A few weeks back, I attended the wedding of some very close friends, Rob and Julie. They had their wedding at the amphitheater at Morraine Park in the Rocky Mountains National Park. Since it was a small wedding with just family and close friends, they asked me to do some photos for them as they were looking for a pretty low-cost, low-maintenance wedding. Wedding photography isn’t my thing, but I rarely turn down a friend when in need (and when the favor is something that interests me anyway). Continue reading
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I took some outdoor portraits for my cousin Jenny last month. She’s a budding musician, and has a bunch of vids posted on Youtube, where she does a bunch of covers and occasionally does an original tune too. She’s getting more gigs for shows, and occasionally they ask her to provide a photo,so I offered my services. I had recently picked up an Westcott Apollo 28″ Softbox as a flash modifier, so I was pretty excited to try it out on a new victim. So The results are quite pleasing; you can see for yourself down below… It gives a nice soft light and is super easy to set up. It sets up just like a silver reflector umbrella, but it also provides better light spillage prevention while softening and evening out the light in the front. I shot these with my Nikon D700, Yongnuo RF-602 flash triggers, 85mm f/1.4D, and SB-28dx flash, triggered off camera.
In any case, here are more photos below, including a couple of behind the scene shots as well.
What I’ve Been Up To Since My Last Post…
Sup, blog! It’s been a while. I’ve been lacking inspiration lately. It’s probably the weather. I’ve done some photos since the last photo post, but not enough. Here’s what I’ve done…
I’ll be doing some more in the next few months as I go on a few different journeys. Went to The Flash Bus tour and found a lot of inspiration, especially for lighting and portraits. It was led by Joe McNally (one of my photog heroes) and David Hobby (one of the innovators in the strobist world), and I definitely learned a lot, and look forward to putting that to good use in the near future. I’ll be heading for Vietnam, and then hopefully, travelling and photographing for the summer, so hope to get some better posts up in the next few months! Until then…
My Thoughts on Camera Recommendations…
So a lot of people ask me, “What camera should I buy?”
Well, being kind of a techie, and a camera nerd, I guess it makes sense that people ask me. But then again, you never hear people ask, “What kind of car should I buy?”. Just like there’s no one right car for anybody, there isn’t going to be a camera that will please everyone. People have different needs and preferences, so it’d be really hard to recommend just one camera to fit everyone’s needs. I think the issue is that most people don’t know much about cameras, and what the differences are between the different kinds. I’ll try and breakdown the major differences between the major types, but I do recommend you do your own research for a specific camera, as you’ll be much more satisfied with the purchase because you’ll rest assured it’ll meet your specific needs. Also, for the most part, any kind of camera you are looking for will be listed/reviewed at dpreview.com (it’s one of the premier camera review sites; it’s where I do the most research on new cameras). In any case, here are my thoughts:
– Ergonomics and control. How a camera feels in your hands is important. It’s gotta fit right, and the controls have to be easy to access.
My current setup:
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
A couple of years ago, I decided I would start making my own Christmas cards and sending them out to my friends and fam, as a means of keeping in touch. Since I’ve moved quite a bit these past few years, it’s also been a great way for me to give out my new contact information, as well as get my friend’s info.
But, with how popular my Christmas cards were in 2008, As seen here:
So needless to say, there was a lot of pressure to create a card that would top that. 2009, I started working on an idea, but it never really jumped out at me as outdo-ing the previous year’s card…I had a few designs, but ended up scrapping the whole thing. So this year, with the last card all but forgotten, the pressure was off, and I was free to get creative again without the performance anxiety. I had seen a great stop motion video on vimeo (http://vimeo.com/17087679) using light stencils, and I thought I’d do something similar. I ended up making multiple stencils, using a flashlight to do some light painting, and then doing a little stacking and photoshopping to get the final image. Hope you like it!
Oh, and Merry Christmas!