Below are some recent editorial images I did in Ellensburg, WA for a dentist office, I won't go into much detail other than to say we had fun and moved quickly doing our best to battle mid-day sun.
The first part of the week was spent photographing some really unique pieces for a local artist I've mentioned a few times on the blog in the past. All the textures, raw materials, and varying finishes makes these pieces fun to shoot. The client wanted solid white background, so my job was to create shape and texture through lighting, really showing the viewer (and potential buyers) what these things were made of.
I used Rosco 3008 diffusion material lit from the right as my main light source, flagging the light from the background. I added a little kicker from rear left through a smaller piece of 3008 attached to a Matthews blade diffusion frame to help give a rounded shape to these globes. I also used a piece of foam core near the camera to bounce a little light back into the face of the lamps, brining up the shadow values just a tad. Finally, a 20" beauty dish illuminated the back (white) wall giving me the pure white background the client required. I made sure the entire set was far enough away from the wall so I didn't get any light bleed onto my subject (bouncing off the back wall).
Nikon D800, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 @ f/11, ISO 100, 1/200sec
Here's a quick post of a tool I shot last week for Aircat Pneumatic Tools, a long time client of mine, and always some of the most challenging products to photograph. In addition to raw torque, they continually use texture and design to visually separate their tools from others on the market.
Photographed this custom wood and metal table last week, which was created by the guys at 1819 Incubator for Tangible Arts (previously mentioned here). They can build this design with a number of different wood species so showing the top wasn’t as important as the leg/support design for this photo. We will also be photographing this piece in the studio in a variety of other views. MTK
While on vacation in Moab, UT back in March of this year, I passed by these climbers off the side of the road. They were locals getting a few climbs in before the tourist season started and things became much more populated. They call the road I was on “Wall Street” for obvious reasons.
Photographed this unique hand-crafted lamp for my artist friend Robert Sevilla Naudon. He and a few other talented craftsmen run a cooperative fabrication shop called “1819 Creative Incubator for Tangible Arts” here in Spokane. Together they create some of the most unique and attractive fixtures, furniture, and decor that the world has ever seen. This lamp was the first of three in a series that I’m photographing over the next week. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
While I generally prefer inanimate objects (products, food, architecture), I occasionally have the need to photograph people. Sometimes as support for product images, or just simple business headshots for my clients. Fortunately, growing up in a portrait studio, I picked up a thing or two about posing and lighting for portraits. We spent the morning with various artists and professionals in the studio creating some publicity portraits using our newly constructed barn wood wall.
Mechanics all over the world will be drooling over the 2014 Aircat catalog soon! Full of awesome images of awesome tools [photographed by me]. Their best looking catalog yet!