Category Archives: lighting

Studio Work (light meter)

Here are a set of photos from this weekend’s photoshoots; the first time I used a light meter as the primary source of measuring the lighting. As I mentioned in my previous post, in the past I relied on “chimping”, taking shot after shot and tweaking things based off the LCD on the back of the camera until I got it right. I still found I was chimping a little bit, but that had more to do with my relative lack of experience with the light meter, and it’s something I expect will level out with practice. Nevertheless, I learned a ton from these shoots and can feel that skill level growing exponentially. One of the surprising things I noticed was the distinct lack of having to photoshop for exposure; I’m used to tweaking the levels/curves and bringing up the fill a little.

BPR Top Twenty-Five Pics of 2012

Well, this is a revival of a tradition I thought I was starting in 2009: an end of the year review of my favorite photos. It was never intended as a “best of”, because that would be too hard, and too focused I think on the technical aspects of a given photo. Which is still… Continue Reading

Fun with COB’ing Backgrounds

Showing how it’s possible to do realistic looking green screen photography. Granted, the original was not shot against a green screen, but the basic concept of cutting out the background and overlaying the subject onto a new background remains. The first two pics are of the helmet cut out and the background prior to having… Continue Reading

My wish list, January 2012

With some recent acquisitions—the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR 1 and a 32″x40″ Softbox among them—I was thinking about some future items on my list when I decided to write them down. It’s really rather shocking that there are so few items, but what’s even more shocking is the grand total: less than $2500 at the… Continue Reading

Softlighter and Speedlights

Some outdoor test shots in bright daylight (2pm mid-July) with my new 60″ Softlighter (basically an umbrella with a cover to emulate a softbox look) and three Speedlights: one SB-900 and two SB-600s. Featuring the mannequin I acquired a few years ago for practice (Manny). Even though I used no radio/remotes to activate the Speedlights,… Continue Reading