Our next Specialty Class: Outdoor Lighting April 21, 2018 Taking it to the streets: 8 hour seminar that will emphasize outdoor lighting and photographing models outdoors. Seminar includes a three-hour shoot with one of Oahu’s top models. Topics include: Modifying sunlight Open shade Scrims and reflectors Using strobes Quality of light issues Controlling your backdrop… Continue reading Outdoor Lighting Workshop–April 21, 2018
This was also an Instagram post that I think deserves its own blog post. My good friend Robert Hernandez posted a ”behind-the-scenes” image a few days ago featuring a California Sunbounce scrim. I commented that the Sunbounce gear was great and that I have used the silver reflector for many years. It is my “go-to”… Continue reading Beauty Lighting Set-up
This was one of our recent Instagram posts, but I think it is important enough to warrant a separate blog entry. Creating beautiful portraits or fashion images is difficult enough, but the fun really begins when your model is wearing glasses! UGH! Those reflections from the strobes are guaranteed to mess things up…or are they?… Continue reading How to Photograph People Wearing Glasses
I am very pleased to tell you that we have secured one of my favorite—and one of O’ahu’s best models for our class. I’ve worked with Naomye many times and she is great! She is very talented and good fun. I know it will be a great afternoon! The class will be held on November… Continue reading Introduction to Studio Lighting Model Announced
Fashion Photography and Post-production—I am personally not a fan of “fixing it in Photoshop,” but I am also not a fan of flare in my images. I know that the careful use of camera flare can be an effective tool for the right shot, but, like I said, not a fan. Flare, by the way,… Continue reading Fashion and Post-Production
7/18/17 UPDATE: I would like to express my deepest appreciation for all the support and concern expressed to Joan and me over the past few months. Summer classes from June through August were cancelled/postponed while I recover from back surgery. I had a fusion/decompression procedure at the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae in my lower… Continue reading Light and COLOR–plus a post-surgery update
First I want to start by thanking everyone for the amazing support over the past several months. I obviously have not been posting much because I’ve been dealing with some severe back issues that just led to a hopefully successful lower back (L-4/L-5) decompression and fusion surgery. I am not “out of the woods” yet… Continue reading Reflectors—or, More Correctly, Reflected Light
Lisa Marie Scott–former Playboy Playmate and always friendly and supportive even years later. I lost touch with her over 10 years ago. Tripods: Modern lenses have incorporated an absolutely amazing technology that somehow compensates for some of your hand motions/camera shake! Look for something like Image Stabilization (IS), Vibration Reduction (VR) or similar term. The… Continue reading TRIPODS–Do NOT “Cheap Out” on This Critical Piece if Equipment!
Overpower the Sun: Fashion and Swimwear Photography—We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about creating great images when the light is not the best, namely, when the sun is in front of you. The trick was to underexpose the image to create dramatic images. We have also seen that this works to create amazing sunset… Continue reading Overpower the Sun!
Waikiki Hawai’i Sunsets: Travel Photography—Last week we talked about creating great images in bad light. We will continue this theme this week and discuss how to capture those beautiful sunsets. Sunsets are perennial favorite subjects for many photographers and travelers. Unfortunately they are not the easiest or most cooperative things to capture the way… Continue reading Creating Amazing Sunsets!