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Simple set-up to big results…

A couple of years ago I got a photo gig where I’d be photographing a hip hop artists for his upcoming album release. The album was to be released not only digitally but on CD and vinyl as well. The concept was going to be “dark” as the name of the album was going to be “Dark Side of The Cacoon.” It was storming that day so I headed over to his house. I brought along my studio background stand that I bought for around $120 or so. I brought along some black fleece fabric I picked up from Hobby Lobby for around $20 And of course I brought my Vivitar 285 flash that I’ve had for at least 15 years or so (which can be had for around $20 to $30 used). For a light modifier I used a 60″ octabox. The result was a photo that ended up being on the front of a nationlly and internationally distributed album. You don’t always necessarily need expensive gear to get big results.

(Camera was a Fuji xt 10 with the 18-55 kit lens)

Shooting Into The Light

When using flash I like to experiment at times and try different lighting techniques. I wanted to get a silhouette look but I didn’t have a white background available. I thought “what if I put the light source (softbox) directly behind the subject?” Yes… In these two photos the softbox IS the actual background.

These two images are straight out of camera with no post processing. I shot these black and white JPG.

Fuji xt 10

Fujinon 60mm f2.8 macro lens

Triple Exposure

Here is a shot I did on film… Kodak Portra 400… I left the shutter open and had the subject pose. I popped the flash and she moved to a new pose. I popped the flash again, and she moved to the third pose and I popped the flash for a third time.

Kodak Portra 400

I shoot more black and white film than color but when I shoot color I have 3 film stocks that are my go to for different reasons. They are Kodak Ektar 100, Fuji Superia XTRA 400, and Kodak Portra 400. I generally shoot Kodak Portra 400 when I’m doing portraits. I’ll even shoot film and use Portra on paid portrait shoots. Portra is a pretty versatile film and it looks good at box speeds as well as over exposed by a stop or two. Here are some examples of what Kodak Portra looks like. These are unedited photos straight from the film scans.

Ricoh GR

One of my all time favorite digital cameras is the Ricoh GR. And I’m assuming if I had the GR III, which is the newest model released, that would be one of my favorites as well. When I had this camera I really enjoyed the pocketability of it. That camera was so stealth. I mostly used it for street photography. I did use it during a couple of portrait shoots to get a different look. I do regret selling it. Here are two examples of portraits done with the Ricoh GR.

ISO: 200

Aperture: f16

Shutter speed: 4 seconds

ISO: 400

Aperture: f8

Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

Back to digital with the Fuji XT 10

In previous posts I explain how I got out of photography for a while and then got back into film photography. I explained that I eventually got back into digital with the Fuji x20. I eventually started doing some paid gigs again and I knew I needed something with interchangeable lenses. In 2016 after doing much research, I decided the right fit for what I wanted and my budget was the Fuji XT 10. I bought that with the 18-55 kit and the 55-200mm. Here are a few shots from one of the first shoots I did with the Fuji.

Black and White On Both Sides

Here are a couple of images that I recently made that will be in “Black and White On Both Sides” which is a book I will be publishing later this summer. I have really enjoyed playing with lighting over the last several years. I really like high contrast and low key black and white imagery. I decided to take on a project that consisted of nothing but just that.

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The above image was created with a speed light placed directly behind the subject.

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The above images was made using a speed light inside of an octabox to camera left.

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