Posts Tagged ‘D4 Studio Generator’

Rising Light: Chantiana Staley’s Goal? The White House

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising light

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© Chantiana Staley

© Chantiana Staley

Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Chantiana Staley at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Chantiana Staley is wrapping up her final semester at the Savannah College of Art & Design and you can tell she is already thinking about heading out into the ‘real world’. While she will no doubt make the rounds in her native Charleston, her goal is to move to New York or California and give it her best shot as a working photographer.

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How to Use Backlight to Photograph Glassware

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Product photography

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©Taka Kawachi

The awesome photography site Popular Photography has an ongoing article series called How To, in which photographers are interviewed about the different lighting techniques they use to achieve different effects.

The latest article highlights an ambitious shoot done by New York-based product photographer Taka Kawachi and how he used backlight to photograph glassware for a department store chain.

“For two solid weeks in 2012, Taka Kawachi, a product specialist who works out of a studio in Nyack, NY, shot nothing but glassware for a major department store chain,” writes Peter Kolonia. “Juice, highball, and shot glasses, tumblers, stemware of every size and shape, and, yes, pilsner glasses and beer mugs. If he wasn’t a master of lighting glass at the project’s outset, he certainly was by its end.”

Head over to the Popular Photography site for the full story.

Tarick Foteh Highlights Design Driven Wakeboard Boats

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Commercial photography

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© Tarick Foteh

© Tarick Foteh

Tigé Boats describes themselves as a design-driven boat company who couples innovative technology to bold shapes and colors to create a high end product. They came to photographer Tarick Foteh looking for some images that would highlight their boats’ unique qualities in a clean, spotless, high-shine style, reminiscent of automotive photography.

Tarick knew that this style would require “extra care in light modification and control,” to say the least, and shipping the boats to a studio that could accommodate them was out of the question and out of the budget. Instead of running away screaming, Tarick rose to the task, traveling to the factory where the boats are made and deciding to build his studio right there on site. Read more

Peter Belanger: Complicated Shoots for Hi-Tech Products

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Product photography

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It’s no secret that product photography is a highly specialized field that requires a lot of technical knowledge, both for the shoot itself and for the post production. Hi-tech products, with their highly reflective surfaces and subtle textures, provide additional challenges. Watch, in the timelapse video above, as Peter Belanger tackles a shoot for the cover of Macworld.

© Peter Belanger

© Peter Belanger

Although his subject, the iPhone 3GS is small, Peter uses up to 9 Acute/D4 Heads at once with both grids and reflectors, more than plenty of photographers would use to light a whole person! A 3 D4 packs provide power to the sea of c-stands and strobes.

This shoot is from 2009, but Peter is still going strong and perfecting his craft. To learn more about his process and the the thinking behind his work, check out an interview he did over on The Verge. See more of his work at


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Katie Thompson’s Shattered Mirror Portraits

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Mirrors | © 2012 Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is a fashion and portrait photographer working between Chicago, Illinois and Rochester, New York. Her photography is whimsical, imaginative, sometimes darkly humorous, and always beautifully lit. Here, she shares some beauty shots, with a reflective twist.

This shot was done as part of a series of images I’ve been doing that use mirrors and reflections. I’ve always been interested in the idea of self-perception and body image, so I’ve been experimenting with different ways of visually showing that concept. In these images I wanted to show a distorted perception so I took a more minimalistic approach and used carefully placed mirrors to reflect the woman’s face. I’m really interested in fashion and beauty photography so I wanted to create something that was still beautiful but had at least the hint of a darker undertone. Read more