I spent yesterday afternoon in a gym doing a stock photo shoot of gymnasts. The girls were a lot of fun and with their help (along with their coach) we hopefully kept the poses ‘real’.
The extremely large room (12,000 s.f.+) was a challenge to light due to the rapid fall-off in the background. With my normal two softbox setup the athletes would have had a near black background. To solve this problem, I ended up firing a 600ws monolight at full power with only a reflector into the background to provide an adequate light level.
As I’ve said many times before, it is always great to go on location for these shoots. I especially want to say thanks to the young ladies on the team at Bailie’s Gymnastics for being so helpful (and fun!).
At 5:25 am this morning I reached a milestone in my stock photography business. Today’s featured photo of school girls marked my 25,000th image sold from my portfolio on istockphoto.com. This now secures my spot as a diamond level contributor and maxes out my royalty percentage. Of the estimated 50,000 contributors on the site, less than 250 are diamond level.
It seems like just yesterday that I posted about the potential income possibility of selling mircrostock images. Now here I am a short ten months later making my living selling stock photography.
I’m all about setting goals and reaching them. My next sales goal? 50,000 images sold by the end of 2008.
Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/10, ISO 100
The next Photowalking Utah event promises to be a good one. We will be taking an evening walk out to the Great Salt Lake with noted photographer Charles Uibel as our guide. if you are not familiar with Charles’ work, take a trip over to his website at GreatSaltLakePhotos.com and see his remarkable captures of the iconic body of water.
For the outing, we will be meeting at the gate at Saltair on the South end of the lake. We will then caravan to the end of the road to begin the walk. The plan is to trek out to the shore of the lake for photography. In addition to landscape photography, we will also have models and lighting/reflectors available for portrait captures.
Here are the details:
What: Photowalking Utah: Great Salt Lake
When: Saturday June 21st, 6:00 pm – sunset
Where: West of Saltair on the Southern shoreline
As with all Photowalking Utah events, this is open to any photographer who would like to join in. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, or what kind of camera you use – you are welcome to attend.
For up-to-the-minute information on the event, visit the Photowalking Utah discussion on the Flickr group at PhotowalkingUtah.com.
Note: For this Photowalk, you absolutely will want to have shoes on that can get wet (or bring rubber boots) and insect repellent on hand.
Today’s image is a sample from Saturday’s studio shoot. The shoot was based on ‘tween’ girls doing typical things like playing video games, watching movies and painting their toenails. This shot is one of my favorites from the set. I asked the girls pretend that they were watching a scary movie, and they did so admirably.
The lighting setup for this capture was very simple. I placed a medium sized softbox on the floor in front of the girls to create the glow that would be coming from a television in a dark room. I then adjusted the white-balance a small amount to the blue side. The combination worked well to create the scene.
The complete set will be appearing in my stock portfolio in the next week.
Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/7.1, ISO 100
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The next Photowalking Utah outing is coming up this Saturday (May 24, 2008). The event will cover the Utah Capitol Hill area including Memory Grove Park, City Creek Park and the Utah State Capitol building. The outing will begin at 5:00 pm which will give a great opportunity for sunset shots. If you are attending, you can meet the group at City Creek Park (NE corner of State and N. Temple). We will photograph there, then walk to Memory Grove and finally up to the Capitol.
This should be a fun outing. It looks as though the weather should improve by Saturday evening, but let’s still keep our fingers crossed.
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