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Red, White and Blue, Beauty Lighting

July 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

RED, WHITE AND BLUE

The Photography Happy Hour - Episode 2

Beauty Lighting with a Twist

Watch the video for a full tutorial


Episode Two of the Photography Happy Hour

Be sure to subscribe: to the Photography Happy Hour and my blog for updates and new videos.

Here's a great video tutorial on how to achieve beauty lighitng with an interesting twist on the catch light.

All strobes used were the Interfit Photo S1 strobes. Use my discount code for an additional 10% off. EMERY10 

Here's the shot

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BTS of set-up

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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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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 


Want to learn more about lighting?!

Buy one of my two books on Lighting on Amazon!

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The making of a Movie Poster

April 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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Check out my instructional videos at:

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 


Happy New Year & Merry Christmas w/ Continuous Lights

January 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Happy New Year

&

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. 


Check out my instructional videos at:

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 


Honey-Honey_Photography Happy Hour Ep 1

October 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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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.

Be sure to subscribe: to the Photography Happy Hour and my blog for updates and new videos.

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

 

 

 

 


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)

 

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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 


Want to learn more about lighting?!

Buy one of my two books on Lighting on Amazon!

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HoneyBadger Part 1

September 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Honey Badger Part 1

strobe-integration-820strobe-integration-820 I recently got my hands on Interfit Photographic's newest product, The Honey Badger Strobe. List price an amazingly low $299. Not only that, included in the box with this 320w per second compact flash head, is a 24" pop-up soft-box, power cable, and sync cord. Seriously, what a deal.

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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IMG_3711IMG_3711 The specs:

  • 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.

(Mom & dad, plus my husband/assistant, 8Y2A00668Y2A0066 flanked the set to keep baby safe and in frame.) 

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!


Interfit Color with Slogan copyInterfit Color with Slogan copy  ​​​​​Get 10% off Interfit products now by using code "EMERY10"

enter code at check out


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