Light Chasing Setup - Desert Shoot
*Mentoring Workshop at the end of April in LA. Contact info at the bottom of this article (it will be a small group and fill up quick)
Students often ask me, "where do you start with lighting? What's your favorite light modifier?" Let me start by saying when using off-camera light you always have one constant light source, what is 'available' or what is often referred to as 'natural light.' I have trained my eye to search for the available light source first and then build lights around that. I'm obsessed with searching for unusual light: reflections, dappled, soft, hard, patterns, contaminated, etc. I'll say it again, available light is the one thing that is constant in every photo (unless you are shooting in a vacuum...lol).
If you want a quick peek into a simple light scenario centered around the most basic available light source click READ MORE.
From My Window - East to West Coast
I drove from St. Petersburg, Florida to Indio, California for two weeks. I stopped and visited with friends in various cities along the way...Santa Rosa Beach, New Orleans, Corpus Christi, Phoenix, and Indio. I primarily shot from my car while driving (I know...dangerous),
ThinkTank Camera Bag Family - Traveling Light and Heavy
VIDEO REVIEW COMING SOON!!! CHECK BACK
My ThinkTank bag collection covers all the stops; I have a bag for light weight Lightenupandshoot Style street portaits, a middle weight bag that will cover 85% of most client shoots and Big ThinkTank Mama which is suitable for my international commercial gigs.
Meet my ThinkTank family:
Click Read more below to get the skinny on the different ThinkTank bags I use and why...
Lightenupandshoot Style Seminar/Mentoring - Dec. 2013
I'm driving across country making a documentary of my journey; along the way I am giving several Lightenupandshoot Style seminars that are designed to inspire and give a different perspective in the art of photography. This isn't a workshop/seminar that focuses on gear or technique, rather it's meant to ignite/re-ignite your passion to create art and engage with your subject.
Create a Lightenupandshoot account ( HERE ) if you are interested in attending the seminar at one of the following cities:
Seaside, Florida Dec. 12
New Orleans, LA Dec. 15
Baton Rouge, LA Dec. 16
Corpus Christi, TX Dec. 19
Phoenix, AZ Dec. 22
Palm Springs, CA Dec. 28
In My Chair - Portraits of Friends and Clients at the Studio
'In My Chair' is a collection of portraits taken at my studio the past several months. I usually start each session at the studio before venturing to a location; my studio has a great feel and the music is usually pumping loud through my Bose system. It's fun to ask the model/subject to DJ tunes with their mobile device ... the first few minutes, whether your professional or not, is always a bit uncomfortable. So...my chair is a great pl to let the magic begin...hence...In My Chair.
Click read more to see the series.
Photography Lighting Natural Light - Light Chasing
Chasing the Light is something I have talked about for the past couple of years. The one thing constant when shooting is there will always be available light; a constant light source. Most newbie shooters want to jump into off camera flash and forget that half of the image comes from an available light source. I start by hunting interesting light that's taking place and add additional light as needed; that is called "Light Chasing." Training your eye to see refections, hard vs. soft, shadows, etc. takes time. Walk around like a detective the next time you do some street light and search for light. Watch the video!