The Beauty Bar Commercial

The Beauty Bar located at 144 West Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey recently opened and That Werks got to create a commercial for the grand opening. This was a nice creative challenge as well because there are a lot of mirrors at The Beauty Bar and of course nobody wants to see the camera/lighting in the shots! Everyone that participated gave the commercial a really special feeling. It stands out and shows how much care goes into what Kelly and Elise do for their clients.

For the gear nerds out there I used Magic Lantern on my two Canon 6D cameras. Magic Lantern is a piece of software that allows the cameras to shoot uncompressed RAW video. There is a distinct difference between H.264 and RAW. The RAW video doesn’t contain weird artifacting, baked-in white balance or a non-negotiable color profile. This let me shoot without using mainly daylight. Highlights that would normally blow out were brought back in post-production.

The Beauty Bar @ 144 West Main Street, Somerville, New Jersey from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

Minute and a half version of The Beauty Bar commercial. See the salon in action. There's even a surprise guest bride with four legs. Visit Kelly and Elise at 144 West Main Street, Somerville, New Jersey.

Shot and edited by:

Music: Tyrone Wells

The Grunge Look In Asbury Park

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Asbury Park. Dirty, unclean, unsafe, bombed-out Asbury Park. Things are changing from those descriptions to things like fun, delicious, historical, lovely, etc. Luckily the town survived long enough to experience a renaissance. My goal for this shoot was to embrace the grunge side of Asbury Park that is quickly fading from the landscape.  They have been cleaning up Asbury for years now so it’s getting harder to find bombed-out parts of town to shoot in.

I threw a few challenges at myself for this one. The weather was sketchy first of all. Secondly, I didn’t bring an assistant. Third, I was shooting three people (two of which I haven’t photographed before.) I like to do these sorts of things to myself to generate new ideas and finding faster ways of working by myself.  You don’t always have an assistant.

I limited myself to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens and the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 for this shoot. I love the 50mm for just about everything, including portraits. It can be trusted to remain razor sharp wide open. Most of this shoot was all 50mm. So much can be done with this lens that it makes my head spin. For those shooting on a 6D, or any camera with a shutter slower than 1/4000 of a second I would highly recommend purchasing a neutral density filter.

Models: Andrea Lisa, Crystal Cruz and Johnny Vega

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