A few of us had a casual day roaming around the usual spots in town before grabbing some boba. The new half of Ala Moana shopping center has some nice areas to goof off at, so far the security doesn’t mind my casual photos. more “Wandering the mall with a Sofa”
Creating a very ghetto rigged studio out of my living room has been surprisingly constructive. Shoving around all the furniture and setting up some sort of background brings out a little creativity to get things in order. more “Studio Practice with Aiko”
Runa was visiting from Japan and got in contact with a fellow photographer, he was kind enough to invite me along and I got some killer shots out of it. more “Runa’s Beach Day”
A friend hooked me up with a large umbrella to soften up the light on my flash. I chose a larger size not realizing how much it is to handle when you’re outside and the wind is hitting you or even fitting this in doors. I really should start bringing assistants out or perhaps an extra 40 lbs worth of sandbags could do the trick, this could be a serious workout all by myself. more “Got an umbrella”
Quick lil shoot with some friends. They were trying to show me how to fill in some light with reflectors. Been a while since this happened, definitely need to reschedule another shoot with @annasian. more “Shot with AnnAsian”
There have been a handful of random Japanese lingerie pieces getting popularity. It’s pretty fun @alohaAaliyah_ came over with the Virgin Killer sweater and we got to shooting. more “V.K. Sweater”
Bonnie had this nice little body suit and sheer robe to shoot with. Naturally, I wanted to hit up a spot that let the sun shine through. more “Sheer sunset”
A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights. I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you. We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started. We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in. There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand. Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach. The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.
Nikon D750 with a black backdrop
Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls
I’ve been bringing out the XT-2 pretty consistently since I got it. This day was no different, the 56mm Fujinon was the only lens I used for this day out with Lauren. The focal length took some getting used to. I initially shot at 135mm for a majority of the time last year. While I do enjoy the compression from such a long lens, it’s nice to work in areas that have limited space, something the 135mm lens wouldn’t do easily. This area didn’t have much room to step back so it worked out very well.
Met up with Kitten on a beach without really thinking of what the area would have for lighting at night. It turned out to be pitch black and pretty damn creepy. Luckily we didn’t run into anything and I had my flash. In really dark spots like this, it helps to have a flash light so your camera can focus a lot easier. Using an off camera speedlite is still a bit foreign to me if the light is heading straight for the subject. It took a while to find a groove with the flash and where to set it, I’m really trying to focus on speeding up how long this adjustment period takes. Due to the sketchy feels and pitch black scenes, I liked the hard shadows coming across everything.