Lighting Exercises

Here are some photos from the latest photo shoot! I’ve been putting off posting them for too long…

The first ones were taken outside, and as the harsh sunlight isn’t always appealing for these purposes, we employed the use of various light modifiers, like diffusers and different kinds of reflectors. I would have liked to use a larger aperture to blur the background on some of these.

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Next is the inside session. Here we used light modifiers on the strobe heads, used different lighting ratios, key/hair/edge lights, etc… and shutter drag which was a lot of fun to play with!

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Yaaaas….

Cracks in the Facade

My first post of the new year, and I have to say it’s a good one, because I got to do the coolest shoot this past weekend! The organizer of our group got this amazing abandoned building for these photo sessions. It’s either coming down or getting redone, but it definitely made a great backdrop and mood for our fantastic models.

Have to say, I had a bit of a panic because I kept getting an error on my camera… but then I managed to figure it out — turns out my lens no longer works for shots wider than ~35mm, seems the shutter gets stuck or something :( But it was more than enough to get these shots!

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There you have it! We were losing light fast by the end but it was a fun challenge to work with that kind of light. And as a final note, as every photographer knows, thousands of dollars worth of gear won’t magically make you a good photographer. It might help your file look nice, sure, but the most important thing is to use what we know and work with what we have to make good images! That being said.. I will need a new lens eventually… donations are welcome ;A; (j/k!)

Castle on the Lake

A couple of weeks ago I met up with some lovely folks at Central Park to walk around and take some photos. The destination was Belvedere Castle, which is apparently the location of the official Central Park weather station, and we took pictures along the way there. It was freezing and a bit windy and by the end I couldn’t feel my toes anymore but it was worth it! These are my favorite shots from that day.

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Nice Day For A White Wedding

No actually it wasn’t… It was awful and wet and raining and kind of cold. But the show must go on! And it was quite toasty inside. Check out the lovely and talented models we were able to work with for this workshop. It was a wedding theme, and the dresses, makeup, everything went together really nicely.

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Next post we’ll see photos from the last awesome concert I went to. Be on the lookout…

Darker Hues

At long last, I’m back with some more music photos! And a band I’ve been wanting to photograph for ages, no less. Meet Violet Machine! But don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing floral about this Brooklyn-based quartet, with vocals reminiscent of Interpol backed by dark, edgy instrumentals.

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Checking out Violet Machine is not an option so do click the link above. Go on, click it! More bands from this same night coming soon.

Shooting for Stars

What, another model photoshoot?! So, you will be seeing a bit more of these from now on, but not to worry; I’m not abandoning music photo ;P I had another opportunity to work with some great models at a different meetup, and it was hard to choose the best shots but these are a couple top picks.

I didn’t get to shoot with the first model for very long because of some technical issues, but that didn’t stop us from getting some great shots. Check these out.

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And our next model was the fantastic Ica! So great to work with — you just have to see these for yourself!

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Thanks girls, you were awesome! Hope to work with you again!
Stay tuned…

In Vogue

A couple of weeks ago I went to a photography meetup, and was able to shoot some fashion photography. It was great meeting new photographers, playing with the lighting, and of course working with our adorable model Kinga! She did several outfit changes and I took a good 400 shots but these are just a few of my favorites that day.

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The Shore

A few shots I’ve been meaning to upload a couple of months ago from Atlantic City. This was my first time there.

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A handsome buccaneer showed up!

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This was a short one but more to come.

Fun Sounds at COCO66

So the other day I had the pleasure of being invited to Northside at COCO66 showcasing a bunch of local bands from the NYC area. They were all pretty fantastic and were a great example of the diverse music scene we’ve got going on here in the city! I didn’t get to photograph all of them but I’ll start with the bands I did get. And by the way, sorry to the drummers but there’s no way I could get good pictures of you with the lighting they had going on in there :( Next time!

First up I’ve got Sky Picnic. Super nice bunch of folks with a nice warm 70’s vibe going on that’s really easy to get into.

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After was Violent Video. These guys were very loud! But you should check them out if you’re looking for something punk and mellow at the same time. If you’re not, too bad, check them out anyway.

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Then we had Exiles, something of a mix of retro beachy shoegaze. Such a combination in my experience tends to result in a good thing, and these guys pulled it off!

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The other bands who also played the night:
The Post Nobles
Iola
Butchers and Bakers

Awesome night everybody!

Rain On My Morning Parade

A few months ago I went to see The Chevin play at Slake as part of the CMJ showcase. I was pretty excited about the show but then there were some unforeseen delays causing me to miss the first two bands… but I got there in time to see them and Morning Parade. So, funny story, I didn’t know about Morning Parade before this, but on my way into the venue a guy was outside having a smoke, and I looked at him and thought “This guy should be in a band.” Well, little did I know! (Or at least in my fuzzy short-term street-light-lit memory I thought he was the guy on stage.) So without further ado here is Morning Parade rocking the house.

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Oh and beer

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After Morning Parade was the final set by headliner The Chevin. So, funny story about them too. The singer once was in a band called Your Vegas which I found long ago on thesixtyone, but lost track of. When I decided to Google search, (at the time) it brought me… absolutely nothing because the band had vanished off the face of the interwebs or something. But eventually, and gladly, I found them again as The Chevin, and here is the gang in all their glory:

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I am almost certain Coyle Girelli has vocal cords made of liquid gold.

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And so it goes for now. Check out these amazing bands through the links above, and stay tuned.

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