Category Archives: models

13Mar

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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07Oct

Detroit wished me a happy birthday

img_6366-edit-edit-copy This past weekend was my birthday weekend. Me and the lady set out to visit the city Ann Arbor in Michigan. We drove about 5 or 6 hours before we arrived to Ann Arbor and unbeknownst to us there was football game about to start. There was no where to park for under $30. People dressed in football stamped clothing were covering the sunlight from touching any ground.. Painted faces and all. Since we are not into sports, in the slightest bit, we decided to not stop in this city. Since neither of us have been to Detroit, and it was so close by, that is where we headed.
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25Oct

Sheer light

2015_SS_Nash_135-Edit Can't go wrong with large windows, sheer, 4x8 white bounce cards, and Lauren on set! Also, with my favorite grip, Michelle, and MUA Stephanie! 2015_SS_Nash_179-Edit I was a bit too far back for this shot and captured a large clip of the white bounce reflector. It was an accident, but I liked it in there. It mimicked the other angels in the image and seem to set well right where it was. 2015_SS_Nash_104-Edit-Edit copy This is the second shoot I have had with Lauren. It's similar to the first, but this time we shot for more than 5 min. 🙂 There is a video of the first shoot here. I haven't played with sheer in a very long time. I decided to give it a try again for the sheer fun of it. Yes, I just did that. 2015_SS_Nash_165-Edit We only shot in this single corner with me only moving in two different positions. So, the more difficult part was on Lauren getting into different poses that I could tweak. 2015_SS_Nash_194-Edit2 Someday will we do a third shoot and will be ready to capture something totally different. Maybe go with low-key additive lighting? Possibly a little chiaroscuro? I say yes!   As always, here is the lighting setup. 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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18Jun

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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14Jun

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 head...it 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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05Nov

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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