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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.


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.

Joe McNally Adorama Pro Imaging Clinic

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.

Model Shoot 2

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.

Christmas Morning NYC 2012

Merry Christmas! Here are a few HDR-processed photos from my Christmas morning walk in Manhattan. Getting out early to see the store windows in mid-town Manhattan, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a must if you want to beat the crowds. More store window photos later. Enjoy!

A Manhattan Halloween

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!