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A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A PHOTOGRAPHER'S TALE I've found that my interest with photography continues to grow as I find new challenges and aspects of imaging to undertake. This couldn't hold more true with my discovery of (and now likely a serious addiction with) off camera flash, and the new levels of creativity it brings to my photography. Off camera flashes in and of themselves can open up a whole new world to a photographer. Then add in the multitude of modifiers out there (snoots, grids, gels, umbrellas: shoot through and reflective, diffusers, reflectors, gobos, etc.) and the creative opportunities really become endless.

I took this approach on a recent gig I had with a local motorcycle racer, who wanted some unique photos of himself with his new bike. I figured the most dramatic effects would be achieved my incorporating off camera flash techniques with well-selected backgrounds. After my experience on the shoot, which ended up incorporating strobes, umbrellas, grids, snoots, and gels, I wanted to share my tale in hopes it might benefit some other photographers who are considering enterting the strobist world.

Now -- before I get into the strobe techniques I used...

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FREE Shane Turpin Wallpaper!

FREE Shane Turpin Wallpaper!

Since the Denver Post featured my Shane Turpin photo on their homepage, I've been getting a lot of requests for a high resolution version of the image that was published. In response to these email requests, I've decided to offer a free 1920x1280 wallpaper of the Shane Turpin image shown above.

To download the wallpaper, click here.

Enjoy!

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The Art of Panning :: Motorcycle Photography

The Art of Panning :: Motorcycle Photography

Tracking a moving object with a camera to capture the motion, or "panning" as it is commonly referred to, can be a fun and exhilarating part of photography. However, it can be equally as frustrating when the resultant images are severely blurred and lacking any detail whatsoever. While I am by no means an expert at panning, I am sharing my recent experiences with panning and photographing motorcycle races at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. I hope this may help others who may be trying the panning technique for the first time.

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