Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Boudoir Workshop

Last night, I was able to attend a Boudoir Workshop held by Doug and Henry of Tiltnshift. It was a great shoot and I learned a lot of about lighting and posing a model. Our model was Tori Bell from Florida. She was great to work with and was very good in taking directions for poses as well as just posing on her own. This allowed us to focus a bit more on shooting as well as looking at the lighting options during each pose.

This was different from other shoots since the lighting was completely controlled in a studio environment. I shot everything with a 50mm f/1.8 lens since my other lens which is a 18-200mm doesn't shoot very well in low light.

The results turned out very well and some of the photos are up. Due to the nature of the shoot, I chose not to post up the nude photos publicly.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

SoCal Photog Shootout

Last Thursday, I was privileged enough to participate in a Wedding Shootout in Pasadena. It started at 1pm and finished around 8:30pm. A long workshop to say the least. I had a great time. Shot close to 3000 pictures, although the final collection was only 93 pictures. Many shots were duplicates.

It was truly a great learning experience. One casualty however was that my SB-600 flash unit burned out. So I have to save up to buy a replacement. For now, the onboard flash will have to do.

I still have a workshop to go to on Monday and hopefully, that will not require to have a flash. One of the bad things about being unemployed is that I just can't go out and buy equipment as needed. In addition to the flash, one of my camera batteries also went bad.

Event Coordinator: Amanda Auer, In the Now Weddings
The Hair, Make-up and Stylist Team: Kacee Geoffroy, Alisha Baijournas and Michelle Cunningham
The Videographer: Nick of Crafthouse Productions
The Engagement Rotation: Models, Sarah and Derek, who are actually photographers.  Lead Photographers: Gavin and Erin Wade
The Details Rotation: Brian Khang, Lead Photographer.
The Paper Details : Alli Wells Studios.
The Getting Ready Rotation: With model Ashley and makeup artist Becca, lead by Matthew Saville. Dresses from Mariposa Bridal Boutique in Anaheim
The Bridal Portraits Rotation: Jenn King, a model and a photographer and leader Wai Reyes
The Florist: Honey & Poppies
The Ceremony: The models – Kacee, Erik,Joanna, Shane, Mike, Tim, Sam and Mackenzie. Lead Photographer: Garrett Davis
The Romantics: Models: Ashley and Sean, Lead Photographer: Cean One
The Caterer: Jay’s Catering
The Cake: Fancy That! Cupcakes (909)524-1864
 Rest of the Photos are here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Post Processing

I decided to re-process some of my older pictures that I took a few years back. I've learned a lot more regarding post processing and I was able to make the pictures that I thought were already good, even better.

Attempting to also re-organize the galleries on Smugmug in order to show the updated pictures.

One week to go before the SoCal Photog Shootout workshop. Hopefully, the news of rain will fall through. Although I think being indoors wouldn't be that bad.

On a side note, I returned the Canon gear that I borrowed because I realized that it really affects my workflow dealing with Canon raw files and editing. Also the camera battery was bad. I should be mastering my own equipment anyway.

Monday, February 1, 2010


I was able to borrow a Canon 5D from a friend as well as a 70-200mm lens w/o IS.

This weekend, I'm going to be borrowing a Nikon 24-70 lens from another friend.

All this means is that I'll be dual wielding at my workshops this month. This also means that I gotta learn how to use a Canon 5D by then since I'm primarily shoot with a Nikon D300.

I have some time to learn and practice at least. :)