Renowned photographer, Joe McNally, a master of small flash photography and more, held a lighting clinic at an Adorama Pro Imaging session Thursday (6/6/13). With a couple of models, he demonstrated various lighting effects using small flash and different light modifiers. Then afterwards, the 20 photographers were offered the chance to use some of the modifiers to photograph the models.
Using a Firefly 20″ octa, I lit models Shea and Greg in these photos below. My SB-910 flash, mounted camera-left on a lightstand gave me some pretty nice results. With Greg’s photo, I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4 for some post-processing to give his image a more edgy look.
Posted in Adorama, Photography, Portrait
Tagged Adorama, Joe McNally, light modifiers, lighting effects, NIK Software, Photography, Photoshop, Portrait, portrait photography
I was taking pictures at my daughter’s crew club end of season BBQ and shot this image of their boathouse on New York’s Harlem River. Edited this in Photoshop, merging 7 images of various exposures and then finished off the processing in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 for some more drama.
Posted in Harlem River, New York City, Photography
Tagged Boathouse, crew, Harlem River, HDR, HDR Photography, nik, Nik HDR Efex Pro 2, NIK Software, NYC, NYC Sunset, Peter J Sharp Boathouse, Photography, Sunset
Here’s some of the results of a couple of model shoots done over the past several weeks. Added into my Photoshop repertoire: Nik Software plug-ins, which offer some time-saving creativity into my workflow.
Yes, we decorate for Halloween in Manhattan believe it or not, even though most of us don’t have front lawns to put up the latest giant inflatable pumpkins and ghosts. In some neighborhoods there are block parties where residents decorate their townhouse foyers and have people come in for Trick-or-Treat.
And then there are many townhouses that go really wild with decorations (even an inflatable pumpkin on a balcony!). The New York Times described it as a “hedge-fund Halloween” in a recent feature. But so what? Kids and adults alike gape at the array of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, demons, witches and vampires in childlike wonder and excitement. Plus they make for great photos!
I shot all these images on the Upper East Side between 67th & 78th streets between Fifth & Lexington Avenues using Photoshop and Photo Efex HDR Pro 2 to give them even more of a surreal look. With Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast just days after I shot these I hope they are still around to enjoy. Happy Halloween!
Posted in Halloween, Photography, Photoshop
Tagged demons, Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, Halloween, halloween decorations, HDR, Inflatable pumpkins, Manhattan townhouses, New York City, New York Times, NIK Software, Photography, Photoshop, vampires, witches
The annual PhotoPlus Expo landed at the Javits Center in Manhattan this past week (Oct 25-27) allowing photographers to totally geek out at the latest gear, accessories and services. This is one of those times I wish the credit card gods would notify me that any charges this month are on them!
I spent a couple days at PhotoPlus Expo checking out some of the new cameras form Nikon, sitting in on a learning session from Nik Software, which makes Photoshop plug-ins. I also caught up with some of the people at Nikon and Manfrotto that I know; and met Matt Kloskowski, one of the “Photoshop Guys” from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), a great learning resource if you ever want to learn and grow your Photoshop skills.
Many of the camera companies and some of the retailers had models on hand to shoot. After getting my camera sensor checked and cleaned by the awesome guys at PhotoTech, I figured I’d test it out on some of the models and play around with Nik Software’s plug-ins after in post-processing. Here’s the original shot I took of one model by the Lumix both on the left and, on the right, my rendering of it using PS6 and Nik HDR Efex Pro:
More Models & Body Paint
Nikon had a model runway where you can shoot with their mounted cameras or your own. And NJ-based retailer Unique Photo had some models in body paint who were quite impressive. Great make-up artistry:
Models at the Nikon Booth
Before PhotoPlus Expo kicked off, Scott Kelby, President of NAPP, gave a Photoshop seminar for travel photography at B&H Photo Wednesday afternoon. It was a last-minute seminar that was put together and it was booked solid FAST! I took a seminar with Scott last summer in NYC and there is always something new that you come away with.
Now, back to pouring over the brochures I came away with and hoping those credit card gods will contact me that my credit card bill’s covered!
Posted in Photography, PhotoPlus Expo
Tagged B&H Photo, gadgets, Jacob Javits Center, Javits Cetner, Manfrotto, Matt Kloskowski, Memorial Day, NAPP, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, NIK Software, Nikon, NYC, Photography, PhotoPlus Expo, Photoshop, Scott Kelby, Unique Photo