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Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Katie in the New Studio

by Blake Robinson

March 13th, 2018    0 Comments     Add Comment
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As loyal readers will recall, I had a large studio space in an office building in Connecticut for 8 years. When we moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, I set up a dedicated home studio. Katie, pictured here, was my first subject in the new studio space. 

By the way, click on any image in this post to see it LARGER and clearer. This works on a computer, a tablet or a phone.  

Katie, who teaches at a local school here on the island, was a joy to work with. I’m hoping we’ll be able to shoot again!

The new studio space worked well. I don’t have all of the lights and other gear from my  studio space in Connecticut, but sometimes less is more. With a simpler approach to lighting, I can concentrate more on making a strong image. 

I’m ready to take on new clients in Hilton Head now – either in the home studio, at a client’s home or business, or outside – including the beach!  

Thanks for a great shoot, Katie!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

 

 

Concert Lighting with Christina

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Please click on any image to see it in a LARGER size.

I’m continuing my 10 week shooting project with Christina. If you missed my first post about the photography course I’m taking, please see last’s week’s blog post.

Christina is an accomplished singer in several genres. We decided to create some images in the studio that would imitate club or concert lighting. In the image above, I used three lights – one with a blue gel aimed towards the background, the second a bright light just off the frame to the right to highlight her hair, and the third a beauty dish to the right at about 45 degrees to the camera line.

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Here’s one using a red gel. Christina sings with a wonderful country group and I was listening to a playlist of classic country hits she’d made on Spotify while editing these pictures.

I found the vintage-style microphone on Amazon. It’s a replica of “the Elvis mike” – what could be better?!

Stay tuned for more pictures of Christina over the coming weeks.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Playing with Marbles

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Last week, I spent a couple of enjoyable hours playing with marbles. Loyal readers will recall I sometimes do closeup (macro) shooting of marbles or other colorful objects. This is partly for fun, partly for testing out lighting ideas and partly just a creative exercise.

 

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Here’s an iPhone picture of my setup.  The marbles were propped up on an upside-down Chinet plate, with a blue poster background for most shots, and two lights on the sides in umbrellas (one visible in the upper right corner here).

The camera was on a tripod – something I never do when shooting portraits.

 

 

 

 

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There wasn’t much editing in Photoshop for these – punching up the color slightly was about it. In most of the pictures, there’s very little area in sharp focus. In the photograph above, just a tiny bit of the blemishes in the green marble is sharp. And of course there’s a marked drop off in focus as you move further back in the image – I purposely went for a very narrow depth of field.

As always, I’d welcome any reactions, comments, questions on the pictures.  I’m aiming to do more of this type of shooting over the next few months – who doesn’t enjoy playing with marbles?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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