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Friday, May 10, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: Shooting Chrome on Location

Recently, We were out on location in downtown Los Angeles shooting for Pilot Freight Services. We shot a composite image that required us to shoot chrome on location. The shot was for a print ad that Pilot would run in consumer magazines. We blocked off a lane on Hope Street in Los Angeles that looks into the downtown area so that we could shoot our truck in the right position to match the comp. The image consisted of four parts that needed to be shot separately, including a chrome mirror on the Pilot Freight truck. Shooting chrome is a reflection...

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Jade Hannah: Working with Color on Location

  Recently, I shot a spec shoot for a makeup company to show both natural and crazy makeup and hair. I shot on location with simple, painted 6x8-foot wooden boards to lend some color to the backgrounds. The main challenge with not shooting in a controlled environment like a studio is that you're constantly dealing with off colors and lights coming from different directions, even if you think you're only dealing with white walls. To cut down on the ambient light for this shoot, I used two black LiteDisc reflectors, which also provided a negative fill and...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Boudoir Divas: Lighting for Muscle Tone

My husband, Weston Bouchér, recently completed an intense 45-day health & fitness regimen and his coach, NPC Physique Competitor George Waszczuk encouraged him to have photos taken at the completion of the program to document his transformation...which was where I came in! My light of choice was a Photoflex StarFlash 650 through a Photoflex Medium HalfDome with Grids attached. Weston, being a photographer himself, already had some suggestions for the look he wanted. He showed me some H&M product shots of David Beckham that really emphasized muscle definition due to the dramatic single source lighting approach. ...

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: The Basics of a One Light Setup

In this Slanted Lens video, Jay P. Morgan demonstrates the basic principles and techniques for lighting dynamic indoor portraits. But rather than shooting stills, Jay P. shot video with the Canon 1DC and pulled high resolution still frames for the footage afterward. This meant, of course, that he needed to use continuous soft  lighting, as opposed to strobes. And to give that lighting an elegant look, he oped for Photoflex modifers, naturally.             To learn more about the equipment used in this shoot, check out the links below:   SilverDome® nxt: medium FirstStudio 3...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Scott Stulberg: Using the new Photoflex LiteReach

Sometimes I find myself out on a shoot and in need of a LiteStand, though I don’t really like bringing along extra gear if I don’t have to. Many times I wish I had some kind of long pole to hold up a diffuser or silk that would allow me to capture a more wide-angle shot without the diffuser being anywhere near the borders of my camera frame. Fortunately, my gear-packing choices have just gotten a whole lot simpler, thanks to a new product Photoflex released called the LiteReach Plus®. Recently, the Photoflex team asked...

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Jade Hannah: Fashion Sunseeker Swimwear

I began casting for this project a week before the shoot date. A tight deadline, but not an uncommon one. In looking for a new makeup artist, I went through a school, Face Stockholm, which has some really great students and alumni whom I've worked with in the past. For this shoot, we planned out three basic looks that were clean, summery and matched the colors of the bathing suits. Thanks to the portability of my lighting kit, we were able to shoot inside my office against a wall that had a pattern I thought would go well with...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Boudoir Divas: Shooting in the Caribbean

We had been dreaming up our Caribbean editorial shoot for a LONG time - for at least two years. We finally got the chance to make it happen this past fall, when we traveled to a beautiful island off the coast of Puerto Rico. We had a custom red gown made for the shoot, hired a gorgeous model, brought part of our team with us, and arranged to work with a horseback riding company on the island. We also brought our favorite equipment with us - including the amazing TritonFlash from Photoflex! After all the planning and preparation, it all...

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: A Revolutionary War Composite

Last Fall, Jay P. Morgan and crew traveled to the Concord and Lexington area of Massachusetts to capture scenes of a reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle. Afterward, Morgan would compile images from five shoots to create this final image. In addition to demonstrating lighting and staging techniques, this video also documents how the team set up and photographed explosions to be used in the final image!       Click HERE learn more about the Photoflex Large LiteDome used in this shoot. To see more of Jay P. Morgan's work, check out his Pro Showcase page.  

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ian Spanier: The Two-Minute Shoot

  The Two-Minute Shoot" is something I came up with on assignment for Muscle & Fitness magazine shooting with the Florida Gators football team a few years ago. The concept of the shoot was to do a day-in-the-life of the National Championship-winning team as they trained inside and outside their Gainesville, Florida facility. In a situation like this, I would need to have a consistent look inside and outside as much as possible. I knew I wanted to have better light quality than a on-camera flash would provide, and I wanted to have more light control, something I wouldn't...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: Creating Bokeh

For this lesson, photographer Jay P. Morgan was in New York City shooting in Times Square. He wanted to explore shooting bokeh with all the intense lighting of Times Square. The term "bokeh" is Japanese and means "blur" or "haze". Here, Morgan takes a look at different lenses and aperture settings to see how they create this cinematic look. Different lenses create different patterns and you'll see how a 200mm lens compares to that of a 50mm lens.   Bokeh Tests Before heading out to Times Square, Morgan first did some bokeh tests indoors with Christmas lights. With Christmas...

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