My Feature in an Online Magazine

4 04 2010

Here is the link to the OTS online magazine.  One of my pics is page 6, then I am featured on pages 82-87.  Thanks Marc and Robin Binder!



4 04 2010

First time model Alexandria did an great job in front of the camera.  She had contacted me about modeling and I suggested we did a test shoot and see if she really liked it. Modeling is work and involves a ton of patience.  She was good at taking direction and was eager to learn and improve.  I am looking forward to our next session as we are planning  to shoot to build her portfolio.

Hidden Secrets

3 04 2010

There has always been some profiling and stereotyping that goes along with people with tattoos – especially women.  This set hopefully breaks away from that a little.  I tried to show the model – Sarah, as a working professional-before you saw the tatts.    She has a brain, she goes to college, she can do most anything any other business woman can do-the only difference-she has ink. But that ink covered up, she doesn’t get the weird looks of disgust, apprehensiveness, or the automatic “come hither” looks from guys.

People have their reasons for wearing ink  and having other body modifications done. The meaning of this art is usually significant only to the wearer, but does give the rest of us some cool art to look at.

Click on each pic to enlarge!

Faux Natural Morning Light

4 03 2010

This shot was actually made about 3pm and on a cloud covered day! The door you see is actually an interior door-it opens into another room-not outside.  So, to make it look like bright daylight-I used my AB800 and 5ft soft box. I put the soft box right in the door frame, filling it up.  Triggered it full power and got the results you see here. Beautiful soft light.  The white draped fabric over the door glass diffused the light, but the burst next to her head gives us a little interest.

You may recognize Amanda by now. I shoot with her quite often and I’m not sure she is capable of a bad picture! She is always so patient when I get on my, “let me try this”  kicks!  Thanks Amanda!

Old School vs. New Age

1 03 2010

Stera is the model in the image above-yes, twice. This is a composite, meaning there were several images that were combined to make what you see here.  After shooting one character, she changed and we shot more.

I like challenges like this. Making it all seem real. The store front that you see here is not anywhere in Palestine I can tell you that! It is a drop in, that makes the image better.  The actual background is pretty ugly!

Here is one of the original files that I started with. See the ugly vacant store? It just wasn’t going to happen! After some digging around I found a decent store front and dropped it in.

Tips for this type of images: Keep your camera on a tripod, use same focal length,  make the light make sense!

Light Bounce

15 11 2009

Model -Rebecca Austin

For this shot, I used one Vivitar 85H flash pointed toward the ceiling of the room.  The light bounces off the white ceiling and fills the room with great soft wrapping light. If I had tried to direct the flash onto the model, any shadows would be harsh, deep and dark.

This method works well when the desired effect matches the type of shot you are looking to make.  But may be too soft for something, for example,  an “industrial” feel that may need more harsh, direct light. It is all up to you and the cool thing is, you can try several ways if you have the time and the model’s patience. Also notice the bracelets- no hard reflections from flash! These large specular high lights (can be seen better in bigger image , of course) keep the attention on the model- not drawing the eye to bright, sparkly things at her wrist.

This shot in color looks good, but looked better black and white. After studying the image for a while in black and white, I decided the model’s  hair needed some color to it and that should also show off the slight high lights in the hair.  I applied a very light brown color that is close to her hair color. The color wash gives the shot a different “twist” that the color or straight black and white did not achieve for me.


2 11 2009

Composites allow us to change the location of a shoot as well as many other cool effects.  The key is making the images merge in a similar fashion-like exposure levels, lighting directions, saturation, focus and so forth.

This is the original image that we shot downtown with very little post work done. I wanted to make the setting Amanda was in, a little more vibrant- with a little more life in the image.  The cool thing is, that we shot this natural light and as you can see, it was pretty overcast so the light was pretty unidirectional-like a big overhead soft box.

AGP Amanda Downtown14



This is the final image.  The store front was a random shot I took at Olympic Park in Atlanta, while playing with a polarizing filter. But for the image for our model Amanda, it makes a more believable setting for her using her cell phone while shopping or whatnot. The lighting was real close from that day to the day we shot her in Palestine-over 500 miles away and over a year later!