Changes....

I recently moved to Penn Valley from Grass Valley and in this move, I setup my own photo studio. I have a selector of traditional studio options, indoor and outdoor shooting choices. Model Kisa Hues was nice enough to come out and be my first model to test out the lighting and space.

Right now the studio has a Godox AD400 and a V860II strobe, both in large softboxes. My plan is to add some backdrops and continues lighting in strip boxes.

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Inside I have a great window seat with some wonderful trees as a backdrop

Inside I have a great window seat with some wonderful trees as a backdrop

Playing around with some window light

Playing around with some window light

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Still getting used to how the fireplace works as a backdrop. Inside the fireplace I used an LED light with a red filter to add some glow. Need to work on the location of the light.

Still getting used to how the fireplace works as a backdrop. Inside the fireplace I used an LED light with a red filter to add some glow. Need to work on the location of the light.

Love the lighting on my covered patio

Love the lighting on my covered patio

The yard offers some really colorful locations.

The yard offers some really colorful locations.


Finding Shadows

After watching Sean Tucker talk about Shadows, I wanted to see how I have used shadows in my street photography this year. Not just really high contract images, but actual shadows to highlight a subject. I love using very high contract and shadows whenever possible, but the small towns I shoot in, just are not heavy in shaded areas. Overall, I find it easier to crush the blacks and make an image very contrasty, and I will do a blog entry for that soon.

Below are a few of the images I found this year, that use shadow. As I reviewed my work, I can see more shadows being used later in the year, as my skills improved.

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