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Daily Blast Live- The Headshot

August 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Daily Blast Live Promo Shoot 

The Headshot

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Here is blog post #2 on the TEGNA, Inc Daily Blast Live  Production Stills. Today's entry will cover the cast headshots. Above is how the final versions are used on the website.

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Lets start with the setup.

Learning to do a good studio headshot is essential for Commercial Portrait Photography.

This is the lighting diagram I gave to my assistants for the headshot setup. As usual I'm using my trusty Interfit 500W monolight strobes and modifiers.

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Image setting and gear:

Canon 70-200mm L series at 135mm

ISO 100

1/125

f/5.6

Why these settings?  I wanted a sharp image, so ISO 100 creates less grain/pixelation, and f/5.6 gives a nice shallow DOF, but not so shallow that anything on the face is out of focus. The shutter I wanted fast to avoid camera shake when hand holding a large heavy lens.


Lighting Equipment

Interfit S1 Strobes and modifiers at work: 4 strobes: If you take a look at the lighting diagram above, you can see the layout for each modifier. A large Octabox for the key-light, a smaller beauty dish below for fill, and backlight with a grid for a little hair-light and separation from the background, and a background light to light the cyc.

Erica Cobb's headshot = @EricaCobbMedia

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Here is BTS of what that lighting set-up looks like.

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Here are the final versions of each headshot.

Al Jackson, Jeff Schroeder, Jen WiderstormTracey Gold, Ebony Steel,  Sam Schacher,  Tory Shulman, Erica Cobb

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We also did some full length photos of each cast member and I simply pulled the bottom fill light down and back to the side so it was not in the shot. I then pumped up the light to give more output to evenly light the body. Here are a couple of samples. 

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Lighting different skin tones

I'm often asked by clients if I can light different skin tones properly, especially if they are in the same photo together, as in our group shot in the previous blogpost here. And photographers just starting out tend to be daunted by this. This has never been an issue for me, and it is always a pet peeve of mine when I see people lit improperly, especially people of color in Film and TV. You simply light your darker subjects more and your lighter subjects less. Yes I know, easier said then done. But really if you are paying attention, when a darker skinned person steps on to your set, you open up your settings to let in more light, and visa versa for a lighter skinned person. With groups, you may want to have your lighter people back from your light source more, and/or put a directional light on your darker subjects to make sure all are evenly lit. The rule of thumb is not to over expose in digital photography, so we need to error on the side of a little under exposed. Just make sure no highlights are so overexposed that the data is missing from your image.

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Nudebook

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Nude

Conceptual Approches to Fine Art Photography 

By Jennifer (Zivolich) Emery

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The Daily Blast Live Promo Shoot

August 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Daily Blast Live Promo Shoot

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I have to say, it never gets old doing a promo shoot for a new TV show. I was totally honored to be hired by TEGNA, Inc, a while back, to photograph the cast of the new show Daily Blast Live. Often I can't post immediately about my shoots so here it is a little late. Above is the final version of the group photo that was used in the press release: 

http://www.tegna.com/tegna-announces-host-lineup-fall-premiere-date-for-daily-blast-live/

Below is the original image after retouching.

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These beautiful people were equally beautiful to work with. All with wonderful personalities and easy to direct.

From left to right, w/ links to their twitter feeds are....because my friends, this is a live social media broadcast show!!!

Al Jackson, Sam Schacher, Ebony Steel, Jen nepotism, Jeff Schroeder, Tory Shulman, Erica Cobb, and Tracey Gold.


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So Lets talk shop. How did I shoot this? 

Image setting and gear:

Canon 17-35mm L series at 32mm

ISO 250

1/180

f/6.7

Why these settings? This was a group shot, and I did not have enough room to move back on the stage to use a longer lens. Also we were working on a sound stage with a small corner cyc. Getting in close physically was the best option, so I used a wide lens. As for the setting, I wanted a sharp image, so ISO 250 creates less grain/pixelation, and f/6.7 left me with plenty shallow depth-of-field for everything to be sharp on the subjects and still blurs out the background a bit. The shutter I wanted to be fast to avoid camera shake. 


Lighting Equipment

Interfit S1 Strobes and modifiers at work: We did a 2nd set-up with a couch. The lighting was similar for the standing shot above. 4 strobes: 2 in front and 2 lighting the background to go as white as possible. Because of the shape of the cyc, I opted for the strip-boxes, seen in this BTS photo, because a larger box would have shown in the photo. I could only get the back lights in so far, therefore the background did not go as white as I would have liked. But that was an easy fix in post. The front modifiers are Octaboxes. 

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Here's me with the cast on the couch set. - Photo taken by my assistant Patty Naranjo

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Lighting settings:

4 Interfit S1 strobes 

•2 foldable Octabox w/ diffusion for front Key-lights at 6.5 output.

•2 foldable Strip-Boxes w/ diffusion for front backlights.


I'm often asked

How did you land that job?

Students of mine often ask how I get my jobs. Well as a freelancer that varies, and I don't work with an agent. After over 20 years of pro-photography, I can tell you these don't come easy or often. But this one was almost nepotism.  I wad referred to the job by a colleague/friend I have been working with off-and-on for pretty much my entire career. Anything Jen Friesen needs done on a show, I will help out with, even if that means being a stand-in or a PA. She always remembers me and refers me for photo jobs when she can. Many moons ago I used to shoot child actor headshots for the agency she worked for. She cast this wonderfully diverse group and will be working as a producer on the show in Denver. Now, know that the client did shop around and get bids from other photographers. I landed the gig because of my portfolio of work and a good referral. A discount price didn't hurt either! My advise to those wanting to do this kind of work, is to go out and shoot similar spec shoots for your portfolio. You need to have something to show that speaks to what the client is looking for. You are not going to get a gig just because of a good referral, nor should you if you are not qualified. So keep honing your craft and you will get there!


More BTS:

Me directing the group photos.

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Jen and Jen on the set working together again!

B2BFB77F-B2BFB77F- Stay tuned for my next blog on how I shot the cast headshots.......


More great photo discounts from my favorite photography companies:

Lighting Gear:            10% off Interfit Photographic: click here and use code "EMERY 10"

Rental Equipment:     Barrow Lenses: 10% off go to this link: click here 

Business software:       Honeybook 50% off go to: click here 


mermaid_4

July 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Mermaid Shootout WPPI weekend in Las Vegas

Mermaid Blog Post #4

A fantastic Mermaid Shootout during WPPI weekend in association with Interfit Photographic.

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Mermaid in the Desert


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One last post on the Mermaid shootout. I love this one because the sky opened up a bit and the pose is just so perfect to advertise the sign of the location.

Image setting:

Canon 17-35mm L series at 24mm

ISO 160

1/180

f/6.7

Why these settings? I wanted the background to come out and not over expose.... and as you can see it was a dull cloudy yet bright background. So I closed down on the ISO and shutter and pumped up the light output to match the background as much as possible. 


Lighting Diagram

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2 Interfit S1 strobes 

•Key light is the S1 with foldable Beauty dish w/ diffusion.

•Fill light is the S1 with foldable Octabox w/ diffusion


Retro Style in the desert.

Here's the original

Here's the original. It was a little hard to get our model Gabriella into the positions because she could not stand in the tail. I literally picked her up and moved her into the positions. Thank goodness models are light. There was a lot of laughing at my tossing her around......

A reminder about the ease of this set-up with the portable S1's that have a build in battery pack and need no external power. And if you have not checked out Interfit's foldable soft-boxes, your life will change forever shooting on location with these easy to set-up modifiers.

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See more about this shoot and different set-ups in the following blog posts.


More great photo discounts from my favorite photography companies:

Lighting Gear:            10% off Interfit Photographic: click here and use code "EMERY 10"

Rental Equipment:     Barrow Lenses: 10% off go to this link: click here 

Business software:       Honeybook 50% off go to: click here 


mermaid_3

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Mermaid Shootout WPPI weekend in Las Vegas

Mermaid Blog Post #3

A fantastic Mermaid Shootout during WPPI weekend in association with Interfit Photographic.

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Mermaid in the Desert


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Image setting:

Canon 17-35mm L series at 24mm

ISO 160

1/180

f/5.6

Why these settings? I wanted the background to come out and not over expose.... and as you can see it was a dull cloudy yet bright background. So I closed down on the ISO and shutter and pumped up the light output to match the background as much as possible. 


Lighting Diagram

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2 Interfit S1 strobes 

•Key light is the S1 with foldable Beauty dish w/ diffusion.

•Fill light is the S1 with foldable Octabox w/ diffusion


Retro Style in the desert.

Here's the original

Above I added a filter in Lightroom and a little skin smoothing retouching to achieve the final look below. The Las Vegas National Golf Club was nice enough to allow us to shoot on their property, so I thought it would be fun to do some promo shots they could use from our shoot. Here I incorporated their sign, and used a wide lens to achieve the look. 

This was really easy to set-up with the portable S1's that have a build in battery pack and need no external power. And if you have not checked out Interfit's foldable soft-boxes, your life will change forever shooting on location with these easy to set-up modifiers.

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See more about this shoot and different set-ups in the following blog posts.