Tag Archives: Off Camera Flash

My new toys came the other day

I have been putting off getting the new (new to me at least) pocket wizard FlexTT5 transceivers. For years, I have been using the multimax units, but have been anxiously awaiting using the high-speed sync capabilities of these TTL units for outdoor use. I finally took the plunge and picked up three units. So far, I have used them to shoot a wedding. No situations however to hyper sync the flashes, but I was able to test them with the multimax units and no problems there. No extra wires to connect, cause they sit right on the hot shoe, which is nice.I tried the FlexTT5's outside today very briefly and they seem to work pretty awesome. I shot a few frames of my son in the early afternoon sun after we were done playing football. At f2.8, ISO 200, the first is at 1/2000 and the second is 1/5000. So far, me likey.

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Sometimes you can find a really nice spot outdoors to snap a few frames even after…

Sometimes you can find a really nice spot outdoors to snap a few frames even after the sun has gone down. Most wedding venues have outdoor areas that are pretty well lit. But sometimes it's not quite enough to get a good exposure on the subjects. That's when I bust out some extra lighting. I always bring my quantum light with me and a few speedlites. Lighting is key for creating drama and mood.

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Even though I usually don't make New Years resolutions, I am making a promise…

Even though I usually don't make New Years resolutions, I am making a promise to myself to be more active on GPlus and on my blog. No excuses for 2012. So decided to go through some old wedding photos where I felt I was trying to be creative and hopefully reliving these moments will push me to be even more creative every time I shoot. The worst thing that could happen to any artist is to have a template mind set, especially when shooting a wedding.

I positioned my quantum t-5dr behind this couple during their first dance. I was anticipating capturing a flare from the light that would in some way look like the shape of the star on the floor in which they are dancing. I dig it.

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Ringing in the New Year

For 2012, one of the goals I wish to accomplish for my connection to my business and my clients is to create a more active blog. I must admit, I don’t post nearly as often as I would like because I do not like to write, but sometimes I can’t help it. I really use my blog as a picture blog, which is fine because I’m not a writer. But at the very least, I believe the images need a backstory to set the table for anyone that is viewing the blog. I certainly do not post pictures from every shoot, whether it be due to time constraints or simply a respect for the clients privacy. My plan is to post at least a couple of times a week, with thoughts and some images from every shoot. I feel it it much more productive than updating my portfolio. The blog gives me the opportunity to post a series of images and as many as I feel necessary. If I was to update my portfolio from every wedding I shoot, I would use maybe 3 images at the most, but this means that I would most likely remove 3 images for a swap. I try to keep my portfolio small and simple. The blog is really the latest and greatest.

That being said, I am starting off this year late with images taken from a wedding on New Years Eve. The coverage ended at 1am on 1/1/2012, so technically it is my first wedding of 2012 and it could not have been for a more awesome couple. They were completely cool and wanted to make sure I was on the level, or I would not have gotten the job. No bullshit sales talks, they were interested in my images and style before we actually met. We talked about how they met, how the wedding was going to flow, and what they expected from the day. I was going to have plenty of time to get pictures of the bride and groom alone and was given total creative freedom for what images I felt told the story of their wedding day. I feel totally and completely comfortable when this is the case. My biggest motivation when I shoot is to get as many cool rockin images as I can with the time I have cause I didn’t get these types of images when I got married. I’m not much of a picture person when on the other side of the camera, but if my photographer took the time to create some of these images, that would have kicked so much ass! I like to create more than just the expected images, or even the expected images with a twist.

They met when they worked together at an Enterprise rent-a-car place…..and the rest is history.

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Congratulations Lauren & Ryan. You guys are awesome and I wish you guys all the best.

Festive Engagement Session – Mike & Peggy

As we say goodbye to 2011, I can’t help but look back at all the great opportunities I was given this past year to capture some awesome images. 2011 was my busiest year so far for bookings and I hope to take it to the next level in 2012. You really do need to give it your everything in order to do this things you love and be successful. Nothing short of my best will do in life. I really believe that I raise my expectations for self-satisfaction every time I shoot.

I look forward to posting a mash up of my favorite images from 2011, but not before my final event which happens to be a wedding on the last day of the year. This post is to congratulate an awesome couple I met earlier this year. We had a recent engagement session at RexCorp plaza and is decorated beautifully this time of year. Great festive outdoor scenery, while allowing for indoor shelter and décor to get the feeling back in our fingers. Especially mine, which was on the shutter most of the time.

Congratulations Peggy & Mike. I look forward to shooting you guys again soon….

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Happy Holidays! I wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year!

Portrait Day

I spend most of my time behind the camera taking photojournalistic event images, but I really enjoy a good portrait session with one of my favorite subjects, my son Christopher. I am actually hoping to do more portrait work next year because I enjoy it so much. I get to use my studio lighting equipment and modifiers that I can’t always use when I am shooting a wedding cause I am moving around so much. I enjoy putting together a complex setup with soft boxes, umbrellas, gels, grids and snoots, but I appreciate when you can get awesome results from one key light, off-camera to blend with the ambient light which sings by itself.

We were supposed to have portrait day this past weekend for my son’s football team, but Mother Nature did not allow it. Another photog taking pictures of my son, he won’t allow it….he won’t smile right. So we decided to gear up and take some pictures right out in the backyard. I wanted to get some images for the family that will show his true personality (clown) and that he will enjoy. After snapping 25 images in different poses, with and without the helmet. Chris and I narrowed it down to 18 that we really likes (mostly cause he made silly faces), but he told me he wanted specific images for his bedroom wall and one that he wanted to put in his wallet. He doesn’t like the picture day portraits that we take with the rest of the team. We really just go for the team photo so he can always remember all his team mates.

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Just go out and take some pictures.

– Mark