Photography Lighting - My New Secret Weapon
Photography lighting started to fascinate me after I bought my first digital camera a little over 4 years ago. At first I mastered small speedlights and learned how to use basic modifiers such as a softbox, gridspot and umbrella which landed me some commercial jobs. Each job I took on was a new challenge as I improved my technique and would come up with my own tricks to manipulate light. That initial excitement of experimenting with light is still burning within to this day. What's new? Recently I started messing with projections...if you dare, CLICK READ MORE...
Above: Sylvia, model from Tampa Bay, who agreed to be my first subject for experimentation of light.
PROJECTED IMAGES ON MODELS:
I'm not going to dive into a bunch of technical no how in this post. If you want the nitty gritty on every detail to my wide array of techniques/secrets attend one of my Tag Alongs. This post is meant to inspire you to create something unique of your own.
First, looks look at some of my latest experimentations:
Above: Raichel, model from Tampa Bay, who likes the creative process.
The idea of projecting images isn't new; it's been done by many photographers before me. I wanted to do something a bit different using images from my portfolio. I won't divulge the direction for which all of this experimentation is taking me at this time, but I will share a few dicoveries involving projected images. I suggest studying the images in this post which should give away all the technical aspects if you have a basic knowledge of how light works.
Above: Sylvia with a mix of projected images and continuous light from a LED light source.
Above: soley an experiment with projected images from my portfolio
Above: Weird!!! Do you like the Mac icons at the bottom of the image? Total Lightenupandshoot Style (rock the mistake) I projected an image from my Amazon collection on to the model.
GEAR and CONCEPT:
A friend loaned me his home theater projector for a couple of nights and I threw a small party with models and some photographer friends. I had a few ideas swirling in my head on what I might do, but the beauty in experimenting is just to have fun and fly by the seat of your pants.
Gear: 1,000 lumens projector, laptop loaded with random images from my portfolio, LED light panel and a Nikon armed with a 50mm 1.4 lens.
Assistance: I discovered it's a hell of a lot easier to have a friend cast the images and do manual focusing for you. My original shoot lasted about 30-45 min. Keeping things under an hour saves the sanity of your crew and model.
The higher amount of lumens produced by the projector is crucial if you want to control light sources such as the sun, LED, or any continuos light source. There are some small battery powered LED projectors on the market but they aren't that powerful.
I learned a ton from this experimenting process. I can't share in a short post everything, but let's just say my mind has been expanded with this simple light modifier in terms of concepts, communication with others and fulfilling my vision as a photographer.
Above: tattoo effect combined with LED light
Think of the possibilities to be creative, have a party, create magic, incorporate what you learned in your work. Oh, attend one of my workshops if you want to be involved in the creative process and learn how to put together a creative concept with a subject met off the street for the very first time.
P.S. Here's one more image:
Above: portfolio image projected on the models' body. Not sure how I feel about this. But, it's groovy.