Paths to Creativity

I was asked by c’t Digital Photography magazine to write an article on creativity and learning to “see”.  It appears in their Spring 2014 issue.  It’s a great magazine, so check it out.

 

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Safety First

A Santa Barbara charter boat company, Truth Aquatics, contacted me about a new life jacket info sheet for their fleet of boats. I thought shooting the new images on the boat instead of in the studio would really elevate the attention of the passengers.

Cherie Noel, a LA based model, joined us on a trip over to Catalina Island and brought along some of her favorite swimsuits. When I saw her 40’s style bathing suit I knew that was the look we needed. Life jackets aren’t very flattering so having a talented and beautiful model like Cherie really helps. I’m always impressed with how much effort good models put into their job. It may look easy but it really isn’t.

 

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I lit the scene with two speedlights; a gridded rim on the left and the key was a shoot-thru umbrella on the right. Ambient was “soft sun”, I could just see a light shadow. ISO 200, 1/200sec f/8.

Lifeguards

I had a chance to photograph a couple of the lifeguards at the Santa Barbara historic Los Banos del Mar city pool. It was a bright, sunny day so I moved Dustin into the shade cast by a palm tree at the shallow end of the pool. I set up one flash, gridded, on camera left to give him some edge lighting and the key flash on the right, no diffusion, just a bare flash. ISO 200 at 1/250sec, f/8, blew out the background by about 1 2/3 stops. Overexposing the sunlit area kept the background from looking too busy and really helped focus the eye on Dustin. This lighting/exposure technique is a favorite of fashion shooters on location.

 

Dustin McQuary;Santa Barbara lifeguard Dustin McQuary

Mermaids

During this summer’s InWater Photography course at Brooks Institute one of the students brought a silicone mermaid tail, designed by Eric Ducharme, on our 5-day boat trip down to Catalina Island. Getting into the tail, and then getting the mermaid into the water, was a group effort but it looked amazing in the water.

 

RAC_130709_011Angelina and Todd helping put the tail on Cherie. Lots of baby oil was involved.

blogmermaidMermaids Jane Austin and Hannah Geer

Nature Photography Seminar in October

I will be one of the presenters at the c’t Digital Photography Seminar Series on October 19th in Santa Monica.  My presentation will be “Lighting Creatively: The Path to Seeing”.
If you register by October 7th, you will receive a special price of $139 (the regular price is $199).  To receive this special pricing, please contact Devon Bell at 805–687-2208, and mention my name.  I hope to see you there!

 

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