I am a huge fan of #vanityfair. The writing and visuals are some of the best in the industry. However this month’s trite fashion ads, ho hum editorial photos and Swift editorial were underwhelming…
During my interview for an article on beauty lighting in next month’s issue of Popular Photography, the editor asked me for tips on positioning and equipment. I gave him an array of suggestions but the most important thing I told him was the relationship between the subject and I.
As stated in an earlier post, for this session we shot in the salon as we had 4 hair stylist and models and wanted to give the artists access to all their tools. Also I did not want to shuttle the subjects back and forth from location to salon. I used a simple three light [...]
My hair stylist wanted to do a quick shoot with her daughter this morning. I didn’t want to overwhelm Kie Kie with studio light and such, so I used natural light. I think it was a great first effort from a young woman who is more comfortable behind her video camera I get request [...]
My agent Ronald Bolden found us a new client last week in American Basketball Association’s East Bay Pit Bulls. After meeting on Monday we sketched out a tentative shoot schedule and some collateral needs for re-branding the team. However right as we were wrapping up, the team’s owner Debra received a call from the New [...]
I get a lot of questions about my lighting and many say they would love to use Profoto and my modifiers but they are just too expensive. Well for this video, I shot all the images with a basic strobitst kit – 2 flashes and two light stands. Beautiful light is not expensive Katelyn Kline [...]
One of the toughest parts of my job is convincing people to allow me to shoot them as they are, in their environment. Since my style is very editorial, capturing a sincere moment is essential to my art. However most people are so accustomed to snapshots and posed photography wearing their ‘Sunday best’ they do [...]
Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or via the direct link. Our first episode is the follow up to the Windy Day episode. I show you how we took the 3 different sessions and composited the photographs into one image for a March magazine cover using Adobe Photoshop CS5. I would love to get your [...]
Set up and precautions for location shooting on windy days.
NOTE: not covered in the video is the fact that I use bb’s in my sand bags for extra weight.
Images and behind the scenes from the latest Team Phenom shoot at Brentwood, California’s Trilogy at the Vineyards.
R&B Artist (and I don’t use the word loosely) Prince BlkMagic Damons has updated his website with the photos from our Spring ’10 shoot at his recording studio and home. I really enjoy taking photos of people in their environment, doing what they do best. Prince kindly agreed to let me follow him around for [...]
Photos and fusion video from yesterday’s 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, NY with:
Godfather Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez
Senator Chuck Schumer
Rep. Charlie Rangel
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr
HIGH DEF version will be uploaded to same link in 12 hours.
I started my photographic career shooting landscapes. I would wake up at 5 or 4 AM in the morning and ride along narrow, deep rutted trails then climb 50 degree hills in hopes of catching the unicorn… a perfect sunrise. This elusive hunt for the perfect mix of light, shadow, composition, subject and execution I [...]
In addition to my fashion and event photography I also work for a regional magazine called 110. I can honestly say that once you do editorial and journalistic work everything else seems like a piece of cake. When I first started I was given 3 editorials consisting of 2-4 images each. On my first assignment [...]
http://vimeo.com/9817447] February 27, 2010 Oakland, CA by Mario B. Productions PHOTOS+MOTION=FUSION Fusion Video by David ‘Art’ Wooten
I have what some (all my friends) would deem a compulsive personality. When I do something I DO IT and photography is no different than any other pursuit I have embarked on. I have read the manual for every piece of equipment I own. I attend 3 local users groups and dozens of seminars. I [...]
This week will mark my second issue as 110 Magazine’s Chief Contributing Photographer. Though I got good feedback, I was not happy with the January issue at all. My images were not technically good, they lacked impact and were not on par with my peers at Diablo and San Francisco. So I vowed to raise [...]
The theme of the February 2010 issue of 110 Magazine is Romance. I was assigned to take photos of a few wedding dresses in the fitting area of His and Hers Formal Wear in Brentwood, CA. As I researched the boutique I saw that almost all previous stories on the vendor featured the same images [...]
Alot of politics is scripted, but sometimes you see a genuine moment like this one between Lt. Governor John Garamendi & President Clinton. The former President was on the west coast to fund raise for Mayor Gavin Newsome’s Gubernatorial campaign, play a round with Tiger Woods and speak at a Health Rally for Garamendi. It’s [...]