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Test Shoot with Kelli

At first I thought Kelli was crazy, but then I realized she's just awesome.  Here are the results of our first test shoot.  Creating these was an INSANE amount of fun. Equipment used to achieve these images I switched equipment several times during the shoot, but this is what we mostly used. 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: One Elinchrom 600RX Monolights Strobes: Two Elinchrom 300RX Monolights Light Modifier: Elinchrom 27" Beauty Dish Light...

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Duotone Tutorial

Ever notice how most digital black & whites look sort of washed out?  That's because they're using what an off-set printer would call an "unsupported" black.  When a graphic designer wants a pure, rich black they use a black "supported" with additional inks making a dark silky black instead of a sort of dark grey that would appear if you used just black ink. Well, the same principle applies to black and white photos. By blending additional inks into your black and whites you get a richer tonal range which gives you more details in your highlights... a complaint many film shooters have...

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Test Shoot with Demi!

Sometimes Photoshop is kind of used as a bad word, but I find it to be a fabulous conceptual tool... to me photography can be a beautiful way to capture a moment authentically, however, expressing an idea should never be limited to only capturing authentic moments.  I love bringing whimsy into my images, and I don't care if that whimsy comes from real-world objects, or visual surprises created after the fact. Elements of both styles are conveyed in this test shoot with Demi from last week, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed making them! Most of these were lighted using...

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Jake Garn Holiday Gift Guide!

I know when I was starting out in photography one of the biggest challenges is there was so much equipment available I didn't have the first clue as to what I needed!  So here is a list of equipment that I own and/or use and would be perfect for any photographer on your list!  Or just for yourself, if that's how you roll. I tried to keep the items under $500 so there aren't any Elinchrom strobes or anything like that, but you can find links to that equipment in previous blog posts if you'd like. Without further ado, here it is... a couple items perfect for the holidays! Holiday Gift Guide...

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The Power (and Danger) of Photoshop

Remember back to when you were first learning Photoshop?  You probably went through and applied different filters, maybe you tried doing a colorized-black-and-white image, maybe you created some color effects stuff like that.  Well, the idea was to experiment!  You didn't know how things would turn out you just started TRYING things. There is nothing wrong with this experimental stage, but at some point you need to LEAVE that stage and you need to come into your digital darkroom with a very clear idea of what you want and some basic ideas on how to get there... otherwise you're probably just...

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She Saved the Note!

Anyone following my work lately knows this story, but for those that don't here's a quick recap. I was going to lunch with my good friend Ryan Muirhead (find his photos on facebook) when we both spotted Brynlee at nearly the same instant. To be frank, we were stunned.  Brynlee had one of those perfectly exotic faces that photographers dream about.  Ryan and I rounded the corner and both just stopped, he said these exact words, "You're going to take care of that right?" I just nodded... Approaching random girls is a delicate art, one that requires tact and class... it's best if you have a business...

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