Category Archives: No Light Modification


Original? Relevant?

I used to get caught up and stuck with the thought "there isn't anything new I can do[with photography], it's all been done before!" Which, is true. Just about everything you think of you can google and see someone else is or already has done it. But, this ought not to bring us down from doing what we love. It's utmost important to realize that it's far more important to be relevant than original. If we are following our hearts and shooting what we truly feel is something that is our own, then that is as original as one can get. From there, what about your work is relevant? Does it talk? What does it say? Is it anything of value? Nothing of value? Then, what is its purpose? To sell something? Does it do that? Yes? Then it is original to you, and relevant for it fulfills its purpose; to sell that thing. See what I'm saying? Don't allow ideals and originality to crush your photographic soul. Allow your soul to push past originality and become something relevant in your world.
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Palette Gear or Loupdeck…?

A funny thing happened in the past 24 hours! I was tagged in a Facebook post by my photographer friend Derrick concerning a new product to make photo work much easier in Lightroom. This product is called Loupedeck. It's basically a keyboard designed with knobs and sliders...
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Gotta Go!

Recently I had some fun with a photoshoot meetup at a local Casino/Hotel. While others were playing with their new photo-toys, Tetra and I went on a walk around the casino to find good spaces to shoot. Okay, so we ended up in the men's bathroom. This was my idea for when I went to use the bathroom I realized it was one of the coolest spaces to shoot in...and risky! The only way in and out of this men's restroom was a 20' long hallway! Hey, adventure! After I fumbled my settings to get exposure correct, we started shooting. Not even 10 shots in a man starts to walk down the men's restroom hallway. There was nowhere for us to go! Tetra, being a step ahead of me jumped into a stall. She closed and locked the door, sat on the toilet, held her feet up for her legs/shoes wouldn't show. Genious! Now, WTF do *I* do?! That's right, texting. I set my camera and bag on the sink and acted like I'm texting. The man starts to use the urinal. Besides the obvious sounds, a lady starts talking from the walkie-talkie attached to the man's belt.... *pssssh*  "Hey Terry, did you take care of that....." Of COURSE, it was an employee!!! He finished his business and walk back out. HOLY *WHEW*! We didn't get caught! Yay!   We ventured a few other areas. A stairwell... ...and a killer hallway... Thank you, Tetra, for a fun second shoot! (Our first shoot together is here, if you missed it--->"Infinite Ribbons")
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Let the light in!

2015_IMG_1509-Edit copy2 I'm busy today doing too many things, but wanted to put this here. This is the most straight-forward lighting setup there can be. Step 1-  get out your camera Step 2- point it at the subject Step 3- take some pictures Step 4- add a color gradient or two in post to heighten interest Step 5- post on your blog Step 6- Now, go fix the washer...wait...that's what *I* have to do right now. Later! 😀

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The police might see this!

Shoes_and_Pleather--9757_MASTER_RT It doesn't matter that it's later at night and the police station is just outside this glass stairwell, we are going to shoot anyway! We have been eyeballing (wow, the word "eyeballing" apparently is in this computers dictionary, I didn't think it would be) this area for quite sometime. This is our 2nd or 3rd shoot there.   What we always enjoyed about the atmosphere here at night is the light that trails in-between the stairs all the way to the top. That light provided us with our primary (and only) light source. Also, the white metal rails and metal meshing in between I found to be the perfect complement for black leather. Shoes_and_Pleather--9745_MASTER_g_rt   We shot this at night-time for there wouldn't be sunlight blasting through the glass stairwell. We envisioned only the pillar light to illuminate the entire scene. We were keeping it as simple as possible since the police station is outside the window. Trying to make it a "quick" shoot. Anyhow, have a wonderful week and here's the shoot info! Comment with any questions. 🙂 Use this to share your lighting setup or to document your setup for future reference. Email me at kevin@kertzdesign for comments and/or suggestions. Not for commercial use.
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