Congratulations Rob and Stacy!

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Hi and welcome back.

I know it has been a while since I have posted, but it’s been busy.  Not only shooting but booking workshops and travel and weddings.  2014 sees me return the the wedding market.  I left in August of 2011 for a variety of reasons.  After a 3 year hiatus, I’m back shooting weddings and accepting interviews for the end of 2014 and all of 2015 and 2016.

But for today I want to congratulate Rob and Stacy on getting married!

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Steam Punk

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Hi and welcome back.

Last weekend I ran a workshop on the Steam Punk look.

I had not really experienced this look until I saw it on America’s Next Top Model, then I wanted to do it.

We worked at the Shoreline Trolley Museum, East Haven, CT and shot on period trolleys.  The red trolley was built in 1899 and the brown trolley was built in 1862.  How fitting for the steam punk look than to shoot on real period style trolleys.

Many thanks to John and Nathan from the Shoreline Trolley Museum, Madlyn our model who came with the steam punk look, and Kimberly of Salon Bordeaux for hair and makeup.

I used all location strobes for this one as I wanted plenty of power and quick recycle times.

Gear:

Profoto 300 ws compact and Acute 600e with 3 heads

Profoto Beauty Dish

Photek 46″ Softlighter

Profoto 20 degree grid

Here are a few shots from the day.

Our first look was one light only using a Photek Softlighter:

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Here’s a proof with that dark and edgy light:

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One of the pitfalls of shooting on location, traffic from museum attendees:

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Our next look on this trolley included a second light underneath the wheels and a smoke machine to make it look like the model was in a working station:

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For the next look, I want a lot of light to really show detail and interest, so I went with 4 lights and the fog machine:

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Here’s the setup, you can see the beauty dish up high, two strobe heads on the ground for front light, and another behind the model with a grid:

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This was one of the best workshops I’ve run because of the creativity involved and the unique look.

I’ll run another in the Summer or Fall, so stay tuned and join in the fun!!

 

Steam Punk Workshop at the Shoreline Trolley Museum

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Hi and welcome back.

I’m running a workshop in the fun and funky style of Steam Punk at the Shoreline Trolley Museum, East Haven, CT on June 14, 2014.

Shoreline Trolley Museum

We’ll have a model in the Steam Punk period look with professional hair and makeup.  We’ll also be working in one of the train/trolley sheds with multiple different cars as our backdrop.

Details:

Look: Steam Punk

Cost: $180.00 before the event, $200.00 the day of the event (Cost covers model, styling, entrance fee, location shooting fee/donation to the museum).  Check in the mail or Paypal via my blog link above.

Time: 12-4

Date: June 14, 2014

Place: Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St, East Haven, CT  06512

Our Model is Madlyn, and she’ll be in period style Steam Punk attire:

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If you are attending, you need to arrive at 11:15 to take the 11:30 trolley into the yard…

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Matching Another Photographer’s Work

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Hi and welcome back.

Today I’m shooting corporate head shots for Tangoe Marketing.

My contact at Tangoe sent me a proof from another photographer and asked if I could match the lighting?  Tangoe had a conference in Phoenix about a month ago and they hired a local photographer to shoot all the executives and conference attendees who needed head shots.  This is a great way to get all of the employees head shots done in a short time without having to hire photographers around the country; however, if you are not in attendance this can be an issue, especially if you are the CEO.

So, Tangoe sent me a proof.  I took a crop of just the eye area for two reasons: 1. to find out how the other photographer did the job, simply look at the catchlights in the eyes, 2. I don’t know the other photographer so I won’t post all of his work as I can’t credit him or her.

Here’s the crop of the eyes.  You can see a soft box on the left as key and an umbrella reflected in the upper part of the glasses for fill.

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This is not how I usually shoot my corporate look, but for this job, matching is essential.  So I set up my lights and took a few test shots while shooting a corporate portrait for Crysta.

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In order to stay mobile and work quickly as I’m only shooting a few people, I used a 46″ Photek Softlighter as my key instead of breaking down and setting up a large soft box.  Here’s the setup.

Lights: Profoto Acute 600e with three heads

Key: 46″ Photek Softlighter

Fill: 45″ Photoflex Umbrella

Back: 20 degree grid on a Studio Gray paper

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Here’s a straight-out-of-the-camera proof that matched the look perfectly.

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I don’t normally shoot my corporate shots like this as I prefer a hair light, but I’m exploring now using a hair light with this type of setup.  The nice thing about key and fill lighting is that your subject can move from side to side without you worrying about moving a reflector or dealing with falloff on the opposite side of the face.

I like the look and it matched the other shot perfectly.

So, in short, to learn light, look in the eyes.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Steam Punk Workshop at the Shoreline Trolley Museum

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Hi and welcome back.

I’m running a workshop in the fun and funky style of Steam Punk at the Shoreline Trolley Museum, East Haven, CT on June 14, 2014.

Shoreline Trolley Museum

We’ll have a model in the Steam Punk period look with professional hair and makeup.  We’ll also be working in one of the train/trolley sheds with multiple different cars as our backdrop.

Details:

Look: Steam Punk

Cost: $180.00 before the event, $200.00 the day of the event (Cost covers model, styling, entrance fee, location shooting fee/donation to the museum).  Check in the mail or Paypal via my blog link above.

Time: 12-4

Date: June 14, 2014

Place: Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St, East Haven, CT  06512

Our Model is Madlyn, and she’ll be in period style Steam Punk attire:

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If you are attending, you need to arrive at 11:15 to take the 11:30 trolley into the yard.  If you miss the trolley, it is a short walk with your gear.  But take the trolley to get in the mood!

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We’ll work in one of the train/trolley sheds and have the run of the place to do what we want:

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This is our inspiration:

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If you are interested, you can pay via Paypal with the link on the top of the page or contact me directly: rvh34@hotmail.com.

Do not message or attempt to contact me through Facebook, I will not answer.  

Don’t miss this fun event shooting a really cool look!

Hope to see you there!

Bob

 

 

 

Back From LA and Now Off To Toronto

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Hi and welcome back.

I returned home from LA and the Big Photo Show and a full day of jet lag only to be off tomorrow morning to the Henry’s Exposure Show in Toronto.  Whew, what a week!

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Henry’s is a Canadian base retailer with over 20 stores in the Eastern half of the country.  I’m proud go be honored to speak at the Exposure show, which for those of you on the East Coast of the US would compare to the Photoplus Expo in NYC.

This year all three presentations are on small flash photography, and I’m looking forward to it.

Here are a few proofs from The Big Photo Show last weekend in LA.  Many, many thanks to everyone at Expoimaging, Brandi Carlos the HMUA, and of course Elizabeth Michelle for being a wonderful model for the two days.

This event turned into the gel event, with a great deal of shots taken with Rogue Gels to demonstrate the versatility of the kit and how you can change the look of an image with added color.

Enjoy and till next time, happy shooting!  Oh, maybe I’ll see you in Toronto, Eh!

The Big Photo Show, LA and Shooting Fitness with Rogue Flashbenders

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Hi and welcome back.

Tomorrow morning I head to The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles.  If you are in the neighborhood or know anyone there, tell them about this huge photography event.

The Big Photo Show

I’ll be there with Expoimaging teaching OCF techniques with Rogue Flashbenders.

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I’ll be working again with Elizabeth Michelle, here are a few from last August in Pasadena:

Now on to fitness:

I recently ran a fitness workshop using only Rogue Flashbenders and speed lights.

This look was the basic 3 light high key setup.

Key Light: SB910, Rogue XL Pro without diffusion

Back: 2 SB800′s, Large Rogue Flashbenders as flags

Two Impact 42×72 white reflectors to help edge light my subject

I set my key to Manual Mode at 1/2 power and my backlights to Manual Mode at 1/4 power.  The large flash benders on the background are used as flags to keep the light from coming back into the camera lens.

Here’s the setup:

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Here are proofs images straight out of the camera:

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Shooting 360º Panoromas and BH Videos

Hi and welcome back.

Sorry for the delay in posting but I’ve been busy.

I’ve been commissioned to photo document the Historic Wall St Theater in Norwalk, CT.  Part of the project included 360 degree panoramic views of the interior from the stage, main seating area, and the balcony.

I shoot my panos with the Nikon 14-24 lens and a Nodal Ninja Panoramic Head.  Then I stitch the pano together using Panorama Factory for 360 views a Virtual Tours.  Unfortunately, WordPress does not host the Virtual Tour, which all of the below images have been turned into.

When shooting panoramas, it is important to use a panoramic head so all the intersecting and converging lines match during the stitch and you avoid image Parallax, resulting in a poor stitch.

Each Panorama is bracketed with 7 frames, resulting in 84 images.  The images are then merged in Photomatix, brought into Photoshop for enhancement, and then stitched in Panorama Factory.  At this point the panos can be turned into the Virtual Tour, like you see on many hotel websites, or set to hi res jpegs for custom printing.

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Pano VR2

Pano VR3

 

On a second note, I’m building a youtube channel later this year, but now I’ve created a new page that has links to my current BH Photo Event Space Videos, including 40′s Glamour, Off Camera Flash, and Strobe lighting.

Use this link, Videos, or the link on the top of the page.

As always, till next time, happy shooting!!

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