Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kelby Training Lighting

12-22 MUA-3
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Headshots for a make-up artist. I was practicing a look from Scott Kelby's Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Part 2 at Kelby Training.

Large soft box behind model and tilted slightly towards the ceiling. SB900 in a DIY beauty dish above and on axis. white reflector below face, held by model. Retouched in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Great NJ model - Ms. Priyanka (Model Mayhem #712652)

Great MUA - TaraLynne
Mayhem #1398079

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Children portraits are always unpredictable and always a lot of fun. Jake was no exception.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Woodland Park

Woodland Park -1
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Interior work for an architectural firm in Woodland Park, NJ

Lighting - Slow shutter (1/10) on a tripod to get the ambient light and used my ringlight to give a little pop. I never used the ring for interiors, and I had to add 3-stops, but I like it for quick interior work. You don't get the hotspots on the ceiling or harsh shadows around light fixtures like bounced flash.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hug It Out

11-28 Shoot -2
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Part of a family portrait session with just the kids.

Strobist - SB900 with shoot thru umbrella camera left


12-4 Shoot -5
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

studio session for Nina's modeling agency

Ringlight on my SB900 and Botero background

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Testing with Evan

Testing with Evan
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Getting ready for a shoot tomorrow with my little assistant.

strobist - Dynalite in large softbox camera right, gold reflector camera left.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Lightsource is a great photo podcast that deals with studio lighting by interviewing some of the best studio photographers in the business. I always learn something even after 90 episodes. It's the only photo podcast that I HAVE to listen to as soon as there is a new one.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family Portrait '09

Family Portrait '09
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Family portrait near our house in Ringwood NJ....(yes, this is New Jersey)
I lugged two strobes, stands, and umbrellas for this shot. Thanks to our friend Kim for taking it (otherwise, I would have had to lug up my tripod too)

Strobist - SB600 camera right with a shoot thru umbrella and an SB900 with the same on the left. I brought up two shopping bags with me and filled them with rocks to weigh down the light stands. Unfortunately one of them fell anyway and, of course, it was the expensive SB900!! It survived, though I'm thinking of making a flash case like the one for my iphone, to absorb some of the impact.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sweet Elements

Sweet Elements 1
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Cake photos for a great pastry chef Jen at Sweet Elements in Montclair, NJ

Strobist info - SB900 with shoot-thru umbrella left and behind cake same on right with SB600. SB26 with Orbitz ringlight for fill in front.

Sweet Elements 2

Sweet Elements 2
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Cake photos for a great pastry chef Jen at Sweet Elements in Montclair, NJ

Strobist - SB600 and SB900 at 10 and 2 from the cake with shoot thru umbrellas and Orbitz ringflash for fill.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Born To Ride-2

Born To Ride-2
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

My son Evan having fun on his favorite mode of transportation.

Strobist - SB900 camera right with a shoot-thru and a 1/2 CTO.
SB600 camera right, behind subject with the same

Slow shutter of 1/20

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Toasting Marshmellows

Toasting Marshmellows
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

My niece enjoying a marshmallow in our backyard.

Strobist - SB28 camera right and behind subject with CTO gel
SB600 camera left and behind subject with CTO gel
SB900 with Orbitz ring light on axis

I wish I added a stop to the ring light and dropped the other two a little, to avoid the blown out facial highlights....I also should have added another CTO gels at least to the rim lights.

I didn't even get a marshmallow after all this, they were all eaten when I was done....struggling for one's art :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Yo Soy Fotographo

Yo Soy Fotographo-1
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

I had some work down in Salem County, New Jersey(lot of soybean plants). I can't believe this is the same state I live in, from the Bergen County the lakes and woods of western the Jersey shore...this is a great state if you have ADD !!

Strobist - SB900 with shoot-thru umbrella camera right just to fill in some shadows and my shadow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dining Room & Morning Light

Dining Room & Morning Light
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

strobist info - SB28 and SB26 bounced off the ceiling...SB600 with lumiquest III softbox pointed at cup and SB900 pointed at back of closest chair. with netflix envelope on top to prevent spill.

I've tried to shoot my dining room before and it just doesn't work as a whole room, sometimes half the room shows enough to get the point across. I also have a bag of 8-watt bulbs that work great for interiors since you can use a slow shutter without blowing out the lights...but I couldn't find them so I shot it at 1/100 which was ok since it was bright out and the light was pouring in anyway.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sarah on Hammock

Sarah on Hammock 4
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

I worked with Sarah Jensen (Mayhem #1021568) again, she's a lot of fun to work with.
Strobist - Main light was the sun, camera right, and I used the Orbits ringlight and my SB900 for fill. I think I should have accentuated the sun with a strobe and unbrella for more dramatic lighting....maybe next time.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gabrielle in Skylands

Gabrielle in Skylands 1
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

My niece Gabrielle helped me practice some lighting.
Strobist Info - SB900 with shoot thru umbrella high and camera right....SB600 with STU camera left and behind (it was suppose to be the rim-light, but she turned around.)....sun as a hair light above and camera left. I exposed for the sky and underexposed half a stop to darken the background so my niece would pop out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lee In An Elevator

Lee -10
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

Great model Lee Loo La (Mayhem #814736)
Strobist - Orbitz ringlight with an SB900 flash in an elevator.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Morning Ritual

Morning Ritual
Originally uploaded by Arclight Images

I almost forgot about this...a quick food shot to get it in for Strobist 2nd Assignment.

Nikon D300 with 50mm 1.8 lens set to 1/200 at F2. SB900 with Lumiquest III small softbox behind and above subject. I pointed it more towards the camera to get the falloff in the background. I also use a boom cymbal stand with a swivel holder as a poor man's c-stand with an SB600 and Orbits Ringflash on axis for fill. Finally, a little tinfoil on the table in front for more fill and umph (technical term).

Friday, June 12, 2009

Radio Lab

Great Bi-Weekly Science Show From WNYC. What?!? Science! *Yawn*

No! This show sucks you in with intense soundscapes and easy to understand hosts.