Jennifer Emery: Blog http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog en-us (C) Jennifer Emery jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:22:00 GMT Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:22:00 GMT http://www.jenniferemery.photo/img/s/v-5/u859977573-o426372819-50.jpg Jennifer Emery: Blog http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog 80 120 The making of a Movie Poster http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2018/4/the-making-of-a-movie-poster Photographing a Movie Poster

Fun demo with my LMU students

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So you want to shoot movie posters.....

Here's a great demo I did at Cherry Soda Studios with my Loyola Marymount University Students, for my Commercial Lighting Class.

The assignment was for the students to come up with an imaginary Film or TV show and create a Movie Poster plus individual cast photos. For the demo I decided on a western theme. So Cow-Girl-Up and lets see how we created our lighting design using 4 Intefit S1 strobes and a single red gel.

Our set-up.

Two foldable Soft-boxes as key-lights to the front of the set, barndoor-set w/ red-gel to camera left and inline with the cast, and a 30 degree grid camera right a bit behind the cast.

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Here's what we got

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Setting

ISO: 400

Shutter: 1/125th

f/stop: f/8

A longer f-stop was used for the group photos so we had more DOF to insure everyone was in focus. The front Key-lights where set at equal power at 5.6 (about half-power for other units). Our gelled light was at 8.0 and the grid at 9.0 because it took more power to push through the grid. (Note, the S1's go to 10.0 which would equal full-power on other units)

Equipment

Camera: Canon 5D Mark VI

Lens: Canon 17-35L and the 70-200 for individual photos

Lights: 4 Interfit S1 mono-lites

Front Key light: 2 foldable soft-boxs

Back Rim light: Interfit S1 can plus 30 degree grid

Side red gelled light, Interfit barn doors with red gel.


 

The students, cast, and I had a great time.

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Happy New Year & Merry Christmas w/ Continuous Lights http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2018/1/merry-christmas-continuous-lights Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas

The Continuous Light/Modeling Light feature on the Interfit Honey Badgers 

Staring 18 year old BOB THE CAT

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For the new year, I thought I would do a little feature on Interfit's newest product the Honey Badger strobe and its amazingly powerful modeling lights that can double as continuous lights. 

 

I wanted to do a Christmas card featuring our last pet, Bob-The-Cat. He's 18 years old and the last living member of his furry clan that consisted of 2 dogs and 3 cats. Bob has out lived them all. I wanted to use a green gel and a directional grid and really stylize it. But the idea of strobes brought thoughts of a scared kitty running off after the first shot. So I decided to go with the modeling lights on the Honey Badgers that are rated strong enough for continuous light photography. 

 

 


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Behind the Scenes

My living room turned into a studio: 

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To make Bob at home I put his bed in front of the Christmas Tree with his favorite catnip toys.

I placed the camera on my tripod low to the ground and framed up the shot on a stand in.

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Setting

ISO: 2500

Shutter: 1/60th

f/stop: f/8

Because I was shooting with the modeling lights and cutting the light with gels and grids, I needed to dial up the ISO to 2500 to at least shoot at a 1/60th of a second to freeze movement, and I wanted f/8 so the tree was in focus and not to shallow DOF. 

Equipment

I wanted to get the whole tree in the shot and have the cat front and center. Therefore, I used a wide lens very close to the subject. I pre-set the focus to manual and shot remotely from my ipad when the cat looks at the camera. 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark VI

Lens: Canon 17-35L

Lights: 2 Interfit Honey Badgers

Front Key light: w/ 20 degree Grid

Back Rim light: Interfit Barn Doors with green gel.

Kitty Santa hat: Target


Here's what we got.

I only shot 17 photos. 

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With the final choice being the one with Bob looking right into the camera

Check out the green rim-light, lighting the tree and the back of Bob. Just like Christmas Eve!

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And the final product for our Holiday cards.

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It was quick and fun.... and the cat was not stressed at all. 


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The Photography Happy Hour - Episode 1

One-Light Headshots w/ the Honey Badger 


If you tuned in recently to Episode One of the Photography Happy Hour, this is a follow-up on how to achieve headshot lighting using just one light.

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Here's a quick instructional on how to use the Honey Badger Strobe by Interfit Photographic.

BTW The Honey Badger Strobe list price is an amazingly low $299. and includes a 24" pop-up soft-box. Use my discount code for an additional 10% off. EMERY10 

Here's the shot

This was achieved using one light, above head-level of the model, with a large Octobox modifier, and a silver reflector about waist level. The reflector is placed close to the body of the subject to reflect some of the light from the strobe back up into the face. The reflector also creates a nice dewy catch-light in the bottom of her eye.

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Here is how it looks side-by-side, with and without, the reflector. The 2nd photo, without the reflector, illustrates how much more shadow the is under the chin. Neither is right or wrong, it's simply preference. With headshots for actors or business professionals, I like the bounce of the reflector because it is more flattering to most subjects, and creates a more inviting look. Notice that creases in the face are more filled in with the reflector - it's an all around softer look.

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Here's one more we did for our promo.

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A little more info about all the equipment used and where to get it - click on the link to see more

 

 

 

 


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  • 320w per second flash
  • 8 Groups (that means you can have up to 8 heads set on different power outputs)
  • 15 channels
  • 7-stops (320ws-5w's) with 10 stop increments
  • Sync capablity at 1/250th sec
  • 1 second recycle time
  • Bowens® s-type-mount for all your favorite modifiers
  • And the pièce de résistance- a modeling lamp with a dimmable 5600k bulb that is a powerful 60W LED. (yes folks, that means you can also use this unit as a continuous light and shoot some video.... although it is probably best used for video without sound because of the audible fan in the head)

 

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HoneyBadger Part 1 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/9/honeybadger-part1 The Honey Badger Part 1

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This was also my first shoot with my new Canon 5D Mark IV. Check out my upcoming Photography Happy Hour video tutorials, where we use the Mark IV to shoot motion, and Intefit's LEDGO's for video lights.


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My first shoot with the Honey Badger was a "Labor" of love. A Cake Smash Session for my nephew's first birthday that falls on, you guessed it, LABOR DAY!

Meet Silas-The-Destroyer, as his folks like to call him. Honestly he liked the balls more then the cake!

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  • 2- Interfit Honey Badger flash heads.
  • Interfit Foldable Octobox as Key-light, on Camera right
  • Interfit Foldable Beauty Dish, slightly lower to the ground, a couple of stops lower for fill, on Camera Left
  • I turned the modeling lamps all the way up, and this greatly helped focus on the little bugger as he moved and grooved all over the place.

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Radio slave: The Interfit S1 TTL Remote slave works with the Honey Badger units too, so I used that with no issues.

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We got some great shots in the 10 minutes we had till the cake was destroyed and the baby was on to other adventures.

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The Honey Badger specs:  version2_med

  • 320w per second flash
  • 8 Groups (that means you can have up to 8 heads set on different power outputs)
  • 15 channels
  • 7-stops (320ws-5w's) with 10 stop increments
  • Sync capablity at 1/250th sec
  • 1 second recycle time
  • Bowens® s-type-mount for all your favorite modifiers
  • And the pièce de résistance- a modeling lamp with a dimmable 5600k bulb that is a powerful 60W LED. (yes folks, that means you can also use this unit as a continuous light and shoot some video.... although it is probably best used for video without sound because of the audible fan in the head)

All and all,

I have to say the Honey Badger is a winner. It's compact, versatile, strong enough for most shoots at 320w's, and has an unbeatable price point.... not to mention the free soft-box and unbelievably strong modeling /continuous light feature. It's a great starter light for photographers and a great addition to any gear list. And it's cute too!


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

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

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) interfit honey badger interfit photographic jennifer emery photography happy hour photography school photography workshops http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/9/honeybadger-part1 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:48:00 GMT
Smash The Cake Featuring The Honey Badger http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/9/smashcake SMASH THE CAKE

Why do photo sessions cost what they do? 

An article for the photography client & photographer's guidance

Staring nephew SY THE DESTROYER

and lots of balls... because Sy really likes balls....  

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It all starts with an email from my sister requesting a Smash The Cake Photo Session for my nephew's 1st birthday. And it ends with me hosing off the backdrop flooring in the backyard. 

Not that I mind, my husband even had fun helping out. But we were exhausted and everyone went home and had about an hour nap, including my husband.

You can see more on how I shot these photos with the Interfit Honey Badger Strobes HERE

I'm writing this article to talk about what you, the client, should spend on a portrait session, because we photographers often get the question; Why does it cost so much? Or, can you do it for less?  There seems to be a disconnect between the photographer and the client about what is involved in producing a portrait shoot. And since I, we, and everyone, were so exhausted after this Cake Smash, I thought it was a great illustration of the cost, skill, and effort that goes into producing any kind of portrait shoot.


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Behind the scenes:

Studio Rental/office space

My living room turned into a studio: Lets start with the cost a photographer spends on a rental studio or the time involved in setting-up and cleaning-up a home studio. And lets add in the cost of an assistant.

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Here is my husband, standing in as cake wrangler.

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Time:

The question: Why does it cost so much?... all it took was an hour to shoot it?

Studio set-up: It took me about half-a-day to make the space baby safe and clean the day before. Then on shoot day, another 2 hours to set-up the backdrop and lights and do some tests shots. After the shoot - Another hour to breakdown, and 1.5 hours to clean cake from everywhere.... and everything.

That would be: 8.5 hours: just for prep and breakdown 

If this were a regular client I would have had additional pre-production time of about 1 full day/8 hours.

Pre-Production consists of:

Communication and Planning: Multiple emails, phone calls and communication with the client on scheduling and particulars of the shoot. (eg: What kind/size cake should I get? What clothing/ colors are best for the baby? Should we bring the baby dressed or dress him there? What time is nap time and best time to shoot?....) There is never just one email, or one conversation, this goes on for days.

Paperwork: writing contract and invoice... everyone is a little different. Photographers! Check out the timesaving bookkeeping software I use by Honeybook, at the end of this article.

That's about 8 hours: Pre-production 

Post Production: Editing - 4 hours. Orders and print making - 2 hours. Post production, client communication and billing - 2 hours.

That's about 8 more hours: Post Production

Shoot time: 1 hour + 1 hour hang-out time with client before or after shoot.

That's 2 hours: Shot Time


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And it ended like this:

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Skill:

The skill it takes to be able to photograph a baby, or really any person before they meltdown, means training, education and years, and years of practice and honing a craft. Once we started shooting, this was done in about 10 minutes. Babies don't sit still and cakes smash very quickly. An unskilled amateur is not going to get this shot with lighting, a set, and everything that goes into a shoot like this... let alone get it in focus and the exposure correct. Yes I'm tooting my own horn, but really I'm tooting all pro photographer horns. Props to you photogs out there who do baby portraits on a regular basis, they are exhausting!

This takes training and money. What did your education cost you? I wont put a dollar point on this, but I think you get my point.

Equipment

This is the part that I really think is lost in translation with clients. A professional photographer has upwards of 20K in equipment, and that is on the low end. Not only that, we have to replace and update a good chunk of it every 3 to 5 years because of technology updates. Yes EVERY 3 TO 5 YEARS we buy new cameras and computers and more.  Although we can make a good investment in lighting and lens, and not replace them, on average, we replace the following items every 3 to 5 years because of extinction and shelf life. This is the digital age, gone are the days of having a film camera and never having to buy a new one. Gone are the days of a computer that last more then 5 years. Gone are the days of software that does not need upgrading.

Think of these expenses every 3 to 5 years:

Average prices

Camera - $4000.00

Computer: $3500.00

Software: $1200.00

And this does not take into account the investment of all the pro lenses that average $1200 and up each, lighting packages at $4000- $10,000. Backdrops, props, rental on business space or studios, website hosting, advertising, insurance, and other costs of doing business.

Lets put a per-shoot cost on this in terms of what it would cost to rent all this. On the low-end a DSLR camera/lens package and lighting package would be $400 to RENT. Yes $400 just to rent lighting and camera package, and on average a photographer will only charge the client $350-$500 for the session... now our eyes are opening.... this is why we must own our own equipment if we do small portraits shoot, renting is too expensive. The rub is, if a photographer does a high-end commercial shoot, they can afford the rent everything, and usually do.

Price

The average price for a portrait session these days is $350-$600. Here's the problem, photographers where charging this same average price in 1999. With inflation, cost of living increases, and the cost of doing business being much higher, this is incredibly low and should be doubled. 

Here's the breakdown:

On our time breakdown above, we averaged 24 hours in pre and post production. And 2 hours of shoot time. 

Total: 26 hours for 1 photo session!

Running the numbers: 

Average prices: $350 • $500 • $600

Price $350 / 26 hours = That means your photographer is making an average of $13.46 an hour

Price: $500 / 26 hours = $19.23 an hour

Price: $600/ 26 hours = $23.07 an hour

Here's the question. Do you think any professional running their own business should only make $13.46 an hour? 

California's minimum wage will be $15 an hour soon, so that is not even minimum wage. Not to mention I did not average in the cost of doing business like the camera equipment, rental studio or insurance and things like that, so honestly these wages are even lower.

Conclusion

To the client: The next time you wonder why a photo session cost what it does, think about the value of what your photographer gives you in time and product. Think about what your time is worth in your line of work, then pay the bill with confidence that it is really worth it! Photos are memories that last forever and it's worth every penny. 

To the Photographer: RAISE YOUR PRICES. Charge appropriately. Value yourself, your skill, and your product. You are worth it! Otherwise you are bleeding money. Take an inventory of your equipment, and time you spend on pre and post production, then figure out how much you think you should be paid an hour. Depending on your skill level this may be more or less. Depending on the cost of living where you live, this may be more or less. But if you are a professional, and in the business for more then 5 years, you should not be making less then $25 to $50 an hour, period. This means you tally all your hours to produce the shoot, all 26, not just the one hour shoot.


One last note for the Photographer on billing

Get your billing process in order! Want to know how I balance my paperwork of contracts and invoicing, and cut some of this crazy time-involved client dealings? I use HoneyBook - hey more "Honey". And yes, I bought this software, I was not given it for free and now advertising it. I have been using this online platform software for about 2 years, and it has cut the time it takes me to write a contract and invoicing by about 75% less! And it's made specifically for creatives, particularly geared toward event professionals like wedding photographers, event planners and the like. It is equally efficient for my more "commercial photography" world of massive paperwork. And clients can sign your contract and pay all in the same place with a click of a button. The nice people at Honeybook are offering my readers 50% off this fantastic creative's bookkeeping software. Link here to get your discount: Honeybook 50% off: click here 


Coming Soon!

The Photography Happy Hour

Because after a long day of photography, who doesn't need a good stiff drink.

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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 

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Daily Blast Live- The Headshot http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/8/daily-blast-live--the-headshot 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 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/8/nudebook The Nude

Conceptual Approches to Fine Art Photography 

By Jennifer (Zivolich) Emery

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The Daily Blast Live Promo Shoot http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/8/the-daily-blast-live-promo-shoot 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: 

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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.......


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

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) bts daily blast live interfit photographic jennifer emery production stills promo photos tegna http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/8/the-daily-blast-live-promo-shoot Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT
mermaid_4 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_4 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.


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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 

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) interfit photographic jennifer emery mermaid photography school photography workshops http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_4 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT
mermaid_3 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_3 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

mermaid lighting diagrammermaid lighting diagram Lighting settings:

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.

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery mermaid photography school photography workshops http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_3 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:30:00 GMT
mermaid_2 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_2 The Mermaid Shootout WPPI weekend in Las Vegas

Mermaid Blog Post #2

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This image is straight out of camera.

The only photoshop is skin smoothing.

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Back in February I conducted a fantastic Mermaid Shootout during WPPI weekend in association with Interfit Photographic. I know, long time to do a blog post, but I thought it was time to talk about lighting and achieving the look straight out of camera.

Image setting:

Canon 70-200L series at 75mm

ISO 400

1/125

f/5.6


BTS: This is the actual set-up for this shot without the green gel as previous post.

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2 Interfit S1 strobes 

•Key light to the front of models face is the S1 with a 40º grid

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

 


Retro Style in the desert.

Doesn't this just sing Las Vegas of the 60's?!

I thought this series would be fun with kind of a Star Trek retro look, so I added a filter in Lightroom and a little skin smoothing retouching to achieve the final look below. Here we still work with the lighting as is, and desaturate it a bit in photoshop. If you tried to achieve this in-camera, you would end up with an overexposed image, and not a lot of detail. So, lighting correctly to start is the way to go. Then a little vision after the fact.

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

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery mermaid photography school photography workshops http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_2 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT
mermaid_1 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_1 The Mermaid Shootout WPPI weekend in Las Vegas

Mermaid Blog Post #1

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This image is straight out of camera.

Yes you can light like this. No need for filters later.

The only photoshop here is skin smoothing.

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Back in February I conducted a fantastic Mermaid Shootout during WPPI weekend in association with Interfit Photographic. I know, long time before blog post, but I thought it was time to talk about lighting and achieving the look straight out of camera.

Image setting:

Canon 70-200L series at 75mm

ISO 400

1/125

f/4.0


BTS: This shot is actually set up the opposite, with the modifiers positions switched.

IMG_2430IMG_2430 Lighting set-up    Look mom, NO CORDS.    Notice we are working with the amazingly portable Interfit products. The S1's have builtin battery power and the soft-boxes are foldable and lightweight. 

2 Interfit S1 strobes and a canon TTL flash.

•Key light to the front of model's face is the S1 with a 40º grid, Interfit barn-door modifier, with green gel.

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

•Backlight is a Canon TTL flash, set on the ground directed at the model to separate her from the background. Radio Slave attached to trigger.


Here's another version from a slightly different angel. Again, straight out of camera. Only photoshop is some skin smoothing. No color manipulation. The green you see on the model is from the gelled light.

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With a little forethought, you can achieve the image you want straight out of camera and not spend endless hours in photoshop after the fact.

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

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery mermaid photography school photography workshops http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/7/mermaid_1 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:55:55 GMT
Beauty Lighting 4-4 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-4-4 Beauty Photography Lighting Techniques

Blog Post 4 of 4

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To followup on my Beauty Photography Lighting Workshop at LACP, this is 4 of 4 short and sweet tutorials that I hope you enjoy.

These posts will cover use of Interfit Photographic lighting equipment. As you know, I am an Interfit Brand Ambassador. And just a note, as an Ambassador I try out, use, and post about their products, but I am not paid to do so. I stand by their products and love the equipment, as well as the company and the people behind the products.

Beauty Post 2: Beauty Lighting w/ Gel Rim-light

Beauty Lighting can have a little play, don't you think? Here we pull out all the stops with an interesting patriotic backdrop from BackdropOutlet, Clamshell lighting, and a blue & green gel on the rim-light. Key-light centered front & above the subject, smaller fill-light below, and a strobe with barn-doors on the rim-light that had two gels sandwiched together. I added the color to the rim-light to give it some cohesion to the backdrop and the blue in the flag. 

IMG_166_tuIMG_166_tu Shooting specs:

Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L series

Settings: ISO:100, 1/180th @ f/4.5

Adding the gel to the the rim-light really made the image pop. Here I make use of 3 Interfit S1 Monolight strobes . Key-light in front is fitted with an Interfit foldable Octabox , fill-light below and front with a Foldable Beauty Dish , and the Rime-Light is an S1 with barn-door set using the included green & blue gels.  These S1, 500w HSS AC/DC powered strobes are only $749.99 currently down from $999 a unit, already half the price of the competitors. Use my discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

I hope you enjoyed this 4 part series on Beauty Lighting. Be sure to check out my upcoming LIVE WORKSHOPS at the Los Angeles Center of Photography website!

Here's some BTS of the set-up

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery Los Angeles Center of Photography Photography beauty photography lighting clamshell lighitng http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-4-4 Mon, 29 May 2017 15:18:00 GMT
Beauty Lighting 3-4 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-3-4 Beauty Photography Lighting Techniques

Blog Post 3 of 4

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To followup on my Beauty Photography Lighting Workshop at LACP, this is 3 of 4 short and sweet tutorials that I hope you enjoy.

These posts will cover use of Interfit Photographic lighting equipment. As you know, I am an Interfit Brand Ambassador. And just a note, as an Ambassador I try out, use, and post about their products, but I am not paid to do so. I stand by their products and love the equipment, as well as the company and the people behind the products.

Beauty Post 2: ClamShell Lighting w/ halo

Clamshell lighting is foolproof beauty lighting 101, and we can make it more interesting by adding a hair-light or even lighting the background to create separation and achieve a halo type effect.  One light centered front & above the subject, and a little bounce from a white reflector, so we have some shadow under the chin.. plus a strobe with a 40 degree grid directed at the background. The whole effect with the pose and props, reminds me of a painting.

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Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L series

Settings: ISO:100, 1/125th @ f/5.6

Using a white reflector to bounce the light leaves a little shadow under the chin, which flatters most subjects. Here I make use of 1 Interfit S1 Monolight strobes with a Beauty dish.  The background light is an S1 with a 40 degree grid directed at the background.  These S1, 500w HSS AC/DC powered strobes are only $749.99 currently down from $999 a unit, already half the price of the competitors. Use my discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

Here's some BTS of the set-up

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery Los Angeles Center of Photography Photography beauty photography lighting clamshell lighitng http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-3-4 Mon, 22 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Beauty Lighting 2-4 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-2-4 Beauty Photography Lighting Techniques

Blog Post 2 of 4

Use my Interfit discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

 

To followup on my Beauty Photography Lighting Workshop at LACP, this is 2 of 4 short and sweet tutorials that I hope you enjoy.

These posts will cover use of Interfit Photographic lighting equipment. As you know, I am an Interfit Brand Ambassador. And just a note, as an Ambassador I try out, use, and post about their products, but I am not paid to do so. I stand by their products and love the equipment, as well as the company and the people behind the products.

Beauty Post 2: ClamShell Lighting

Clamshell lighting is the foolproof beauty lighting 101.  One light centered from above the subject and a second light source below. Here we are simply using a reflector.

IMG_1482_tuIMG_1482_tu Shooting specs:

Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L series

Settings: ISO:100, 1/180th @ f/5.6

Using a reflector to bounce the light creates fill and still allows for some shadow under the chin, which flatters most subjects. Here I make use of 1 Interfit S1 Monolight strobe with 1 Beauty dish.  These S1, 500w HSS AC/DC powered strobes are only $749.99 currently down from $999 a unit, already half the price of the competitors. Use my discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

Here's some BTS of the set-up

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery Los Angeles Center of Photography Photography beauty photography lighting clamshell lighitng http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-2-4 Mon, 15 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Beauty Lighting 1-4 http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-1-4 Beauty Photography Lighting Techniques

Blog Post 1 of 4

Use my Interfit discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

 

To follow up on my Beauty Photography Lighting Workshop at LACP, this is 1 of 4 short and sweet tutorials that I hope you enjoy.

These posts will cover use of Interfit Photographic lighting equipment. As you know, I am an Interfit Brand Ambassador. And just a note, as an Ambassador I try out, use, and post about their products, but I am not paid to do so. I stand by their products and love the equipment, as well as the company and the people behind the products.

Beauty Post 1: Triangle of Light

Although this is one of the last things we did in the workshop, I want to start with it to wet your whistle. THE TRIANGLE OF LIGHT  - This is one of my favorite lighting set-ups to achieve a beauty look with a little pop and amazing catchlights.

 

IMG_167tuIMG_167tu Shooting specs:

Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L series

Settings: ISO: 100, 1/180th @ f/4.5

This techniques creates even lighting similar to window light, but adds some interest to the eyes. Here I make use of 3 Interfit S1 Monolight strobes with 3 Stripe Foldable Softboxes.  These S1, 500w HSS AC/DC powered strobes are only $749.99 currently down from $999 a unit, already half the price of the competitors. Use my discount code for an extra 10% off EMERY10

Here's some BTS of the set-up

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Interfit Photographic Jennifer Emery Los Angeles Center of Photography Photography beauty photography lighting triangle of light http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/5/beauty-lighting-1-4 Mon, 08 May 2017 03:48:46 GMT
Location Lighting with minimal equipment - There's more then one way to skin a cat http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2017/3/location-lighting-minimal-equipment Location Lighting With Minimal Equipment

There's More Then One Way to Skin a Cat

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Taking lighting equipment on location can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Packing your bag with minimal light-weight equipment can take you from an amateur to a pro with just a little bit of knowhow. Lets start basic and work our way up and compare the differences in use of light sources.

Starting with a basic reflector.

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On the left, natural light is nice, but to the right we add a silver reflector and the eyes pop, and the fill light on the face is really pretty. This is the new 20"x40" Rogue 2-in-1 Super Soft Silver Reflector by ExpoImaging that has a great rectangular shape creating a fantastic catchlight in the lower part of the eyes. LACP_J_Emory_3_12_17 (2 of 98)LACP_J_Emory_3_12_17 (2 of 98)

Next we tried the gold reflector. Here you can see you need to be a little careful not over doing it, because it kind of creates that flashlight-under-the-chin effect, and is not always flattering.

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Notice in both the above samples, the background, hotter parts of the image, where there is brighter lit areas, it's over exposed. Without a stronger light sources, it's rather hard to expose for the background and light the front of the subject to match.

For example if I expose for the background light, it looks like this darker image below left, with the subject in shadow. But if I add a stronger light source, we can get a more even playing field.

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Adding a stronger light source makes it so we can better light our subject and match some of the brighter background light. During my Introduction to Location Lighting Workshop for the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) we worked through these different option. The above example is a Canon TTL flash with the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro that is like a mini soft-box for your flash, triggered by a radio slave.
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Next we upped our game with the Interfit Photographic Strobie Pro Flash 360ws, with a foldable beauty dish.  Now we are talking! check out the different in the quality of light below. With each step the photo looks even better.

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Lets look at the set-up.

We used an Interfit Strobie Speedlight Bracket - This backet can hold any Bowens® S-mount modifier and you can use any flash unit with it. It's only $39.99.

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Now lets take it one more step and add a second Strobie for a hair-light behind our subject. Notice the separation from the background and how pro the images looks.

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Lastly, what happens when we don't have this nice shaded are to work with. How can we create our own cover and do some similar lighting on location in direct sunlight. I got you "cover"! Enter the Scrim.

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Lets run through this. Same as with direct shade above, we just made our own shade with a scrim (which is a panel with some diffusion cloth. You could use a diffused shower curtain for this.)

The first photo above is natural light with the scrim. Below we work through different options to fill in light and offset the background "brighter/hotter" light. Note, our main light source is the sun, which is "diffused" by the scrim.

 

 


Next Scrim with reflector.

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Next Scrim with Strobie Set-up
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I'll leave you with this. The more powerful the light source and the larger you can make the light source (like with a larger soft-box) the better the quality of light. All examples are good, it's really a matter of preference and what you can take with you on location. 

Special thanks to Patty Lemke for the BTS photos and our model Sheena Graves. And be sure to check out discounts from Interfit Photographic and Rogue below:

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Call for Entry - color pop - Arts District Los Angeles Photo Collective http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2016/5/call-for-entry_colorpop_ADLAphotocollective My photo collective's - 2nd photography Show

If you have not been paying attention, less then a year ago, I partnered with a friend to form a Photography Collective called Arts District Los Angeles Photo Collective...

 ADLA Photo Collective for short.....

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ADLA is a coop form photography collective, that shares a 2500 sqft studio space for a very low fee and bands together to help in our joint pursuit of photography work and art. We welcome fellow pro and amateur photographers to submit to the art show for only a $25 entry fee.

 

And BTW we have a few opening for members if you are looking for a photography studio space. Check out all the info below!

 

CALL FOR ENTRY: COLOR POP
A juried photography show at the Arts District Los Angeles Photo Collective exhibiting June 25, 2016.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: MAY 27, 2016.

Submit vibrant photographs with color "POPping" in, around or throughout your creative vision. Fill your frame with the dramatic and bold or with sublime and ethereal imagery. All subjects are welcome.
http://www.adlaphotocollective.com/submit/

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JenniferEmery exhibiting in San Francisco http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2016/4/jenniferemery_exhibiting_sanfrancisco Up next. This week in San Francisco. See my Painted Ladies Series IN PRINT

CHOCOLATE AND ART SHOW - SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 21 - 22

 

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jemeryphoto@gmail.com (Jennifer Emery) Chocolate and Art Show Jennifer Emery Jennifer Emery exhibiting Painted Ladies Series Somarts cultural Center http://www.jenniferemery.photo/blog/2016/4/jenniferemery_exhibiting_sanfrancisco Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:20:44 GMT