Posts about studio

Helios 5 in 1

A technical review and explanation of the Helios 5 in 1 reflector/diffuser combination, which I added to my collection of equipment this week.

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New lighting toy

I added a Helios 5 in 1 diffuser/reflector to my kit this week, and made a series of test shots today. There’s a technical (lighting-geeky) review on my website. This photo was shot with one flashgun and the diffuser.

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Open air studio

After trying out the lighting technique I mentioned yesterday, of a large diffused light source right above the subject, I wanted to apply the technique to an outdoor location. When we set up the shots under cover in Interlaken (but outside), the first problem was that there were no suitably white walls to hand. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there’s an easy solution: simply expose your shot for the person you’re photographing and then over-expose the background of the shot by at least three stops.

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The eye of the beholder

I learned an important lesson in portrait photography last weekend: that of how ready the subject is to see themselves in an honest and detailed image, when they may be seeing themselves this way for the first time.

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Back in the studio

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the studio and taken high contrast black and white portraits, so Jo helped me this evening to practice.

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Jo

More details about this photo and a full-screen gallery are in this blog post at Permanent Tourist.

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Krist and Corinne

View the complete set of portraits in a new gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/articles/2009/09/krist-and-corinne/

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Corinne

View the complete set of portraits in a new gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/articles/2009/09/krist-and-corinne/ Strobist info: white umbrellas left and right, mounted high. Left 1/4 power, right 1/8 power.

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Krist

View the complete set of portraits in a new gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/articles/2009/09/krist-and-corinne/ Strobist info: studio setup with clamshelled white umbrellas, mounted high to avoid reflections in the glasses.

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Week 30 of 52

One SB-26 through a white umbrella, high camera left. On-camera popup flash as a trigger, at -2EV to create catchlight in my eye. For less geeky information, here’s a blog post about it.

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Jo in the studio

*Sigh* Strobist info: diffused flash through white umbrella at camera right (1/8 power), undiffused strobe behind Jo (high left, 1/16 power), background illuminated by flash on the floor, fired through a red plastic tupperware bowl onto a plain backdrop (1/4 power).

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Jo in the studio

Strobist info: diffused flash through white umbrella at camera left (1/8 power), undiffused strobe behind Jo (high left, 1/16 power), plain background illuminated by diffused flash pointing up from the floor (1/4 power). Damn, my wife is hot.

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Inexpensive still-life photography

This Lladró statue, designed by Francisco Català, was a gift from my parents and fits well with my photographic tendencies. It is also a great test piece for studio photography, so when I was looking to test flash technique this evening (in particular, soft lighting) it was immediately brought out. The statue is around 13″ […]

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Learning a lot, a little at a time

Learning a lot, a little at a time

This is a short (ten minute) outtake from David Hobby‘s workshop DVD set, which is on sale for US$139. The price seems steep for “just” a DVD, but reconsider: what you’re actually getting isn’t just a film, but an in-depth tutorial over eight DVDs (over ten hours of content) which has the potential to seriously […]

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Untitled

Inspired by Phitar’s work; expect to see more of this type of image at some point, it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for years.

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Untitled

A "grabbed" photo, taken during a session almost a year ago, before Jo and I became engaged.

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