Thursday, December 20, 2007


Amber, originally uploaded by austinspace.

This photo shoot was Amber's idea, and she nearly froze to death. It was about 25° outside when we shot these, so we'd shoot a few in a row and then she'd run back inside to thaw out and warm up. This is at the university's PE complex in an inner courtyard. And yes, people would walk by gawking in the background quite often.

Amber's a runner, so her legs are long and don't have a smidge of fat on 'em.

I'm using no flash. There was a two-light stand nearby that a painter must have left that I plugged in and directed towards her, and that might have helped a bit. I'm shooting at 1600ISO so there's lots of grain. I adjusted this a lot in RAW to get the right exposure and tint.

I gave her crap later for keeping her watch on.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Studio shots

Alina, originally uploaded by austinspace.

I was lucky enough to use actual studio lights at work on Thursday. It came up because Alina needed some studio shots to turn in to an agency, and I had just been told my colleague Eric had an impromptu studio setup a couple of buildings over. So I called him and he was kind enough to meet us and set up the lighting and get my camera set to use. Otherwise I'd have had no clue whatsoever what I was doing!

There is a spot behind her left shoulder, up quite high, a reflector just off screen on her left, and a monster light with a grid-thing on it to her right. I'm standing about 10 feet back in front of her, trying not to pull the cords out of their sockets, snapping away. From start to finish we were there for just over an hour, nearly half of that setting up!

I think they came out just great--I was on a photographic high after we finished, and we were walking back to my office. I'm working on cropping them right now so she can print out a few to hand in.