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

     

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