We have all photographed those bright spaces full of luxurious daylight poped a few strobes into a softbox or wall and come away with breathtaking shots. For me there is nothing better to walk into a room like this on an assignment because I know the work has essentially been done for me, all I need to do is get a good angle and open the shutter long enough. Yet there is another type of space that can crush even the most experienced interior photographers, the low-key room. A room with little or no ambient light with dark corners and screaming highlights, one in which the tonal range is heavy in the darks and bright highlights and not much in between. What can we do to conquer this type of space?
What is success? In 1994, before cell phones and before the adopted use of the internet, I graduated from art school, then like a hobo without a destination headed out into the world. I was full of energy and willpower. In my mind, I would be successful, even if I had not really stopped to understand what “success” was. What did success look like and how exactly would I get there? I never really asked myself these questions, or if I did, I never fully answered them. Read more
Using Drones for Supplemental Lighting
Since the colorado project in 2006, I had always seen the last piece of the lighting puzzle to be lights lofted above coming down at steller like angles. I remember very clearly while shooting the old broken down general store in Animas Co thinking to myself, damn if I could get light about 30 feet up and directed it down on this thing or that, it would be the holy grail of my lighting desires! My mind wistfully drew up plans of tethered balloons, hot air balloons, and the ubiquitous helicopter. Yet in each of these grand visions was either technical or cost hurdles too great to mount a real charge. And so after several years of flying drones, I finally was able to find the moment to attach some lights to a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and let em rip!
How we learned the art of small living while exploring the country.
Our Sprinter van is parked for the night at the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado at 13,000 feet, overlooking a pristine lake lined with snow-capped mountains, so close you can hike to the snow line in a few minutes, in August. My wife is off on her morning run and I am up to greet the dawn and make that requisite hot pot of french press coffee. I open my arms out wide and carefully peek out the window to the grand scenery just outside our little home on wheels. I grab the computer and begin to write an ode to the day or retouch an image shot the day before.
When I was approached by the owner of Atteza Jewelry to photograph their campaign I jumped at the opportunity! Although outside my strick field of expertise architecture, which requires teutonic precession and workflow, this assignment would allow me to develop and re-discover my original and more natural approach to the image capturing. Also working with Altezza a company founded by Fania Castro would be close to my heart as the pieces are derived from pre-Colombian symbols and myth. My wife is Colombian and my two kids, well are half Colombian!