47th Annual Packard Salon-Portraits

Hi Friends, I recently attended the 47th Annual Packard Salon event at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA as my friend, Booker’s “Plus One.” Booker has done some amazing fine art automotive photography, and has gotten in good with the folks of Packard International, headquartered right here in SoCal. Of course, the cars are Read more about 47th Annual Packard Salon-Portraits[…]

High-Key Studio Setup for Full Length Portraits

Hi Friends, Inspired by a photography blog somewhere, I’ve been working on perfecting my high-key studio set – expanding to be able to do full length / full body portraits. I’ve never really liked the seamless paper rolls — specifically, I’ve never liked having my subjects stand on them.  They get dirty, they tear, and Read more about High-Key Studio Setup for Full Length Portraits[…]

Return to Portraiture: Edgy and Action!

It’s been a really crazy week!  Returned to stormy SoCal after a non-stop weekend of portraiture and conducting my Lightroom Roadshow one day seminar in Northern Indiana.  What a blast that was!  I’m planning another one here in Orange County for sometime this Spring, so check back often for the date if you’re interested. While Read more about Return to Portraiture: Edgy and Action![…]

Blessings to You in 2010!

[clearspring_widget title=”Animoto.com” wid=”4805fc0db4a3562c” pid=”4b36fd8edf7af440″ width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”] We had a wonderful Christmas here in Southern California.  A quiet day with family. My mother-in-law gets me the Hallmark Star Trek ornament each year… My wife relegates them to the back side of the Christmas tree, but I have an entire fleet back there now! This is Read more about Blessings to You in 2010![…]

More Portraits with the Octabox…

Hi Friends, I gave my photography students an assignment last night to come back next week with 3 images taken at the extreme wide angle end of their focal length…whatever type of camera / lens they have. (The class is a mix of P&S and DSLR users). I explained to them that where we often Read more about More Portraits with the Octabox…[…]

Paintball! You Bet!

[clearspring_widget title=”Animoto.com” wid=”46928cc51133af17″ pid=”4925f12a127c93d1″ width=”432″ height=”260″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”] As much as my daughter loves posing for portraits, my son does not…unless of course, it involves putting on his paintball gear and channeling Chuck Norris. Even then, I get a lot of “Are we done yet, Dad…?”. Nevertheless, I’ve collected a few shots of Conner–both studio portraits, Read more about Paintball! You Bet![…]

Cat Senior Portraits: Part I

 

Hi Friends,

I was honored when my daughter asked me recently to shoot her senior portraits. She had her “official” yearbook photo done a week or so ago at a local studio as required by her school, but eschewed the full studio package in favor of having her dear old dad do her “real” senior photos.

We’re using a variety of lighting techniques, but so far, all have been done with remote hot shoe flash units (Nikon SB-800 Speedlights). 

In this series, we shot in an empty parking garage. I used one SB-800 with a DIY beauty dish modifier as the key light, and a second on the floor behind Cat, shooting through a homemade cookie (black cardstock with a bunch of slits cut in it) to give a little interest to the background.

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