Hair – with Elinchrom BRX 500 strobes

I had the pleasure of working with my very first model, my wife, Marina Foord. I also had the pleasure of meeting and working with the very talented hair stylist Karla Serrano. For this shoot I placed the Elinchrom BRX (B&H) with a beauty dish (B&H) and grid (B&H) up high, pointing down at a 45 degree angle in front and left of camera.

To get the smoke behind Marina, I used another strobe and aimed it at her back. Then I had Karla direct the fog machine so the smoke wound up behind Marina, but in front of the strobe.

Camera settings: 1/200,  F/9, ISO: 100

Retouched in Photoshop CC. Plug-ins used were Nik Color EFX and Alien Skin Exposure 5

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Water Splash – with FujiFilm X-E1

Your camera takes great pictures! A phrase all photographers loathe. We know you mean well and are paying us a compliment, but its the photographer and his team who make great photos, the camera is simply a tool. That doesn’t mean that the camera isn’t important, because it is, very important! You just have to learn to use it.

The photo below was shot using the FujiFilm X-E1 not a DSLR.  And I had 2 Westcott Monolights with a reflector-grid combo on each.

My settings on the camera were 1/125th, F/4 at ISO: 200

Using these same settings on a DSLR or point and shoot (where you can control Shutter, Aperture and ISO) will yield the same results.



MMA fighter – lighting Elinchrom BRX 500 and giant octabox

Thanks to Evolution Martial Arts for letting me invade their Octagon and photograph some of their fighters. For this set-up I used 3 strobes. 2 in the back for rim light with a reflector and grid. The main key light was an Elinchrom BRX 500 with an octabox.

I used Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CC along with NIK software and Alienskin plugins.


Canon 5D Mark 3

1/125th, F/9, ISO: 200


Autumn with Elinchrom BRX 500 with large Elinchrom Octabox

This set-up was quite easy!

1 – Beautiful model

1 – Elinchrom BRX 500

1 – Large Octabox

Light and Octa were positioned camera left aiming down at the model. I was standing on a ladder shooting down. Camera and Glass used was Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 24-70 2.8.



ISO – 100