portrait

3 Lighting Setups in 3 Minutes

Back at it again, this time with 3 simple lighting setups in 3 minutes. Check out the video below to watch how the images were created:

And here are a few of the images we created that day:

All of the images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro2 + XF 56mm f/1.2 and edited using my CUSTOM LIGHTROOM PRESETS which you can check out by CLICKING HERE.

As always, if you have any thoughts / questions, use the comments box below.

Cheers
-Nate

Matthew Corbel | Reclaimed Trading Company

There is this amazing place in Calgary called the Reclaimed Trading Company, where you can find all kinds of antiques as well as custom designed furniture made out of things like salvaged pieces of wood and metal. One of the people responsible for the creation of that furniture is a ridiculously nice fella named Matthew Corbel, and he was awesome enough to let me come down and create a couple of portraits of him in his workshop. Having grown up with a father that does a lot of incredible wood work, I've always enjoyed seeing what people can create when they are given a blank slate (or a giant chunk of wood), and it's awesome that there seems to be somewhat of a resurgence in this kind of work, where people are going back and learning the skills needed to create custom pieces using only their hands and tools.

Corbel-001-WEB.jpg
Corbel-002-WEB.jpg
Corbel-003-WEB.jpg

This shoot really only scratched the surface of what you can find here, and I may or may not have come back at a later date with a full crew and spent the day creating some imagery, but if I did, you'll have to wait a little longer to see it...

Also, if you'd like to see larger versions of these portraits, you can do so by simply CLICKING HERE.

Raw Beauty | Personal Work

A lot of my personal work over the past year has been shot in black and white. I have this style in my brain that I am trying to figure how to best portray, which is a balance between polished but raw, and sort of intersects where fashion meets portraiture. It's really hard to put into words. Those of you who follow my work will know about the Texture Series that I have been working on for the last year (see it here), well this isn't an evolution of that, but more of a step sideways, riding on that same aesthetic but creating something with a different feel. Portraits like these don't come together without team work, so a huge thank you to Paris Solati for modeling and to Mira Pucchi Maqillage Inc. for doing the awesome hair & makeup.

Paris-Blog-001Paris-Blog-002Paris-Blog-003Paris-Blog-004Paris-Blog-005Paris-Blog-006

 

{ Behind The Scenes }

I created these portraits using what I lovingly refer to as "The Black Box". At the studio we have this huge wall of south facing window light in the front foyer, and I constructed the black box out of a bunch of black foam core. It's held together with c-stands and super clamps so I could move the walls into whatever position I needed in order to shape the light. The photo below shows what it looks like...sort of... it's a tight space so it's the best angle I could get.

All of the portraits were shot with the Nikon D800 tethered to LR, with the first image shot with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and the rest on the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4.

BTS-Box

 

Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

Dr. Gregor Wolbring for Technologist Magazine

In January I was hired by Technologist Magazine, a publication based out of Switzerland, to photograph Dr. Gregor Wolbring. The editorial they were writing outlined Dr. Wolbring's research into prosthetics and the positive and negative psychological impacts that they can have on the people who use them. The only art direction they could provide was that they wanted the photo to be shot on a plain background, and that a solid head shot would be great but feel free to do whatever I think would make for a great shot. Within a millisecond of meeting Dr. Wolbring and knowing what the editorial was about, this is the photo I knew I was going to shoot.

After taking over a faculty lunch room for a makeshift studio space, and spending 10 minutes with Dr. Wolbring in front of my camera, this is what we walked away with. Clean, simple, and one of my favorite portraits so far of 2015.

Dr. Gregor - 001

You can check out a larger version of the portrait on my portfolio site by clicking here.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

The Texture Series | Personal Work

Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to do a series of black and white portraits that were simple and honest. No styling, no hair/makeup, no heavy retouching, just simple portraits. Thus, the Texture Series was born. This will be an on-going series, so more portraits will be added over time, but as of right now, this is where the collection stands. Texture-Series-01Texture-Series-02Texture-Series-03Texture-Series-04Texture-Series-05Texture-Series-06Texture-Series-07

All of the images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4.

I recommend viewing the larger images on my portfolio site. You can check them out by clicking here.

Cheers -Nate

Jess Moskaluke | Album Art

In February of last year (2014) I was hired to shoot the new album imagery for an up and coming Canadian country music artist by the name of Jess Moskaluke. Since that time she's gone on to do a few things, like win some awards (CCMA Female Artist of the Year) and have the first single (Cheap Wine & Cigarettes) off the new album (Light Up The Night) go Gold in the charts, which I believe makes her the first Canadian female artist to do so since Shania Twain. So, she's kind of a big deal. Being that it's the first week in January so I am spending more time scheduling everything that was put on hold for the holidays than actually shooting, it's the perfect time to go through and blog some of the stuff that I missed. So, here are a few of my favourites from that shoot:

Jess Moskaluke-1Jess Moskaluke-2Jess Moskaluke-3Jess Moskaluke-5Jess Moskaluke-4

At the end of the day we also wanted to create a moodier image, which worked perfectly for the first single (Cheap Wine & Cigarettes):

Jess Moskaluke-7Jess Moskaluke-6

 

{ GEAR TALK }

All of the images for this shoot were created with the Fuji X-Pro1 and either the 56mm f/1.2 or the 35mm f/1.4 and processed in LR5. Gear wise this shoot stuck out to me because it was the first time I used the X-Pro1 on a commissioned shoot, but by now everyone knows it's an awesome little camera, so the quality isn't much of a surprise. For lighting I used Einstein strobes with various modifiers, which isn't very helpful info, but if I'm being honest, I'm getting over a cold and not in the mood for a lot of typing. Questions can be asked in the comments, I'll answer as my head clears.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate