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Tuesday's Tips: Lighting a London Asylum!

My destination Location Lighting Workshop held at the Societies Photographic Convention, aka SWPP in London resulted in some wonderful images and was  an event teeming with an abundant source of gear and creative alternatives.   The workshop was held at the Asylum, at Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham, London..  The Asylum was built between 1827 and 1833, bombed during WWII and semi restored.  This provided an incredible  place to hold a lighting workshop as it afforded us endless possibilities to create moods and scenes depicting a variety of situations.  We had 2 great models and masses of equipment from The Flash Center, Rosco, PocketWizardChimera Lighting and Rogue Flash Benders

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The lighting on this image was an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra strobe with a Chimera Strip Light on the right side of the model. On the left side of the model and slightly behind her was another strobe with a Rosco #83 Blue gel.  Placed in  front of the blue gel was a grid made out of Rosco CineFoil to control the light direction and break up the light beam.  The smoke was created using a Rosco Vapour fog machine.
If you back light your smoke, it will  have a greater effect.  This is true when using a fog machine or when photographing smoke from a cigarette or cigar.  This photograph was shot on a Nikon D-800 with a 24-70 Nikon lens at 35mm, 1/100 of a second at f5, ISO 100.

The photograph below is a mixture of strobe and ambient light.  The light on the models face is from a strobe through a Chimera 30" beauty dish.  The light on the left side of the background is ambient light and the colors were from the bright sunlight  shining through the stained glass windows about 20 feet above the floor.  This was shot on a Nikon D800 with the lens at 24mm , 1/125 of a second, at f 4 ISO 1000.  

 

Here are a few more images from the Asylum workshop.

                

 


 

 

 



 

At every "Location Lighting Workshop™" we create our "Silly Group Photo" Here is  the Asylum image.  Thank you to Canna Gray of Rosco and Ian Pack of The Light Side for all their help during the workshop.

Please join me at one of my upcoming "Location Lighting Workshops™"  Click here for the schedule.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday's Tips: A Quick Trip to India

We had a couple of weeks that “Tuesday’s Tips” was absent, but I had a good excuse.  I flew to India to attend my stepson Michael’s wedding in Goa.  It was a unique intercultural and interfaith 3 day wedding.  There were 2 very different wedding ceremonies.  The first was conducted by my nephew Spike, a rabbi and a close friend of Michael’s. The ceremony the next day was a traditional Hindu wedding.  Each had it’s own unique customs, both had lots of colors.  

I used a Nikon Speedlight to capture the selfie moment and match the light on Michael and Juhi with the sky

 

In this image the ambient light in the sky matched the ambient light on the couple.

 

This photograph was lit  with a Speedlight mixed with the available LED lights 


I lit this photograph with a Speedlight and a collapsable Chimera  Beautydish.  The Speedlight was triggered by Pocket Wizard Plus IIIs.

 

When I wasn’t photographing at the weddings, I was out shooting the beach and the market. What do most photographers do to relax on a few days off?  Make more photographs!

I convented my Nikon D300 into Infrared camera a few years ago.  Although I don't use it much for assignment.  Creating IR images is a great relaxation for me.

 

Cow and tourists!

 

 

 

When I packed for the trip I knew much of photography would be available light, so I brought my polarizing filter and 2 ND filters.   I also knew some of the photographs would need lighting.  In addition to my camera and lens, I brought a small portable studio in camera bag and roll on case.   I don't check in my gear.  I use a ThinkTank Urban Disguise bag and a ThinkTank Airport International Rolling Camera Bag and wheel my equipment on to the plane. 

 

Here’s my equipment list:

2 Nikon D800s

Nikon 17-35 f2.8

Nikon 24-70 42.8

Nikon 70-200 f2.8

Nikon 16mm fisheye

3 Nikon SB900s

Rosco Rick Friedman Location Lighting Kit

3 PocketWizard Plus llls

2 Rogue Flashbenders

1 Rogue Grid

1 Chimera Beauty Dish

1 Induro tripod

1 Nikon D300s converted to infrared

1 Lensbaby Composer 

1 California Sunbounce Sunmover reflector

I had a great time in India, the people are wonderful!  I wish I could have stayed more than a few days.  I look forward to returning.

Mazel Tov! Wish you the life time of happiness!  Congratulations Mike & Juhi!

 

Tuesday's Tips: Shooting Colorado!

A few weeks ago I traveled through Colorado from Denver to the Telluride Photo Festival.  I had the honor to teach two Location Lighting Workshops and presented two lectures; one on location lighting and one on my career as a photojournalist.  While in Denver, I went to the Denver Botanic Garden to view the Chihuly exhibit. It was amazing!  In Boulder, I stopped off at Chimera Lighting to see where my softboxes are created.  The next day, I headed to Colorado Springs to visit a great photographer and friend, Allison Ernest.  After Colorado Springs, I had an amazing drive across the beautiful state.  

Here are a few photographs from the trip:

Location Lighting Workshop attendee, Mark Burrows, modeling in front of a gray backdrop. This gray backdrop was colored using blue Rosco gels, with a pattern created by shooting the strobe through Rosco CineFoil with holes cut into the CineFoil.

The setup for the above photograph:  The main light is a Dynlite Uni 400 with Rosco ToughSpun over the strobe to soften the light.  The background light is a Nikon Speedlight SB900 with gels and Cinefoil.
I used a Sunbounce MicroMini reflector to bounce back some of the light.

Here, we have moved outside the studio and are using a Dynalite Baja strobe with a Chimera beauty dish as our light modifier.  In this photograph we are using the strobe and beauty dish to control the light on the model's face while initially exposing for the background.  Each of the students had a PocketWizard PlusIII on their camera to fire the strobe.  The Baja recycled fast enough for every student to work off one strobe.

Here is our set up at the beginning of Colorado Avenue in Telluride.  My friend, and an amazing photographer, Marla Meredith is modeling for us.  We are using the Dynlite Baja and the Chimera Beauty dish to light the model's face and balance the background light.

 

Back in the studio, this was lit using a a Speedlight and with a large Flashbender as the main light and Rogue Grid set as the hairline light.  Thank you Carin Somers for being a wonderful model!

The Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Garden in Denver.  This is amazing art and light.

Sunrise over Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.  Yes, I really did get up early enough to photograph a sunrise!

Hanging out with Eileen Healy at Chimera in Boulder, where all my soft boxes are born!

Reflections over the Box Canyon in Telluride. This town is a photographer's playground!

Sunset over the hills above Telluride.

Star trails over Telluride.  The exposure on this image 1221 seconds at f16, ISO 100.  The light on the mountains and the forest is from an almost full moon.

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

Time to leave Colorado and head for New York to PhotoPlus!

Leaving Telluride...  Next stop... New York for PhotoPlus. I'll be presenting my Location Lighting for Rosco, where we will be introducing my new Location Lighting Kit.  I will also be at Shoot NYC for SunBounce, at the ExpoImaging booth and at Unique Photo.  Hope to see you there!

PhotoPlus Schedule

Thursday  October 30
Noon-  California SunBounce #245
1:30- 2:15  Unique Photo Booth #937

Friday  Oct 31
ROSCO Booth #165

Saturday Nov 1
12:30 – 1:15  ExpoImaging Booth #134
2:30 – 3:15  Uniqu Photo Booth #937