BTS Photo shoot and F&V Lighting Review

BTS lighting setup

A couple of Saturday's ago, Orange Beard Films (we do photos too) did a photo shoot for my buddy, Brad Hill, at his gym, Ultimate Fitness. A month ago, Brad asked me if I would be interested in taking some "transformation" photos of him and another guy at his gym. I have never done a studio setup before for photos, but I was willing to give it a shot. In fact, I didn't even have any lighting equipment at all...not even a hot shoe flash. Okay, so I did have some flood lights from Lowe's, but I'm not going to count them. I have been meaning to order some kind of lighting setup, so this just forced me to get proactive on doing just that. 

I had been researching lighting equipment for a while, but I couldn't figure out what exactly I needed. Obviously some sort of three-point setup, but what type of lights? Tungsten, Fluorescent, HMI, LED, etc. If budget allowed, I wanted LED. One because they produce little to no heat, and two for ease of use, but LED always seemed to be more expensive. Sure, there are plenty of off brand LED lights on Amazon, but I didn't feel like going through a lot of trial and error with them. I wanted the internet to come through for me like it has dozens of times before...a review of some name brand LED lights that were awesome and would be within budget. 

Well, I looked a lot, and I didn't seem to find anything. Just when I was about to order the cheapest Arri tungsten lights (over budget btw), I finally found what I was looking for. A guy that I follow on Vimeo, Daniel John Peters, has an amazing blog. Amazing because he takes the time to review camera gear. I found his post about F&V lights. More specifically, the K4000 LED light panels. They sounded just like what I was looking for, and thankfully, they were within my budget. Praise the Lord! Once I found out about these lights and the specific model, I kept finding more good reviews about them. 

So the night before the photo shoot (I'm a procrastinator, what can I say?) I finally did some tests with one of the lights (I know, just one!). The image below blew me away and I was hoping with the three lights the following day would be even better!

One K4000 LED panel to camera left

Needless to say, the lights were extremely easy to setup (no manual needed)! I had an idea of what I wanted to do for the shoot, so I was hoping the lights would do what I thought they would. I think they did the trick! I'm very pleased with the images I took from the shoot, and so far the client is too! Below is my favorite image from the shoot.

Brad Hill, BEAST mode!

P.S. we start filming for Brad's documentary next month! Stay tuned to hear more about Brad's amazing transformation!

Timelapse of a Vancouver Sunrise

Back in August of 2013, the Orange Beard Films crew took a trip to Vancouver. This was my first time in Canada, and I must say it was beautiful. I had just recently purchased a GoPro Hero 3 for the business and I had only used it a few times before this trip. I didn't want to bring my DSLR for a few reasons, and I wanted to limit myself to only using the GoPro. Needless to say, it's a fun camera to have. I highly recommend it for outside use only (except at night). Unless you have a great amount of light, it's useless inside. The sensor just can't handle it. 

I've always wanted to do some sort of time-lapse, so the last day of our seven day trip, I woke up early, found a beautiful spot by the bay where the sun would be rising, and setup the little camera. Too bad this clip is only five seconds long (took a photo every 30 seconds until battery died), but I'm happy with the results. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to visit Vancouver again.

//GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

Disclaimer and a *Futon

If you have ever blogged before, you know the pressure of writing that first post and then clicking the "publish" button to make it go live for the ENTIRE world to see. It's the feeling of thinking it has to be perfect and engaging or no one will ever come back to visit your website. Oh the pressure and fear of one measly blog post. Forget that crap!

So, apologizes up front...I am not a perfector of the English language (see what I did there), or the most engaging of bloggers. This website, or more precisely...my business, is about making films. Particularly wedding films at the moment. This is my authentic, and original journey in starting my own business (a dream I'm sure most of you have had before), and making films (probably another dream most of you have had). I plan to share as much as I can about it.

As much as I would like to say that I could care less if anyone ever reads what I write, I would be a liar. In fact, I care deeply if people read what I write, and/or have any interest in the topics of what I write about. The great thing about publishing a blog post is also that other button labeled "delete"...

*a futon has nothing to do with this blog post. I just didn't want the only word in the title to be "disclaimer" so I thought "futon" would go well with it.