Category Archives: Video

Developing a Creative Eye by Bryan Peterson

I was looking at the great selection of videos on the youtube  Adorama Photography TV Channel, and found this video by Bryan Peterson.  It has created inspiration and a theme for me.  I’m going to begin routinely shooting images with my smart phone that show some of the beautiful patterns that nature creates.  It’ll be interesting to see what kind of beautiful, probably abstract, images I can create from the wonderful art that nature regularly provides for us in our everyday lives.

I hope Bryan Peterson’s video inspires you too.  Enjoy …

 

Motion/Multiple Images with Strobes

Jamie S and I captured these images in July 2011 using multiple flashes with my Vivitar 283 strobes.  I think we created some very nice and interesting images.

A print of this image will be displayed and offered for sale at the Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit during the Fotofest 2012 Biennial.

This video tutorial by RJ Hidson shows how he used a couple Nikon SB-800s and one SB-900 to capture multiple images.  This video tutorial and technique is featured on fstoppers.com, in their January 23, 2012 blog post, [Tutorial] Shoot Motion/Multiple Images with Stroboscopic Flash

not your father’s slideshow …

I’ve been interested in creating short slideshow videos with still images as a means to display visual art in addition to hanging pictures on walls in homes or on public display in galleries, etc.,  or by creating and publishing photobooks.  And, I’ve experimented with creating some short slideshow videos.

I recently discovered some interesting slideshow videos created by Roberto Roseano aka Carnisc.  You can see them on his youtube channel.  In addition to being a mechanism for displaying visual art, I think the slideshow videos themselves are a work of art.

Now, I’m more inspired and motivated than ever to experiment with short slideshow videos.

Here are some samples of Carnisc’s slideshow videos.

Stop Motion

 

Light Blade

 

Televisions

 
There are others on Carnisc’s youtube channel.

Softbox or Umbrella — here are some differences

Here are three videos that demonstrate the differences between softboxes and umbrellas.  The first is produced by B&H Photo.

You can see more videos like this on B&H’s youtube channel.

 

The next video is by The Studio Coach demonstrating the difference in the quality of the light from a softbox compared to an umbrella.

You can see more videos by The Studio Coach on his youtube channel.

 

The third video is by prophotolife describing differences between a softbox and an umbrella.

You can see more videos by prophotolife on his youtube channel.

Softboxes – what they do and how to use them

Did you know that both large and small softboxes cover the same area of illumination with about the same light fall-off?  Do you know when to use a large softbox or a small softbox?  Here are two videos by Jay P. Morgan, describing what different softboxes do, and with that knowledge, examples on how you can use them.

Prior to watching this video, I didn’t realize that both large and small softboxes created illumination over the same area with about the same light fall-off.  The difference is the quality of the illumination or light over the area.


This video demonstrates when to use different size softboxes to get different patterns or quality of light in your images.

You can see more tips and videos by Jay P. Morgan on his web site, The Slanted Lens, and his youtube channel.

basic light placements for portraits …

Here is another video by Jay P. Morgan, where he describes basic light placements that have been developed over the years for portrait photography.   You can use these lighting techniques to help understand how beautiful images were created by other photographers, and in your own shoots.  These light placements can be used with hot studio lights or strobes. Enjoy.

Suspension Lighting Ideas from Patrick Hall …

Patrick Hall, one of the co-founders of Fstoppers, wanted to produce non-typical images of wake boarders. To do that, he suspended wake boarders in a studio, threw water on them, and used a variety of lighting techniques to produce attractive and unusual images. While he did not have shibari suspensions, he faced the same kinds of lighting problems we face when trying to photograph our shibari suspended models in the studio.

Together with his co-founder, Lee Morris, they produced a video describing their goals, behind the scene activities of their photoshoots, and showing the resulting images. This is a long 12 minute video. The suspension lighting techniques begin around 4:22 into the video. The entire blog post on Fstoppers is here.

Fstoppers takes you behind the scenes with photographer Patrick Hall as he explains photographing wakeboardering behind a boat as well as a completely unique studio photoshoot. View the Full Article at http://www.fstoppers.com/fstoppers-original-the-wakeboard-studio-shoot

Features Patrick explaining the Ewa-Marine DSLR Housing: http://bit.ly/ecOTlr , shooting on an inner-tube, designing a studio shoot, and studio lighting. For more of Patrick Hall’s work goto www.patrickhallphotography.com

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Suspension Lighting Ideas from Jay P. Morgan …

When we light our suspension models, most of the time, it is not possible to position our lights as close to the model as shown in typical studio lighting BTS videos and tutorials. Here is a BTS video by Jay P. Morgan showing a commercial shoot where he lighted a suspended model.

Although this was not a shibari suspension, he had the same problems we do when we light a shibari suspension. And, while the lights he used are much more sophisticated (expensive) than the lights I, and probably most of us, use in our hobby, I was interested in where and how he built up his lighting setup for this shoot.