Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
For this particular look for Lindsey we experimented with several different things, trying to get it to work. We changed her jacket, her belt, posing, etc.
Lindsey happened to glance outside the window while the hairstylist was adjusting her hair and I snapped this frame. She wasn't posing, it wasn't really framed perfectly, and I don't remember if I took the time to really finetune the focus. It turned out to be one of our favorite images from this setup.
This was shot in the atrium of the building where I work. The model is standing next to a 2-story wall made entirely of glass. Great light to work with, like a giant softbox.
Outside it was overcast, so the light filling the atrium was a little too flat. I had my assistant Julie take an SB26 on a lightstand and position it outside the building on the other side of the glass right next to Lindsey.
With the SB26 set on 1/4 power shooting through a shoot-thru umbrella, we were able to add some directionality to the light.
This past Sunday I had the chance to work with Lindsey, a new model here on Maui.
Jessica, our makeup artist, organized the shoot and she also had a hairstylist, a wardrobe stylist, an assistant, and even a video crew at one point. It was the biggest crew I've ever worked with. Everyone worked really hard and by the end of the day we were exhausted, but we got some great shots out of the shoot.
You can see more images from the shoot in the Flickr set here.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Checking to see how Flickr interacts with my Blogger blog. At the same time, I've been going over images from some of my earlier shoots.
It's amazing what software such as Photoshop and Lightroom allow you to do these days. Many of my first model photoshoots were shot on JPG, which is not as easy to adjust as RAW. With the latest version of Lightroom, I've been able to go back and salvage images that I had passed over several years ago because of poor exposure or focus.
This image of Michelle is from a workshop I attended several years ago. One of the first times I worked with a professional model.
Shot in Hana with mostly natural light. Used a Gary Fong Lightphere on my 580ex flash to add a little bit of fill and catchlights in the eyes. Original JPG exposure was adjusted in Lightroom 2 about a stop or so.
Hmmmm.... I like how the images look when I post them from Flickr. Much easier to do blog posts this way as well. Gonna have to start doing that from now on.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We first started out on a beach in Paia, where I got to experiment with my RadioPoppers for the first time since I received them. In the past I had been having hit or miss problems with Canon's infrared wireless flash system especially in outdoor settings. With the Radio Poppers installed on my ST-E2 transmitter and 580ex flash, I could just concentrate on photographing Dominika.
We next went to Ding Kings - one of the most amazing locations I have seen on Maui. It is a surfboard repair shop housed in an old warehouse in Kahului. Check out this blog for a tour of the place.
They were gracious enough to allow us to shoot at this location and we were able to get some really great shots. It was such an interesting place to shoot. Everytime we turned around, we found another cool thing to shoot.
This was one of the most interesting things to shoot there. The people at Ding Kings built this set of chairs and table that is HUGE. Really neat stuff to shoot!
At this location I chose to use 2 lights. The main was an Alien Bees AB800 with a beauty dish triggered with a Pocket Wizard. To give Dominika some light to pop her out of the background, I used a Nikon SB26 on a lightstand behind her. I also occasionally used a silver Lastolite Trigrip reflector to add a touch of fill.
Thank you Dominika for being such a great subject to photograph, and special thanks to Ding Kings for allowing us to shoot on their property today.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Last year I had the chance to work with Natalie, a model/actress I met through Model Mayhem.
Today I had the chance to work with her again, which was a lot of fun. Natalie is such a great model to work with - very easygoing, great attitude, and very patient with me (which is a big help since I'm still experimenting with lighting techniques.).
She has a new hairstyle, which is much shorter than it was when we first shot together. I thought it looked pretty cool and it added some nice variety to my portfolio. This was one of our favorites from today's shoot.
For this session, we shot in the atrium of the building where I work at. It has these giant steel columns as part of the architecture which I thought would be cool to try with her red dress.
This was done with two SB-28 strobes: the main strobe (1/2 power) was gelled with a CTO + 1/8CTO gel, while the rear (1/4 power ) had a 3/4 CTO. Both shooting thru white umbrellas to make a larger lightsource. I had originally planned to try to make it look like a night shoot by setting the white balance to tungsten and let the daylight filtering through the glass wall turn everything else blue. The problem with using umbrellas as a light modifier is that they throw light all over the place. I was getting some CTO colored light on the back wall, so I couldn't get it to go blue enough for what I had in mind. It was also late afternoon, so a lot of the daylight was fading away.
I think the next time I try something like this, I'll switch to softboxes instead of the umbrellas and remember to bring a couple of gobos to keep the unwanted light off the background.
Friday, October 3, 2008
They have videos that cover a wide range of topics - from online photo sharing to explaining how we elect a president. Check out The Common Craft Show.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The cool thing is, we've never met face to face. She's located in Lima, Peru.
What even cooler is, she's only 17.
I've already had the chance to see the preliminary work she's done for my site and it's way beyond anything I'd be able to create on my own.
Check out her work at www.design.valeriafigallo.net.
Friday, September 5, 2008
For these two shoots, I was able to rent some studio time at Ohana West Studio in Honolulu.
Very convenient location - right across the street from Honolulu Community College.
These two images are of Alia. We wanted to add some color to her portfolio, so we used a kimono-style silk robe and a red samurai sword (found both of these in Akihabara). We had a WL 1600 in a medium softbox as her main light, and an AB800 in a strip box behind her to separate her from the background.
We used a fan to add movement to some of the shots. Ohana West Studios has this big industrial fan that only has 2 speeds - hurricane mode and holycrapthisisfast. The fan was so strong it kept moving the softbox. But it made for some great shots.
This is Kristen. She wanted to try out a cupcake theme, and this was one of my favorite images of the day.
Even though she did not have as much experience as some other models I've worked with in the past, she was amazing to work with. This was one of the last images of the day that we shot, and she really made it work.
For this image, We used pretty much the same lighting as Alia's kimono shoot with only two changes. First we changed the background to a white seamless. We then put a grid on the medium softbox to keep most of the main light from spilling onto the white seamless paper, and cause the main light on her to gradually falloff. This let us change the background color to medium gray, and also draw more attention to the model's face.
Thanks to two wonderful (and patient) models, and two excellent makeup artists, I gained some more experience with working in a studio environment and was able to add some variety to my portfolio.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I had a short break between two model shoots that I was doing at Ohana West Studios on Oahu this past weekend, so I walked next door to Spot's Inn to get a quick bite to eat.
While I was eating, I was very surprised to learn from their staff that it was their last day of business after 13 years.
They were serving the last of the food to their customers and taking lots of pictures with their cameras.
Before I realized it I ran back to the studio, grabbed my 5D, a strobe and a lightsphere, ran back to the restaurant and offered to take some photos for them at no charge.
I emailed the photos to them and also sent them a CD. The following email from their staff reminded me why I really enjoy photography and why I would do it again in a heartbeat if the situation ever presented itself again.
All of us at Spot’s Inn were sincerely touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness. It is a rare occurrence, indeed, for someone to so generously give of their time and talent. You can never know how much it meant to us to have someone capture such an important and memorable day in all of our lives. We deeply appreciate you more than we can ever say and will always treasure not only the pictures, but the generosity you showed to us that day. We thank you again Todd from the bottom of our hearts and we will cherish YOU and your photos forever!"
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Using strobes outdoors has been a challenge for me. I shoot mostly outdoors, so I tend to rely on using natural light and wide open apertures for my lighting. I've used strobes mostly during wedding shoots to fill in shadows or when shooting indoors in dark churches.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Joanne & Kevin Wedding Highlights from Todd Mizomi on Vimeo.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Ever since I started visiting Strobist to learn more about lighting, I've been trying to make it a habit of experimenting with what I've learned every chance I get. This past Friday I had the chance to do a shot I've always wanted to try - backlighting the couple at the altar.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Whew! It took over a month, but I was finally able to go through the images we took in Japan this past December and do the post production work on them. I really need to streamline my RAW workflow in Adobe Lightroom so that I can get these done faster next time.
This was the studio that we rented in Japan. A bit small, but very close to the train station so it was pretty easy to find.
Since this was my first time to this studio, I was not sure what to expect as far as lighting equipment that was available. Due to luggage weight restrictions on the airlines, I was not able to bring along my studio lighting equipment from Hawaii. When I looked at the studio's website, I saw these two softbox lights which I assumed were strobes. I figured I could get by with two strobes in softboxes.
When I arrived at the studio I found out that these were "hot lights" - continuous light sources, not strobes as I had initially thought (I REALLY need to learn to read more kanji). This was a bit of a challenge for me, as I was used to using "hot lights" for video work, not photography.
Luckily I had brought along my Strobist kit - 2 small lightstands, 2 umbrellas and a pair of Nikon SB24 flashes. I ended up using the hot lights to light the model and matched it with the SB24s with umbrellas to light and hide the wrinkles in the white backdrop.
While the makeup artist and hair stylist were working on Stephanie's second look for the shoot, I tried to think of something I could do with just my Strobist kit. I knew that I wanted to color the background to help the model's outfit stand out more. I put an SB-24 with an umbrella on a stand to my right to illuminate the model. I then stuck a Gary Fong Whaletail with a blue gel onto my other SB-24 and stuck it behind the cushions in the corner behind the model to get this:
Overall, it was a great learning experience, and we got some really cool images out of this shoot. To see more images from this shoot, visit www.mizomi.com