Discussion in 'General Chat' started by JetBlast, Jan 9, 2007.
Bugs make me creep out, but those are fantastic shots!
I really like this one of mine, probably one of my favorites. It is an HDR photo.
szeph, that bug set is very nice. They're really razor sharp!
Keeping with the bugs on flowers trend:
Grasshopper on Red Rose by npmeijer, on Flickr
Dragonfly on Flowerstem by npmeijer, on Flickr
Hmmmmmm, wasps. I know I have some pics of them somewhere. How about bees? Like about 10,000 of them?
DSC03397 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
Oh and in spite of Mother Nature and her curve balls I managed to pull off the Gap clothing shoot without getting myself or anyone else killed or sent to the hospital. She must really be on the rag cause she sent a deer out into the road on a blind curve on my way home to see if I was paying attention. I was so me, my car and the deer went on our ways unscathed. Sorry no pics until after the mag is published. One of those contractual obligation things...
I'm not sure what this is. It has stripes like a bee but it's smaller. I was able to get one in flight . There's another one on the flower but it's totally washed out from the sun bouncing off the flower.
IMG_9685-2 by table4one?, on Flickr
Nice job. Looking forward to seeing the pics. I have my biggest shoot yet coming up in 3 days and I'm a bit nervous, but really excited at the same time. It's for a magazine spread with one of the back street boys. We're doing it in an old theater so I have to make sure my lighting is spot on. I hope I don't goof up Same as you I won't be able to show pics until it's published.
Thanks. Next up is a spread for Macy's. It's going to be an outdoor shoot as well. This time around I'm going to bring a strobe set with me in case Ma Nature decides to throw dead light on my parade like she did for an hour yesterday. I swear this is revenge for all the times I photographed her raging fury. LOL! I got a cool product ad coming up too. It's for an ultra high end custom jeweler. One of my models gets to wear a million dollars worth of diamonds for an hour or two.
So what do you have in mind for lighting? I'm guessing but I would figure the stage is what you'll be working with? If so I would guess you'll be using at least two high output diffused flashes for side lights with maybe a soft box beauty light along with a couple of key lights? What look are they going for? Hard and edgy with deep shadows? In any case I think you'll do fine. You know what you're after so the lighting part really shouldn't be to much of a headache.
Oh and that bug you snagged is what called a syrphid fly or hover fly. It's a harmless fly that likes to hover a lot hence the name. Around here people mistakenly call them sweat bees.
The jewelery shoot sounds like fun. Are you gonna do any crazy concepts with fun models and crazy make up, or it just like a normal jewelery store ad type of thing?
We need to do about 5-6 shots for the spread so we'll be shooting at difference places in the theater. One shot will be on stage with him looking at me or into an empty audience. I'll probably shoot him with 1 large gridded softbox camera left/right at 45 degrees, angled down, with 1 strobe behind him for a bit of rim light, and 2 strobes lighting the background/seats a couple stops lower. I already scouted the location and I won't be able to get any ambient at the settings I want to use. With the theater lights on I was only getting 1/20 at 2.8 at 1600 ISO already, and I'd probably like to shoot at 1/100 at f/5.6 at 100 ISO for a clean image with some background in it. I think throwing a bit of ground up chalk behind him might look cool with the rim light too but I'm not sure it'll go with the mood. I'll get there about an hour early and try some things out. That's probably the shot that'll take the most time to set up and tweak. The rest will probably be shot closer with 1 key and some fill. There's a cafe there too with big windows so I'll try to do a couple window light ones.
I just finished shooting someone on Monday out in the woods on a hot day and I dragged out my ranger battery pack. Damn it was heavy. I probably had about 80 pounds of equipment so I brought a little dolly into the woods and there weren't trails all the time. Had no assistant besides her mom, and the wardrobe person but she had her own things to carry. In hindsight speedlites would've done the trick since I only ended up shooting at minimum power levels. Here are some samples I've managed to process while trying to recover from the day...
I'm not a pro by any means. I just like doing this stuff on the side.
bailey1 by table4one?, on Flickr
bailey2 by table4one?, on Flickr
bailey3 by table4one?, on Flickr
bailey4 by table4one?, on Flickr
You should get to it just to see how it compares. I would have loved to read the book as a boy of the main character's age.
Killer lighting, trader. That last photo is sensational.
Good job with the woods shots. I like them. I can imagine you had all kinds of headaches with trying to keep that white dress from blowing out big time.
Oh speedlights and remote triggers are your friend. I have 3 of them and man do they come in handy when it comes to lug crap around time. I move around a lot and the strobe set gets in my way more than it helps me. Of course if I'm dealing with a very controlled studio type of shot then out they come no question.
I can picture the shot you have in mind for your stage shoot. It'll be a killer for sure.
Hmmmmm, wild and crazy would be fun but I think I'm going to do a black on black on black shot to really focus attention on the jewelry. I'll use my assistant Danielle as the model in a black evening dress against a black or near black background. I would really like to use a boatload of candles as the light source since that'll get the diamonds all fired up but that might not be practical. The key with getting stones like diamonds fired up is to use pinpoint light sources. Here's a pic of the concept I have in mind......
thanks. ya, the whites were a problem when i wanted to shoot natural light. it was a really bright day and when the sun peeks through the trees you get a really wide dynamic range that a 35mm camera can't handle. here's a couple SOOC test shots with and without flash for illustration. the actual scene with your own eyes looks more like the flash one. but the look of her skin is nicer in the natural light. the final image i did was somewhere in between those two shots. i like to shoot as far to the right (on the histogram) as i can without blowing it out, and then toning it down in PP if needed. now if they could make a large format digital camera that didn't cost the price of a house then....
as for the diamonds, i remember a few months back in this thread we were discussing how to get that "sparkle" in diamonds. i remember my best attempt at it was when i used a small LED flashlight. now i see why. good thing to know. they also make filters that create sparkles. but candles sound great. i think i'll try doing a romantic candle lit shoot sometime soon
Earlier pic in wide angle version
And old boat
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