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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)

Inside my second studio

Recently I posted a video about the second photography studio that I had. Here are just a few of the thousands of images done in that studio.

Set up: I had painted a 9′ wide portion of one of the walls and floor white. I laid down two 4×8 sheets of tile board on the floor which gives the reflection you see in the images.

Lighting: For a seamless white look I used two strobes facing the background / back wall. I would use 1 strobe and a 60″ reversable umbrella or a softbox for the main light up front. With a 60″ umbrella I could photograph 1 person or a group of about 12. That’s the most I’ve shot at once using that set up in this studio.

Gear: Back then I generally shot Canon for all of my digital work. 90% of the time I had on a 50mm f1.8 lens for portrait work done in the studio. This was done on the Canon 7D.

This young lady was a model who made it to be on one of the seasons of America’s Next Top Model. However, she found out she was pregnant before they started shooting so she had to drop out. A couple of years later she decided to get back into modeling and I helped her rebuild her portfolio.

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