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Third Test Shoot with Brynlee

Brynlee is amazing.  Our third test shoot... hopefully the future will hold many more! Equipment used to achieve these images Links will take you directly to the B&H Photo Video product page for the individual item.  You're welcome. Camera: Canon 5D Mark II Lens: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Grip: Manfrotto Ballhead (322RC2) Memory Card: SanDisk Extreme 16GB Strobes: Elinchrom 600RX Monolights and Elinchrom 300RX Monolight Light Modifier (Key 1): Large Photoflex Softbox with grid Light Modifier (Key 2): Medium Photoflex...

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Indecision 2010

This is a rare event. I can't decide on which image I like best - in fact I love each of them for completely different reasons... so I'm going to leave it up to you, my blog readers.  ONE of these images will make it into my portfolio.  I love the idea just too much for it not to end up there, but the question is which one is best? Black & White Antique Green Vivid Color Leave a comment and tell me your vote.  If you have a good reason for your choice feel free to let me know because I'd love to hear it! All of the post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom using custom...

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Falling in Love

If you want to take your photography to the next level then you're going to have to commit more time to taking photos than just about everyone you currently know.  That is a hard thing to do, but it becomes a lot easier if you have passion for what you do. So how do you get passion?  That's a question I can confidently answer with one sentence, "Fall in love." "When you're in love it's the most glorious two-and-a-half days of your life." Richard Lewis Love is such a complex term that it means a thousand different things to a thousand different people.  Even the same person can have different...

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The Most Important Purchase

What is the most important Purchase? Some sort of Data Backup, any sort! This is an educational announcement, no inspiration here just wisdom.  If you already have an automatic backup system in place skip this blog post and look at my gallery instead.  If you don't have an automatic backup system then keep reading. I just purchased this one week ago after my 1TB version was all filled up.  This won't be a technical review of hardware... so if you're looking for that look elsewhere. So why is this the most important purchase? You will suffer a hard drive failure at some point in your...

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How to Steal an Expression

A couple weeks ago  I talked about The Art of the Pose where I discussed three styles of directing models. Well within those styles are techniques, some simple and some complex.  Over the years I have  developed a lot of techniques to get the look I want on a shoot.  Here's one of my favorites! How to Steal an Expression Expression stealing is a term I came up with to describe the technique of making a model make a certain expression, without specifically asking him/her to do it.  In other words it's always better to make a model smile, rather than ask her to smile. Take this image for instance: This...

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Behind the Scenes for Marker Bindings

As Promised... Here is the official "Behind the Scenes" video of the Steezy Marie campaign photoshoot. Courtesy of Marker! Video & Editing: John Paul Studios Creative Director: Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising Starring (in no particular order) Hair: Steven Robertson Makeup: Paula Dahlberg Wardrobe: Michelle Boucher Models: Shelby Boven, Madeline Villano, Ryan Muirhead, Steven Wood, Lauren Johnson Photographer: Jake Garn Photo Assistants: Ryan Muirhead, Steven Wood, Dave Brewer Photo Intern: Alyssa Vincent Mr. Muirhead's Assistan: Braxton Duncan Creative Directors: Jim Whitney...

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Underwater Camera Review!

Shooting Underwater is something I've never done before, not really sure why... I don't really have the fancy tanks that a lot of the great underwater photographers have and I guess that kind of always kept me from messing around with it. But then the other day I realized, I didn't used to have most the equipment I use today and that never, ever, never stopped me from experimenting and having fun. So, I decided to give some underwater images a try.  What better way to start out than with some relatively inexpensive, easy to use point-and-shoot cameras?  Both are 14 megapixels, both can go underwater...

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Steezy Marie for Marker Bindings

The amazing folks at Whitney Advertising put together an idea for a national ad campaign that I fell in love with immediately! Marker USA has a line of ski bindings called 'The Royal Family' with product names like The Jester, The Duke and The Baron... Their idea? What if we combined Marie Antoinette with a member of todays steezified-culture...  All the vintage styling but with a twist, ski hat and goggles.  The first character to populate this world would have to have a name... and why not call her Steezy Marie? There's a bonus to this ad too!  A very high-tech bonus.  You see that...

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Test Shoot: Brynlee

Test Shoot (n) by Jake Garn 1.5 to 4 hour shoot just for fun.  I test out new equipment, new models, new ideas... usually with no professional styling. I tell the models to bring a bunch of their own clothes and we improvise. Rarely do I have a single idea pre-planned.   A very good exercise in creativity. I highly, highly recommend doing them as often as you can. Brynlee and I shot for just over three hours, it turned out to be one of my favorite test shoots of all time. (By the way, the drawings in the top two images are Brynlee's creations) Equipment used to achieve these images Classic...

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The Art of the Pose

Posing is hard! If anyone tells you otherwise then they are a bona fide genius or they don't realize how bad they are at either directing the action or being a model. Some models are simply born with the ability to move freely in front of the camera, some are not.  Either way it is the job of the photographer to direct the shoot with just the right amount of attention.  Too much or too little are equally bad, and the tricky part is every shoot is different. Over the years I have had a lot of experience working with models, in all that time I've learned a lot of tricks for directing the action....

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