Ran The Second Off Camera Flash Workshop..

23 11 2010

Last Sunday Scott Buchannan and I ran the second off camera flash workshop.  It was a real hoot.  A great bunch of folks to spend a day with.  The images are just starting to come through from the participants and there are some lovely images.  I thought I’d share one image from me and one image from Scott.  This will give you a bit of a sense for the workshop.

This is my shot of of Zumbi, our male model for the day.  Man was this guy ripped.  He reminded me of me in my younger days (in my dreams).   Anyway after a few straight forward one-light setups, we then hit the Dunlop Factory and created more of a fantasy scene with Zumbi and April.  This next shot is one that Scott snapped right at the end.  Gives you a bit of a feel for the day.

Photo By Scott Buchannan

I’ll probably run another workshop in Q1 next year if there is enough interest, but for now, I’m taking a break for a month or two and just going to get out and enjoy my photography.  I’ve got a couple of great shoots organised for the next few weeks, and  a few ideas for some great tutorials for the blog.

Later

 

Brent

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Photoshop Tutorial – Post Processing Jackel

14 11 2010

The image above shows you the before (bottom) and after (top) of my shot with Jackel.  I thought I would go ahead and publish a tutorial showing you the various steps that I went through to transform the image.  I make this point in the video, but it’s worth emphasising.  I’m finding that my Photoshop techniques are changing.  I’m adding more layers, but being more subtle about the effect of each layer…. so I’m making more smaller steps rather than fewer big adjustments.  I think it definitely pays dividends in terms of the subtelty of the finished image.  I hope you find this tutorial useful.

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

 





Karijini – One Of The Best Photo Locations On The Planet?

27 04 2010

I have been fortunate enough to photograph many of the iconic landscape locations in Australia and the USA including Canyonlands, Bryce, Arches, Antelope, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olgas,  Kings Canyon etc. etc.   but I think Karijini National Park in Western Australia is as good as any of these… and may even be better than most!  It is without a doubt one of the least known but amazing locations in Australia.  This posting is going to be the first in a whole series of postings that outlines my experiences of the past week.

I have just returned from an incredible workshop that was run by 3 of Australia’s top photographers.  Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt.  I was one of 17 other participants who joined this workshop in order to shoot this incredible location in the company of some truly talented professional photographers.

Getting there was a chore… we opted to drive up from Perth which was 16 hours driving each way.  I shared a car with Mark Stothard, Peter Ng and Keith Lightbody.   When we set out on the journey I did have some concerns about spending 32 hours total in a car with three others… especially when Mark started playing his eclectic library of music… I was dealing with the Arabic disco music but drew the line at Zorba the Greek and Nanna Maskouri!!!  I had to take more control of the iPod…. after that adjustment we got on just fine.

The only incident of note came after we made camp… we got up for a sunrise shoot around our camp site…. This is when I got a tasted of just how competitive Christian is about getting the great images.   I was walking over towards an old abandoned caravan that Christian had just finished scouting…. however as I approached, I was blocked by an electric fence.  I surveyed the fence with caution and then Christian seeing my dilemna said “Don’t Worry Mate…. It’s not turned on”.  So while carrying my camera and tripod I put one leg between the fence to squeeze between the strands when all of a sudden my upper thigh touched the wire and I got a hell of a boot from the fence.  I bounced off the top wire and back to the middle wire for a second boot… then a third boot…. before extracting myself from the fence.

Christian looked at me and laughed “Oh I guess I was wrong about that fence”.   So I decided on getting my own back by photographing Christian in front of his van that he had just had sprayed with a custom spray job…. He was trying to keep it quiet.

I will be posting a series of blog posts with details of what it was like to explore and photograph Karijini National Park as well as participating in this incredible workshop.  I will share some of my images and I will complete the series with a high definition video that I have shot in Karijini.   You guys should check that out to really get a sense of what it is like to photograph this incredible place.

More posts to come shortly.

Brent