Posts Tagged ‘softbox’

Baby Benny & Dad

June 30th, 2011

Friends of mine, a couple, were not long ago blessed with the birth of the most adorable little boy. Now, the father is an accomplished photographer himself and so it was proving a little difficult to find him in front of a lens.

So eventually they asked me to make some portraits of their little family. And it was one of the most fun shoots I’d had in a long time.

Here are a few pictures:

All shots taken with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, and lit (not always directly) with two studio lights, one of which was firing through my trusty Lastolite Hi Lite background and the other through a Lastolite Ezybox softbox.

More coming soon!

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The Friendly Neighbourhood Hydromancer

January 31st, 2011

As promised, this is another photograph from The Saint’s photoshoot (his garb has, of course, *magically* changed from white to black).

Here he is seen scrying in a bowl of water.

I lit him with one studio strobe shooting through a softbox high to camera left, and another strobe firing through my Lastolite HiLite Background.

More coming soon!

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

October 24th, 2010

Not long ago a friend of mine needed his portrait taken for use in a newspaper article that was to feature him.

So he called me up and we set up a photoshoot in my living room. Once the formal shots were taken, we decided to just have some fun and we even managed to rope his lovely fiancee into the game as well.

I lit them with 2 studio lights, one firing through my (oh-so-awesome) Lastolite HiLite Background which I set up behind them and the other high to camera left firing down and through a softbox.

Here are some of the shots from that day.

Effortlessly cool.

Some of the best advice I had ever been given on how to make people more comfortable in front of a lens consists of three words: give them props!

The super cool super spies.

On another note:

More coming soon!

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Making Faces

September 2nd, 2009

The Mischievous OnePeople are so interesting.

Perhaps that’s why I enjoy taking portraits so much; To try and catch something about them – something we don’t often see.

There’s something about faces that gets me most.

Eyes in particular: They can reveal so much about a person. Contemplation

Expression

Control of light is key. Anything that can help soften the light can help there – especially where the light is very bright (which I wanted it to be). Anything – such as my trusty Ezybox Lastolite softbox.

Unfortunately, it takes up space. Not much space. But any space counts when travelling on a short trip. So…

The Handsome Devil

When I travelled to Beirut, I debated taking only the barest gear. But in a sudden rush of madness I decided to leave my tripod behind and instead take the Ezybox.Cheeky-Haughty

Thankfully, I managed to put the Ezybox to good use. Which is very fortunate, as I really missed the use of my tripod.

For example, I took the Ezybox along to a dinner. I set up the soft box in a few minutes under the puzzled look of my fellow dinner guests. Then I made myself a makeshift modifier with one of the diffusing cloths that came in the kit with the softbox, a clothes hanger and some tape (thank you Strobist!)Gentle

Once that was done, I got people to, one by one, variously stand or sit for portraits.

I placed my SB800 in the softbox behind their heads to light them from behind.

To light them from the front/side, as I was wont, I occasionally managed to get my favourite Voice Activated Lightstand (aka my mum) to hand-hold my SB900 strobe unit behind the makeshift light modifier.Quirky

With everything in place, I just chatted with my subjects, asked them to try on different expressions, and waited until the moment it clicked.

Or at least, until the moment I thought it did. :)

So here are some of the results for your viewing pleasure.The Little AngelTwisty

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Prince of Arabia

August 17th, 2009

The PrinceA short while ago, I bribed a very good friend of mine into using him as a guinea pig in a lighting experiment.

I enticed him into the project by dangling a few swords from my collection in front of him, and letting him take swings with them.

The Prince's New ToyThe Prince at PlayThe Prince Prepares to Attack

With all my fiddling with knobs, buttons and settings, he proved a very patient subject – that is when he wasn’t taking swings at me with five feet of sharp 200-year-old steel. ;)

I learnt quite a lot from that session and I’m very grateful to him for it.The Prince Approaches

The lighting setup? One SB900 in an Ezybox Lastolite softbox and an SB800 with its diffuser attached and stood on my cats’ scratch post.

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Playing with Knives

July 28th, 2009

This past weekend, I decided to fool around with some random stuff at home and see what comes out…

I took this beautiful knife I bought from a gem of a store called We Be Knives that I unexpectedly came across in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. I mean, who’d have thought it? A great, quality knife shop on Pier 39 – Tourist Central?

The knife’s a joy to behold and handle – it’s a beautiful, handcrafted Sakura KB-202 field knife made by Kanetsune in Seki City, Japan. The handle (and sheath) are wrapped in cherry tree skin, hence the name – Sakura, which I understand means Cherry Tree. The damascus blade is made of 15 layers of blue steel. Stunning stuff.

I used the knife to cut up a large carboard box to make a makeshift lightbox, lit it through a large napkin, brought along a mirror for the party and introduced the victims, an orange and a pepper, to the knife. Here are some of the results:

CachunkReady, set, slice!SlicedChop-Chopped

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