Entries in Teaching (90)
A while ago I had the honor of photographing one of the nations VERY best story tellers Mr. Donald Davis of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. I was very excited since I am very much into expressions which is for sure a must in a great photograph of a person. It was very good to have watched Mr. Davis perform before the shoot.
My job was to portray him as a storyteller to hang in a storyteller center. My message with this blog is to suggest if you want a very grateful subject for expressions find a storyteller and get him going telling a good story. I posted first a collage we made for a fund raiser performance, then each individual image underneath here in order so you can better see his expressions.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very nice weekend.
In October I was fortunate enough to get to attend PhotoKina 2010 in Cologne, Germany the worlds largest Photo Fair. I have wanted to work with a small compact flash system with an octa for a long time. The timing was right, Elinchrom (which is already what I use in my studio etc.) had the most amazing solution for me. The NEW Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX offers many new exciting features. See link.
Being a gadget man of course I fell totally for this feature. You can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to control your Elinchrom RX flash lights! ( Application available early 2011.) Check out this link on their website.
I guess by now you know what I am getting soon? Yes, this was the answer to what I want. If I had written written a wish list for a portable unit, this unit got it all covered. I love the new LED modeling light. Can hardly wait to get my hands on it :-) Check it out!
When I go on out of state/country on jobs, bringing larger light stands and a good tripod have been difficult. The great bags made by Manfrotto is just not protective and large enough. I love the Manfrotto bag for smaller set ups locally, it just don't pull it off for me and air travel.
Another thing is the abuse luggage can take with high drops etc in the airports luggage systems. So then I used a ski bag and now even better a HARD CASE golf case. The airports are always happy with ski bags and golf cases, anything else odd I'm not so sure. I was looking at my son Stevens golf case which he use for flying to golf one day, and thought....that should work perfectly!
I the golf case I can have a good camera tripod and couple of light stands and umbrellas. I can also fit my California-Sunbounce Mini & Sun Swatter . It fits well when taken a part even the rod for the swatter. Then I usually trow in some shoes that I rather have there then in my suitcase making clothes wrinkly.
PS. And YES it got wheels :-)
In the old days I had to go to the local newspaper to get the times for sunrise and sunset for the year. Then came internet and sites with that information. Today we have a fantastic tool in the application Darkness for iPhone. It's the perfect tool in planning times for shoots with clients etc. I teach all over the world and in planning outdoors demonstrations I can see exactly when the sun goes up or down that exact day++
One feature I really like is how it tell you when Noon is, it is seldom at 12pm. Last year on a workshop I did in London I remember it was at 1:27pm. I love to photograph in midday sun so I did my demo for that then, not at 12:00.
A special ‘Current Location’ city can also be used, which tracks your position using GPS, giving you sunrise, sunset and other information for exactly wherever you may be.
NEWS. We just set a time for the next Photographing People Part 1 Class here in Utah. Saturday July 31st.
I just got back from another teaching tour in Europe, and it made me realize more than ever how much I love to photograph in midday sun. Love the quality of light we can get then. I will make this a 4 part series, in part 1 I will show some examples with diffused sun + a reflector. This shot was done during a class in Norway on May 3rd. According to the iPhone app, brightest noon that day was 1:15pm. "Noon" is seldom 12pm. I wanted to do my demo when the sun was as high as possible, so these shots were done between 1:07 and 1:32, the time most photographers consider "the worst time" of day. NOT ME! Okay, let's start looking at some images:
Image #1.This image is taken at 1:32 pm with a 70-200mm@170 and f2.8. If you look at the overview underneath you will see how we have diffused the midday sun into a soft nice light with a California Sunbounce Sun-Swatter Pro . I have an assistant reflecting sun into her face with a silver reflector.
Overview for Image #1. See how far out of the my shooting area the Sun Swatter is. That is one of its most unique features, it frees you up so much more than other diffusers. (This overview is taken within a few minutes from the the shot on top, but with the same technique).
Image #2. Time 1:07:05 pm. 70-200mm@200 at f4. In this shot I have placed the model in the direct sun right out of the shade to get a cold shadowed background (higher Kelvin temperature there). I just used a small soft silver reflector to give her face a pop of highlight. We also get a bit of fill light from the sun hitting the white wall about 25 ft from her (see overview right underneath text). This direct sun approach gives more layers of light and is more dramatic than image #3 shot a few minutes later.
Overview for image #2 taken 1:07:10 pm 5 seconds after Image #2. The Sun Swatter has no effect here, just the soft nice silver reflector giving her a nice highlight and the white house wall giving some nice fill. The sun hitting her adds drama, see image #3 for the more diffused version.
Image #3. Time 1:07:54 so within seconds we shoot this variations. It's shot with a 70-200mm f2.8 at 130mm and f4. This image has less drama, more overall soft light—it's a matter of taste, both look good for midday sun, I think. What a GREAT time of day to SHOOT!!!
Overview Image #3. Time 12:07:42 pm. Notice that the Sun Swatter creates a soft, diffused light on and in front of the model.
Conclusion: I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING IN MIDDAY SUN, watch for parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon.