Corey Melton Photograph’s Jim Gaffigan’s Growing Family

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If you think it is difficult to make one kid sit still long enough to get some decent shots, try photographing five. Fstoppers staff writer Corey Melton experienced this first hand when he was asked to shoot comedian Jim Gaffigan and his growing family for Jim’s new book Dad Is Fat.

“I figured that this shoot could end up going in any direction,” writes Corey. “I have a 3 year old daughter at home and I know how hard it is just to get her to sit still long enough to get some decent shots, so I couldn’t imagine 5 all at once! Because of this I wanted to keep the lighting simple and straight up, but to light in a way that the kids could move around and still maintain consistent lighting throughout the shoot.”

Corey’s solution incorporated a D1 monolight with an umbrella and an AcuteB2 battery generator with an Acute/D4 Ring flash.

Read the full article at Fstoppers and learn how Corey used these tools to create a series of promotional images for Jim’s book.

 

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John Tsiavis on the Move

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John Tsiavis has made a name for himself by his effortless yet evocative portraits of celebrities. But as we all you know, you need to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. When John was asked to shoot a series of images that were “unique in an interesting way” he saw an opportunity to do just that.

Surprisingly many successful photographers did not want to become photographers at first. John Tsiavis is one of them. John wanted to work with advertising. The only reason why he started to take photography seriously was that he needed a portfolio to apply for an advertising course at the university. When he was not accepted at the course, he took the interviewer’s recommendation to show his photographs to the photography faculty down the hall. And from there on one thing led to another.

Today, John is above all known as a commercial portrait photographer, creating effortless yet evocative portraits of celebrities and people of interest, such as Bono, Al Gore, Geoffrey Rush and Rachel Griffiths.

“I enjoy it because it’s a challenge,” says John. “Often with celebrities, it’s a ‘high stakes’ kind of photography. The pressure is really on. You’ve often got a very small amount of time with some huge personalities and you have to come out the end with something unique. When you get the shot you want there’s a great deal of satisfaction amongst everyone involved.”

But John also enjoys the variety that comes with a broader repertoire. For instance, he was recently asked by a client to shoot a series of images that would illustrate the various professions within the media and arts industry. The only requirement was that the images had to be vibrant and interesting in a unique way. So, John left the well-treaded path and set out to create the so-called Movement shots – a series of images that forced him to approach his art from a whole new angle. Read More

Peter Dawson on Outdoor Automotive Photography

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Shooting outdoors always has its challenges, and when you’re shooting an ad for a car, the art director has locked down your camera, and you can’t move the car, you’ve got more than a few challenges to overcome.

Peter Dawson, though, is up to the task and he reveals some of his techniques in this feature on Shutterbug. When shooting on location, he relies on Profoto Pro-7b packs to give him the power he needs. “I shoot with a lot of natural light,” he says, “mixing strobes in to highlight certain parts of the car… I use Profoto white beauty dishes with grids frequently to highlight tires and anything that’s not just metal.”

Read the whole article on Shutterbug and see more of Peter Dawson’s photography at peterdawson.net.

 

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Gina LeVay’s Punk Portraits

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The legendary New York punk club, CBGB, may have closed, but they still run an annual music festival with 700 performers, playing in over 150 venues in NYC. Photographer Gina LeVay got the gig, photographing music legends such as Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Duff McKagan (Guns n’ Roses) to promote the festival. The story, in her own words, follows.

The portraits were for CBGB, specifically for their first annual festival in NYC, which featured over 300 artists and 30+ venues during the four day event. Our goal was to create classic and clean portraits of the featured artists against a uniform background (white seamless) and to execute our lighting plan successfully in the different locations – each with their own environmental and space limitations.trans Gina LeVay’s Punk Portraits

Our plan was to use Profoto D1’s with a large octa softbox as the main light and have the beauty dish with grid as a pop for their faces, to bring them out more. We were shooting a mixture of portraits and 3/4 length shots. Especially when shooting musicians and artists, we had to be flexible as well accommodating towards spontaneous acts and inspired ideas! Making the lighting scenario and desired effect as consistent as possible to create a uniform campaign was the biggest challenge we faced. Read More

How to Take a Portrait of 350 Sailors in Under 3 Hours

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 How to Take a Portrait of 350 Sailors in Under 3 Hours

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In the Profoto blog tradition of massive shoots executed flawlessly in almost no time at all (I’m looking at you, Art Streiber!), we bring you Elena Zhukova’s Fleet Week portrait. 

Elena Zhukova is a San Francisco based commercial photographer who aims to create conceptual, thought-provoking work, whether it be for advertising or for art. She’s currently finishing up the MFA program in commercial photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The following is her breakdown of the shoot in her own words.

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