On Assignment: Food Photography
Mar07

On Assignment: Food Photography

This assignment took place about a week ago at a new spot in Half way tree, Kingston, Jamaica called ABar i kinda liked the name because of its simplicity its Abar (pun intended) lol. anyway. For this image I took one umbrella as a modifier and decided last minute i wanted to use two lights (enter the SBIII) used the sb28 modified with the sbIII (always in my camera bag alllways) mounted to my trusty joby gorilla pod (also a must have in the camera bag) I like the flexibility the sbIII and the gorilla pod gives me, if i head out on an assignment with no plans to light something and it just so happens that I must, I can make a solid photo with that one light and i wont have difficulties cause i can find something to wrap that gorilla pod mounted speedlight onto (chair, tree, post, column w/e). Below is the setup photo The images were shot at 1/250th of a second, f/5 and iso 100 (lowest iso for cleanest file.. debatable with nikon though as 200 is apparently the native lowest iso) Here are the resulting images from the setup. Here’s the detail on the restaurant the Food dish and so...

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On Assignment: Fashion shoot at Signatures
Jun08

On Assignment: Fashion shoot at Signatures

To my delight today (8/12/2010) I was assigned a fashion shoot at a wonderful store called Signatures I honestly never knew it existed and for good reason its female clothes, however on the flip side the store is soooo amazing and the Staff are really hospitable definitely an awesome place if i had a girlfriend and my pockets were deep till they were on the floor I’ld so shop there. onward to the juicy parts.   Heading to this fashion shoot I was actually miserable, because i didn’t have my lightstands nor did i have my softbox or softbox umbrella or softliter (hmm modifiers would have covered all of that) anyway. I had 2 flashes a camera and 2 lens. as i walked in the store i started banging my head against an imaginary wall because the store looked so awesome this would have been ideal for me to have my lighting gear 100% operational but alas the milk is spilt and I have no mop so now I decided to work around it. i had my lumiquest mini softbox which i did use to slightly widen my lightsource (i would love an ltp for christmas if santa’s reading). That light was being held by the reporter I was assigned to the shoot with. She was really helpful the second light i used for fill to kinda bring out those harsh shadows the key light would create. and in some cases i used it for rim lights. did a bit of blending of natural light that was coming in through a window (i’m telling u this store was made for a photoshoot) overall I was happy I still would much rather be fully equipped but it was cool winging it and getting such awesome results. here’s an image from the shoot. the model isn’t a professional but she either lives in em vogue mags or probably really has a natural talent there. either way she rocked it. *nb* Yes that is the strobe in the photo I’m aware it was there. There were other images with it not included (this is an out...

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On assignment: Flair magazine fashion photo shoot  with D’angel
Feb22

On assignment: Flair magazine fashion photo shoot with D’angel

shortly after tha cover shoot I had to run scarf some food and drive up to my next assignment, all I knew is i was shooting some fashion, not who nor where, in transit to the assignment the reporter made me aware I Would be photographing Michelle Downer, lovingly and popularly know as D’angel. I wasn’t really nervous because I had photographed her before aaggges ago anyway that shoot sucked as I sucked a lot more then than i do now. I wanted to make a statement with these images as best as I could with the limited time i would probably have with the artiste as I had previously learned on a photoshoot with bet 106 and parks host, Roxie :(. Luckily time wasn’t a big issue for reason i cant explain as i have signed a non disclosure agreement. Anywhoo there where 8 looks total and I had the ability to use anywhere I wanted to at the location. Mostly I had a 1 light setup as i didn’t take much with me cause i didn’t now who i was photographing but I did make the best of it. I used the sb900 in su4 as my kicker light in a few shots that i wanted that effect here’s my favorite image from the set. My reason for liking this image is the Contrast in theme A juxtaposition of her attire and location. enjoy and see the rest of the images and article in the Flair Magazine...

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on assignment: Lafayette Brothers
Sep27

on assignment: Lafayette Brothers

Drove on up to their company Geddes Refrigeration LTD on spanish town road. the assignment was the usual grab some images during the interview. get some gesticulation and expressions and then wrap it up with a portrait of the twins. For the portrait I used a lil desk area in the office we used for the interview then after we were finished. I asked if it was okay to do a shot in the hall. Both came out really great so i guess its up in the air as which image will get used for the feature. I personally prefer the one in the office though, oddly enough the office space one felt more relaxed than the hall way portrait. read the article on em...

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In Studio: Maternity Photoshoot
Sep11

In Studio: Maternity Photoshoot

Hey readers I know you think I have deserted you but i totally haven’t I have about 4 on assignment posts in the draft que ready to publish the minute I have clearance to do so. you’ll have to hang on a bit for that. Today we’ll be going through my last assignment for TaylorGPhotography. A commissioned Maternity Photoshoot conducted at the studio. Obviously the subject was a Pregnant woman but you didn’t know her husband and daughter would be there did ya :p.Everything went well and on time. I had the area setup like an hour before anybody showed up. Posted a pic to my flickr stream. My stylist showed up at 2pm and my subjects were right on time an hour later. make up and styling began immediately and we got straight into the good parts I was rocking a 2 light setup and using a white foam core for a little fill reflection at some points. The shoot flowed well with little to no difficulty at all. 1 thing that I learnt for sure is I will need to invest in a boom system. cant always rely on someone to hold my light in that position. Image recipe: I put a sb28 behind the tummy of the mommy and pointed it directly at the seemless at full power. Aperture at f/10 shutter 250th and iso at 125. Black and white conversion in lightroom pull the contrast around to taste and you got your self a delicious silhouette. I’ld like to give a huge thanks to my stylist @vampnixen there’s a few more projects in the bag, You’ll be hearing from me. And the Client for being so co-operative and allowing us to create such wonderful...

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