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Speedlight Intensive

Last weekend, I attended Speedlight Intensive from Illuminate Workshops from Efrain Cruz.  He had a great model, and spent some time working with me to use my own equipment to get the best photos out of the camera.

Irene in Church

Irene in Church

Here I was using my portable Rapid Box – 26 Octa  with the PocketWizard system and controlling the light manually from the camera.  I liked the look of RapidBox, since it was set up as a beauty dish, so it didn’t spill light everywhere.  This was a case where I kept in mind what David Hobby said, first set your background light, the ambient light in the church.  Then set your key light.

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Beauty among Decay

A few years I went out with the Mentor Series to take a workshop about lighting in Philadelphia. We ended up one morning at Eastern State Penitentiary. Which was an interesting place to shoot.

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Event Photography at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest

Event photography at an audio show can be interesting. Both for the light levels at the show, and for the artistry of some of the devices.

Many folks tend to want to run low light levels, both because it’s one less source of heat in the room and in some cases they want to do some artistic lighting themselves. So the question is how to light the equipment and the folks who are at the show. The best solution I found was to use a fabric ring flash, which provided an even quality of light. It did tend to draw attention to the ring flash, some folks thought I was assembling a drum.  And it was light enough that it was easy to carry.

Since many folks exhibiting at the show are pushing the state of the art, you will find in some rooms equipment that’s artistically interesting.

Not a box speaker at RMAF 2014

Not a box speaker

Salvador Dali might interpret speakers as looking like this. And in terms of resonances, it would be radically different.

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MileHiCon Masquerade

It’s interesting to see how folks will dress at Science Fiction Convention.  Even if they aren’t going to compete some folks are really inspired.  I used a Rogue Flashbender soft box to create nice soft light for this one.

 

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Folks who are driven by what they do…

From the previous post, you can see that I spent some time at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.  The picture below shows one of the better (if not the best) reel to reel decks made or refurbished today.  It was inspiring to see all of those folks driven to make the best product that they could make.  It did remind me a bit of what my RMSP classmates said about one of the photo classes.  He said that it was great to see all of us in the class who thought of nothing but photography for the week.  Or as I would say, driven to make the best pictures we enviisioned.

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has started.  There are many interesting products and people to photograph.  And if you want to enhance your system, it’s a great place to gather info.  I was using the the RoundFlash ring for this picture….

 

Audeze demo phones

Audeze demo phones

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Small Strobes Big Results

Today, I went a Small Strobes Big Results class in Denver.  It was a great class.  If you have speed lights, and want to learn more about how to use them, you should take this class.

I met David when he was teaching the Mentor Series Course in Philadelphia about lighting.  It was good to spend more time with him.

Here’s the final picture I (with lots of help from from David and the model Claire) made during the workshop.

Claire with attitude

Claire with attitude