Sunday, November 24, 2013

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Shooting in studio with The Genus ND Fader circular filter

 Often when a ND filter is mentioned you probably instantly think about shooting landscapes, environmental portraits or a situation that involves controlling natural or ambient lighting. After all that is where I started using them. For the image below I wanted to add artificial light (strobes) to a natural light situation and that involved fighting the harsh afternoon sun. Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter  is an all-in-one variable neutral density fader filter that gives you 2 to 8 stops of natural density with a simple twist of your wrist. I adjusted the filter to darken the background to reach my desired exposure and this allowed me to choose a shutter speed (typically 1/250 or slower) that could still capture the effects of the artificial strobe lighting on the subject. Below is an example of a image I captured in June at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon and as you can see there were very little cloud cover which is typically not a ideal exposure situation.

Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, 70-200 L,  F-4.5, 1/160th, ISO 50 with Dynalite strobe &
 Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter 

Images below are from a studio session in which I wanted to shoot wide open while using studio lighting. Thats when I introduced the Geunus ND Filter into my studio work flow. Using the ND filter allowed me to capture my subject @ f-1.8 and forever my studio photography has been changed. My typical settings for my 3 light studio set-up with out the ND filter would be f-3.5, 1/125 and ISO 50.  The ND filter allowed my to open up to f-1.8 which gave me the shallow depth of field that I desired. 

 This is a image of Travis Pranger The Creative Director/Co Founder at Feather & Oar  in Tacoma Wa.

Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, Lens 85 1.8, F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 50 

This is a image of model Jordan Sellers. He was looking for a image with a cinematic feel. The ND filter allowed me to control the depth of the image and accomplish what he was looking for.

Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, Lens 85 1.8, F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 100
This is just an example of the extra control the Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter  can give you and all at the tip of your fingers. You don't always need the newest and most expensive equipment on the market. Just remember to always look for new and creative ways to use your equipment that you already own.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Being a Seattle Portrait Photographer you can't always count on the weather cooperating with you. So here is the solution. Create a composite. Which means shoot you subject in studio and get your outdoor shot when the sun is shining. Here is the break down of a recent composite I did for Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited Agency.

This first shot illustrates my typical 3-light studio set-up. The gear I use for this as follows: Canon 5d Mark 111 body, Canon 85 1.8 lens with a Genus 4 stop ND filter. For lighting I used Dynalite power pack and strobe heads.

The second shot is the outdoor shot and for this I used Canon 5d Mark 111 body, Canon 24-70 L lens on a Manfrotto tripod. I shot 5 bracket images and merged them with Photomatix pro software.

                                        and the final result is the composite of both images

                              And here you have it. A solution to the uncontrollable weather.