Discreet Denim photo shoot

Discreet Denim photo shoot

discreet-denim-IMG_9880-2011-10-12.jpgDesigner Rick Meeker came to downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey and we did a photo shoot showcasing his work. The models had their hair and makeup done by Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss) and Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru). I had hoped for a little bit of rain to get the streets nice and shiny. The rain dance worked and luckily it slowed down enough that we were able to creep out to take shots under the sky.

Karen Buttacavole from Life Is Better With Lip Gloss touches up Destine's makeup in the rain

Wet makeup

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Photographer Rich Flores and I took turns switching between models and getting them in different locations. As the night went on, each model would sneak away and put on a new pair of jeans. We were asked to leave one location and we did. We set up and began to shoot. A short while later, we were asked to leave again. Photography is a tricky business. You never know where you will end up shooting, so it’s really not practical to try and ask permission. It’s art, baby!

discreet-denim-IMG_9964-2011-10-12.jpgMy Rokinon 8MM f/3.5 got a nice workout that night. I used it for the pay phone shots of Angela Wong, bridge shots with all three models, and the church shots with all three models. The solid build of the lens is impressive. It held up nicely in the light rain that was coming down throughout the night.

Richard B. Flores captures me "diffusing a bomb".

Adjusting flash power

Nobody bothered us for the remainder of the night and we were able to get some really great shots. Special thanks to the models for wearing summer clothes in the fall. It was chilly! All that matters in the end is that we took some amazing shots. Everything came together just right.

Designer: Rick Meeker
Models: Charlie Kelly and Angela Wong
Salon: Denna Fuentes (Angles and Tangles)
Hair: Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru)
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss)
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Lighting Assistant: Lew Montalvo

Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker

Tutorial: Cropping a photograph

Composition is an important part of photography. The right lighting and all the bells and whistles in the world will not make up for poor composition. It’s also important to imagine a composition if it were to be cropped. A “bad photo” is almost always directly tied to poor composition.

The most important thing to ask yourself when cropping is “what is the subject of this photo?” If the subject in your photo is your friend, then you should crop out the drunk jackass spilling beer all over himself. If you are submitting the photo to the police to show the man was drunk before driving his vehicle into your sweet red bicycle, then you would crop out your friend.

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Tutorial: HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a fairly new trend in digital photography. It’s also one of the most exploited and poorly used techniques when placed in the wrong hands. The positives of HDR certainly outweigh the negatives. It can elevate a photo to an entirely new level with added clarity and detail. Two things we can all appreciate in a photo.

This video will show you some of the steps taken to transform a nice photo of Jackie into a really nice photo of Jackie. She made Paradise Bikini look great down in Negril, Jamaica. Thinking of Jamaica makes me hungry for some jerked chicken. I really have to get my hands on that food again. So. damned. tasty.

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Photography workshop in warehouse

Photography workshop in warehouse

dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1624_2011_06_16-Edit.jpgThe five of us (Eric Gautier, Kelly Formus, Richard Flores, and Andrea Figueredo) got together in June 2011 for another photography workshop. This time it was in an abandoned warehouse. Vacant warehouse. We had two models named Aamira and Heather. Andrea handled makeup duties and did a fantastic job!

I try to keep my equipment bags as light as possible, so I once again shot with Canon Speedlites. Since I shoot in full manual mode, even with flashes, I have total control over each exposure. I can appreciate Canon’s E-TTL function, but I still prefer manually setting all of my equipment when I have the luxury of time.dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1863_2011_06_16.jpg

The warehouse was massive, so each of us could should wherever we wanted without getting  cramped. Toward the rear of the building stood a huge brick wall which turned out to be one of the best backgrounds.

We kept things moving throughout the night sharing each other’s setups and eventually it was time to break out my favorite piece of equipment; THE FOG MACHINE! I don’t like to overuse it, but it’s definitely great for adding a little extra something to a scene.dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1803_2011_06_16-Edit.jpg I will usually manipulate it a bit in post-processing, but having it there in the actual scene helps keep the effect grounded in reality.

Thanks to our fantastic and professional models Aamira Garba and Heather Dorian. Special thanks to Pablo for providing us with a motorcycle and modeling for a few shots.

To view more examples of product photography, please visit the gallery.

 

Laser Xpressions photo shoot

Laser Xpressions photo shoot

laser_xpressions_products_IMG_1262_2011_05_25.jpgA while back I was asked to photograph products for Laser Xpressions in Freehold, NJ. This project was done on site and I got to see behind-the-scenes of how these laser engraved products are created. Very impressive process! There is a large piece of equipment that very carefully beams light into a piece of glass creating a small air bubble. One beam after another. Thousands of them! Put enough of those bubbles next to one another and you have an amazing piece of artwork.

To view more examples of product photography, please visit the gallery.

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