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Two lomo images

A while ago I edited two images to create a lomo effect and I thought I’d share them with you. I followed the tutorial that I  found here

Here are the images, let me know what you think!

Nightlife photography

Today I won’t be featuring a photo perse (of course I will post an image), but instead I’ll be featuring a technique instead. As you probably do understand nightlife photography is completely different then say; wedding photography or portrait. Nightlife photography brings a whole different concept. For one you can not only experiment and also get away with it, you also have to use you flash in a whole different way and you are most likely shooting at higher ISOs (800+). It’s ok if images get some noise, as long it’s not in the way of any detail you’re focusing on (and that’s not that pretty girl with the large breasts, mind you!). Nightlife photography is fun and exciting and if you’re photographing in a club you’re most likely having an awesome time. Of course you still have to remember you’re at work, so try to stay sober and lay low on the booze! Oh and please note, some of these aren’t images are mine. If it’s your photo and if you wish for it to be removed, please contact me!

Equipment

For nightlife photography you need a very basic setup of equipment. You need a flash, and even tho your build-in flash may work it’s not recommended. Since a bare flash is never nice when photographing people you may want something to diffuse your light. A Stofen OmniBouncer works in this case and you may also want a bounce card or something similar (you can creat one your self, it’s easy!).

The techniques

There are several techniques you can use in nightlife photography all with different stunning results. Like I said before you can, or rather should be creative. But of course it all depends on the setting. For example if you’re shooting at a casual business party you should be shooting sort of formal and if you’re at a night club, well go creative!

In the samples I’ll list below I assume you want to use the techniques in a club and therefor all examples are demonstrated as club photography.

Freeze the action

Freezing the action of one person can be fun and can be done in several ways. For speed photography you need fast shutter speeds and a fast flash sync (refer to your camera’s manual on how to set the sync speed). A shutter speed of 1/100 sec will probably do the trick unless you try to capture very fast movement, but in most cases 1/100 sec will be sufficient to capture a person’s movement and a result that will not have any blur due to movement. Honestly I’d never use this technique since it doesn’t give a good overall feeling to the scene. However there are occasions that you might want to use this technique, such as the case on the picture to the right. I tried to capture the tension and emotion, and it worked out pretty well.

Photo by Glenn de Vaal

Ambient light

There are two different approaches possible here, one is to leave the shutter open long enough to expose ambient light but not the movement and one which captures ambient lighting and movement.

Using a combination of your flash and ambient light is in my opinion the best technique to be used in night life photography. The trick here is to freeze the movement of your subject by using your flash (partly as fill in) and leave the shutter open long enough to capture some of the ambient light. While the shutter stays open you capture the movement of anything that moves (excluding your main subject), this is of course only when you use a rather slow shutter speed. This leaves the focus on your main subject because everything around your subject is blurry due to the movement. If you don’t want movement in your pictures however, use fast glass, high ISO and experiment with the shutter speed.

Photo by Igor Barandovski

Rear curtain sync

By using rear curtain sync you can show of movement. The trick here is to keep your shutter open long enough for your camera to capture movement and just before the shutter closes your flash should go off. Everything that happens before your flash goes off is blurred, leaving trails of movement and when the flash fires it captures (freezes) the movement of your subject. Since words say more than a thousand words, check out the picture on the left. Of course Rear curtain sync isn’t specific nightlife photography.

Pit falls

Nightlife photography, of course, doesn’t come without them. They are always lurking in the dark and you usually find them when it’s too late — at home when reviewing your images. The problem usually in dark areas with constant changing of the ambient light is that you can’t meter correctly. Your camera meters XX values and at the time you press the shutter release button the lighting changes. My advice is to always use Manual mode on your camera and just ignore your on camera light metering device. You have to judge mostly for your self about the lighting. Take a couple of test shots to determine the ideal settings. One thing that’s also very important; when you measure for light make absolutely sure you meter your subject and not your background. If you meter for the background your flash will try to fill up the entire room resulting in your subject being way over exposed. What you absolutely want is to use high ISO settings. I go for 1000+ in order to get good ambient light.

Band Photography – For Japan

Last Thursday I photographed my very first live performance. The band was called “For Japan” and it was the first time I saw them perform (after knowing the band’s drummer for nearly 2 years). And even tho the parking meter was running empty I had a good time after photographing their performance. When you get the chance please check out their MySpace site over here.

Anyway, here are a couple of images. There’s more to come, so check back now and then.

Project 365 — MacBook Keyboard

This is the very first post in series Project 365. As I’ve promised, I’ll be featuring one photo each day and explaining how I photographed the object or person. The introduction can be found here incase you want to read back. As I’ve said last time, the keyboard from the introduction will be the first in the series. The reason I choose my MacBook is because it looks lovely. I love the whiteness. It’s simple, it does everything I ask and it looks just beautifull.

Mac

Exposure 1/80 sec at f/5 ISO 200 +0.3EV flash correction and used the strobe in iTTL mode.

The photo was taken in the kitchen of my girlfriend and didn’t require much equipment, in fact it only took my strobe  and my on-camera flash — nothing else! I’ve used the screen of the laptop as reflector to bounce some light (glossy screen). I triggered my off camera flash with the build in Nikon Commander mode of my D300S.

Set-up

The set-up was really easy, I placed my MacBook on the kitchen table my flash was positioned on the right side of my MacBook and I used a STO-FEN OmniBouncer to diffuse some of the light. I used the reflected light that bounced on the glossy screen to fill in some of it’s shadows.

Post-production

I hardly did any post-production except I cropped the image a little bit to get a nicer composition. Because I also used my on camera flash my lens created a shadow so I had to crop that out as well 🙂 Of course I also tweaked the image slightly in Lightroom. I corrected the exposure slightly by half a stop.

Result

I think the result is pretty nice. The object is nothing fancy but the image is nice to look at nonetheless. You can see, with some effort you can go a long way. The next image will be a little bit fancier and I already have some ideas for tomorrow. I won’t give away what it will be yet. I had it planned for today, but as I said last week I’d be featuring the keyboard I’ll save it for tomorrow. So go on and try some of your own stuff and remember to think simple. Take any object that seems interesting and photograph it. Try things as you go along; position it in a different way, bounce some light to fill in those shadows or put a sheet of paper under it to bring out the object more, be creative and improvise!

I shot the piggyyy

Today I did a couple of test runs for Project 365 and it actually went pretty good! I created an improvised studio and shot me and my gf’s saving piggy. I only used one strobe on a light stand with a shoot thru umbrella, a silver umbrella as reflector and a normal lamp.

I placed the piggy on a small glass table, placed the normal lamp below it, shining upward thru the glass against Miss Piggy’s belly. My light stand with shoot thru umbrella was placed front right of the camera shooting at 1/10th power. The silver umbrella was on the left side of the piggy.

Here is the set up:
How I shot Miss Piggy

After a couple of shots I had the composition I wanted and tweaked the image a little bit in Lightroom. Here is the final result:
Miss Piggy

As you can see it looks pretty decent and only required minimal equipment. This is exactly the kind of stuff you may expect next week in P365. Hope you liked it!!!

Create your own softbox — Round 2

It seems that quite some people find my blog thru the topic Create your own softbox So I thought to my self; well I could try to keep you here or I supply you lot with some good links to other topics with DIY softboxes. I choose the latter, so here we go:

Most of those links require you to buy something in a store you usually don’t have around the house. You don’t have to follow their instructions step b step of course. For instance, take the last link, they used hook-and-loop fasteners but you could also just use a stapler. What I’m saying is be creative! Fast, quick and easy solutions are sometimes the best (I said sometimes! Not all the time ;))

I also found this reflector to be pretty cool. Anyway good luck with making your own equipment!

Wednesday Weekly – 5 Interesting blog posts

 

Wednesday Weekly

Welcome to the first Wednesday Weekly {WW}. Let me exlpain what this is all about; each week I’ll be featuring 5 interesting links to other bloggers — mostly about photography — and hopefully supply you with some interesting reading material.

 

Today I’ll have Free WordPress themes related to photography, mistakes we have made as amateur photographers, Hawt Hawt flashes, oldie photo’s with the gimp and Mother Russia Lomo Photo techniques. Enjoy!

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