Assignment #2 is over and I’ve pulled the images for the critique. We will finish and post the critique after we return from this trip and will announce the next assignment. So take a week off from lines, shapes, patterns, and rhythm and get ready to hit the next assignment the 2nd week of May.
I’m finalizing the Fuji XT1 review on this trip and will have plenty to share with you about the camera and three lenses that I am in love with. The 10-24, the 27mm pancake, and the 56 1.2. I’ve traveled to Dubai, Morocco, and Cuba with the XT1 and these lenses and have put them through the paces on two jobs and a few workshops. It’s an amazing camera and the new 10-24 and the 56 are kicking ass. More to come on that.
The image above is my good friend and fellow photographer, Wes Quarles. Wes attended my Misc. Workshop yesterday and I put him in the hot seat. The image on the left was shot with clamp lights from Home Depot. I’m working on a portrait project that only utilizes clamp lights. I love those things. I put LED bulbs in them so they don’t get very hot.
The photograph on the right was lit with three LumoPro LP180 flashes. I placed a 3′ by 4′ piece of foam core on a c-stand arm and cut a very small slit in it. I shot one LP180 set to around 16th power through that slit to light his eyes. I then placed a second LP180 flash on a short stand and pointed it toward the side of the foam core that was facing Wes. I set that 2nd flash to 128th power to add a bit of fill. The third light was in a Cheetah Stand 24″ QBox with the grid attached. I think it was around 1/8th power. It was placed on camera right to add a bit of rim light. Both images were shot with a Fuji XT1 and the 56mm 1.2 and both are straight from camera B&W jpgs. I just cropped them a bit in Photoshop.
Once we return from this trip we are home for a few months and that will be the time that I get the content rolling on DEDPXL here. We have a lot in store for you here on the blog. Sorry it has been a bit quiet. Plenty of content on the way! New Q&A’s, critiques, a dispatch from Cuba about doing a lot with nothing, a primer on shooting stitched portraits, a review of image recovery software, the new lighting and Fuji field guides, and so on.
Talk to you soon!