Behind The Scenes

I love showcasing the behind the scenes. It's always fun to see what it takes to make an image. I think it gives a greater appreciation to the work that goes into it. It is my goal to not just take pictures, but to create timeless works of art in each photograph.

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CREATIVE MEET UP

In the efforts of trying to promote Community Over Competition, I have been hosting creative meet ups for Photographers and Models to come together and create. Below are a few images that I captured from behind the scenes at the meet ups.

Settings:

f/2.8 | 1/2000 | @200mm

EQUIPMENT:

Camera: Sony a7iii

Lens: Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master

Lighting: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL with extension head

Modifier: NEEWER 31" Umbrella Softbox – White Diffusion & honeycomb grid

 

Settings:

f/1.4 | 1/320 | @35mm

EQUIPMENT:

Camera: Sony a7Rii

Lens: Sony 35mm ZEISS f1.4

Lighting: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL with extension head

Modifier: NEEWER Foldable 28" Beauty Dish

 

HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

I had the opportunity to photograph a Harley Davidson motorcycle on their showroom floor. The bike is to be used for promotional pieces and had very specific requirements.

The photograph needed to showcase the bike. The photograph needed to leave space around the bike for promotional text to be added at a later date. It also needed a quick turnaround and proofs were delivered the day of.

The first picture was taken with no OCF (Off Camera Flash). It didn't showcase the bike. It was busy. All of the other bikes around it were competing for attention. Also, keeping in mind text will need to be added to the picture around the bike, this option was too busy. All of the neon lights, window, signs – it was too busy to use.

I decided to bring in two lights to help separate the bike from the other bikes and to darken the area around the bike to help with the text. In picture two, you will see my behind the scenes shot of how I set this up. Using my snoot on the key light, I was able to focus my light directly onto the bike itself, and not to illuminate the other bikes around. Decreasing my ISO and raising my f-stop allowed the the background to go dark. Added a simple speedlight for a second light to help fill, and that was it. Very simple, but very impactful! 

EQUIPMENT:

Camera: Sony a7Rii

Lens: Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro & Sony 28mm f2

Lighting: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL & Flashpoint Zoom Li-on HSS TTL Speedlight

Modifier: NEEWER Snoot & NEEWER Foldable Beauty Dish 28" White Diffusion


FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY | THE UPPER ROOM B & B

What is the best part of taking pictures of food?... Eating it afterwards! – Here are a few examples of my lighting set up to create these beautiful images. 

With the pool and the bright colors of the food and plates, I feel I only had one option here, simple and bright. Using my Godox 55" Double Diffused Octobox and Honeycomb Grid, I was able to paint beautiful soft light across the table. In the first couple test shots, the color of the pool in the background was coming off too dark. So I brought in a simple speedlight and pointed it at the pool, giving it a bright almost Caribbean feel.

EQUIPMENT:

Camera: Sony a7Rii

Lens: Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro

Lighting: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL & Flashpoint Zoom Li-on HSS TTL Speedlight

Modifiers: NEEWER 55" Octobox Double Diffused w/ Honeycomb Grid

(I also used two LED panels as this job required stills and video. – To complete the video section, I used LED Yongnuo YN600L & LED Viltrox L132T. I also used a ZHIYUN Crane to stabilize the camera.)


Tractor Sunset

Shooting at sunset is fun and beautiful, but can often pose challenges. If using the golden light as a key-light, it can make for beautiful images. However, that beautiful sunset is usually to the side or behind you and not in the actual photograph. When wanting that sunset behind your subject, well, then as you can image your subject is going to be dark and under exposed. If you expose for your subject, then your sunset is blown out and lost. The fix? 

Behind The Scenes – Shot with iPhone

Sony a7Rii & Off Camera Flash

Sony a7Rii & Off Camera Flash – (9 Picture Panoramic)

Behind The Scenes – Shot with iPhone

Notice how when taken with the iPhone, it exposes for the tractor and that sunset is lost and over exposed. So I underexposed the tractor showcasing the sunset and used flash on the tractor. 

EQUIPMENT:

Camera: Sony a7Rii

Lens: Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro & Sony 28mm f2

Lighting: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL

Modifier: NEEWER 55" Octobox Double Diffused


Jordan | Le Fleur Decor

Jordan was modeling at one of the coolest stores around, Le Fleur Decor in Hadley, Michigan. It was overcast and at one point started raining on us. The weather was less than ideal and very poor lighting conditions for the type of portraits we wanted to create. It didn't stop us from having a great time though. Jordan did an amazing job and the portraits turned out beautiful! – Also, if you have never been to this place, it is a must see!


Tractor Lamps

These lamps are one of a kind. Hand crafted from real tractor parts in the state of Minnesota. I had the honor of photographing not just this one but several other that were sold online. An ideal gift for that hard to buy for farmer.


Rachael | High Fashion – Couture

Rachael pulled off some amazing high fashion shots right in my garage! She brought her A game and I couldn't help be inspired by Avadon in the process.