Photo Story: Destruction – Part 1

Are you having a long, stressful week? Then lets break stuff! This is not an original concept, but it’s something that I’ve never had the opportunity to shoot.

I started by sketching compositions in my awesome moleskin hipster notepad. I like to doodle out ideas first because it will help me gather my thoughts and I can make notes as to what props or special equipment I might need.

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Call Me…. Maybe?

I’ve been building puppets for about two years and seldom do I perform with them other than chasing the kids around the house. After goofing-off with my kids pretending to sing songs from various artist, I decided to create this video based on Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop song Call Me Maybe. Below is the final edited piece.

Walking and singing down the hallway proved to be tricky to shoot live. Instead, I shot Rosie on a green screen and composited her onto a separate background plate.

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After the video was edited I decided to try my luck at removing the arm rods using Photoshop. It took a bit of time but I managed to do a reasonable  job on most of the shots. Some shots I just skipped do to time constraints, but most of them have the rod removed. Here’s two sample “before and after” frames:

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Small Flash Portraits

Here’s a sample of various portraits I’ve shot over the years. The one thing all these photos have in common is they were all illuminated using small portable Nikon flash units: SB-900 and SB-700. Most of what I learned about lighting tools and techniques came from reading Joe McNally’s book: The Hot Shoe Diaries. It’s a must read for anyone looking to start experimenting with small flashes. I’m also a fan of using gels to neutralize the background and make the foreground pop.