Mixed Light and Doing More with Less

The other day I had a conversation with a friend who is a touring drummer. He said when he first started going on the road he had a huge drum set. Lot’s of toms and cymbals. Nine years later, his kit is a lot simpler and smaller. Over the years he decided there was no reason to load in so much shit for every show because he learned how to do more with less. … »

Manual Lenses: Balancing Fire and Sky

The light work is only half of the equation in a light painting. Making sure the location is visible is just as important, if not more so. Using bright lights or pyro make it tough to get a nice balanced exposure that really shows off your environment. This, in turn, can render your act of trespassing and wading through muddy snake ridden waters entirely pointless. One solution is using a manual aperture lens. … »

Disecting Photons

I really dig fog. A lot. A whole hell of a lot actually. 🙂 I even wrote about using it in long exposure photography a few months ago. For this one, the idea was simple and the execution was fast. It’s only a 14 second exposure. Here’s how it went down. First off, I set up a speedlite (@ 1⁄4 power) with a wireless trigger about 25ft in front of the camera. … »