Photoplus Expo and the Two Speedlight Beauty Headshot

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Hi and welcome back.

If you are attending the PDN Photoplus Expo this weekend, stop and say hello.  I’ll be with these companies at these times:

Photoplus Expo

Thursday
Company Time Look
Expoimaging 11:15-12:00 What you can do with 1 light
Kelby Media 1:00-1:30 XL Pro and Grid
Westcott 3:00-3:45 Beauty/Glamour Headshot
Phottix 4:00-4:45
Friday
Expoimaging 10:00-10:45 One light into two
Phottix 11:00-11:45
Expoimaging 1:45-2:30 2 Light, key and fill XL Pro
Expoimaging 3:00-3:45 3 Light Triangle
Saturday
Expoimaging 10:00-10:45 Over and Under Beauty
Phottix 11:00-11:45
Unique 12:30-1:15

Now on to the post.

I love the beauty headshot.  The ultra clean look on the lighting and the model are just wonderful.

While in Ohio, I worked with Grace Langshaw to do this look with two speed lights.

Langshaw Twins

Gear:

Key: SB800, Westcott Rapid Box

Fill: Westcott Eye Lighter

Back: SB800, Westcott 43″ Orb

Settings: Put both lights in Manual mode set to 1/4 power.

The key to this look is setting your lights at about 45 degrees to the subject and parallel with one another.

Here’s a BTS:

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Here is a final:

_RVH3461_rt_webYour initial capture will have a bit of milky softness to it as the light from the back is so strong that is enters the lens and has a milky feel to it.  The fix here is in RAW conversion.  Simply drag the black slider on the adjustment panel to the right to add contrast and remove the softness on the image.

That’s it for now.  I hope to meet new faces at the PDN this year!

 

NYC All Day Workshop with Off Camera Flash, November 15

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Hi and welcome back.

After a cancellation, I’m putting together an all day Off Camera Flash workshop in NYC.

Location: Studio 28on27

Date: November 15, 2014

Time: 10-4, light lunch served

Cost: $285.00

Gear: Speedlights only, Rogue Flashbenders, Westcott Orb, Strip, Rapid Box, Shoot through Umbrella, Phottix Triggers

You can register through the Paypal link above or through my Meetup group.

Professional NY model provided with hair and makeup.

We’ll shoot in a studio setting and I’ll teach multiple lighting techniques using only small flashes and simple gear for head shots, commercial, fashion, beauty, and more!

Model: Mellissa Marie

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If you have any questions or want to register by another means, you can contact me here or:

rvh34@hotmail.com

bob@robertharringtonstudios.com

Call/text: 203-641-2880

Hope to see you there for a great day of shooting OCF!

Back from Ohio

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Hi and welcome back.

I’m home from a successful trip to Dodd Camera, Columbus, Ohio.

In this post I ran a workshop with Westcott gear with a new model: Katy Ngo.

Here are some samples from the day. We even went outside for a few frames despite the cold and windy conditions.  Katy was a real trooper!

All shots Westcott gear and Phottix Ares radio triggers.

Shooting at Dodd Camera, Columbus, OH

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Hi and welcome back.

This weekend I’m in Columbus shooting for Westcott at the new Dodd Camera.

I’m using all Westcott products for this one, including:

7′ Para Umbrella

43″ Octa

Rapid Box

28″ Apollo

16″ x 30″ strip

Here is a gallery of shots from this afternoon.  Many thanks to my model Grace Langshaw out of Cleveland.  Check out her website:

Langshaw Twins

Here are a few proofs with some BTS shots:

 

Two Upcoming Workshops

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Hi and welcome back.

I have  a few workshops that I am booking for October.

Let’s get out and enjoy this wonderful weather before it closes in on us!

First: Guerrilla Shooting in NYC

Since I’ve been shut in the studio shooting so much lately, let’s get outside for a great and fun workshop in NYC on October 11.

I checked the forecast, it is will be partly cloudy and in the low 70’s on that Saturday, so let’s spend the day shooting Guerrilla Style.

We’ll meet at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square, NYC.  We’ll head out from there and use the city as our backdrop, shooting in locations we like as we move along.

We’ll end in Times Square at night and gel our flash to match the crazy light of Times Square and get some great shots!

October 11, 2014

Cost: $180.00

Location: Start and End at Armed Forces Recruting Station, Times Square

Register using Paypal link above or join and use my Meetup. 

We meet at 4:00 pm, Armed Forces Recruiting Center

We shoot on the move and end at Times Square

We’ll use one small flash, a few modifiers, and just have some fun!

Our model is Kayla Malloy, a professional out of Toms River, New Jersey:

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Second: 40’s Hollywood Glamour in my studio

October 25, 2014

Cost: $160.00

Time: 12-3pm

Location: Studio, 233 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT  06477

Register: use Paypal link above or through my Meetup. 

I haven’t run this one in a while, so let’s head back to the Golden Years of the Hollywood Studio and shoot in the style of George Hurrell, CS Bull, and Bert Six!

We’ll use speed lights and a small selection of Rogue Flashbenders to achieve the old Hollywood Glamour look of high contrast B/W.

Join in the fun as we enter into Fall.

Our professional model is Katie Champion from Elite Models, NYC:

_RVH1265 1_ppHope to see you there!

Any questions, email, call, or text:

rvh34@hotmail.com

203-641-2880

Till then, happy shooting!

 

Natural Light

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Hi and welcome back.

Whenever I shoot in the studio, I also try and get outside and take advantage of natural light.  Truth-be-told, a great many of my clients prefer the natural light shots.

When we finished in the studio, I took Ely and my California Sunbounce Micro Mini outside for some fun natural light shots.

The reflector is the basic tool of any photographer and I use it all the time.  I set it high or low depending on the light I need to get on the face and then shoot, shoot, shoot!

I shoot all my natural light shots with a Nikon D3 and 105 f/2 lens.  I use Aperture priority set to F/4 and then adjust the ISO to get a fast shutter speed.

Here are a few finished files from our day:

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If you look into her eyes, you can see the light bouncing around and wrapping Ely.  I just reflected some of it back into her face with the Micro Mini and voila!

All shots in Aperture priority, F/4, ISO adjusted for shutter speed, WB adjusted in post.

That’s it for now, happy natural lighting!

The Glamour Headshot

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Hi and welcome back.

Last week Ely came in for a headshot sitting.  When I took one look at her, I decided to go for over and under lighting to highlight her amazing look.

For this shot, I did something a bit different.  I took my 1×4 strip soft box, turned it sideways, and lit her hair and shoulders very lightly with some edge light.  This worked just as well as a dedicated grid or gridded soft box.

If you have a long soft box, use the edge of it to light the hair and shoulders by turning it sideways.  You can get 2′ of soft box into the setup without getting the box or light stand into the frame.

Nikon D3, 105 f/2 lens

Profoto Acute 600e.

Key: 2×3 soft box with California Sunbounce Micro Mini as fill

Hair and shoulder: 1×4 strip box on edge

Background: 20 degree grid with 2, 1 stop neutral density gels to bring down the output

Pack and head systems of lighting typically have the key and fill lights separated by 1 stop, but if you need to decrease output, then neutral density gels are the way to go as you can add or subtract as needed.

I get mine here: Barn Door Lighting

Here’s a BTS of the setup:

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And here’s a final from the day:

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This was an amazing shoot.  Not only because of Ely, but because I found a new way to use an existing piece of gear in a different way.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, happy lighting!

Two Upcoming Workshops

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Hi and welcome back.

I have  a few workshops that I am booking for October.

Let’s get out and enjoy this wonderful weather before it closes in on us!

First: Guerrilla Shooting in NYC

Since I’ve been shut in the studio shooting so much lately, let’s get outside for a great and fun workshop in NYC on October 11.

I checked the forecast, it is will be partly cloudy and in the low 70’s on that Saturday, so let’s spend the day shooting Guerrilla Style.

We’ll meet at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square, NYC.  We’ll head out from there and use the city as our backdrop, shooting in locations we like as we move along.

We’ll end in Times Square at night and gel our flash to match the crazy light of Times Square and get some great shots!

October 11, 2014

Cost: $180.00

Location: Start and End at Armed Forces Recruting Station, Times Square

Register using Paypal link above or join and use my Meetup. 

We meet at 4:00 pm, Armed Forces Recruiting Center

We shoot on the move and end at Times Square

We’ll use one small flash, a few modifiers, and just have some fun!

Our model is Kayla Malloy, a professional out of Toms River, New Jersey:

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Second: 40’s Hollywood Glamour in my studio

October 25, 2014

Cost: $160.00

Time: 12-3pm

Location: Studio, 233 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT  06477

Register: use Paypal link above or through my Meetup. 

I haven’t run this one in a while, so let’s head back to the Golden Years of the Hollywood Studio and shoot in the style of George Hurrell, CS Bull, and Bert Six!

We’ll use speed lights and a small selection of Rogue Flashbenders to achieve the old Hollywood Glamour look of high contrast B/W.

Join in the fun as we enter into Fall.

Our professional model is Katie Champion from Elite Models, NYC:

_RVH1265 1_ppHope to see you there!

Any questions, email, call, or text:

rvh34@hotmail.com

203-641-2880

Till then, happy shooting!

 

Photokina

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Hi and welcome back.

I returned home from Photokina last night.  I had a blast at the world’s largest Photography trade show.  If you’ve ever been to PDN Photoplus Expo in NYC then you know what it is like, well, PDN is about 1/5th the size of Photokina!

Imaging the entire floor of the Javits Center is only two camera companies!

It was amazing.  I was with Expoimaging for this one shooting and teaching in their booth.  I had my own stage and two fabulous models with unbelievable looks.

Here are a bunch of proof images using all small flashes and Rogue Flashbenders.

Enjoy!

Photokina and the One Speedlight, 16 Looks Workshop

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Hi and welcome back!

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I’ve been very busy.

I’m heading to Photokina tonight and will spend the week at the trade show with Expoimaging.  If i have the time, I’ll try and post from Cologne, Germany.

Photokina

Upon my return, I’m running the ever-popular One Speedlight, 16 Looks workshop in my studio.

If you are new to OCF or just want a portfolio upgrade or want to learn new techniques, this one is for you.

To sign up for this class, use the Paypal link above or send a check to my home office at 160 King’s Hwy, Milford, CT.  

I cover:

One light source

Simple reflectors

Radio triggers

And 16 different lighting looks

Our model is Nadia:

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Location: My studio, 233 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

Cost: $160.00

Time: 11-3

Day: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Don’t miss this one, it’s going to be great!

 

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