After 2 late nights in Seattle and a red eye back to Boston for a day of sales calls with Dave McRitchie I managed to drag my tired self to Gary Land‘s party to celebrate the opening of his new studio in Boston. Withing an hour of being there I totally forgot my lack of sleep. Gary’s place was so full of positive energy that you couldn’t help but be carried away by the sheer force of the people present. Photographers, assistants, digital techs, producers, DP’s, photo reps, and the advertising posse was out in force. An awesome evening. Congrats Gary.
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“There is one thing I want you to walk away with from here tonight, break the rules. Use equipment at different angles, use equipment on subjects that its not traditionally used on.” This from Urs Recher, the broncolor photographer and lighting expert from Switzerland. “What I’m trying to do here tonight is not to tell you what is right or wrong, that is for you to decide. Whether you like or dislike the highlights, its your decision, you decide.”
Urs focuses on defining the characteristic of different broncolor light sources, the quality of the light and the way these sources react to the subject and environment. The seminars aren’t based on formula shooting, but understanding the principles behind the tools so photographers are more free to experiment and push the boundaries of traditional photography.
Urs was in the states for a three city tour demonstrating lighting techniques using the extensive line of broncolor power packs and accessories. He covered the Para FB 220, Pico Lights, unorthodox softbox usage, ringflash as fill, and a host of other tips and tricks.
The tour included dates in NYC at Calumet in conjunction with ScheimpflÜg rental, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with TYE studios and in Dallas, Texas at Bolt Productions.
” Rarely have I ever come across an individual so well versed on a single subject. Urs has broadened my understanding of light profoundly. It was and “enlightening experience” to say the least…no pun intended.” said Donna Peplin, owner TYE Studios of the Urs seminar.
In the NYC Calumet/ ScheimpflÜg rental seminar Urs demonstrated the use of the broncolor UV reflectors, an exclusive accessory to the line. When used as a single light source the effect is a really cool silhouette with a glowing ethereal look. Next out of the tool bag came one of those kids magic pens that only write on special papers and gave our model a UV tattoo! The possibilities with broncolor are endless.
Urs is coming back to the US in September 2009 for another week of seminars be sure to keep watch for the dates.
Though he’s only been shooting professionally since graduating from the London School of Communication back in 1999, Dan Tobin Smith has been around cameras and photography since he was a small lad.
His father was a photography teacher who would often let his son tag along on the occasional freelance assignment he would take on, assuming it was appropriate (Penthouse Magazine was one of dad’s clients). Stints in several art schools helped finalize the mold.
Fast-forward to the present and Dan Tobin Smith has established himself as a serious contender in the commercial world. And though he mostly shoots still life these days, the skills and style he honed in his earlier days shooting interiors on is quite evident in his current work. Many of his larger still life works are in many ways installations with blatant architectural overtones. Working out of his London studio, Dan shoots wildly imaginative imagery for a variety of advertising and editorial clients. Included in this roster are Wallpaper Magazine, Sony, Birds Eye, Another Magazine, British Air, Bacardi, The NY Times Style Magazine, iD Magazine, Creative Review Annual, Kilimanjaro Magazine, and Sumo. Dan’s work is detail oriented and he relies on a professional group of creative types to pull off many of the shots he stages, and in this case ‘stages’ is an appropriate word to use when describing the nature of his imagery. Many of his photographs are complex on a grand scale, while others are equally complex within the confines of a tabletop.
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