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No car, no problem.

1950's Greasemonkey

1950's Greasemonkey

I did another vintage male photoshoot on Sunday. I was really excited for this one because the model was supposed to borrow his brother-in-law’s beat-up old Cadillac. The car would have been perfect for my vintage mechanic concept.

Unfortunately, the car wound up being used by his brother-in-law at the last second so we had to improvise and use the model’s ultra modern Chevrolet instead.

My original idea for a location was also ditched once we got there and I realized it was way more ghetto than I remember it being. Contrary to popular belief, there is a big difference between a vintage-looking location and just a run-down background.

Luckily, we found a building around the corner that was perfect. It was the service entrance to a Honda dealership. There were no cameras and no street activity, so I gave it the greenlight so we setup shop.

Lighting with my small strobes was a challenge because I wanted to get a nice rim-light, but I also wanted to show the engine while also highlighting that cool gate. Once I figured out what I wanted to focus on, the rest came easy. I let the sun work as my third light, illuminating the engine just enough. I used the gate to my advantage, lighting it to provide an interesting shadow and just a little bit of bounce light for the right side of his face.

At the end of the day, we were sweaty, stinky and proud of what we had accomplished. Meanwhile, I was eyeing the abandoned warehouse across the street for a future shoot…


Flexible flashing

Vertex PressliteLike the staple-free stapler, it’s about time someone invented the Vertex Presslite!

This genius invention uses simple technology to achieve fantastic results. Check out the 3D demo on their site for a better explanation of how this crazy thing called reflection actually works.

Definitely a must-have for the minimalist strobists out there!

Shadowplay with Ivysgrand

Male art nude Male art nudes is a fine, fine line. One photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of watching evolve in his style is ivysgrandkid, a 19 year old from San Francisco who really knows how to tame lights.

I don’t know how he was trained or what he uses, but there’s no denying his style is artistic and elevates the human anatomy to a statuesque level — thanks to his effective use of lights. His lighting lends a sculptural quality to his subjects, equal parts light as well as shadow. His lighting is brave and self-restricting.

If a strobist is one who knows how to control light, would there be an opposite to that? A shadowist? A negatist? It all sounds not so glamorous, but once you see what I’m describing it will all sound beautiful.

Check out his photostream and prepare to be inspired.

70 vs. 1

Basketball by Dustin Snipes
Just saw these amazing basketball portraits done by photographer Dustin Snipes — and no, he’s not related to Wesley Snipes in any way.

Not only is his lighting superb and smart, but his efficiency is impressive — he shot 70 basketball players in 2 days! He managed to squeeze three different looks out of that tiny space. But, what’s great about this anecdote is you don’t need to know his hardships to appreciate the final product. Check out his blog for more details and his lighting setup.

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