watch the video at the end of this post. One thing that I believe pushes me forward as a photographer is learning the techniques of great photographers like David X. Tejada, and then apply them on creative ideas that I have. Note that for this learning technique to work, you can not copycat an image (there is another technique of trying to reproduce an image to learn the lighting, but that is another story).
After Just Fab introduced her fabulous Ghetto Studio, which was a ghetto setup for the butterfly lighting (AKA Glamour Lighting; AKA Paramount Lighting) I felt like taking a shot with this kind of setup. (Pan intended).
It was my bad luck that the PVC store next door has ran out off all the PVC piping they usually hold (Yea, right! try - my wife will kill me if I build another PVC monster in the living room). I had no alternative but to go with another butterfly lighting solution. (The final deal, by the way, was "OK, OK, I will not build it, will you model for me? pleeeeease?"). Click to continue ›
Photographer David Tejada posted a nice video showing how he did a shot of a small room with a computer screed (what he refers to as a CAD room).
He used a CTB gel to create cool atmosphere and a CTO gel on a snoot to warm the subject.
The video will follow up is a second. Before that I encourage you to explore David Tejada's Blog. This guy really knows what he is doing.
One of my personal favorite photographers - Annie Leibovitz was recruited to crate the fantasy of every photographer (and every kid alive).
In a project designed to celebrate Disney's 'Year of a Million Dreams' Annie is shooting celebs dressed up as Disney's all time favorite characters. Check out Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyoncé as Alice and David Beckham as Prince Phillip. Check out my personal most-charming-in-the-world-ever favorite Rachel Weisz as snow white.
Check out the cool behind the scenes (media player, real player) to see
some of the lighting and allot of Annie's eye-level approach that makes
her photos feel so natural. (You can also get a glimpse on the amount of octagon softboxes on the scene)
It is a windshield mount for a GPS device. The natural thing for me, being the why-don't-you-stop-and-ask-for-directions-said-the-wife kinda guy that I am, and the natural and logical thing for me is to buy a GPS. However, those babies cost millions.
I had no alternative but to go to my other hobby - photography and see how I can use this mount for my photography studio. Click to continue ›
As you probably can tell from the lighting articles on this site, I am not a great fan of on camera flash. The thing is that you don't always have a choice. Click to continue ›