Berkeley Lighting Session

The other week I went into Berkeley to meet up with two photographer friends and work with artificial light. There were a number of people who needed shots for modeling portfolios, casting opportunities, personal websites, or just volunteered for fun. It was most definitely a fun afternoon. I tried to make sure Jill and Sarah had opportunity to work with the equipment I brought, but I got some shooting in, too.

Berkeley Lighting Session

Berkeley Lighting Session

Berkeley Lighting Session

Making of “The Sartorialst”

In this post I’m going to break down how I created the last image I posted. I planned out in advance how I wanted the photo to look and feel and scouted the location the night before.

I set up my camera on a tripod and lit each of the girls individually, starting from the left and using a beauty dish and a soft box.

Making of The Sartorialist

Once I was happy with the shots of Casey, I repositioned my lights and shot Anna.

Making of The Sartorialist

I moved my lights again and shot Jessica.

Making of The Sartorialist

Lastly, I took a number of different shots of the scene with varying exposures.

Making of The Sartorialist

I did all my tweaking and color correction in Adobe Camera Raw before importing all the images as layers into Photoshop. I created a mask for each layer and painted in the area I wanted to show using brushes with varying hardness and opacity, working carefully to keep the light and shadows as realistic as possible. I then used one of my base scene images to fix a couple areas and finish the image.

Special thanks to my friend Trevor who accompanied me to help with the lighting, primarily to hold the beauty dish because I still haven’t made a mount for it yet.

The Sartorialist

Sartorialist

I shot this at the end of last semester for my college newspaper’s fashion column, “The Sartorialist,” but waited to post it here until it ran in the Collegian.

The West Coast

West Coast

I have been blessed to live this final semester of college with three amazing, godly guys who have all been such an encouragement to me. They are also a ton of fun to hang out with and always willing to go along with any crazy photo ideas I cook up, like our first house photo. I am certainly going to miss these three men.

We named our off-campus apartment The West Coast because all of us have lived at some point on the West Coast. The families of my three housemates all still live there and I’ll be going back next month to start a full-time job with the start-up company I worked for this past summer located in the Bay Area. I am really excited to go back and work hard at a company I love with people I greatly respect and admire. I’d like to keep up my photography, so hopefully I can land some shoots on the side. If you’re a reader in the Bay Area and want to hire me or know someone who might, drop me a line.

And now the nerdy photography stuff…
Strobist info: SB-600 through softbox camera right, SB-600 in beauty dish camera left, white reflector used for fill camera left.
Special thanks to Shannon for snapping the photo so I didn’t have to bust out the tripod. :)

Honest Weight

I returned to the Stocks Mill again today to do some more shooting, specifically to take general photographs of the major open spaces on each floor. I still had time to do some personal work, though, and I finally set up and took a shot I wanted of this awesome old scale located in one of the rooms next to the warehouse.

Honest Weight

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