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  • jmorlife63 3:28 am on May 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Helping a fellow videographer and friend out tomorrow on one of his projects. You know who you are. Thanks for the work!_JD

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  • jmorlife63 3:47 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Lighting, , , , Runaway, Studio 63, studio.sixty.three, , Urban   

    Urban Teen Series with GRACIE 

    This shoot was part of genre-based idea I had. I call it the Urban Teen Series. Creative lighting elements were employed to convey different moods and a melancholy-type emotional impact. I was looking for a runaway teen in the city look. Its not nearly as cinematic as I had hoped but it was, after all, a trial run. I am still working out the creative lighting aspects with my new lights and modifiers. Getting more comfortable with your equipment is crucial. Especially when you only have a limited time to shoot. This day I had about 90 minutes but managed 3 locations nearby in the city. Thank You to our lovely model Gracie and her Father for allowing me to share these portraits with my fellow VLOG peeps!

    Coming Soon. Gracie has agreed to a Graveyard shoot. The location has been selected for some time and the graveyard site I will be shooting in was in a feature movie. I will be using my gels, more lights, and other fun stuff! I will elaborate more later. Stay tuned. _ JD

     

     

     

     
  • jmorlife63 1:57 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Browming, , Gun, On-Location, , , , , Senior   

    Gown and Gun Senior Shoot 

    High School Senior portraits do not have to be boring. In this case we have Ben. A young man graduating 2018 here in South Carolina.

    Shooting outdoors on-location always presents challenges and this day in late April was no different. The very open location was selected due to the genre and our client’s passion for hunting with his Browning shotgun. The last week or so I had scouted on many days a nice “fiery red” skyline here during the magic hour. Perfect! Red would work for hunting. Great for the hunting ambience that I wanted to create.

    The day of he shoot it was overcast and the clouds never moved out so I knew things would not be going as planned. I took along my 500 watt strobes. I also had a speed light with a 24″ Hexi Box.  My camera body choice was my Canon Mark II with a 28-70 Canon “L” lens attached. The portraits with the cap and gown I simply captured out in the open field (an active cotton field) with my subject Ben sitting on a stool. I used my Hexi 24″ soft box modifier with my speedlight inside. My great assistant “Margie” was my grip. I went to manual on the flash and most images were shot near full power. (Note: I only had a 430 EX II inside). On some of the creative lighting with Ben and his shotgun I placed a soft strip box (love that modifier) with a directional grid and 500 watt strobe, camera right. Since it was overcast and getting darker by the minute, I asked Ben to turn more towards the strip box in order to illuminate his face a little better. Portrait composition near the truck was different.

    Shooting the truck and Ben was difficult simply because the truck was so large and the black color really absorbed the light. Here I utilized my 500 watt strobe and my 47″ deep parabolic. This gave me a large key light to work with. I simply had to experiment here and would move the large parabolic around to camera left. Most of the time I shot around or near f5.6, 250th, and ISO 100. Needless to say I was pumping out some strobe power but oddly enough stayed around 1/2 power. Thanks to Ben for allowing me to share these images and we are already discussing a second and entirely hunting genre-themed photo shoot.

     
  • jmorlife63 3:08 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Car, , , , , , , Sand, , Twilight   

    Twilight Car Shoot 

    Being a portrait photographer can be a tough gig but its so exhilarating to learn new and creative ways to light and shoot. You’ve simply gotta love photography.

    Lauren and Steve wanted their portrait session to include their new Hyundai Veloster Coup. Oh Boy! What to do? At first I was concerned about the color of the vehicle and after some serious thought decided to shoot the session during the magic hour. I think it worked out pretty good. Both Steve and Lauren were very sharp and were quickly striking various poses that myself and my assistant had created, like seasoned professionals. This was the first time using both of my brand new battery powered strobe units together’. I situated one 500 Watt strobe with a 47″ Deep Parabolic  with the outer-diffuser removed and simply left the inner-diffuser which is inside the parabolic (to avoid hot spots). This was my key light. The other strobe (fill and combination) was equipped with a Cheetah 12×55 strip box modifier with directional grid. I was very pleased with the quality of light from both modifiers when used in combination with my new strobes. After nearly a 1.5- two-hour session, my new strobes still registered a full charge! Awesome! This was the first shoot utilizing my larger light modifiers and I have more on the way! The lighter images were shot a bit earlier I utilized my Canon speedlight with my assistant hand-holding a 24″ Hexi soft box.

    I have a mid-December wedding and think I will utilize some really sweet translucent umbrella modifiers. This shoot was lots of fun but when that sun starts sinking? Its a race against the clock. I got so excited composing and firing away (as it grew darker) that I completely ignored my modeling light function, on my strobe-remote, which was mounted right on top of my camera hot shoe. Sigh.

    Upcoming shoots are a December wedding, an urban fashion-type shoot, and includes a unique graveyard shoot which I am very excited about but is still in the planning stages. Studio 63 did manage to get our models costume ordered this weekend. 😉 (Get ready Gracie!) I love the creative doors that photography opens! Studio 63 is venturing into video more and more as well. More on that later. _ JD

     

     
  • jmorlife63 2:07 am on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bird Watching, , , , ,   

    Bird, Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word 

    A couple years ago I got the wild idea it would be interesting to start a new hobby. Bird watching sounded good. I purchased a decent pair of Bushnell (waterproof, just to make sure) binoculars for 100 bucks and set out to spot some bird species as well as flora and fauna. The great outdoors! I didn’t see many birds the first few weekends with my new (waterproof) binoculars. I became bored rather quickly and soon those Bushnell’s were gathering dust on my closet shelf. Shortly thereafter I relocated from Missouri to South Carolina. Surely there were birds in the south. I also thought to myself that there must be an easier way to view birds other than walking through the woods and searching the tree tops for whistling sounds or flying creatures rustling the limbs. Eureka! ( As Archimedes once exclaimed) I have it! So guess what I did? I set up a bird feeder in my front yard. I had more birds the first day than I did in weeks of tree-top watching with those Bushnell’s. My first seed was a variety seed which attracted many birds but I learned very quickly what most birds really love. Sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds seem to work the best and I am well on my way to identifying nearly 20 different species of birds in my little bird community and having a great time. Photographing birds is a bit trickier. Even with a telephoto lens patience is not only a virtue but a must! But the rewards are well worth it. I still use the Bushnell binoculars and I hope you enjoy (just a few images) I have recorded here this summer here in Florence, South Carolina.

    CLIcK on First Image to VIEW ALL Fully!!! 🙂

    Disclaimer: I have done my best to identify these birds properly. I do have a B.S. degree but I’m certainly not an ornithologist. Please feel free to comment or correct me (I won’t be offended) if I have made any errors. I am still learning. Birds are kewl! Photography is the bomb!

     
  • jmorlife63 6:19 pm on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Fakebook 

    Is Fakebook good for your business? I guess we (Studio 63) are about to discover if placing promotions or ads, spending hard-earned casheola, and advertising on Fakebook is really worth it.

    Studio 63 recently placed a paid promotion to “raise local awareness.”
    Only time will tell.

    Update 7/21/2017 I figure we got about one interaction per 1000 people. That’s one person visiting my Fakebook page or clicking on a post. I have quit advertising on Fakebook. I’m not certain the cost is worth it but I’m certainly not an expert on social media.

     
  • jmorlife63 5:12 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , thinking, , www   

    Thinking about the web: personal. 

    I had actually started a Studio 63 home page in late 2016. I liked Squarespace, subscribed, and worked on the site a few months posting many images. I did a web site in college and it turned out pretty good but I think I need some professional advice this time. Its more than just posting images. On my home site I need to think about; What is my objective? How do I utilize this site to grow my business? How should I market my services? Etc. The solution is for me to be seeking out some people who are web savvy in the next couple of weeks. I want my site to be easy to navigate and fun for visitors but also to fulfill my own vision which is to arrange consultations and obviously get new photographic and video projects.

    I continue to learn more with each shoot as each individual shoot provides its own challenges. I am becoming much more comfortable with the Mark II and so glad I made the decision on this camera. Its very cool.

     
  • jmorlife63 4:23 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fashion, , , ,   

    On-Location 

    Spring seems elusive this year here in Florence, SC. It gets nice and warm, then turns cold…and so on. March 11th was a pretty nice day to finally begin the first stage of what will result in a three-part modeling project. This is a fashion shoot project aimed at my new teenage model Sara. Sara’s mom is on-board with the project as is my S/O. My significant other has been so supportive as I continue to struggle to get Studio 63 up and off the ground. Need JOBS!

    With this shoot my Impact receiver on my soft box kept misfiring. (Yes, had new batteries) I was forced to to go straight to the shoe and my speedlight. My S/O was my assistant. We made good use of the 5 in one reflector (worth its weight in gold) and still managed to pull off the shoot. My S/O was critical in helping me to get catchlight(s) in my young models eyes. (Thank you Margie!!!) It was the day before Daylight savings and the sun at times kept disappearing behind cloud cover which had me adjusting my ISO or F-stop.

    Here are the results. I am still saving up money to get my battery head monolights and C-Stands. So expensive! I love the Profoto line but will likely end up with the Baja, Impact, or other brand. Researching your equipment is crucial. Anyway, this part one of three part session with Studio 63’s new teenage model Sara. Stay tuned for session two (weather permitting) as Studio 63 will venture outdoors for an “Urban Shoot.”

     
    • Tammy Tribble 6:59 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice photos!

      Sent from my iPhone

  • jmorlife63 6:53 pm on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , sweetheart, valentine   

    Grand Opening 

    I decided to launch Studio 63 in 2017 with a “Sweetheart Special.” I put together this ad rather quickly in PS. My first Valentines Day couple were recently engaged. Thank you Tim and Leah! The mylar balloons kept moving around but we made it work. Anyone who has worked in photography knows this is a fantastic deal. My goal is to provide professional photography services in this (Pee Dee region) area at rates that working folks can afford.

    I now have the studio operational. The photos below are of Tim and Leah and some images of the first studio shoot.

    I utilized the Mark II body, nifty fifty, and the 18-135mm. I tried shooting around 65-75mm focal length with the 18-135 so that I would be closer to the optimal 85mm for portrait work since I have an APS-C sensor size on the Mark II. Most of my portrait work to this point had been outdoors or on-location with fill flash. Obviously shooting in the studio will present its own challenges.

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  • jmorlife63 11:56 pm on December 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dreams, new direction, , , , work   

    Studio 63 

    For the year 2016 I saw a lot of challenges, overcame more obstacles, relocated to the east coast, and even weathered through hurricane Matthew! After much contemplation, I have finally decided to quit running from what always seemed my true destiny and become the professional photographer. Yes indeed. I’m confident that Studio 63 will bring a breath of fresh air to SC and provide a new, affordable option for those seeking professional photography and video services here in the Pee Dee region. Please check out our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/studiophoto63/

    I will be posting the home site for Studio 63 in early 2017 when we officially launch! Thanks for your support!cd8b4686

     
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