Most photographers I know never take pictures of their kids and family events etc because they spend all day looking through the viewfinder and lugging camera gear around, so on their days off they don’t much fancy it… but then they end up with no pictures of their kids. So, even if it’s a point and shoot, take a camera with you and you may even end up getting something great.
I’ve attached a shot taken yesterday at the beach of my son… I really like it and I’m glad that I took my camera.
Nikon D700, 24-70 2.8
Posted in Discussion, Just Because
Tagged Assignments, beach, blog, d700, nikon, personal work, photography, portfolio, sigma, Taylor, www.taylorassignments
Here’s a preview from the shoot mentioned in the last post. I’m able to show this image so soon after I’ve shot it because it is essentially personal work rather that for a client, so I have no non-disclosure to worry about.
This image is not quite finished, still a bit of photoshop to do, but I’m pleased anyway. It was shot with a Nikon D3x and a 14-24mm F/2.8. Bowens softboxes either side give the nice even light.
To see some more images shot using this setup, check out the commercial section of my site (www.taylorassignments.com)
Video to follow shortly.
We’ve recently been shooting on location, at a large Golf Driving range and I thought it might be nice to give you a little behind the scenes tour via some pictures / documents. There’s also a behind the scenes video in the works, which will hopefully be online in a few weeks time…
This was a portfolio shoot, so didn’t have the budget that one might have on a commercial shoot. Sure, it cost money, but the models were new and looking for images for their portfolio and the driving range is getting some nice publicity shots in return, so all in all, the costs were kept to a minimum as there was no immediate return on it for us.
We shot 3 models (two girls and a guy) and had one makeup artist and one tech assistant / producer who also shot the behind the scenes material… and one photographer. Me.
The kit that went with us was 2 Nikon Bodies (D3x and D700) and a range of lenses, including the 14-24mm f/2.8 which is a fantastic lens. I used this glass for most of the shoot, I like the ever so slightly warped effect you get when the models are very close to camera. Makes things a bit different than just shooting with the 85 all the time. We also had 3 x Bowens 750+ monoblocs and all the usual gear including softboxes and umbrellas.
A lighting technique I use a lot is the sandwich technique, which utilizes a softbox either side of the talent, one slightly in front and the other slightly behind.
We aim to shoot tethered into aperture on a macbook pro where possible, but there were various restrictions on this location, so we shot onto memory cards. We also had a ton of other stuff that goes into a photoshoot… batteries, chargers, laptops, tripods, video gear etc etc etc…
Follow us on Twitter (@tayassignments) or check out the website. The first image that appears is from this shoot and there will be more to follow soon, in the commercial portfolio.
That’s all for now… out x
Here’s a few shots from the day:
Posted in Behind The Scenes
Tagged aperture, commercial, d3x, golfcourse, lighting, location, makeup, models, nikon, photoshoot, portfolio, taylorassignments.com