I have had a Roundflash for a while now and enjoy its portability, ease of use and simplicity. But the funny thing is I actually end up using it off camera more then on camera, like a consolable soft-box, which is how the new version is designed to be used.
When Ulli and I were talking about what we were going to shoot she suggested something like “Twiggie” but with a modern twist ….
Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949), widely known by the nickname Twiggy, is an English model, actress and singer. In the mid-1960s she became a prominent British teenage model of swinging sixties London with others such as Penelope Tree.
A few weeks back I was invited to re-shoot the band Replica. As they had changed their line up…..
A few weeks ago Thorsten suggested we do shoot in the style of a 1940’s black and white film. The term film noir, French for “black film”, first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, but the name took until the 1970s to catch on in the American cinema. Whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debate among scholars.
Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. As a big fan of painters like Caravaggio, Velázquez, Vermeer and Rembrandt I used the concept of Chiaroscuro for lighting this project.
Christian (aka Dome) is an artist who has a studio is next door to the lightGIANTS studio so we run into each other all the time. A few weeks back we organises to shoot a large part of his current work. As this shoot was something completely different my normal portrait shoots I thought it would be interesting to post mostly “making of” style photos so you can see the process and thought that went into the shoot. To see the finished images please visit Christian (aka Dome) website www.domeone.de or visit him on Facebook www.facebook.com/dome.streetart
Large polystyrene reflectors on the sides for soft even light reflection, was not always easy depending on the size of the canvas.
Quenox Light Shaper Kit for External Flash
There are a lot of things that are going to have to fit into my lighting bag, one of the first things I want to try out is Quenox Light Shaper Kit for External Flash. The kit itself is designed to fit any systems flash and comes with a variety of light modifiers. This is just my first impressions as I took them out of the box to play with, I have a few shoots planed in the next few months to really test them out.
I have a lot of mobile lighting gear…. I can’t help it, it like a compulsion. Playing with light either in the studio or out and about strobist style (the term strobist is actually a registered trademark and if you don’t know the strobist website you really should check it out) is something I really enjoy, but it can be hard and expensive to find the exact lighting equipment there is so much of it out there now days. So as I’m heading down to my sisters wedding latter this year in New Zealand I want to put together 1 bag of lighting equipment to take with me. So I want to test a few items and really find a balance between price, quality, portability, compatibility etc
This shoot posed a whole new range of problems….. Miss Alabaster saw a photo of me taken with a smart-phone that had one of those retro style camera apps, e.g “Hipstermatic”, “Retro-camera” etc. And wanted to do a shoot where her styling fitted to an 80’s look and the final images looked like they were faded old photos.
I have seen a few different types of hot shoe adapters and flash triggers for the NEX range of cameras over the last few years. And I have been very happy with the simple JJC MSA-10 (ISO hot shoe adapter for nex) that I have been using, but last week i sew a dedicated trigger and receiver for only 14€ and thought I would give it a try.
My set was branded with the name WanSen but they may be distributed under several different names
Last Friday was “Friday night shoot” time again. This time it was a starter course for first time studio users starting from the ground up covering all the basics including trigger, sync speed and different light formers.