More Prep For My Outdoor Portrait Workshop

Just had an amazing test shoot with Phoebe – this girl can brave the cold!

Westcott Rapid Box Overhead on Avenger Boom Stand
Westcott Strip Box rear-right
2 x 680EX RT speedlights
Triggered by PocketWizard FlexxTT5 & PocketWizard Plus III
Reflector on stand front and center
200mm @ f2.8 | 1/320th | ISO: 100


I’ve had many requests asking for me to post ‘straight out of camera’ (SOOC) images from my recent shoot. When I’m shooting on location and I’m not using Cam Ranger (which is all the time, because I don’t own one… yet), I tend to keep my camera’s LCD a little on the bright side, so that what I’m seeing outdoors on the tiny little 3″ LCD is, well… ‘a little bit on the bright side’ (of course I check my histogram occasionally to ensure that there’s no major clipping on either end of the spectrum).

This keeps the actual image slightly under exposed which, as Dani Diamond teaches us, is a good thing for natural light photography, but I also do this with strobes. I’ve always had a tendency to over do it; both with my lights and in post, creating hot-spots on people’s faces – so Dani’s technique has helped me a bit, even though I don’t apply it the way he teaches.

I’d rather be bringing back slightly under exposed details, than trying to pull down over exposed ones. Once that pixel goes white… there’s no information left to recover!

Vancouver Outdoor Portrait Workshop | Summer 2016

So I just spent the past 4 hours learning a new video editing program and making this test video. I realize that I need a TON more portraits in landscape orientation, so that I don’t have to use all these filler images that don’t crop nicely  😦

Anyone looking for some killer headshots that will be featured in my final product? I’m looking to do test shoots with models that can produce amazing footage. I will also be hiring models for the actual workshop this summer, so this WILL lead to a paid gig for those of you that can produce!

EMAIL ME examples of your work if you’re interested in working with me on this: – DON’T FORGET to include your FULL contact information! Hope to work with you soon!