New Workshop Dates Announced

15 12 2011

Hey folks

For those of you that were interested in my next workshops, I have now confirmed the dates.

  • The next Seascape workshop is on Sat 11th Feb 2012 and Sun 12th Feb 2012 in Mona Vale
  • The next Off Camera Flash workshop is on Sun 5th Feb  in Alexandria.

More information on each workshop can be found in the tabs at the top of this blog.

Regards

Brent

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Namibia – Portraits

25 11 2011

Note: Please click on theses images to view them full-size… they go a bit fuzzy when reduced down.

On my trip to Namibia there were three genres that I wanted to photograph;

  1. Ruinscapes (Kolmanskop etc.)
  2. Landscapes (Deadvlei, Wolverdens etc.)
  3. Portraits

I was particularly excited at the prospect of spending five days living with and photographing the Himba tribes of NorthWest Namibia.  While I had seen plenty of natural light photography, I really wanted to try to make different types of portraits of these photogenic people.

Inspired by the incredible personal work of Joey Lawrence, I packed my trusty Paul Buff Einstein light and my two favorite modifiers (Paul Buff 64″ Silver PLM and Westcott Apollo softbox) and decided to really try and make some stylistic environmental portraits using off camera flash techniques.

I had a ball making these images and I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.  The beauty of the Einstein is that it throws out plenty of light and I can easily overpower the sun.  When I combine it with the ultra-efficient Parabolic Light Modifier (PLM), then I can easily get well over f64 of light out of the light setup which allows you to do some interesting environmental portraits during bright daylight.

Here's our rig in action. Jimmy (our translator) is holding the monopod.

Sometimes we used the sock over the PLM, and other times we shot with the straight silver bounce.   Most of the time we had our light on a light stand, but occasionally we put it on a monopod (as in the photo above).  While this is a 240v light, I use the Paul Buff mini vagabond to provide 240v on location… It’s incredibly small and light.

I also used my neutral density filter with some of the shots to open up my aperture and reduce the depth of field…. again to create more of a stylistic image.   I hope you enjoy the images.





Spaces Available for May Off Camera Flash Workshop

21 04 2011

Photo by Gavin Marchio

Hey there,  just a quick note to say that I still have spaces available for the next Off Camera Flash workshop that I am running on May 15th in Sydney.  One of our models for the day is going to be Daniel (the star in my recent Rockstar shoot).  He’s great to work with.

So if you have been thinking about making the leap with your photography into the world of Off Camera Flash, this workshop will teach you everything you need to know take control of your lighting on location.

More information can be found here.  Spaces are limited.. First come first served.

Brent





What A Fun Workshop – Off Camera Flash

10 11 2010

Photo By Brent Pearson

Last Sunday Scott Buchannan and I ran a 1 day workshop on off camera flash on location.  We had a great bunch of photographers attend with a good breadth of experience.  Based on the feedback that I have received since the day, I think that folks really enjoyed the intense day.

The day comprised of 2.5 hours of theory and studio demonstrations followed by 4 locations shoots with 2 gorgeous models and a wicked makeup artist.  We actually thought we weren’t going to get into the Dunlop Factory for our shoot, but luckily the locked gate seemed to have been miraculously unlocked the night before (thank you Graffiti artists).  Here’s some of the shots that have been processed already by the participants…. there were lots of gorgeous images from the day, here is just a few…

Photo By Tim Bolger

 

Photo By Chris Belyea

 

Photo By Tim Bolger

 

Photo By Andrew Code

I’ve got two places left on the next workshop which is being run on 21st November if anybody is keen to learn how to shoot with off camera flash on location…. and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Brent

 





New Workshop – Off Camera Flash On Location

24 09 2010

Hi Folks

I’m very excited to announce a new workshop that I have been designing for the past month.  This is ideal for landscape/Seascape photographers who want to take their photography to the next level by including models/people in their “scapes”. The title of the workshop is called

I am confident that this is going to be the best workshop that I have designed and run yet…. It is going to be a blast with 4 separate shooting sessions featuring two models, a great makeup artist, and a very experienced second instructor.  You can check out all the details of this workshop by clicking on this link.

The first workshop for November 7th has already filled up and I’m currently planning a second workshop for later in November, so please email me if you would like to be part of the fun.

Brent





This is cool…. seriously! Check this out. Off Camera Flash Meets Light Painting.

12 01 2010

Don’t you love it when an experiment comes together and works!  Well this one worked better than I thought.

Recently I’ve started getting more into Off Camera Flash photography and blending it in with my landscape and urbanscape images.  I came up with an idea of combining studio off-camera flash with creative light painting.  So I pulled together 2 lovely models, 1 awesome makeup artist and a bunch of strobist freaks for a  night of experimental fun.

The images that you will see in this video ARE STRAIGHT FROM THE CAMERA!!! I have not opened them at all in Photoshop, they have just been converted in Lightroom.

Credits:

Makeup by Glitta Supernova

Models  Catherine and Liliana

Strobeys: Australian Strobist Group

Music: Chamillionaire – Good morning & Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

Light Painting: Yours truly.