Light Kit - Backpacker Studio - Lightenupandshoot Style
I have evolved as a photographer over the past three years and so has the Backpacker Studio (BPS). The BPS is still very much a minimalist approach to gear and my shooting style has become even more minimalist but my shooting style has grown leaps in bounds in terms of sophistication.
This video goes over a lot of the essential pieces of gear that I use on my client shoots or for when I'm shooting Lightenupandshoot Style. In addition to gear, I show a ton of tricks and tips that you aren't going to want to miss. If you pick up one or two tricks that you can incorporate into your own style or add a piece of gear then the 15min video was well worth watching. Enjoy! And as always feel free to email me or comment.
500px Stories and Critique - Lightenupandshoot
I have images scattered all over the internet: flickr, google+, facebook, twitpic, and 500px. But, I often tell stories in a series of images rather than post only one image. 500px has a nice feature called "stories" which is laid out similar to a blog format. I enjoy creating "stories" in 500px because I can elaborate on the technique and the experience of each story. I also want to point out that 500px's layout makes images look beautiful.
In this video I sit down with a fellow photographer and friend to go over a collection of portraits taken around the world posted in a recent story in the Lightenupandshoot 500px. In the video I talk about lighting technique, equipment used, the story behind the image and there's also a self-critique of my work. At the end of the day photography is about the experience and sharing that experience with the world. I also love shooting with others; be sure to visit me during one of my events in 2013.
As soon as I return from my two week journey from Colombia I will be posting my schedule for 2013. I plan on having several workshops and events that will be everything from free to elaborate travel photography. Stay tuned or go ahead and sign up to receive an email for the schedule.
How to Light - Lightenupandshoot
How to light images in Lightenupandshoot Style:
When I first got into photography several years ago, I dove right into lighting everything with off-camera flash before really understanding how to manipulate natural light. Natural light seemed flat and boring; after training my eye I have learned to find amazing light that is happening all around us. I hope this post gives you a bit of inspiration to get out and try to approach lighting from a different perspective. I few tips that might generate a bit of inspiration...READ MORE ***
Natural Light (sun blazing through the wooden walls of the fisherman's house):
Happy New Year from Cartagena
Happy New Year from the jewel of the Carib...Cartagena, Colombia. I've been here for a few days preparing for a big shoot. Armed with my camera and an assortment of lenses I hit the streets in an intense warm up of a foreign land and light chasing (utilizing natural light to light my subjects).
Along my journey the next two weeks I will be sharing images, video, posting on facebook, 500px and writing little bits about 33, 33, 33 + 1. So stay tuned in for the whole skinny!
nude shots by michael thompson - WARNING
I'm an adventure photographer, author, film maker and mentor. I thought I would take you into a brief glimpse into one of many projects that I am working on. See Below. 2013 schedule is almost complete: I will be traveling the west coast, Europe and Asia. Keep a look out for my tag alongs or special events as I will be hitting the road like a rockstar soon.
Most people that follow me know that I have never posted nude images. My main reason is that I never had much interest and to be careful what the camera industry thinks of me. I'm realizing that none of that matters; so I'm just going to be me and share that world with everyone. Click below to see the images and a killer behind the scenes video. You have been warned...this isn't typical Mikey; there's a bit of art and tasteful nudity.
Every few months I go through an experimental process where I try new things (gear, subject matter, expand technically and creatively). I am creating a new platform to share with a select few all of my thought process, secrets and what motivates me. That project will more than likely be called slinkygenius and will be launched in the near future. Be sure to sign up as a member on this site and I will send you a link when the project is complete. Until then, please email me or comment...I love feedback and I almost always respond. Please don't ask me to look at your portfolio...you might be better suited to join me during one of my events for mentoring.
If you are offended by nudity. Please don't click below.
Gear Review - New Product to be Released Dec 5th
I sometimes get asked to test products for various companies in the photography industry. If you know anything about my style, I don't praise or sugar coat anything unless I use it. I will say this: This product rocks. It will be an essential piece of gear in my arsenal. December 5th is the official release date. Giveaway details to come and I'm making a video. Photoshoot is this weekend!!!
Did I mention there will be a giveaway???? The company making this product has sent me a few extras to giveaway!!!! So, tweet it, stomp real loud and spread the word. #lightenupandshoot #slinkygenius #mikeysgear come to mind. My twitter is lightenupshoot and facebook is lightenupandshoot.