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, in their January 23, 2012 blog post, [Tutorial] Shoot Motion/Multiple Images with Stroboscopic Flash

Mark Wallace demonstrates six traditional lighting styles

Mark Wallace presents another excellent Snapfactory tutorial video for AdoramaTV describing six traditional lighting styles.  He explains and demonstrates broad, short, loop, closed loop, Rembrandt and butterfly lighting. His tutorials provide excellent on-line learning opportunities.  Enjoy … Continue reading

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



There are others on Carnisc’s 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

Features Patrick explaining the Ewa-Marine DSLR Housing: , shooting on an inner-tube, designing a studio shoot, and studio lighting. For more of Patrick Hall’s work goto

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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.

No expensive equipment …

Many people think it is necessary to spend thousands of dollars to buy expensive cameras and lighting equipment in order to produce nice work and have fun with this hobby. Not true!!!!   No expensive equipment is necessary.  You only need a little creativity.

I found these videos on the Fstoppers, and Chase Jarvis blogs.  I really like both of these blogs, and read them regularly.

Bert Stefanni shows how simple work lights and a plastic shower curtain liner can be used in place of expensive studio lights.  Here is the link to Bert Steffani’s youtube channel, where he has a lot of “how to” videos posted.  Be sure to check out his “Confessions of a Photographer” series.

Lee Morris (one of the co-founders of Fstoppers) shows it is possible to produce very nice pictures, even suitable for a fashion shoot, with a simple iphone camera.

Lee Morris of shoots a full fashion session with the iPhone 3gs. You can get more info at


Chase Jarvis inspired a large community of photographers to get involved and regularly take pictures with the camera they typically have with them.  He even published a book, and created an app for the iphone.


Visual Fetish …

“Of all the fetishes, the first one is the one of Sight. It is primarily a fetish of men. It is also one to which, with eagerness, women lend themselves to. The story of the eye summarizes everything.”

I came across this quote on Frederic Fontenoy’s site on Fetlife (Art-Fred).

Then, I started looking at his work. I like it, … particularly what he does with mirrors.

You can see more of his work on his  website.

His larger than life pictures have inspired me to load my Nikon film camera with some fresh Kodak Portra, and take it to my photoshoots.  I don’t expect to print anything as large as he does, but, I am thinking about making some relatively large prints.  You can get an idea of how he works in this behind the scenes video and a blog post by Violet Blue.