Building Christmas Card 2016

Once again the Christmas season is at our doorstep and along with it comes this years Christmas card build! Though not as fun as the 2015 card, after all how often can you use a leaf blower during a photoshoot! The shoot itself went smoothly. Both models were well behaved and cooperated. The tricky part, as you will see in the time lapse video, was all the masking of the tree needles. I tried several techniques before deciding to go with an old school channel mask method which rendered the accuracy I needed.

I hope you enjoy watching some behind the scenes shooting and editing and if you have any questions about the techniques used, please feel free to contact me.

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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.