Flow Train

Last night, I made my way out to the Beachland Ballroom for the Flow Train electronica event. These are great spots to experiment with light and angles in photos.

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Fire & Foliage

We now have the third in my autumn portrait series. This time around, I teamed up with the the awesome Dominique to create a shoot that  combined fire dancing with the color of the fall leaves. This was tricky, since the fire dancing itself is only impressive after dark, and the fire bright itself isn’t enough to light the trees on its own. I came up with a lighting configuration that uses two, off-camera  flashes, one to create a shutter dragging effect and the other to light the trees behind her. I’m mostly happy with the effect as a proof of concept, but I would like to experiment with the setup more. I’m planning on putting out a more in depth lighting tutorial soon, as well as video, so be sure to subscribe if you want to see more.

Late Night Lesson

I got a message from my friend Jen just after I got off the late shift asking me if I wanted to come help her with an assignment for her photo class. Always up for a photo shoot, I get dressed and headed out. I was trying to help teach her the basics of long exposure photography when we found a group of glow poi dancers downtown. It was a great chance to demonstrate how shutter dragging works, and I was even able to grab a few shots for myself. Granted, the flash wasn’t as reliable as I hoped, so I wound up with a bunch of shots where it just didn’t go off. I just decided to roll with it in the editing though, and just cranked the contrast up to 11 to get some cool abstract designs.