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Pin-Up Style Studio Shoot

Here are a few pin-up style images I shot last month. Model: Lucy. This was a 2-light setup with Photoflex strobes and softboxes in my studio. Camera: Nikon D800.

Post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop PSCC, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Sunset Pin-Up Model Shoot

The local pin-up photography group has an annual photo event at the American Airpower Museum on Long Island, NY, which offers a great backdrop for model shoots. When you combine pin-up styled models and vintage planes from WWI and WWII you are rewarded with some impressive looking images.

These images were shot with my Nikon D800 and either a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 or Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8 lens. The images that I made with flash lighting were from my Nikon SB-910 Speedlite which was mounted off-camera on a light stand, with a Rogue Flashbender soft box.

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Photoshop World Las Vegas

Photoshop World is one of the leading educational conventions for photographers and creatives who are looking to enhance their Photoshop  and photography skills. I headed to Las Vegas earlier this month to learn from some of the best photographers and PS educators in the business.

Produced by KelbyOne, which offers unparalleled training courses, both online, live, on video and in books and DVD’s, there are over 100 different sessions you can sit in on, each about an hour long. Leading photographers, from Joe McNally, Alan Hess, Moose Peterson, Lindsay Adler, Jason Groupp, Dave Black, Peter Hurley to Tamara Lackey and more, provide great insight and learning about their respective photography genres, and are highly approachable and accessible throughout the convention.

Optional pre-convention workshops are held the day prior to the show and I signed up for the live concert photography workshop, where you are photographing a live band. There were about 40 photographers in this workshop and everyone got to submit their best photo for a contest where the winner received a brand new Nikon D810 (unfortunately, I didn’t come home with that!).

Additionally, there’s a product expo for testing out equipment, check out various accessories and software and buy product from retailers like Adorama and B&H Photo which have a presence on the expo floor. Plus, there’s the Las Vegas strip to walk at night for some great photos, which I took advantage of.

After four days of intense photography, learning and fun, you come away both energized, full of new ways to approach the craft — and a bit tired! But it’s well worth it.

Here are some images from the week’s event:

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission. 

Walking in Central Park with Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace

Renowned fine art and commercial photographer Vincent Versace was in NYC this week conducting workshops with B&H Photo. On Tuesday he led a photo walk in Central Park with a model. So I had to go check it out to see what wisdom he’d impart.

We shot with natural light as well as Wescott’s Ice Lights, which are daylight balanced wand-like lights. They provide beautiful lighting and with a set of barn doors to channel the light are incredibly useful.

Here are some images I made on the shoot of our model, Francesca. The images were edited in Photoshop CC and then converted to B&W in Topaz Labs’ BW Efex 2 plugin. Camera is a Nikon D800. All the vertical images were photographed with a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, which is a fantastic portrait lens; the horizontal image was shot using a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens.

As you’d expect from a founding Nikon Ambassador, and someone with about 4 decades behind the lens, Versace is very knowledgable — and also very funny! It was a pleasure spending time with him on this outing on a number of levels.

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Macy’s Annual Flower Show

The Macy’s Annual Flower Show debuted on Sunday (3/23) and I had a new lens that needed testing out, making this a perfect opportunity.

I just got a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens, (Macro in Nikon parlance is “Micro”) which is great for both close-up photography as well as a nice portrait lens.

This is a very impressive lens, which is great for close-ups of flowers as you’ll see below. I also starting using it for some headshots and portraits, the results which I’ll post shortly. In the meantime, enjoy these images. BTW, the Macy’s Flower Show runs through April 6.

5Pointz

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5Pointz is known as a graffiti artists mecca. It’s a square block of an old industrial building in Long Island City, Queens (NY). Covering the building is an amazing array of artwork by street artists who have done some incredible work.

I went to 5Pointz last week to scout it out as a location for a photo shoot, and it will make for an awesome background! My shoot will have to occur soon, since the landlord is planning to raze the building and build two high-rise apartment towers there. According to local news reports, he will try to maintain some of the street art flavor.

Here are some images I shot while scouting the location. All photos were taken with my Nikon 1 V2. This camera continues to impress me with it’s high quality.

SantaCon NYC 2012

SantaCon NYC was in full force on Saturday 12/15. Some 30,000 people registered to be part of this annual gathering. In addition to it being a large social event (though it’s detractors say it’s nothing but a large pub crawl), SantaCon promotes charitable contributions from participants. Last year SantaCon NYC raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots.

Here are a few images I took in and around Grand Central Station and in mid-town on Saturday. I shot these with my new Nikon 1 V2 camera, Nikon’s new mirrorless camera, with interchangeable lenses. It produces very impressive images for a small camera.