Beach Ride

Everything was good; I had this idea for a picture that I had wanted to take in my mind and was finally ready to try and make it happen. The sun was out, the spot was chosen, we had a way to get to the spot. Everything seemed perfect. It wasn’t until we were leaving that the clouds started coming in and going in front of the sun. By the time we got to the spot at San Onofre beach, it was completely overcast with no sun in sight. The whole reason for this outing was because I had wanted to situate the setting sun glare somewhere off the side of the picture to give it a warm effect that made a nice natural glare over everything. I was so excited for this shot but was disappointed when I learned that it wouldn’t be happening that day. So what did I do? I made the best of the situation. I had ended up bringing along my SB 700 Nikon flash and a wireless trigger along with some gels just in case. I’m extremely glad I did because I had ended up using it for this shot. The natural light wasn’t too bad I thought it looked a little dull and I wanted it to seem like there was still sun in the picture so I could try to recreate the original idea as close as possible. I put a warming gel on the flash and positioned it off to camera right, where the sun would have been. I had wanted to be the model for this picture but since I had such a specific idea in mind, I couldn’t have someone else shoot this for me so I had my friend Steven model with...

Doomed Youth

I took a few more shots of my buddy Steven Feusi while we were at Huntington Beach the other day. What can I say, he likes getting his picture taken and I like taking pictures, so it works out. You can check out his tumbler that goes by Doomed Youth page by clicking on his name in this post. It was a great evening for taking pictures considering the sky was filled with clouds. I didn’t even come here intending on taking any portraits, rather I had visited this spot with the intention of taking landscape shot which were also accomplished as well. You can check out one of the landscape shots from this night here. The cloudy sky acted as a great diffuser for any harsh light the sun would have given me. I had to step way back to take the shot because the lens I was using was intended for a full frame camera and my Nikon D7000 crops the view because of this. This is a RAW image file that I processed in Photoshop CS6. I love this lens. It is a Rokinon f/1.4 85mm. It gives awesome blur effects on the subjects. Let me know what you think or go to Steven’s page and give him some love. Please follow and like...

Steven

Introducing Steven Feusi. This is my buddy from the Marine Corps that was willing to let me take some pictures of him. We had some time off after work so we went out back near his car which happens to be a sweet red Chevy Nova. He was super embarrassed because I had him dress somewhat nice and we were around the barracks where we live with people walking around but it still worked out. It was his first time in front of the camera for a shooting session so being a little uncomfortable is understandable. I can imagine how awkward it must feel with someone just staring at you through a lens. This picture was shot while he was sitting in the front seat of his car with the door open. The light was awesome because it was in the shade and the sun was behind him so I barely touched this photo. All I did was brighten his pupils a bit and take away some blemishes. The new lens makes such a difference for portrait pictures. It’s amazing. I suggest to anyone who is serious to take portraits to go out and get a 85mm F/1.4. It gives it that soft professional look. Please follow and like...

Portrait of Greg

About a year ago I went to a photography meet up where they had a studio set up to shoot some amateur models. It was helpful to both the photographers and the models. The models got some good pictures and modeling experience out of it all and the photographers got to practice with new lighting techniques and get some good model pictures to add to their portfolio. I found this meet up at Meetup.com which is an awesome site to socialize and meet people with the same interests as you. You can learn a lot from many of the people here because a lot of them have way more experience than you might and also may have helpful connections as well. This photo was my first actual shoot that I had gone to with this group and it was a hit. The people were super friendly and everyone was willing to throw in a helping hand. They let me experiment with the lighting so I could get a feel for a few things and even let me use some of their flash triggers since I didn’t have my own at the time. I unfortunately never got this models’ last name but I do know that his first name is Greg. He was great because I was new with working with models and I barely had to tell him what to do because he already had posed to a position I wanted to shoot with. For this shot we had one large softbox to camera right and a smaller fill light to the left. The background was a white wall which worked out perfectly to create a non distracting texture so the focus was Greg’s portrait. I had him focus his attention away from the camera and shot away. In Adobe Camera RAW I cross-processed...

Husband & Wife

I wanted to do this husband & wife couples portrait and my sister and her husband James were the perfect candidates. I had just recently bought this kind of cheap studio set up (it still did its’ job) and I had wanted to try it out. I set this all up in my living room which was the biggest room in the house, since it took up about a 10 foot span across the room. I had two shoot-thru umbrellas that I used as the key light and fill light. I set up the background with a plain black cloth that it had come with and I positioned the key light to camera left at about a 45 degree angle with the fill light almost centered in order to fill in the shadows between the gaps on their faces. For a rim light, I set up my SB 900 flash which I had on a remote trigger that was actually behind that cloth. Enough of the light had shone thru the cloth to separate them from the background. It was tough getting them into the pose that I had wanted them to go into but once I got a little better at directing them and they started laughing and having fun with it, everything went smoothly. At this point I hadn’t had the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 unfortunately or else I would have definitely used that puppy but I still love the way the portraits came out. I did come correction with their faces in Photoshop CS6 to include taking out minor blemishes here and their, skin color correction, brightening of the eyes, whitening of their teeth, and taking care of some stray hairs. I put a slight touch of cross-processing to the image and...