Category Archives: Natural + Strobe

This category involves any natural light plus strobe(s).


Queens and Kings

IMG_3734_2 Hello readers! I had a great shoot with Shayra and Tristan this February and I'm excited to share it here today! I will have some BTS (Behind The Scenes) shots mixed in along with lighting diagrams to help you understand what was going on with the on-set lighting. Come on in and let see what's going on!

Here are the lighting essentials for this image...

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  • These table lights are not very bright; so we will have a slow shutter speed. Break out the tripod for the sharpest image! (see me in the BTS image below!)
  • Meter the camera to the table lights. This ended up being 1/15th of a second shutter speed.
  • Place and turn on the strobe light; meter this light against the table lamps. (ask in the comments more about this step!)
  • And most importantly, we must be setup with a rear-shutter sync for the sharpest image!
  • SHOOT! 😀

"Our eyes and mind see different things. To bridge the gap between the two one can use cameras and lights."

 -Joshua Berardi
  This BTS image captures the above quote completely. Did I just quote myself? Well, yes. Yes I did! That makes referencing a whole lot easier! 🙂
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I titled this post "Queens and Kings"  due to this image. I felt like I was shooting royalty! (It's the hair piece really!)

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This image has the exact same setup as the first image at the top with the lighting diagram.

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Here are the lighting essentials for this image...

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  • This setup was done exactly like the first diagram except for one difference...
  • I used a 3409 CTO (change-to-orange) gel in front of the flash tube for my strobe light color would closely match that of the background.
  • Without the CTO gel we would run into a warm background while our clients would come off looking blue/green in comparison.
Here is a BTS of what I was seeing during this portion of the shoot. Again, bridging that gap between what I want to see and what actually is. A HUGE shout out to my lady Michelle for being a really awesome grip during our shoots! She rocks with posing, working with clients, lighting, and juggling equipment around me. You may have seen her on my blog here, here, or even here. :)sA
That's all for this shoot! I have several others I'm writing up for you. Be on the look out for them, or better yet, throw you e-mail into the box below and you will get an e-mail every time post. Since I take time with my posts, you won't be e-mail very often. Thank you as always for visiting my site!
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Lodge Fashion

  2015_IMG_1003-Edit copy 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. Sometimes the MUA's (make up artists) have to have their fun as well! This collaboration was between myself and two MUA's; Wynete Tyree (a MUA, but modeling here) and Candee Scott (the MUA for Wynete during this shoot). I was the photographer, and corset tying guy. 🙂 While the make-up was being applied I chose two locations and setup two lights to mingle with the existing lights of the cabin. Spot number one was an obvious choice with this amazing mantle! Everything about it was awesome, only needed to insert Wynete! Great job!! Spot number two was to change up the perspective and angle for the shots would not all be the same. Nothing wrong with same, especially with clients. But, this was for fun and to capture fashion fashion fashion! 2015_IMG_0973-Edit-Edit copy   This spot is the same lighting as the first, only pulled away from the mantel. You can see the mantel at the top of the image. Once I got up top with the wide angel lens I saw the deer light peek into the image...perfect! I left the couch at the bottom peeking-in to help frame the image with the deer light. Can we say romance book cover?! Location three was my "purposely-unplanned in-the-moment-OMG-quick-think-of-something" space. Here is what came of that... 2015_IMG_1037-Edit-Edit copy   There where so many lights in the background, lighting up the stairwell, and above was awesome! I added one 1/2 CTO to a strobe which I place high and behind me. I also has a very tight grid on the light. 20 or 30 degrees. Here are the two MUA's pages if you are interested in their work! Candee Scott MUA @ Facebook Wynete Tyree MUA @ Facebook Thank you for reading!   Oh, a bonus FUN image!!!  😀 2015_IMG_1051_MASTER-Edit copy  
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Snow no more!

untitled shoot-8866_rt copyOnly a few days ago was the first snow in the mid-west Illinois/Iowa area. It seems that I can remember it only snowing after Christmas in most recent years. I think this is the second time, ever, that I rather move than to have to brute-force my way through cold winds that almost cut the skin. ACK! To keep away from such thoughts on the weather, here are two shots from a recent senior shoot, in nice weather, near a beach in Michigan! Since there are beaches, there are also boats and boat docks! They make a great place to shoot, or poop, if you happened to be one of the 80 birds flying around. ;D untitled shoot-8760_2 copy Here is the lighting setup for the above dock shot. For those reading, thank you for stopping by my blog. It really means a lot to me that you would come here, read, and look for inspiration for whatever it is you need it for. 🙂
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Mental Patterns

It's said that a person's actions are originated in their thoughts. Thoughts are easily influenced by the external, but how do external influences hold up against our own will to choose what we think and act? Sometimes we may not feel "good" enough. Sometimes not "smart" enough. Sometimes, simply...
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