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No retouching…. trying to be on a budget?

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2012

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1300 HP Mitsubishi engine

Posted by Mike on January 5, 2012

Recipe:

Camera lens, flash light, and colored gels in a dark room for 90 minutes

1) 93 20 second exposures… throw more than 1/2 away…

2) pick 10 best shots where your light painting accomplished it’s particular goal.

3) use lightroom to adjust color where you want it (or acr if you like)

4) photoshop layers, blend modes, adjustment layers, grouping certain layers, layer masks, etc until it looks

the way you want it….

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Commercial and Editorial Photography Portfolio

Posted by Mike on January 15, 2011

My new brochure (january 2011).

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Matching the Drawing…

Posted by Mike on July 10, 2009

It’s not always possible to match drawings since you frequently have no place to stand to make the photo. But in this case we got pretty close.

Kidney center

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Big group Lighting ;)

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

To shoot (don’t ya hate the word “shoot”) this group I used 2 600 watt second lights.

One was coming out of a 5 foot umbrella at about 10 feet high. The other was coming from the right side bounced off a ten foot white board for a reflector.

Still, there was significant light fall off toward the rear and right side of the group. A major factor here is poor ambient lighting and the room was solid black, floor, ceiling, and walls.

I solved the problem by splitting the photo into two layers, making levels correct for the front on one and the back on the other. A layer mask with a graduated fill fixed the problem….

Hey! notice that I even have tonal separation between black hair and black curtain in the back row!!!

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Just Walking by…

Posted by Mike on September 20, 2008

I was photographing a group of actors and directors out in front of Benaroya Hall in Seattle a few days ago and this guy walked by…. Quickly I asked him if I could photograph him….

No lights, 35 mph windstrom, 21/4 square film with 50mm lens…. a lot of Photoshop.¬† It came out great and has already won one prize in competition.

It just goes to show you that the camera and the lights and all the the-wiz“stuff” are not as good as your eyeball when it comes to making the photo.

Here is the group we were photographing for an annual report.

comp-print-2-theater-group

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Howard Behar, patience incarnate

Posted by Mike on August 1, 2008

Mr. Behar, formerly of that giant coffee company (Starbucks), was the object of a magazine story I was asked to photograph.

The requirements to fit into the design were pretty specific and I needed to combine actual bowlers in the background with him….

He was cool right up to picture 3… and then we were done….

Thanks, Howard.

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Lexington Realty, variety

Posted by Mike on June 8, 2008

In two days we shot each of these… What a variety… beauty and the beast I’d say.

But that’s thing with being a professional photographer you need to make these things look as good as you can regardless of the driving rain storm or crush of darkness, or security guards who want to shoot you even though you work for their boss’s boss’s boss.

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