Behind the Scenes NYC (part 1) - The Poser
I've been on the road the past couple of months with my Backpacker Studio Workshop Tour, and while in NYC I had an opportunity to shoot with my friend, Eddie Mozer. Eddie and I headed to Chinatown with a model and a jazz musician. READ MORE for the complete skinny on lighting, posing, directing, gear and more!!!
New York City Jazz Musician - PJ Roberts
Photographer - Mikey
Gear: Nikon D700, 70-200mm 2.8 VRii, Buff Octabox, Orbis Ring Flash
Landscapes and Exercise with the Fuji X100 - Lightenupandshoot Style!
I've been trekking all over Water Island, just a 15 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, the past week with my Fuji X100. I've moaned in the past about the X100 is too small to spark my creativity; but I'm not going to moan about it in this post. I've discovered I love shooting landscapes with it. CLICK READ MORE to get my skinny on how the Virgin Islands has inspired me to get into shooting landscapes ... Lightenupandshoot Style!!!!
Photography Tag Along -Engage
What is a Tag Along? A Tag Along is a photographic adventure; it's not a workshop. The adventure starts when like minded photographers want to share magic photography moments by meeting at an exotic destination, and then set out on a journey to discover the culture of the area by engaging with the local people. With my busy schedule I only have the opportunity to organize a Tag Along a couple of times a year. I've shot with a small group of other photographers in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.
A Tag Along is an opportunity for me to shoot for myself and share the magic moments with like minded people. The select few that have the opportunity to shoot with me on one of these adventures learns by being a part of the entire experience. You learn my lighting techniques, how to engage with people (and walk away with making new friends along the way), a minimalist approach to gear and shoot as a team. There is an agenda that I put together, but that agenda may quickly change because of the people we may meet. The participants and I may decide to change our route because an extraordinary opportunity may arise. That's part of the beauty behind these Tag Alongs, it's an organic process. The lens will often dictate how the adventure unfolds and bring on new experiences that could not have possibly been planned.
Shoot me a line if you're interested in my next Tag Along where I will travel to Cuba. Enjoy the the video in this post. Shot primarily with the Fuji X100 from my last Tag Along through the coffee region of Colombia.
Photography Rules Get Thrown Out the Window
The so called 'Rules' go right out the window when I shoot. First, it's the experience or engaging with my subject that gets me jazzed about photography. Second, I make decisions about the vibe I want to create in the image while I'm interacting with my subject. I quickly consider the available light, color and mood on set; the time of day does not matter, I'm not afraid of shooting at high noon or any time of day for that matter. I can find something interesting that's happening in the moment to match the vibe I'm looking for. I don't care about being perfect or following some B.S. rules listed on a flickr group or similar forums. It's my shot and my artistry...there are no rules.
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mikey's colombia tag along - 20min in...
My first 20minutes being in Colombia. I'm totally hungry for it! The first was burning right by head. I had to roll video.
Video time. Disfrutalo. Watch it unfold starting tomorrow night.
Portrait Photography - Lightenupandshoot Style
The lightenupandshoot style of photography started with a need to document my adventures in photography. The camera to takes me on journies to far away places and unpredictable situations. I photograph because I have to; I push myself to capture how I want to remember the people I encounter. Light is my initial inspiration followed by an energy created with my subject.
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