A few months ago, I began working with ShotKam Gun Camera to produce images and videos for the release of their latest product. They have designed an action camera that is mounted under the barrel of a shotgun to record and review each shot taken either at home or in the field. It's a serious piece of kit that records full HD at 100fps. For more information on ShotKam checkout there site here.
This post is a testament to how important it is for photographers to always have a camera with them. I know we have our phones with us all the time and that they can take excellent photos but they are too divided. Between the texting and the Instagram and the email, the camera app can get lost in all that noice. But a camera is so much more focused and when you carry one it is impossible to ignore the pull to make pictures.
Every night I walk our dog. And every night I walk the same stretch of street outside our house. But this night I decided to take my camera just for the heck of it and even though I walked the same bit of pavement I saw a different street. I saw the light and I became aware of the trees. They were still devoid of leaves but some had begun to bloom their white blossoms. Lit only by streetlights they were illumined as if they were in a studio.
I went back home for my tripod.
I was commissioned to make some headshots for a luxury watch reseller, Crown & Caliber, who was in the process of a rebranding. The client specifically wanted to integrate the watches into the headshots, to create a unique look.The goal was to make two images per employee, one as a business casual portrait and the other as if the subject was modeling their favorite watch in a relaxed manner. I used a very simple lighting setup for these portraits as shown to the right. The main light was a five foot octabank attached to a Profoto B1 Air and was placed fairly closely to the subject. Since this modifier produces a soft light that wraps nicely around the subject, I only needed a minimal amount of fill on the subject's left side and on the background. To accomplish this, I used a Profoto B2 head, bouncing into a white reflector. This left some definition provided by the main light on the subject's features, while minimizing any shadows on the backdrop. Note that I wasn't able to light the background separately since the backdrop chosen by the client was relatively small, though it got the job done. I shot this project tethered so that it would be easier to get feedback from the art director. The camera used was a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro on a tripod. For post production, I only applied some very minor contouring, retouching, and sharpening. Below are some of the images.