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OK people buckle up it’s going to be a long ride! Here comes a new group of photos for you from the Studio Lighting Photowalk the Photowalking Utah Flickr group held at the Gateway Community Church in Draper, Utah February 21, 2012. (The first batch can be found here)
The 4th lighting set up I tried was conceived and hosted by another amazing local pro David Terry. He used 4 lights, 2 gridded strip softboxes to light the white seamless backdrop one large Octabank at camera left, and a shoot through umbrella nearly overhead in a beauty dish style and the stunning model was Alyssa VanLeeuwen. She was fun, engaging, and incredibly patient with all of us as we hooked into the strobes and tried to take a decent picture, luckily with such a great set up from David and a great model in Alyssa the keeper rate was pretty good, (now if I could only actually direct a model…)
Eric Peterson is my friend and neighbor and this was his first photowalk, it’s so much more fun doing these things with a friend. Of course it’s always nice to talk to new people and make new friends which I was able to do at this walk, but I’m glad I was finally able to get Eric to come along, hopefully we’ll go on many more together (makes it easy to carpool as well) and I hardly even notice that he shoots Canon…
So enough of the beauty what about the beast?!
No, not an ugly hairy monster with bad manners and worse breath, rather that’s what our next pro Corey Luke calls this huge 7 foot umbrella style softbox.
Next up was another set up by Corey Luke this one used continuous lighting.
I had a tough time being very creative with this set up which is too bad because as I look back on it now there were so many things I could have done that would have been perfect using those wonderful softboxes as backgrounds. I think at the time I was really annoyed that they were in the shots when I really should have been utilizing them in creative and unique ways and walking all around the piano to explore every angle. Sorry Kenny! I’ll do better next time.
The last lighting set up I was able to use was a one light shoot through umbrella with reflectors of a Martial Arts theme run by the very friendly duo of Wes Bowling and Dave (sorry Dave, I don’t have your last name or web link) using Cactus V5 triggers (just like mine!) I shot the wonderful model Bryce Hess. Bryce was working so hard all day jumping, spinning, kicking, punching, crouching, etc by the time I got to him at the end of the photowallk you could tell he was spent but just like all the models he just pushed through it and gave me his all, unfortunately I was out of gas by this time (I had only slept about 2 hours that night, it’s a long story) and I even called him the wrong name about a hundred times and he never said anything, so a huge “sorry” to him and thanks for hanging in there.
After chatting for some time here with Wes it was time to end the photowalk, of course some people were still milling around so I walked around and grabbed a few shots of the two set ups I wasn’t able to participate in.
This was a “Classic Hollywood” style portrait set up, and many people ended up converting the images to black and white and they look great. The lighting set up for this and many of the other sets was donated by our amazing local photo superstore Pictureline
The other missed set up was a Rock Star theme on the stage hosted by David Daniels
I “sniped” this shot as the final photographer snapped away with the 3 gridded softbox set up.
The other lighting set up was next door in Rich Legg’s studio in a “theatre” theme with two models, but Eric and I never made it over to photograph them.
Finally I snapped just a few more shots of Shakira Farrar
Another photowalker Cody Sims made a great “fly through” video showing all the set ups and models, give it a quick watch over at his smugmug page! You can see my bald head just after the “Ninja” set up is shown and as the video speeds up for a second (timemark 1:13)
I had such a blast and it’s been so much fun working on these shots. I can’t wait for next year!
Have a great week, our next photowalk is planned for the St. Patricks day parade on the 17th of March although the forecast is calling for rain so we’ll see what happens.
As always thanks for taking the time to look at my blog, and…