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Photowalking Utah: Studio Lighting 2009

Canon 40D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, 1/160, f/2.8, 115 mm, ISO 200

This month’s photowalk was a repeat from last year where we had multiple studio lighiting setups in the same room to walk around and try out.  I came out of the event last year excited about studio lighting and promptly dropped several hundred dollars into lights, stands, etc.

Since then, I have basically experimented on my sons and the occasional niece and nephew (I need to put some of these up).  I have been learning through trial and error and so was excited for this weeks events.  I say events because Thursday the incredible Rich Legg gave a mini-clinic on “How to Get Great Studio Lighting Results for Under $250” where I learned quite a lot as well.

These two events have revitalized my desire to shoot (much to my sons’ dismay) and to continue to experiment with new ways of shooting with my lights.  It also revitalized my desire to buy more lighting stuff, but I will have to hold off on that ;)

I am grateful to those who organized the events, and to the models for putting up with over 100+ photographers struggling to learn what to do.  Thanks to Rich for the suggestion of interacting with the models more I feel I had a much better rapport with them this year then last.

Full set of photos

Photowalking: Cactus and Tropicals

Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/40, f/4, 100 mm, ISO 200

I had a great time at this months Photowalk with the Photowalking Utah group (also on Flickr).  I spent most of the event with my 100mm Macro on which definitely pushed me to see things differently then when I go around with my 28-135 zoom.  I also got to try out my new tripod which was awesome.  I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot or several others without it.

I also had some new Lightroom presets that I used on the pictures in post processing which made it go quite fast and I’m very happy with the results.

Full set of photos from the shoot here

Trash the Dress

Canon 40D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, 1/60, f/4, 200 mm, ISO 400

Another shot from the Great Salt Lake Photowalk where Heidi wore a wedding dress out into the water.  I talked to her at work the next week and she said that after 3 times through the washer and a spraying it out in the shower it is none the worse for wear.  Doesn’t even have that lovely funk from the lake any more :)

Photowalking: Great Salt Lake

Canon 40D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, 1/800, f/5.6, 153 mm, ISO 400

Taken at the June Photowalk out at the Great Salt Lake with my father’s day present to myself (with the wife’s permission) of a new Canon 40D (review to come later).

The phtowalk was great fun.  I didn’t come out with as many winner’s as I would have liked, but I learned quite a bit for any future similar situations (sunset shooting at a lake).  For a truely stunning collection of images go check out the work of the rest of the photowalking utah group.