I forgot to share these photos I took for a Quick cover story on the new musical It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman. The feature story looked great in print, and Hunter’s writing was excellent (as always). Apparently, the musical is getting some really good reviews. I might just have to find some time to go see it…
I’ve been doing a lot more product photography for small business catalogs, websites and marketing over the last six months. I think this might be a good sign for the national economy, or at least for the Texas economy. If more small and medium sized businesses are willing to invest in updating, upgrading and growing their retail footprint, there must be brighter skies ahead!
The latest shoot I
did was for a cookie and cake company. You can see a few of the day’s shots below. The art director went with a flowery summer theme, which I thought was fun and different for a cookie company…
just got the new Anthropologie
catalog in the mail yesterday, and it’s pretty nice. If you are looking for some photo inspiration, you should pick it up. I’ve always been hesitant of their imagery (and disgusted by their sister store Urban Outfitters
‘ sorry attempt at edgy catalog images), but the current issue really hits the mark!
Sure, they still have some consistency problems from page to page and image to image, and a few shots feel like a high school intern shot them; but, I’m finding a ton of great stuff to look at overall. I especially love the cover and the last several pages of housewares set in chalkboard rooms with hand drawn props… very clever, Anthropologie!!!
Thanks to Profoto USA and Bolt Productions in Dallas, TX, I had a great time taking photos and capturing some video of the ASMP and IABC networking event and live photo shoot demo night. You can see some video of the evening right here:
I haven’t watched it yet, but there’s supposedly a reality show following two fashion photographers that just premiered on Bravo. It’s called Double Exposure, and I think the series premiere was last night. I’ll check out an episode or two, hoping that it’s a worthwhile show:
The sample sneak peek that I watched on the Bravo website isn’t too promising, but I’ll hold final judgement on Double Exposure until I’ve seen a full two episodes.
When you aren’t holding your SLR or medium format camera in your hand, do you have a backup camera nearby? When I am not working, sometimes I head out on errands or personal trips without a camera. Because of this, I wind up missing some shots that I would love to have. Sure, I have the iPhone camera, but that won’t do much better than snapping a nice pic for my facebook page or the family blog. I don’t carry the family point and shoot with me, because (even though it takes nice snapshot style pics) it just doesn’t have the quality that my Canon 5DmkII does.
Well, a lot of pro photogs I know like to carry the Canon Powershot G11
with them at all times. It is as close to a “real” camera that you can get, with the exception of a couple Leica pocket cameras on the market for insane prices… The G11 offers RAW shooting, great color depth and a very respectable 10 megapixel sensor. Sure, it’s just a little too big to fit in a shirt pocket, but a purse, fanny pack or cargo pants pocket wouldn’t mind holding this little gem.
So, do you carry a camera everywhere? If so, what model do you carry with you?
thought I’d share a couple recent covers that I shot for Quick
. They both had to be fun, sumer type photos to go along with the party themes of the feature stories. However, I didn’t want them to look exactly the same, so I used a very simple technique to change the background.
Even though both were shot on the exact same red seamless in my studio, I pumped up the power on a single light behind the model on the “Cake in a Glass” cover. This made it appear to be pink in the middle and slowly fall off to a light red around the edges. Using a modest power setting on my main subject light, the main to background ratio helps keep the background looking bright and sunny.
The “Happy Hour” story needed a more sexy, nightlife feel to it. To achieve this, I simply bounced two lights (one from each side of the background) towards the middle. This created a very mild bright spot in the center, but it quickly fades to a darker, richer red. Metering for a powerful main light on the subjects, I am able to really bring out the true red color in the seamless. The ratio from main to background power favors the subject, making the background appear darker and more bold.
So, there you go… two different looks and feels on two different covers, but shot on the exact same background! It just takes a little different light setup, and you are good to go!