Environmental Portraits at the Louisville Skatepark

Behind the scenes Photographing Andrew Kim at the Louisville Skatepark

I’ve wanted to shoot some environmental portraits at the Louisville skatepark for a while now; I-64 spans across the north side creating a ton of leading lines and the bright mercury vapor lighting would be a perfect late at night. My buddy Andrew,  texted me last week at midnight letting me know he was on his way to skate, seeing …

Apotheosis – Behind the Scenes Video with Crown Vox

Last month, my buddy Matt Goodlett asked me to shoot a behind the scenes video of a photoshoot with music and performance artist Jennifer Burris, playing her character Crown Vox. An awesome photographer and good friend of mine, Steve Squall would be shooting it, and the amazing Louisville-based designer, Francis Lewis provided the epic dress. Earlier this year I started …

Photographing with Tungsten Light to add Mood and Color

I’ve been playing around with constant, tungsten light lately–video has always intrigued me and I love how cinematographers use light meters to control the contrast in the frame. It’s a lot easier to adjust lights when they are always on. When you put a one-stop diffusion on a light, you visually see the light diffuse and drop a stop in exposure. …

Bounced vs Diffused Light

Tonight I did a quick comparison in light quality, first bouncing a light off of an object, then just diffusing the direct light. I used a 650w tungsten light, a white,2′ x 3′ foam board , and a 4′ x 4′ frame with a cotton sheet as diffusion. There is a small difference in size which ultimately makes this an …

Selfie: Photographing myself in the Reflection of an Eye

Behind the scenes, Photographing myself in the reflection of Bethany Hood's Eye

I’ve always been fascinated by catchlights. They bring life to eyes, creating an inviting atmosphere—you can even dissect the lighting of a shot by the size, shape and brightness of  the reflections in the eye. For the past couple of years, I’ve always fantasized about taking a self-portrait, where I’m visible in the models pupil. It would require a macro …