Posts Tagged ‘snoot’

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Strobist prelims….

September 16, 2008

Hello Folks! I am a bit busy these days so I just decided to post a few lines and just to say hello.

By now you all know I am not a professional photographer, so like you boys and girls, I am surfing the net for information.

I had recently come across a fantastic you tube post http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKAD7leNOVY

The whole post is all about the basics of gear and jargons used in artificial lighting photography.

This is the sort of information I wish I had when I started… So here you go and enjoy.

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the Generic Asian

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Photography and intimacy

August 18, 2008

I recently shot with 5 guys…  and when I mean shot I mean photographed the model above.  I have never done a shoot with 5 men before.  On top of that, we basically needed to finish the shoot in 4 hours.

Now, we are a bunch of amatuers and we do this just for fun.  But boy was it physically and mentally demanding as I was the only one who had a sense of how to photograph using flashes or strobes… in this case we used a couple of Canon 550EXs.   Multiply that by the heat in the gym…  let’s just say I was a bit pressured.

I did not realise that shooting with four other photographers was not an easy thing to do… you had to shoot, fire and nail the money shot everytime…

Let’s do the math.. we had 4 hours divide by 5 = 48 minutes per photograher… we wanted to do at least 3 layouts = 15 minutes per then subtract the costume changes and the breaks and the time to set up the lights.. we basically had close to nothing left worth of time.

In short, taking photos with 4 other guys is not exactly a lot of time…  it is very much like making love, but you only have 2 minutes to get it done and over with…   There simply is no time to be intimate.

You basically become a plumber… you get there, open your tool box, crawl under the sink, shut up and do your job.

Don’t get me wrong I loved it… it had a heck of a time shooting with this guys… it was great fun.

I think despite the fact that we did not have much time… I guess you can tell from the photos that it was fun… or so I hope.

Here is pretty much how we lit the scenes…

The photo on top of the article was shot with two lights on a white foam core as background.  I placed a bare flash to it the background 2 stops over the main light which was on a shoot through umbrella.

On this next photo, we basically shot the model with a basic umbrella as the main light and a snoot for the hair light.  I had placed a white reflector opposite the main light and white foam core board to reflect light under the chin and that was it.  So far, it looks good to me.

There are a couple of more shots that day…. it was great, it was challenging and most of all it was fun.

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the Generic Asian

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Water in Bulb

August 4, 2008

Just sharing how I shot this…

Basically dismantled two bulbs.. on by mistake really… so I had to do it again.

I had injected th bulb with some water, recapped it with the second bulb.

Then i set it on a blue background aimed the snoot behind the bulb… gelled it with blue and yellow cokin filters then fired away.

The effect varies as you change the position of the filters.  I like it… and I hope you like it too.

Shot it it with one lightsource using an “old” Canon 550EX on a lightstand, I attached a home made snoot.  No Photoshop was done all in camera.  : )

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the Generic Asian