Kim and Ming “Trash The Dress”

On Saturday, October 9, 2010 I was invited by Buko Media to photograph a couple in the style of “Trash The Dress”. We shot at the warehouse in Jersey City, New Jersey. The place had a lot of character to say the least! A posh office, a warehouse with excellent graffiti tags, and a rooftop next to an old Clorox Chemical building at sunset. Kodi, a German Pointer, was great to have around. I love dogs and he was very well-behaved for just 5 months old.

Take a look at the gallery below, and remember, if you need a photographer give me a shout by going to the upper right hand corner on any page of this site.

Model Shoot at Studio 212

Karen Buttacavole applies T'.'s makeup for the shoot
Makeup time!

Last week I got together with three photographers at Studio 212 in Metuchen, NJ. They included Kelly Formus, Eric Gautier and Richard Flores. We also had the opportunity to work with makeup artist Karen Buttacavole and hair stylist Kelly Werrlein.

Many months ago, we met up and discussed our respective photography businesses and threw around some ideas for a workshop. We all have our particular strengths and knew it’d be great to learn from one another. We talked about getting a model and shooting wherever we could. Fast forward to January 2011. Easier said than done in the middle of winter. Karen's makeup kit

Our location really needed to be someplace indoors and local. I have been following a particular fashion photographer’s work, Stephen Eastwood, and learned that he has photographed inside Studio 212. If it’s good enough for him, it would be good enough for us. All of us arrived by 7:15pm and started searching for Studio 212. “Where the hell is this place?!” Well, it’s in the back of a large industrial complex. Next time we shoot there, we’ll save about 15 minutes looking for the joint.

Once we got inside I introduced myself to Greg Price who is both a photographer and owner of Studio 212. I went on a tour of the facility. The place has just about anything you could ever want. The prop department is extensive and even has a footed cast iron bathtub. Insane. After the tour I went back to the room we were setting up. There is a cyc-wall which makes shooting models against a backround much easier. We brought in a lot of different lighting equipment. Canon Speedlites, Einstein strobes, a ring flash, softboxes, gels, Phong diffusers. It was a lot of fun seeing what everyone else used in their setups.

Karen Buttacavole and Kelly Werrlein get T. ready for the camerasT. was the first model ready for the cameras and did a great job posing for the four of us. It got a little crazy at times because it’s not that normal for a model doing her thing for four different cameras all at once. We shot against the Cyc Wall and the red wall for a while. Here’s a great one Richard Flores took  of T. against the red wall with a ring flash. Richard B. Flores photographyBy this time Karen and Kelly W. had finished Lauren’s makeup and hair. Lauren was ready to pose! Kelly Formus brought along a small fan with a surprising amount of wind power. It also helped cool down the studio. Lots of lights popping and lots of moving around was starting to drive up the temperature.

The shoot continued into the night and then we brought T. out with Lauren and they posed together. We used the wind machine, no less than 4 Speedlites and strobed softboxes. It was the first time I used a transmitter that triggered so much light at once. It was blinding! Luckily I packed a lot of batteries because those Speedlites were firing at about 1/1 power.

I tried and move myself around the models so they would be easier to work with later on within Photoshop. At the very least I’d be removing light stands and a slight shift in position can save a lot of time in post. After T. and Lauren finished up, Kelly W. came out for some shots. We grew up on the same block in South Plainfield and it’s great that East Golf Avenue churned out some pretty creative folks. There is still hope for South Plainfield after all!

Last model I shot that night was Karen and the image I had in my head was of her against a black wall with red gels everywhere. I’d say the final images of her turned out great and she even made one of them her profile photo on facebook. Which is pretty much the internet equivalent of winning a Grammy or Oscar. To see more of the shots from that night, visit the Products gallery.

Canon Pro9500 Printer

The Canon Pro9500 printer is one the best investments I’ve ever made. (It has since been replaced by the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II.) The printer handles up to 13″ x 19″ borderless prints without a problem. Ink can be a bit expensive. However, the tradeoff is that prints look absolutely stunning. You would need a magnifying glass to see dots.

My favorite brand of paper to use with this printer is Ilford Premium Pearl which was recommended to me by a photographer friend named John Lauritsen

Back to Ilford. Their premium pearl paper has a slight stipple effect. A very nice texture reminiscent of vintage photo paper. It’s sheen is somewhere between matte and gloss. Perfect for those who have a hard time making decisions. I also think their matte paper is quite nice. All of their papers have corresponding printer profiles available through Ilford’s web site.

It’s always handy to have an extra set of ten ink cartridges. The Pro9500 uses 10 cartridges to produce a wide gamut of colors. They really covered their bases here:

  • Canon PGI-9 Gray Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Green Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Red Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Black Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Matte Black Ink Cartridge

If you are looking for a printer that can handle every type of paper flawlessly, look no further. Sure it’s a nice chunk of change, but this isn’t a printer than you use for five years and throw away.