Off Camera Flash Workshop For Perth?

14 05 2011

Hey there Sand Gropers

I’m going to be visiting Perth for a few days of business in early June and was contemplating putting on a 1 day workshop for bringing models into your landscapes and shooting with Off Camera Flash.

I’ve been running this workshop over here now for about 8 months and it is very popular.  So if you would like to attend this workshop, just drop me an email at brentbat@gmail.com and express your interest.  If there is enough interest I will make it happen.

Not sure whether you guys just shoot “scapes” over there or what.  More information about the workshop can be found here.





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





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





Seascape Workshop At Turimetta

10 08 2010

Hey  folks

I’ve announced the next dates for my 2-day intensive seascape workshop which is being held at Turimetta beach, it’s on Sat 18th September and Sunday 19th September 2010.   For those that haven’t shot Turimetta in September, this is often the month when you get the crazy luminescent green weed on the rocks which makes for some wicked shots.

There are still a few places left for this workshop, so let me know if you want to really give your seascape photography a boost.

BP





Karijini – The Movie

15 06 2010

Well at last I had some time to edit up the video that I shot on the Karijini workshop.  So for those of you that shared this experience with me, I hope it brings back a few memories.  For those of you that are thinking about going to Karijini, I hope this excites and motivates you.  My advice would be to try and join the next workshop that Christian, Tony & Peter put on.   It doesn’t matter what level of photographer you are, you will definitely get a lot out of it (while having a great time).

My final piece of advice would be to sign up for the Canyoning trip with Dan “The Man” who runs Westcoast Active. I reckon I got some of my best photos deep in the canyon system.

If you really want to enjoy the video below,  go and view it in Vimeo where you will get it in full resolution.  (you can go to vimeo to watch it by clicking this link)

Enjoy the video… it’s about 6min long.





Tutorial: Kirsty At Middle Head Fort – Part 1… The Capture

16 05 2010

It’s been a while since I posted a tutorial, so I thought I’d do a tutorial on this image that I made last night.  This article will be in two parts;

  • Part 1 will talk about how I made the capture
  • Part 2 will take you through the post processing of the image.

So last night I was running a workshop for Northside Creative Camera Club on Light Painting.  I decided to ramp it up a bit and include some off-camera flash techniques as well.   We invited a lovely model called Kirsty to come and model for us.  Here’s how we did this shot.

Set up an SB900 flash unit in a soft box just out of frame on camera left.  The flash was close to Kirsty which meant the light levels dropped off quickly in the scene and allowed us to control the lighting on the bunker separately.  I was using Nikon’s CLS to control the flash power.  Camera was set on ISO200, f5.6, 30sec exposure.

As we triggered the shutter the strobe fired, and then we started light painting the bunker from camera right, and then from camera left using my olive oil can with a fluoro in it.  We also went behind the bunker and popped a second flash with a pink gel on it into the bunker about 5 times to create the pink glow.

The stars were captured separately from a high ISO shot (iso 1600, f5.6, 30sec) and then blended in using a contrast mask.

Thats pretty much it.  Even though it was a long exposure, Kirsty was sitting in darkness, so the flash pop gave her sharpness.

My next post will show the post processing step-by-step.

I hope you like it.  I am using a more stylised processing approach for these portrait sessions because I feel they lend themselves more to it rather than straight landscapes.

More later

Brent





Karijini – The Great Unknown

7 05 2010

You know what has surprised me the most about my Karijini experience?  Since I have come back, I’ve been boring the living hell out of every living thing I have come into contact with…. “I just got back from one of the most beautiful places in the world… want to see some pictures….”

I would have spoken to at least 30 people over here in Sydney and Melbourne, and so far not a single person has heard of Karijini.  Now I know that it is probably pretty common over in Sand Groper land, but it amazes me how somewhere this beautiful can be so undiscovered and unknown amongst Aussies (much less overseas photographers).

Perhaps we should just keep it that way…. our little secret.

BP