I started shooting head shots for this one client back around 2008 or so. It was while I was working part-time at Cameraland, which is sadly no longer with us. Every few years, the owner books a session for a new team member and he comes up to the studio so we can catch up. I was shooting most head shots on black at the time, and he wanted something in the background to add a little something extra, so I tossed a gridded light aimed at the backdrop and we were golden.
It’s the only time I do this particular light setup, which I think is kinda cool. It’s just there light – just there look.
Their company is based out of an airport hanger in Nashua. I very badly hope they invite me over to see it. It sounds awesome.
Some X100 shots taken at the Riverwalk Cafe during a performance by my friend Bryan’s buddies. Gosh do I love this little camera. It’s small enough to have on me at all times, and the image quality is fantastic.
My wife Sara is a photographer as well. Her heart is in film. I’ve tried to get her into digital but she just doesn’t react the same way. She had been looking for something to carry around with her when she goes on walks during her lunch break at work, and she didn’t want to lug the Hasselblad around, which can be pretty heavy. I did a little research and came across a cheaply priced unused Lubitel 166 from Lomography that seemed to meet all her needs: it was made of plastic (but with glass lenses), took 120 roll film, and was pretty compact.
It’s a pretty awesome little camera. She really digs it and it helps her shoot from the hip, which is really good. I love it when my wife can be creative.
Jake came to me through our mutual friend Sinehan, who has modeled for my workshop numerous times. Jake was going to be moving soon to New Zealand (!!!!) and was going to try to get into modeling once he got settled in, and he needed some images to get him started.
We spent the day doing some shooting in the studio. I wanted to give him some shots on white and on a darker background so he would have a little variance in the images.
More images after the cut:
I’ve been dipping my toes into video stuff, as can be seen in my recent video post on Inspiration with Muppet Sid over at DEDPXL. In that video, I used some hot lights with some diffusion but I decided that if I’m going to be doing more puppet videos I wanted something a little easier to use that didn’t heat the studio up (or my subjects, or myself) so I picked up a couple of 500 LED light panels off of Amazon for a pretty good price and I’ve been playing around with them.
These little guys have built in barn doors, and come with a few plastic panels that are CTO-balanced that attach with magnets. They have four switches on the back that turn on/off 1/4th of the panel so you can control the intensity of the light, as well as a dimmer knob to dim the light even more if you need to do so.
They don’t make any noise at all, are portable, and no matter how long I leave them on they don’t heat up at all. They can sit on a stand either horizontally or vertically, which is also pretty awesome.
When I’m ready to make my next puppet video with Muppet Sid, these little guys are ready for the job.
I love still images – that will never change. But I love movies far, far too much to not want to do even a little with moving pictures. But that is a whole other beast that I’m not even ready to think about yet.