In the afternoon my wife MaryLyn came home and told me Dr. Steven R. Covey had died. One of the most influential people on earth. When I was at his house to photograph him for the cover story of Utah Valley magazine in 2009 I had a wonderful experience photographing him.
When we where done and packing up the equipment, Dr. Covey asked if he could help us carry some equipment to the car!!!! It blew my mind, he was 75 and a super star, but he wanted to help me carry stuff. One of the things I remember him telling me while we where there was how he recently had been to India to train their government leaders on how to work together. India got more then 1.2 billion people, this is just one example of the influence he had on leaders of nations and so many more. His best selling book " 7 habits of highly effective people" has sold more then 20 mill copies!!! Who knows how many his other books have sold.
In the last 15 years or so I have started to take what I call mental pictures, photographing with my mind special situations I want to remember. That day at the Covey's house the picture I took to keep in my mind was very powerful and special. When we where about to leave Dr. Covey's wife Sandra came to say hello. She was in a wheelchair due to an accident. While we talked ( I had photographed Mrs. Sandra Covey a few years earlier in their home.) He was standing close to the wheel chair, then I saw something beautiful, they where holding hands in the most beautiful way, so much closeness and love. One part of me wanted to take out a camera, the other side of me made a better choice to engrave an image on my mind.
I been reflecting on what made me want to take this balcony picture while I was there. The one thing is how they love the view of the Provo LDS Temple. Looking at it again this week I think this is mayby what it was? In Norway the king and his family every independence day May 17th stay on a balcony at the castle and wave to all the people in the parade going bye. So here is my thoughts. Dr. Covey was an absolute king of his profession so her he is a kind of a king on the balcony.
I believe in eternal life and that we can be together again some day. Dr. Covey's also believe so and that faith must be the best comfort the family can have during such a hard time.
In 1995 I had the great fortune to spend a week on the filming of James Bond movie GoldenEye 007. It was fantastic to watch close up how this super professional people work. I was with the second unite who films the most complcated stunts. Thanks Kodak for the trip. Besides observing I also got to be and extra. (See pictures from it under video :-)
A few weeks ago I was teaching for PTO Phtotraing Overseas in Tunisia. They made short video clips for the introduction of the speakers. With me they picked 007, hope you will enjoy the clip it is only 1 min 24sec and fast paced.
I strongly recoomend you click on full screen in the bottom rigth of the movie screen. I had nothing to do with choice of theme or text in this video, but thanks PTO for the kind words :-)
I sure had a good and cold time in St.Petersbourg, Russia, what a great city, arts, ballet ....
Thanks for spending some of your valuable time here on my blog.
Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 48mm and f.14. 400 ISO.
This was one of the most challenging and fun shoots that I have ever been asked to do as a photographer. Photograph 5 very historic olympic gold medalists in one shot. Between all of them they have won 14 olympic gold medals. Here are their names from the left: Bart Connor, Nadia Comaneci, Dan Jansen, Mike Eruzione and Bonnie Blair. I have posted some good links to learn more about them at the end of this blog post. Since this is a photographic blog, I will mainly focus on how I did the shoot.
Did a job like this make me nervous? (Alll 5 flew into Utah just for this shoot!) Yes, but every shoot does. They were so professional, no phones going off, or phonecalls made, full focus on the shoot.
The shoot took place on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I rented 5 Profoto D1 500 Air lamps to have in addition to all my Elinchroms. We test shot on the Saturday before. I rented extra lamps so I could have 2 lighting set ups ready to go and be max effective. As I usually do when I mix brands of lamps, like in this shot, I use one brand for the lights in front of the subjects and another behind them.
My fill light is an Elinchrom 1000ws bounced of my wall/cealing that is painted in neutral grey. Studios are mostly white but many commercial photographers like black walls. I got the idea of neutral grey from Elinchrom's own studio. The main light is an Elinchrom 600ws in an Elinchrom Octa. The placement of this light is extremly esential in this case, where I need to get an even light across a large area. The key is to use the edge of the light, the lamp is almost pointing away from them; this way I only get about 1/2 an f stop difference from side to side. The first person just gets lit by the very edge, while the person the furthest away gets lit by more of the middle of the lamp. I hope I've explained this well enough. It is an awesome way to light large areas. There is about 1 f stop difference between the fill and the main light. The image underneath shows the back lighting. All three overview shots are thanks to my friend Pete Stott who also assisted on this shoot.
We used two Profoto D1 500 Air's with strip light soft boxes from behind. They needed to be pretty far out on the sides since I used wide angle in many of the shots. Also, I had to be careful to not get light spill from them on the background. In this shot you can see pretty well how the main light almost point away from them.
Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 25mm and f.11. 400 ISO.
This is my favorite shot of them all. I also photographed them individually along with Bart and Nadia (married) together (Nadia was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10!). I will post 2 more blog posts one from Bart and Nadia's shoot and one with the 3 skaters.
As you can see in this overview, I'm laying on the floor shooting with the 24-70mm @ 25mm. It is very important to keep the subjects lined up on the same plane. I also have them lean towards me a bit to avoid too much distortion ( see how Bonnie Blair to the right in coming forward in this overview :-) Shooting low and involving the floor gives a cool effect, but it sure takes a studio with a large background which I'm glad I have.
If you are interested in studio photography, then I recommend you follow my studio FB page: InStudio Photographics
Here are some links if you want to read some of their amazing stories:
Bonnie Blair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Blair
Nadia Comaneci: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Comaneci
Bart Connor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_Conner
Dan Jansen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jansen
Mike Eruzione: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Eruzione
Bonnie Blair: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2089667/
Nadia Comaneci: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0173536/
Bart Connor: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0175123/
Dan Jansen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1139045/
Mike Eruzione: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0259942/
So many photographic magazine articles, blog posts, web images, FB posts and even weddings I see these days contain NO close up pictures where we can see lit eyes as well as details in the dress detail. So many have one or the other; in other words, good details in the dress but dark eyes or vice versa. I'm not getting into the reasons why in this article, I think you all know why a client would like to have both. ;-) It's not that hard and I have made many blog posts on how to do it with varying techniques, but I wanted to bring it to "light" again because I feel it's so important.
I think a client deserves to see their eyes AND details in the dress. Eyes are the mirror of the soul, some say. The longer I have photographed the more I have realized that most of the expression comes through the eyes. PLEASE be professional and make sure clients also get to see the sparkle in the eyes, not just cool kissing photos off in the distance. I have choosen to pick 7 closer pictures from the same bridal where you see the eyes and still have details in the dress. No raccoon eyes. ;-) I also added some thoughts/info under each one.
Happy shooting and a very Merry Christmas! Sorry if I sound irritaded but I just feel bad for the clients, often spending thousands on a dress, make up, etc. just to not get the important details recorded well.
Back light always works well with brides wearing a veil, especially if they have dark hair, often on blonde brides we need to put a diffusior between the sun and bride.
Try to use the flowers as a tool, create a waist line if needed, do not hide all the beautiful details on the top of a dress.
I like the flowers to be part of a portrait sometimes. They can, of course, often compete with the bride for attention but in this case I put them against a warm background to not be so powerful like they are against the dress. Also placed them to the back and side to still give a feel of the dress design.
Just loved the warm reflections in the office building. It helps to have the veil frame her face, so her skintone doesn't go into the background too much. This and the above pictures are also a good example of how I might go from 3/4 to close up on the same set up, just moving the flowers.
Just boring asphalt is one of my favorites backgrounds for bridal portraits.
I like the white building as a back ground; in this case to neautralize the dress and get more attention to the face. We also used one tungsten spot to backlight and one on her face. This gives a warmer light and different color temperature which also helps set her face apart from the rest of the picture. Happy Holidays!
Karl Lagerfeld (born September 10, 1933 in Hamburg) is a fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris. Here we have another super talent performing at his best at the age of 78!!!! All his pictures that I am blogging today are from 2011/2012 campaigns. You can be a great photographer as long as you live, I hope. Think about Irving Penn, George Hurell, Richard Avedon, etc.
"Karl Lagerfeld started designing in the 1950s but it is only much later that he tried his hand at photography. Legend has it that, dissatisfied with submissions from agencies, Lagerfeld was challenged to shoot the 1987 press release by Eric Pfrunder, Chanel’s image director. The designer of Chanel’s fashion collections has since then doubled as the man behind the lens for Chanel ads and corporate images. Lagerfeld admits that photography plays a major role in his life; .....“I cannot see life without the vision of a photographer anymore. I see the world and fashion through lens.” Ritournelle
Couture Candice – Karl Lagerfeld captures Candice Swanepoel in stunning fall 2011 haute couture garments for the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar US. Styled by Andrew Richardson, Candice is diva glam in the designs of Chanel, Givenchy and Atelier Versace haute couture. Hair by Sam McKnight and makeup by Val Garland complete the sumptuous black and white image.
Statuesque Resort – The Fendi resort 2012 campaign taps Natasha Poly for ultra-bright images starring the Russian beauty with classic statues and mid-length skirts. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, Natasha sports a messy up-do and chunky heels with a casual elegance.
Princess Vanessa – Actress Vanessa Paradis teams up with Karl Lagerfeld for the July 2011 issue of Tatler Russia. The French beauty wanders around Versailles Palace in the delicate and elegant designs of Chanel, bringing an echo of Marie Antoinette style back to the court.
Fendi Fall 2011 Campaign ~ Muse Like – Another season, another Fendi campaign starring Anja Rubik lensed by Karl Lagerfeld. For autumn, Anja goes brunette as she plays a muse for male model Brad Kroenig. The collections mishmash of furs, tweed and knits go on display in a studio setting where Anja is as elegant as ever in languid poses.
Hope you have enjoyed looking at some of Karl Lagerfeld's recent work. Here are some links to some more info and images: