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So it's time for the last 6 pages of the editorial shoot for Utah Valley Bride magazine. I hope your week has been good so far? Personally I've been spending a total of 5 hours in the dentist chair, and then in pain most of the rest of the time :-)
Photography is forever a very fun profession, always new things to learn, always room for improvment.
This is my very favorite of the 18 pages, I coached the groom before we shot, did a few practise runs. He was so good at taking direction and having the right expressions. I love the placement and spacing in it, remember with studio flash I cant shoot 9 frames a second, but get one attempt per jump. We only shoot a few because it just worked so well and we got it on one of the first attempts.
One of my favorite things with this image is the luggage. I brought it with me from Norway in a 40ft container when we moved here in 2000. The small brown one by his feet is one I found at a used store that was exactly like the one my GrandPa always used going to work. So it was exciting to find one and get to use it.
As you can see Mary had a good time using this prop.Best of all you really get contact with her eyes even with such a little part of them showing. What a great girl she is.prp
I think the old style pop bottles look good in there. Again I have to compliment Tyler and Mary for their energy and expressions in every shot.
You can tell how Mary enjoy hassling him. I love his nose. This is another shot where I really like the spacing between their upper bodies. I'm very particular about looking around them before I shoot, especially between them. It makes a difference to have the peace and graphich from the fine tuning in the pose..
I sure enjoyed this shoot, usually we have at least 3 different brides and no groom. Working with them the whole time helped us to stay in the zone and to get a theme having the same feel about it from beginning to end.
To see the whole magazine click on this link: Utah Valley Bride 2013.
Have a great weekend, I will have a new blog post Monday from a cover shoot of the band Neon Trees in Hollywood.
Kenneth who loves his Elinchrom lights and his Canon cameras.
Here we go again. 6 more images and some thoughts about them. Client Bennett Communication for Utah Valley Bride magazine 2013.
People often talk about posed vs unposed. If you watch a movie every single shot is (posed). Try to think of creating situation, here is a simple one, dancing. The good thing about controlled posing is we can make sure they look good and have good light. It is very rare to see well lit flattering angels on the couple from 100% candid shots. So maybe try to think movie?
I love old cameras, this on is a Bushman 4x5 that was given to me back in the 80's by a retired Accociated Press photographer. It's the camera you see on top of my head in my FB, branding head shots. If the camera could speak I'm sure it has seen a lot. BTW I love Jimmy Choo shoes.
Even the little Yo-Yo makes him get a natural body pose. She is busy trying to look though her glasses and be cool :-)
People really free them self up if they can put on sun glasses, masks and so forth, they are suddenly way less shy.
I like the closeness of their heads but still have a little space rather then smooching them together. and have parts of their faces covering one another.
I often joke about the groom being a prop in the brides pictures, here he is :-)
PS. I will post the last 6 images in 2 days, thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Years, yes it's my first blog post this year. 13 is my lucky number so I'm curios about this year.
I have 18 pages of an editorial shoot I did for Utah Valley Bride magazine back in November. The magazine just came out so now I can blog from it. The hardest thing with using models instead of having a real couple is the chemistry between the models. These two models from an agency was fantastic, look at their great expressions, the way they interacted. The exception to that is in a picture like the first one underneath where I wanted them to be serious and look in the camera, most people seem to be good at that :-)
In this picture I wanted them to be serious and straight like pictures was almost always back in the day of no flash, slow films and looong exposure times. It was easier to get it sharp that way.
This page is the left side of a 2 page spread that started the article. It also contain some of the shots they did not use put into the film strip.
For this one we cranked up the music loud for him to dance to, love her expression. They are kind of in their own worlds but I think her look ties them together. BTW right side of the spread.
The other years I have shot editorials for this magazine we have shot it with multiple brides and all full body shots. This is the first year with one bride and also using a groom in almost all of them.
I have a silver scatboard in my studio, with 90ft/30m lenght and hard wood floor in there it can be used to move about . The scate board works well with his silver vest I think.
I love the great interaction between them in this one. This is the last image for today, I will post two more blog posts from it during this week. I have not have anybody editing my bad english this time, so forgive me for the writing part, well I think most of you rather have bad englsih then good Norwegian?
Today we are going to talk about what very many Photographers consider the biggest problem with reflectors. Subjects having a hard time with the bright light. I will teach you a very simple and easy trick today. Then I will talk a bit about advice in general to help clients handle bright light better. Let's start with Image 1.
Image 1. This is a typical set up for a bright sun shot. We have the sun hit her from behind to get a nice white veil etc. The problem here is the light from our silver reflector is very bright and it is hard for her to keep her eyes open. So here is the solution. We asked the bride to close her eyes and relax while we set the light. We usually try to make the reflected light match the backlight. When we feel good about the light, we turn it off, and have her open her eyes and we talk with her about how we want her to close they eyes again, and tell her we will count to 1-2-3. We want her to open the eyes on 3, and I will take 3-4 fast exposures, almost always at least one of them have big eyes. When people open their eyes they usually fully open before they close them to defend themselves against the bright light hitting them. I do this a couple of times to be sure I have what I need.
Image 2. Here we have a nice shot of Mimi with her beautiful eyes, after using the 1-2-3 technique. I have always hated to do anything 1-2-3 in Photography, but I have to admit it sure works in this case.
We have to remember, especially if clients come from being inside and out to the bright sun, it takes their eyes a while to adjust to the brightness. If it's a bridal shoot, like in this case, I will maybe use the first 10 minutes when we get out to talk about the shoot, how she is doing etc. giving her time to get used to the bright light. People that always seem to wear sunglasses seem to have the hardest time with bright light.
Once I was doing an engagement shoot and the groom could not even keep his eyes open in the shade. He was SO light sensitive. This was 4 months before their Wedding Day. I asked if he used sunglasses a lot. He sad ALWAYS! So I told him in a kind way, that if he wanted great pictures on the big day, I suggest he not wear sunglasses again before the wedding. The wedding day came, it was a very bright sunny July day, 103ºF and Utah has such a bright sunlight. We started taking pictures and he had no problem with his eyes on any location or under any condition. I complemented him and he told me had not used sunglasses since the engagement shoot 4 months earlier. Woooow! Great commitment to pictures, and he sure looked great and so did his bride.
Welcome to Part 2 in this 4 part series on Photographing in Midday sun, these two images is taken within less then a minute of each other around 2:30 pm on a day where the sun was at the highest (Noon) at 1:15pm. (For Noon info, sunrise etc , see iPhone app Darkness) Hope you enjoy this midday series? This part also have good info on perspective and working with wide angel lenses in people photography.
Before I get into Image number 1 here is the technical info. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @47mm and f 5.7 (43mm is normal on a DSLR not 50mm) Time taken 2:33:36 pm so 1 hour and 18 min after the sun was at the highest.
In midday sun tall buildings are great, I picked this silo because of it interesting shape against the sky. As you can see from Illustration # 2, I choose to work right inside the shade, and get lot's of bounce from the sun hitting the ground. The silver reflector creates a great highlight to shape her face. I wanted the shaded area of the silo as background to get a colder color temperature in the background then the reflected light, and found it more peaceful. If I had wanted a more dramatic image I could have back lit her, and used the sunny side. If you have problems with clients reacting to the bright light? then make sure to read Part 4 of this series which have great solutions for that.
In Illustration #2 see how she leans her upper body towards the camera, it is to get less distortion shooting it at 24mm on full frame, if you look at the final image underneath this way of standing have avoided a distorted face and body, if she had stayed straight up she would have gotten very wide hips and a small head with an up the nose look. Try to think camera and subject leveled when you shoot wide angel, if you want the subject to look it's best.
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 24mm and f5.7 This image is taken at 2:34:19 pm, so less then a minute apart from the closer shot. This is what I like about high quality zooms, being able to quickly get different shots, especially when I'm laying in such an uncomfortable position :-)
I decided to add more light on her face then the rest of the body since I consider her face the most important part of the image, not the clothes. If it had been a fashion image I would have approached it differently, drawn more attention to her clothes and maybe had her look away?
PS. NO retouch done on any of the images :-)