A quick phone call and I was booked to shoot Chris & Chris’s Friday night wedding in the Pearl. They were such a cool couple that photographing them was a breeze!
The Speedlight Lighting Workshop is intended for advanced beginners, hobbyists, and intermediate level professionals who wish to stretch their knowledge of photography with an emphasis on understanding light; how to recognize it and shape in the natural world, and how to create it and manipulate it in the studio and on location.
We begin by discussing the qualities of ambient light, evaluating its hardness or softness and taking into account the specularity, luminance and efficiency of the subject. Next we consider the creative possibilities of the direction of the lighting; front, side, overhead, underside and back lighting. We’ll discuss the camera controls use to maximize the qualities of the lighting at hand and techniques to create the emotional impact the photographer desires.
We’ll then move on to understand speedlight flash systems and the number of tools available to the studio and location photographer, umbrellas, softboxes, gels, grids, snoots, beauty dishes and ring lights. Speedlights will be covered in detail along with infrared and radio flash triggering systems.
The afternoon three portrait sessions will involve all the aspects we have discussed so far in real world situations; an executive portrait, sports portrait and senior portrait. Here we’ll once again delve into lighting placement and show Rembrandt/45 degree lighting, along with butterfly, butterfly/paramount, loop, split, split/rim and shadowless lighting.
Thanks to the Oregon Professional Photographers Association for sponsoring this event!
Registration is $69.00 for non-members and $49.00 for members and is limited to 16 photographers and includes refreshments and light snacks.
Got a jump on 2013 with a few guys in the studio last week for some business headshots and wanted to try some alternatives to the usual way I pose and photograph portraits. While much of it has to do with the willingness of your subject to stretch or to move a certain way, it’s my job to make sure they look good, natural and at ease. These fellows were quite different from one another but the goal is always the same… make a few great shots they can use for their marketing materials and get a few outstanding ones for the blog! So here they are… you can tell by the last one we do have a lot of fun doing this!
Had quite the run of family portraits this past holiday season which is great for the old bottom line because things tend to slow down around here as the year comes to a close. When networking in late fall, I always try to mention how the holidays are a great time to get the family and extended family together for holiday family portraits especially when folks are coming into Portland from out-of-town or out-of-country like two of my families were this season. Whether coming into the studio or having the shoot at your home, the holidays are a great time for family portraits!
I was called to the Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus last weekend to shoot portraits of a young man who shares his story of growing up hungry for knowledge to young people overcoming barriers in their lives. I photographed him speaking to a group of about 40 students in an auditorium for about an hour, then pulled him outside for some casual portraits for his website and marketing materials. His story was quite moving.
From an African village, to Food Stamps in America, to Harvard Graduate School, Tamam says “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that matters.”
Words to live by
Like a kid with a new toy on Christmas morning I just had to try out the new Lastolite Triflash Bracket I picked up this morning from Pro Photo Supply. I also wanted to test how quickly I could shoot with three flashes rather than one and how good (or bad) the Canon ST-E2 Transmitter would work outside. Granted the light this afternoon was pretty flat and low with lots of medium gray clouds so the transmitter worked fairly well. I was shooting about three feet away with the flashes to my left on a lightweight Westcott stand. Camera was a Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/200 @ f/2.8.
I didn’t do any posing with the kiddos obviously because they were so giddy with playing and it being Friday after all, that I just wanted to shoot quickly and put the flashes through their paces and keep the energy level high. It does strike me how much $ in flashes you can hang on the thing, where one Alien Bee 1600 monobloc will only run you about $360 so I do suggest a sandbag or gym weights in a sling when shooting with a white shoot-through umbrella as I was here. I can’t wait to use this ungainly thing more often!
Helping me out for a book project on Lighting, my friend Kathryn (a fine photographer herself) and her daughter Adrienne came to the studio and posed for several different portrait lighting styles: butterfly, split, loop, Rembrandt, etc. and kept their energy up throughout the shoot! At the end I wanted to make a shot just for them and this one became my favorite. I think what I really like about this portrait is their expressions, almost those “Mona Lisa smiles”, serious but friendly. If you spend a lot of time looking through lenses at people you will become attuned to very subtle difference in looks, expressions, postures and poses. I love the gentle hand Kathryn lays on her daughters shoulder, protective yet not firm, a strong bond that will never diminish.
Mother’s Day is a great time for portraits, either for moms themselves or as a gift for your favorite Mom! Come in by yourself or with your Mom for a portrait session or call the studio at 503 768-9878 and purchase a gift certificate. Mother’s day is Sunday May 13th, 2012