AD:Vegas Rockstar Photography

***If you're going to After Dark: Cincinnati, use our super awesome code "MAC" to receive $50 off your registration!*** This is pt 2 of a series of posts featuring the classes we teach at After Dark Education events. If you missed Pt 1, check it here. Anywho, Rockstar Photography is one of our absolute favorite classes! The purpose of the class is to break rules and experiment with creative lighting and posing that photographers wouldn't traditionally use in an on-the-job situation. Techniques taught in the class can be used to increase creativity in your group photos (meaning wedding parties, families, etc) and cause your brain cogs to churn in brand new ways. If applied, this will improve your overall artistry and allow your work to stand out from the horde of same-looking photographs currently flooding the world.

For our Vegas class we were given a really cool rock band to work with! We started out doing something we've never done before (because that's the point of the class) and blended some red gels with ambient light to create a psychedelic reality:

This shot is from the exact same location, only the artificial lights were removed and we shot a long exposure using strictly ambient light. Thanks to our class attendees for creating wonderfully ambiance-enhancing blurs:

We shot some quick individuals on some nasty wallpaper with a ring flash. NOT flattering or traditional, but that's what's awesome about it:

And lastly, we took our 3 flashes and put wonky colored gels on them for a creative shot using the natural architecture of the Last Vegas Hilton (where the event took place). We call this one Rainbow Road :)

We'll be teaching this class again in Cincinnati, so if you're intrigued - come check it out!

2010 RAYGUN Summer Catalog

A while back the groovy folks over at RAYGUN (the greatest store in the universe - head on over and start shopping now) drove down to the studio for me to photograph their Summer Catalog. It just dropped over the weekend and it's looking hot! You can pick up copies at our studio or at their store in Des Moines. The only instruction I was given for the shoot was that everything had to be photographed on a white background (RAYGUN's signature style), but they let me get pretty creative within that restraint. Here's a look at the spreads (and you can download the whole thing here): p3 lightbox gal placeholder 2010 RAYGUN Summer Catalog