Title: Ian’s New Baby… a Canon 60D!
Today I helped in upgrading my assistant’s camera! Ian has not only earned this camera, but he really needed the upgrade. So today he said a thoughtful goodbye to his Canon EOS 30D and a major hello to a new Canon EOS 60D!
P.S. Best boss ever!
P.S.S. to Laura with Stellafly Social Media for also helping out with this transaction, Ian really appreciates you as well.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and their new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens at The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Title: Test Subjects.
So I have officially joined forces with strobes… I will still keep my constants on hand for various video/photo production shoots but for everything else - it’s strobe time!
Lucky for me I have one of the best assistants in town and who happens to be a whiz when it comes to lighting. He took a very important role in what I bought, as well as helped me shop for what we needed. Oh and if you don’t know Ian, the photo above is of him from last night lighting test run at The Richard App Gallery.
Of course, I’m sure you are like - who cares… we want to know what you purchased! So spill it, right?
After much research we ended up going with a grouping of Alien Bee AB-800’s and a single AB-400. New light stands were also purchased, along with Wireless Triggers, Honeycomb Grids, Extreme PLM Umbrellas, and a Octabox that is all powered by a Vagabond Mini portable power pack.
… and yes, I totally take back my hatred for strobes - pretty sure I owe Ian dinner for admitting that!
A couple sketches of some awesome friends of mine… as baby versions of themselves!
Notice who the baby photographer is?… ME!!!
Title: Young Ian Loves Coffee.
5 Tips for Photographing Young People
1. Be Tactful.
Young people are full of personalities. Carefully break the ice with comfortable conversation. DO NOT use “hip slang” or try to come down to their level - they will totally see right through that! Respect is what they want and deserve. Find out what their interests are and compose your shots to include their involvement in the process.
2. Treat Them Like Adults.
Treat them with the respect you would give an adult. Talk with them about ideas and topics that appeal to their more mature side, this will earn you their respect. Communication is key to working with anyone, and maybe more so with teenagers. Once they trust you, they’ll be more and more willing to be photographed. Make sure to show them shots throughout the shoot on your LCD screen - get them involved in the process.
3. Simple Backgrounds.
Simple settings are best and helps focus on their youthful energy and flair. Avoids distracting elements in the photo and avoid shooting with the flash. Stay away from making it feel like formal photo shoot - they hate that, a lot!
4. Natural is Always Better.
Encourage them to be themselves and to ignore the camera, while not ignoring you. Snap a few throwaway images to break the ice. Tell stories and make it more of a conversation than a photo shoot. Keep in mind that retouching should be at a minimal - yes you might need to get rid of a few zits, but too much retouching will take away from who they are. In shot - you will take away their personalities.
5. Dressed to Kill.
Make sure to express their individual styles. You will never get them to relax and be comfortable if they are not dressed in their style. Avoid staging photos with formal attire or outfits. Just go with the casual or unique clothes that they are comfortable with and keep in mind, the look will sell your overall shots.