A photo session with Chris.

Last Sunday I had a photo session with Chris. Chris is a senior this year @ Redlands East Valley High School. He also plays football for the school. We went to downtown Redlands and captured some great images. Then we came into the studio for a few studio shots. Chris was very easy to photograph and has a great personality. Below are all of the images that we captured that day.

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A Night Shoot in Borrego Springs, California.

On Friday night, I got to go with Bruce HerwigSteve Carroll and Dave Card out to Borrego Springs, CA to shoot some of the sculptures. Redlands Sky brought the drone out to light the sculptures as we shot them. Lighting the sculptures brought a whole new level of creativity to the shoot. It was amazing the results we were able to achieve, with the drone lighting. This is a shot that I captured of the Serpent sculpture by Ricardo Breceda. This was shot on a Canon 5D Mark IV with the Canon 24-70 2.8 II L Lens; shot at 24mm, 2.8, ISO 1600 and a 20 second shutter speed. A red light was placed in the Serpent's mouth as the DJI Inspire 2 mounted with lights, lit the sculpture from the right rear.

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A tribute to Frank Sinatra @ the Redlands Bowl.

Matt Mauser and the Pete Jacobs Orchestra performed a tribute to Frank Sinatra last night in Redlands, California. It was a fantastic night at the Redlands Bowl. The weather was cool and there was a slight breeze. It was like Frank Sinatra turned down the heat on this Tuesday night in August for a magical celebration. Matt Mauser has been performing in the style of Frank Sinatra since the late 1990s. His collaboration with the Pete Jacobs Orchestra captures Sinatra at the height of his career, when he was singing with the Count Basie Orchestra at the Sands in Las Vegas. Matt Mauser danced around the stage with the ebb and flow of a classic big band show. He was like one of the Rat Pack, a cool cat from back in the day. 

I was there to shoot a private event that took place earlier that evening. My good friend Bruce Herwig set this up and allowed me to take a few pictures of the performance. I had access to every angle at the Bowl. Having never shot concerts or shows like this, I'll be the first one to tell you that it's not as easy as it looks. Light changes and Matt Mauser's movement around the stage makes for a lot of on the fly exposure changes that I had a little trouble keeping up with. That being said, I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to shoot another show again. 

My Camera Settings:

Due to this being a night performance, I wanted to shoot at an aperture of 2.8 and at around 1/250th to keep up with the action. I set my ISO to auto and it went everywhere from 1000-12800. The Canon 5D Mark IV handles low light and noise light a champ! I used the Canon 24-70 2.8 lens which was flexible enough to get both tight and wide angle shots. 

Below are some of the images I captured last night. Enjoy and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below. 

 

Star Trails

On Sunday night, I went with a good friend Bruce Herwig up to Jenks Lake in Angelus Oaks, California. We wanted to get some photos of the Perseid meteor shower and star trails. I have never shot star trails before, but Bruce is an expert, so I was in good hands. After getting some great photos and learning some new techniques, I wanted to pass this information on to you, so that you can enjoy the beauty of shooting meteor showers and star trails.

What you'll need:

  • A nice location that is dark enough to not have light pollution, deserts and mountains are good choices. It has to be very dark so the time to start shooting is about 1 hour and 45 mins after sunset. 
  • A camera that has manual controls. This allows you to set your exposure, which consists of your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. 
  • An intervalometer remote timer. Some modern cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV have this feature built in. 
  • A steady tripod.
  • A wide lens with a large aperture. 2.8 is a very good aperture. I used the Canon 24-70 2.8 Lens.
  • Fully charged batteries.
  • A comfortable fold-up chair.
  • Water to drink, a good friend to pass the time and some patience!

The Set-Up:

It is good to have a nice location, with something in the foreground. To start off, you need to locate the Polaris star, you can do this with the Sky Guide IOS app, and then point your camera towards it. This is how I set up my camera (all with Bruce’s help, of course). I used the Canon 5D Mark IV. I set my exposure at a 30-second shutter speed, 2.8 aperture, and 1600 ISO. You shoot for 45 minutes with 1 second in between each shot. This will give you approximately 90-95 photos. Make sure that you don't bump or move the tripod during the shoot. You'll want to start shooting and sit down and enjoy the sky! 

The Editing Room:

Once you have completed your shoot (and have gotten some rest!), you will import your images into Adobe Lightroom. To start, you take the first image and make your adjustments. Choose a custom white balance to give it a blueish look. Adjust your tone, including exposure, highlights and shadows, whites, and blacks to make the image pop. Punch up the clarity to bring out the details. Add some noise reduction if you need to. Once you have made your adjustments to the first image, select all the photos and hit the sync button. This will apply your adjustments to all the photos.

Then we'll take the photos over into Adobe Photoshop. With all the images selected in Adobe Lightroom, right click and choose to open the images as layers in Adobe Photoshop. Once the images are opened in Adobe Photoshop, which could take some time, depending on the size of the files. (I use RAW files but you can always convert to JPEG's first for faster processing time). Select all images in Adobe Photoshop and then change the blending mode to Lighten, so that all the stars show through. It's that easy! You'll have your star trails.

You might have some pesky airplane trails in your image, and those are really easy to edit out. What I do is turn off all layers except for the bottom layer. Then as you turn on each image 1 by 1 going from the bottom to the top, you'll see which images have the airplane in them. As soon as you see one, select that layer and with the paintbrush tool selected, make sure black is selected as your color you can easily paint away those airplane trails! It is so simple, it's magic! Then, flatten your image and you can make any additional adjustment to the image to your liking. Remember, photography is an art form so there's no wrong way to do it. 

I have posted a before and after the edit below. Enjoy, and if you have any questions you can send me an email or comment below. 


Random Skate Session @ the University of Riverside, California.

I had a photoshoot set up for last night at the University of California, Riverside. My client had to cancel last minute, so I went looking for a photoshoot. I found some skateboarders having a skate session so I asked them if I could take some photos. They were happy to show me some tricks and it was fun shooting them in action. This group of skateboarders is part of an Instagram group called @belltowerboiz. Check them out on Instagram.

All images shot on the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200 L Lens. I used one Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash with the Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa placed to the front left of the subject. 

 

What You Can Expect From Me

When you come in for a photoshoot, I will take lots of photos and provide many different options for you to choose from.  My goal is that you will find at least one GREAT photo; one that will become your story.  A classic that you will hang on your wall forever.

My goal is to create a portrait.  It's what I love to do.  And I can't wait to do it with you.

 

 

This first image is @michaelmcnulty2. Follow him on instagram. 


This is an image of @_sethusuresh. Follow him on instagram. 


Skate or Die! 


This an image of @b_r.ian. Follow him on instagram.

Skate Session with Finnian Fry

Yesterday I did a little skate photoshoot with Finnian while his sister had soccer practice at the University of Riverside, California. It's a great place to shoot photos as there are many cool locations such as this one to shoot. I figured I didn't have any client work last night so I asked my son if he wanted to do a skate photoshoot. Finnian loves his skateboard and he practices every day. He told me that to do the skateboarding thing you have to have the right clothing and shoes he told me, LOL. Below are the best images we got last night. I posted the before and after editing images.

 

 For this shot, I used the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200 L Lens at 5.6, ISO 100 and 1/250th shutter speed. I used one Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash with the Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa. placed to the front and left of the subject for the first shot, and then placed to the right for the second shot. 

What You Can Expect From Me

When you come in for a photoshoot, I will take lots of photos and provide many different options for you to choose from.  My goal is that you will find at least one GREAT photo; one that will become your story.  A classic that you will hang on your wall forever.

My goal is to create a portrait.  It's what I love to do.  And I can't wait to do it with you.




A Basketball Bobble Head with Gavin.

I love creating fun character portraits! When a client has personality and character already, it makes it so much easier to create amazing images. Gavin plays basketball and he's a little baller. I shot this with the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 24-70 Lens at f.8. I used two Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flashes with one Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa, and one Westcott softbox. Lights were set up on both sides and towards the front of the subject. I took the image into Lightroom for simple edits like white balance and exposure, then headed into Photoshop for the fun edits. I enhanced his eyes, did some dodging and burning to bring out the highlights and shadows in his skin and hair. I added a nice sky blue background with a light circle coming in from behind. I then made Gavin's head very big to give that bobblehead feel. I posted the before and after image below. Enjoy and if you have any questions about the image or the edit, send me a message and I'll be happy to help you create amazing images for yourself! Life is an amazing thing and I’m honored to be in a career that allows me to see it and document it for my clients, friends and family. Bring in your little athletes for their amazing sports portrait Kids all have a story to tell and everyone wants to hear it! 

What you can expect from me. 

When you come in for a photo shoot, I will take lots of photos and provide many different options for you to choose from.  My goal is that you will find at least one GREAT photo; one that will become your story.  A classic that you will hang on your wall forever.

My goal is to create a portrait.  It's what I love to do and I can't wait to do it with you.

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A photoshoot with Aurora.

Yesterday I had a photoshoot with my daughter and some of her friends. Aurora said she didn't want to take any photos, but when the camera came out it was a completely different story. Aurora acted like a professional in front of the camera. I didn't even have to tell her how to pose. She is a natural in front of the camera, and that makes it so easy to take photos of her. I shot this with the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 24-70 Lens at f.8. I used one Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash with the Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa. The backdrop was savage fashion grey seamless paper. I used Adobe Lightroom for some simple corrections like white balance and exposure adjustments and then took the image over to Adobe Photoshop for the detailed editing. I enhanced the eyes and changed the color to match her hair, used some dodging and burning techniques to enhance the highlights and shadows in her skin and hair. Added some skin softening and sharpening and added a curves adjustment to add some contrast. I posted the Before and After image below. Enjoy and if you have any questions about the image or the edit, send me a message and I'll be happy to help you create amazing images for yourself!

 

What You Can Expect From Me

When you come in for a photoshoot, I will take lots of photos and provide many different options for you to choose from.  My goal is that you will find at least one GREAT photo; one that will become your story.  A classic that you will hang on your wall forever.

My goal is to create a portrait.  It's what I love to do.  And I can't wait to do it with you.

Here is the unedited image taken straight out of the camera.

Here is the unedited image taken straight out of the camera.

Here is the final image edited to perfection!

Here is the final image edited to perfection!

The Final Product

Here is the final image printed and framed. Story complete!

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