photography: image projection effects in the studio

photography: image projection effects in the studio

image projection effects in the studio with the Light Blaster

Shooting in a studio can feel like a challenge at times - you're in a big box of a room, and somehow you have to work past that restriction with light and ideas, create something. I've been curious about using projection effects in the studio, but always seem to come up short against equipment that is  Read more inside...

headshot photography: what makes for good head shots?

headshot photo-session: what makes for a good headshot?

A few out-takes mixed with a few keepers from this headshot photo session, and it helps illustrate some of the process of getting to a good headshot. The lighting is key. Posing is important. But there's another aspect that makes a great headshot - your subject's personality needs to come shining through. So,  Read more inside...

studio photography – using a big gridded strip-box / soft-box

using a really big gridded strip-box / soft-box for portraits

There seems to be a natural progression with photographers exploring off-camera flash and studio photography. After the initial umbrella and softbox, the next purchase is usually a beauty dish, and then other esoterica such as ring-flash. Personally, I'd suggest that one of the first light modifiers  Read more inside...

harder light sources in the studio – flash & continuous light

working with harder light sources in the studio - flash & continuous light  (model: Ulorin Vex)

With the recent photo session with Ulorin Vex in the studio, I played with variations of using harder light and using shadow as part of the image's composition. The first setup was similar to a previous photo session in the studio with Anelisa:  smaller light = dramatic  Read more inside...

photography – inspiration, learning, and then adjusting & adapting

photographic style - inspiration, adjusting & adapting  (model: Ulorin Vex)

Photography has a never-ending learning curve. I think this is even more true as the technology expands and accelerates. Sometimes I feel that we're running at full speed just to remain at a stand-still. That's just the technology that we have to acquire what we need to know about to do  Read more inside...

photography – creating foreground bokeh effects

creating foreground bokeh effects in-camera

The closer you move to a foreground object, the more it's shape and color and opacity will affect the image … in unpredictable ways. It's a well-established technique then to create unusual color splashes and shapes in the image by creating flare highlights. It is often called "foreground bokeh effect". Ulorin Vex is an  Read more inside...

85mm f/1.4 portraits in the studio

portraits in the studio with an 85mm f/1.4 lens

Shooting portraits with fast lenses for that distinctive shallow depth-of-field look, works in the studio too. In fact, it works exceptionally well. But it is perhaps an unexpected way of working in the studio - the usual way is to work with apertures in the range of f/8 or f/11 for great depth-of-field and superb image  Read more inside...

portraits with continuous lighting – Westcott Spiderlites

portraits with continuous lighting - Westcott Spiderlites   (w/ model: Lauraine)

This striking portrait of Lauraine is a combination of that sparkling mischievousness … and on the techie side, the selective focus of a wider aperture lens, and the flexibility of continuous lighting. The f/1.4 deliciousness of an 85mm – the best lens to change your portrait  Read more inside...