Studio Practice with Aiko

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.  I’ll need to pick up pieces of furniture or something to add to the photos.  @spicyaoiroll had a lovely black dress that we used to shoot with a white backdrop.  I could see myself getting tired of white, so even just a different color of paper roll would be nice.   We snapped a couple more outback with a vape.  When the wind isn’t a problem, the clouds created can make for a really unique element in the photo.

Runa’s Beach Day

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.  The timing was pretty rough since it was right around lunch.   The light ends up being the harshest at this time of the day and it was no exception for this shoot.   Runa powered through that bright sun and so did we, much to my delight the photos turned out better than I could have expected.   I wish there were more time with her, but that wouldn’t happen since we caught her at the end of her stay in Hawaii.

 

Got an umbrella

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.

This time around @genkidenki hung out while I played around with the settings.   The buildings added a bit of pizzazz to the image with all the colors they had to offer.

 

Shot with AnnAsian

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.

 

V.K. Sweater

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.   These recent months have seen an increase of me playing with studio lights at home,  this feels as foreign as it can get since I tend to shoot with natural light most of the time.

 

Sheer sunset

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.  As nice as the spot is for photos, there tends to be a lot of cat calling from people driving by and even going so far as almost causing accidents when they stop paying attention to driving.

 

Catsmas lights

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

 

Beach session with the Fuji XT-2

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.

Kitten on the Beach

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.