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Craig Lamson

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #800 on: October 11, 2013, 08:13:35 AM »

Hello,

This shot was partly lit using my new Ice Light.

Cheers

Simon

Are you light painting with it...like the old Hosemaster but without the hose?

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« Reply #801 on: October 11, 2013, 03:00:56 PM »

Hi Craig,

Yes I dress myself in black like a ninja and light paint the car with the Ice Light. Its hit and miss but a lot of fun. From combining the best light brush images and other conventional Dedo lit images the retoucher came up with the finished shot.

The Ice Light just added a different look.

Craig for the RV work you do I think the Ice Lights could be very useful.

Cheers

Simon
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« Reply #802 on: October 11, 2013, 04:39:57 PM »

Hi,

I am also quite impressed with Michael Ezra's images. Not my kind of stuff, but very well down and I think he has great respect for his subjects.

Best regards
Erik


Nice one, Bob, but I still prefer Michael Ezra's levitating nudes against a grey seamless background.  ;)

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #803 on: October 11, 2013, 05:09:55 PM »

Thank you all for the kind words.
Here is one from the levitation series

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #804 on: October 11, 2013, 05:20:47 PM »

Simon, Way back when I used to use the Hosemaster on rv's and custom vans.  It was film back then so it was harder to combine images (digital retouching was still an infant and really pricey) It was really fun but really hit or miss. I wasted a lot of time playing with that thing, but at the time I was the senior in-hose photographer for a Boat/RV/Custom Conversion van company, so I had a lot of freedom to play.  I'll see if I can find some old samples.

You ended up with a very nice result.

The problem I would have using it now is I no longer have a studio to shoot in.  Its all location now, usually at the end of the production line or in a parts warehouse in some factory.  No way to control the ambient lighting. I use a lot of parts and pieces in my current work and strip them together in post, but is all generalized lighting from strobes. 

But its really cool seeing this technique in action again!
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #805 on: October 11, 2013, 06:01:38 PM »

I've been using a fluorescent light I got at Home Depot for $12 a few years ago  :P










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« Reply #806 on: October 18, 2013, 05:10:11 PM »

Very clean color from those lights!

A couple of new ones, shot yesterday, not sure which I like more though.





I find the camera raw very useful for BW conversion via a combination of tonemapping and the HSL Grayscale mixer.
I just tried the DXO film pack 3 (it is given for free here http://www.dxo.com/intl/sony) and was surprised how well the familiar BW films as simulated.
Superbly! but in the film days.. what would we give to have ease and flexibility we enjoy now and deviate from any given film recipe for an already shot image:)

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #807 on: October 18, 2013, 05:25:13 PM »

Hi Michael,

I prefer the first one it is more symmetrical.

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Simon
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« Reply #808 on: October 18, 2013, 11:16:25 PM »

I think whatever the material of the wall cladding/siding is along with the angle panels helps provide this feeling, effect.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #809 on: October 19, 2013, 02:48:56 AM »

+1
Mesmerizing as always.
Eduardo

Hi Michael,

I prefer the first one it is more symmetrical.

Cheers

Simon
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« Reply #810 on: October 19, 2013, 07:55:33 AM »

Michael, I prefer the second version. I like the impression of movement. Yes, the first is more symmetrical, but for me it is almost too perfect.

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« Reply #811 on: October 26, 2013, 05:59:39 PM »

I've been shooting way more furniture than architecture lately.  This is from a series that we revisit once a year as new product is designed.  I have a lot of fun designing the sets and then the lighting of course...



from our new IQ 260 on the M-Line 2

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« Reply #812 on: October 26, 2013, 06:07:32 PM »

Chris, very cool looking set!

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« Reply #813 on: October 27, 2013, 07:33:36 AM »

maybe you wouldn't mind some architecture then...

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« Reply #814 on: October 28, 2013, 05:41:56 PM »

As always, great work Chris and Ashley. 

Here are some recents of mine, architecture though. 
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #815 on: October 29, 2013, 10:02:08 AM »

Some recent published work (Modo de Vida (interior design magazine) ). Long time client and as usual as of late almost extremely low budget and almost zero time (private residence). These are scans from the actual magazine in print. Single image captures, no retouch other than lightroom adjustments and dust cleaning.
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« Reply #816 on: October 30, 2013, 10:24:16 AM »

If you had been given a bigger budget to play with, what would you have done differently ?

Or to ask the same sort of question from your client's perspective: what more would he have got from you, should he have agreed to pay you more ?  

In this specific case I would have used lights for the exterior specially for the landscaping to the right and also the pool and deck area and also the interior walls. Obviously I would have needed to shoot a bit later around dusk. It would have made the location look a bit more high end which is the clientele the company is going for with this line of products (the folding aluminum and glass doors). The space inside was quite small so it would have required a lot of creativity for rigging the lights. Rigging the lights for the outside areas would not have been a big deal but still all that takes time and more money (rentals, and at least an assistant or two). Also, the lighting would have been identical from shot to shot. You can see on the published shots that the light outside changed quite a bit. I could have composited the exterior under one of the lighting conditions but that also required much more time and the images needed to be delivered that same night to meet the magazine's deadline.

I think the images came out really nice considering it was just me with my camera and tripod and no one else. I had to clean up the patio area of toys, furniture, gardening stuff and some leaves that were making the background look quite busy. Also I had to remove all the interior furniture to make room for the shot. The wind was also moving the doors so I had to keep them in position with some ingenuity. At least long enough to take the shot. :)
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #817 on: October 30, 2013, 06:12:51 PM »

+1 I agree. Sometime that extra effort, not paid at the moment, brings new chances with clients.
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« Reply #818 on: October 30, 2013, 07:50:38 PM »

Ive been working with this client for 6 years. And no they will not pay for extra usage. They pay for the shooting day that is it. It is a small market but they have to / want to use new images constantly. I did this shooting for 2 hours one afternoon. On that day I had another job with another different client in the morning.

This client has tried other photographers and they come back to me now they just hire me, always. Good price, good quality, fast and I am responsible and coordinate the shoots well. It is more about the service. Not always 100% about the image. Also I deal well with the owners of the mostly expensive properties. It seems absurd but if they do not like you they might complaint to the client.

Also, if I h=give this client the service of a more involved production for free how would I justify charging for it on another shoot? They will absolutely say, and rightfully so, "last time you brought lights, grip equipment and took time to light the scene and you only charged me x amount.."
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #819 on: October 30, 2013, 08:04:26 PM »

Hi Ken,

I totally agree with your comment Ken

“Also, if I h=give this client the service of a more involved production for free how would I justify charging for it on another shoot? They will absolutely say, and rightfully so, "last time you brought lights, grip equipment and took time to light the scene and you only charged me x amount.."

You start giving them the full service for the cost of a get in and out quick shoot the you are bugged.

Cheers

Simon
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