It’S Matthew Smith Jordan

Very interesting video ! Enjoy!

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It’s Yes It’s Me When I Shoot!

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Sometimes funny things happen during a shooting and this time, Mister Sun had decided to pay us a visit.

What you see is me shooting at a mirror. I stand in a sunbeam. Sunset has started. Behind me, my wife, under a Beauty Dish. I just think it’s cool.

more to come…

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Things I have learned yesterday

My wife and I have decided to make a few shots in a totally different direction we use to do.

I call it, the “Emily Soto”. Stop. I don’t pretend to be as good as she is. What I mean by that is only the kind of dream-uish girls with flowers and kind of vintage victorian clothes. You get the idea (hopefully). Anyway, if you want to check on her gallery, click here.

She is a master of this style. Which is not what I am drawn to but it’s kind interesting and women seam to love that. So OK, let’S give it a try. I loaded my car and off we go. After a minute or two, my back let me remember I am 45 and it hurt. Not the best thing for a shoot. No position did help. The good thing about this is you have to be effective since you don’t want to suffer for nuts.

I took 3 cameras to see if there are differences. A nikon DF, a Fuji EX1 and a Sony Alpha700. And yes there are and will be a subject of a future post. We made 2 setups. The one below was shot with a Nikon Dƒ, 70-200mm 2,8G, S1/125 ƒ5, ISO 100. It’s lighted by 3 strobes.

  1. My Keylight is a beautydish. I now think a big SB would have been more appropriate. It aims down at her at a 45° angle.
  2. My backlight is 1/3 of my key light. It’s a bare head of my quadra, B plug. It’s gelled with a CTO.
  3. My third light is a fill. It’s 40cm above the ground aiming straight at a silver reflector

I made just on measurement with my light-meter and I was done and ready to shoot.

woman with flowers in her hair sitting on a chair

My postproduction is only about the skin + background smoothing. No vignette or any kind of other adjustments. I hope this kind of picture will interest new models based in Vienna who want to build their portfolio for free (TFP).

Have a nice Sunday, more to come…

 

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Pocker

Pocker

A new attempt of this poker project after I have got some feedbacks from my buddies at Chasseurs D’images, a french forum for photogs.

They said my head is to brightened. OK, in this version, there is one ƒ-stop between the chips and my head.

They said no one plays alone poker. And this why I cloned myself after I grabbed a wig and a red shirt.

They said money and chips in the pot don’t belong together. So I recomposed the shot.

They said other little things I did not want to change. :-)

Anyway, having feedbacks help you to get the next level.

more to come…

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Be Yourself, No Matter What They Say !

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April 6, 2015 · 8:58 pm

It’s about money!

unbenannte Fotosession-005-Bearbeitet KopieTo make this shot you need two strobes gridded. One aiming down at the pot + one for the character. And, 2600 EUR.

:-)

To combine the 2 lights, it was easy as each one is in charge of its part of the picture.So I metered both of them separately and set the power so it looks like one light source. No vignette added. The cool thing about light meter is that it took me… zero test shot!!! Pretty easy set up actually.

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It’s I am the star !

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Babies are like cats, not easy to shoot.
:-)
Today’s picture is not about reality it’s just a fun picture. And yes I photoshopped her eyes and smile ! :-)
And yes, she will probably hate me in many years from now if this picture is shown at her wedding !

more to come !

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It’s… Ohh! It’s already Sunday!!!

Hey gang!

I have been very busy last week, but I am back from France and I should have more time for my blog so stay tuned !  :-)

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I have had the idea of this shot for months.

Actually, I have to say it was not MY idea, I saw this composition many times. One of the best version I have been lucky to see is a version of Joe McNally as he shot RC Conception. And the idea to shoot a guy with lit by a laptop started that day.

I am not a fan of photoshop to create special effects as it is the case here. But when it comes down to serve the purpose, I have no problem to go for it, at least to give it a try.

I am working on a project TABLE. I shoot in a very tiny room and my goal is to create nice looking pictures, each of them has to tell a story. unbenannt-192The second item or element of this shot is a topic I love because I thing it’s fascinating. It’s this very little thing that makes the difference between a normal man and and sick soul. Psychopaths are like that. They have a normal life, most of the time since only a side of personality is not working properly.

Last year I read a book called “Confessions of Sociopath” written by E. Thomas, a woman who’s one of them. It was more interesting than MAD MAN and WALKING DEAD together and I could not let fall this book out of my hands. With the not so cool effect that I was seeing sociopaths all around me… Pretty scary.

But my point is this, this little difference with big consequences fascinates me. And psychological disorders are a way I want to explore… Photographically only needless to say.

So I combined the two projects into one : Tables and Psychological disorders and this picture is the first of the 8 or 10 that survived my selection.

This one is the one I have selected for the DEDPXL09 assignment. The others are too obvious. But will be coming soon.

SETUP
3 lights
1 Elinchrom for the table with no gel: it’s a gridded beauty-Dish.
1 Speedlight (I don’t like them but I needed a small light source) behind the screen aiming at me with a blue gel on it
1 Elinchrom with a standard light modifier generally used for background with a darker blue gel on it.

Combining the ratios was a little tricky but I solved it as I gridded the BD. My enemy is that each light influenced the others. By separating them, it worked fast and good.

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Quick set up !

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Many of us have not a lot of time to spend with photography since we are hobbiest (like me) or pros running from an assignment to another at a racy pace. The shot above was done in 15 minutes.

The prop: my guitar and an amp. Enough for a short story.
The model: me. Bad for the expression but easy to convince to shoot! :-)
The light: it’s natural light. Behind me there is a huge window with a white curtain.
The light adjustment : not even a test shot. Thanks to Frank Doorhof, I have learned how to use a lightmeter.

So? How did I metered the light?

Easy!

I first metered the light behind me aiming my light-meter toward the curtain. It gave me ISO400 – S1/500 – ƒ4,5
Now, knowing that 2 stop above a correct exposure you have a total white, I simply needed to set my camera at least 2 steps below. I did that by reducing my speed since I am not working with strobes. Done. And the result was pretty predictable.

I shot with my ex1. A great cam but not for self-protraiture (it works but it’s boring since I had to walk to the cam after each frame. If you know a way to fix this, please let me know). And not for strobes shots neither by the way. Anyway, I could check the measurement in the lcd display. And it was correct !

more to come…

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Playing with light make so much fun. It is a question of centimeters and you got a totally different look. So many centimeters to explore !

Fabulouskatrin 1st Shoot

And those 2 shots show that tiny dofference makes a huge difference!

Have a nice Weekend !

more to come…

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