One of the things that I really love about my job is being able to meet so many creative and talented people. Whether it’s other photographers or models. As a photographer I am able to create and control the technical elements of a picture. Models create a character, mood, feeling and look. It’s the collaboration and interaction between the photographer and model which creates the final image. Here are a couple of images that my friend Lady Kat Eyes and I created on a recent Studio Lighting Workshop. As I always say, without her this would only be a picture of grey seamless paper.
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This past weekend I was teaching a Fitness Model/Lighting Photo Shoot Workshop in my studio in Ottawa. This a final photo from one of the lighting setups with Audrey who was one of the models.
Below is the Behind The Scenes photo of this shot and some of the equipment that was used in creating it. Let me know if you have any questions!
#1 DIY Sandbag
#2 Manfrotto 052 Light Stand (discontinued) – Replacement 1004BAC Light Stand
#3 Plume Wafer 100 Softbox – Main light
#4 V-Flats (Lightform)
#5 Manfrotto 170 Mini-poles – using 4 of these – two are holding the V-flats and two for the background lights
#6 White seamless paper 9ft. – 2.71m
#7 Manfrotto 032 Autopoles + 044 Background Paper clamps/Hooks + 046MC Metal Chain Expan Set
#8 White Tile Board (Home Depot)
#9 Lastolite Collapsible Urban Background (not being used) and Holly who was one of the other models (taking a break)
#10 Floor mat – Audrey was fighting off a cold so we tried to keep her feet off the cold floor.
The participants on my studio lighting workshops have the opportunity to see all of the equipment that is in my studio. Or if we are on a location model photo shoot the equipment that I bring to those workshops. Equipment is always being talked about and used in each setup for every scene, and while it is only a tool in helping to create a picture. It is pretty essential.
I receive quite a few e-mails and messages from photographers asking me about equipment. What do I use and what do I recommend. In order to help as many people as possible I have decided to start posting photos and descriptions showing the Behind The Scenes (BTS) of some of my shoots. If there is something that you would like to know or learn more about, please either add a comment here or send me an email
LASTOLITE URBAN BACKGROUNDS
I have previously posted about these backgrounds and I can’t even begin to tell you how great they are. At first glace they look kind of strange. Models, designers and even photographers who are seeing them for the first time will look at them and either say or secretly think “he’s going to use this?” Okay, I admit they do look funny and definitely out of place, but every time right after I’ve taken the first picture and they see what it looks like the reaction is always – WOW!!!
The backgrounds are reversible and have a different background on each side. This one pictured is the Steel Shutter and on the other side is the Wooden Distressed Door. They are also collapsible, exactly the same way as a reflector folds up, so that makes them extremely portable and quick to set up anywhere. When it is fully opened it is 1.5×2.1m (5′ x 7′)
I have a couple of these backgrounds, the other one is the Red Brick/Grey Stone. I want to get more of them. For more information and descriptions of the other backgrounds here is the Lastolite Web Page for the Urban Backgrounds
This workshop is designed to help you learn the technical and creative aspects of producing effective portraits using flash in a studio. It will include demonstrations and intensive hands-on training on studio lighting. On this day long model photo shoot you will learn lighting techniques, posing and model interaction helping you to understand the relationship between lighting and posing.
You will learn how to use hard light, soft light, main key light, fill light, side-lighting, kickers, back-lights and reflectors.
You will be photographing the models in a variety of different studio lighting setups and clothing changes. With only 3 other photographers on this workshop you will have plenty of time to shoot each model in the different lighting setups and clothing/outfits.
Cost for the day long workshop is $125. + HST to reserve your spot a deposit of $50. is required. The balance is due on the day of the workshop, payable in cash.
Limited to 4 photographers
You can either book through the Meetup page or contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Karine and Chloe will be the two models for this workshop.
Recently I was shooting photos for a model who wanted several different looks for her portfolio. The quickest way to get so many different location looks was to actually shoot in the studio. Rather than driving all over the city all I had to do was pop open a few of my Lastolite Urban Collapsible Backgrounds. This isn’t a review of these backgrounds, it’s just to show you some additional photos of actually using them and the results you can get. The backgrounds that I have used here are: Derelict Wall, Wooden Fence, Shutter Door, Tarnished Metal.
This is a hands-on instructional workshop using flash and reflectors/diffusers and natural light to create outdoor portraits. The goal is to help you learn both the technical and creative techniques that will help you with the process of creating remarkable images outdoors on a location photo shoot.
Topics that we will cover:
• Lighting : Natural Light, Flash and Reflector/Diffuser
• What to look for when making an image. This sounds rather vague right now – but this is huge in terms of getting a great picture.
• Posing Techniques
• Lens Selection for Portraits
• Controlling Depth of Field – How to deal with backgrounds
• Selecting a location and background choice
After demonstrating each lighting technique, each participant will be able to photograph the model using the same lighting set-up. Everyone will have the opportunity to put in to practice the lighting techniques taught.
This workshop is limited to 4 photographers
Cost is $175 +HST ($197.75) and includes photo instruction and model fees. A deposit of $100 is required at time of registration to hold your space on the workshop. You can pay by Paypal, cheque, cash, or email money transfer through online banking.
If you have any questions or would like to register for this class, please send an email or call Garry at 613-824-9295.
The workshop will be held from 4:00 pm to sunset/twilight ~8:15 pm on Sunday August 24, 2014
NOTE – To attend this workshop, you do not need to have your own flashes.
A Digital SLR camera is required with lenses. Lighting equipment and model(s) will be provided.
Model booked for this workshop is Brittany.
Years ago, many years ago, I used canvas and muslin backgrounds in my studio and also when shooting on location in offices and homes. A huge advantage with them is their portability, their main drawback are the folds and wrinkles in the material that is nearly impossible to get rid of. Well, physically it is impossible to get of them, the only way to do it, is by shooting with an shallow depth of field like f2.8 – 4 and throwing it out of focus. However, my biggest complaint with them though, is that they scream out dated studio photography. I would much rather use white or thunder grey seamless paper or preferably shoot at an outdoor location.
Fast forward to this week, when I received three of the new Lastolite Urban Backgrounds. They are the next best thing to shooting at an outdoor location but they also offer the versatility of shooting in the studio and being able to rapidly change the backgrounds. Seeing these in person is one thing and then seeing them in photos is quite the other – they are amazing! So far, I have used them for 2 photos and in both the models and MUA have been totally amazed and impressed how the pictures looked. “They look so realistic and three dimensional.” The backgrounds are reversible, there is a different design on each side, they are easy to set up and wrinkles are non existent. When I first started to use them I hung them up from a Manfrotto U-Hook, but I quickly realized that wasn’t necessary as they can stand alone leaning up against the wall. They are fold and open up just like the reflectors and come with their own circular carrying case. They take up very little storage space are easy to carry around. I have to say that I am really impressed with these backgrounds!!!!
In the current issue – Feb/Mar of Photo Life magazine this ad for Sigma F1.4 lenses is running. It’s my photo that is in the ad, and as a result of that I’m now receiving messages and emails from people wanting to know which one of the three lenses I would recommend. They are all great lenses and depending on your shooting style that would probably influence the lens that I would recommend for you. I took this photo with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 which is probably my favourite of the 1.4 lenses, my next preference would be the 50mm and then the 35mm. But these choices are for my personal style of shooting, if you like the way I shoot then go for the lenses in that order. If your shooting style is different then maybe the 35mm or 50mm might be best for you.
As a result of the ad, I am also getting lots requests from people asking who the model is – her name is Gina. And this was one of the photos from an outdoor location photo shoot workshop in Ottawa last September.
Today, Manfrotto Canada officially launched the Manfrotto Pro Photographers and Videographers Program. I am pleased to be one of the top professional photographers in Canada who have been chosen to be part of this program. It was over 30 years when I bought my first “real” tripod, a Manfrotto #055, before that I had a flimsy poor excuse for a tripod. Over the years I bought other Manfrotto tripods, the #190 and the HUGE/HEAVY #075 that I used for a Pentax 6×7 medium format camera. Today the tripod that I use is Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod which is so much lighter!!! And if you have seen any of the behind-the-scene photos taken in my studio, you know that it is jam-packed full of Manfrotto light stands, poles, clamps, arms and brackets. I’m looking forward to testing and reviewing more Manfrotto equipment in the future, I’ll keep you updated.
Last year, near the end of November I launched a Photography Meetup group for my Ottawa workshops. These workshops will cover a variety of topics: studio lighting and also location model photo shoots, creative impressionist photography, visual design, photo shoots in downtown Ottawa of architecture, spring flowers and autumn colours. In addition to my own workshops and classes, I have also added Ashley Murfin as another instructor/organizer. He has an incredible studio which is fully stocked with tons of props and is constantly conducting “Themed Photo Shoots”
Hope you will be able to join us on an upcoming workshop or photo shoot.