Nathan Marx Photography: Blog en-us (C) Nathan Marx Photography (Nathan Marx Photography) Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:34:00 GMT Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:34:00 GMT Nathan Marx Photography: Blog 96 120 Photowalking Utah studio event 2011 This year I and Scott Smith hosted a setup for Photowalking Utah 2011 studio event (second year). I wanted to post a follow up of the lighting setup as well as some notes on the result from each light.
I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about technique (or my lack thereof), but rather just give a show and tell version of what each piece of lighting contributes to the overall image.

One of the things I like to do is to look at an image and try to dissect the light by looking at the highlights, shadows etc. If you are the same, the skip down to the bottom of the post to see the final result.

The image is the result of three strobes and one large reflector for fill (a very simple and common setup).

The light setup:

Images showing the progression of adding the different light sources. First off an image showing the result of the main Octabox (47") lighting the subject only:

Next the addition of the background light. A gridded strobe on a grey seamless roll of paper.

Next an image showing the result of adding the rim light. The gridded beauty dish adds that extra bit of light on the hair and the side of the face to separate the subject from the background.

Finally the addition of a large 48" X 96" reflector for fill.

Happy shooting!]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) Photowalking utah studio studio lighting indoor Wed, 25 May 2011 19:42:00 GMT
Exploding lightbulb theme Scott Smith. There are a few more in the works, but though I should share a photo before I go onto other things I feel I need to share.

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Shooting exploding lightbulbs Scott brought up in his post at his website. We started out using studio strobes, but quickly switched to speed lights for the shoot. The reason being the much shorter flash duration of speed lights enabled us to freeze the light bulbs exploding. I have images below that show the difference between the speed lights and strobes (notice the pellet used to destroy the bulbs, in the strobe version it appears as an orange blur).

The images we captured are actually long exposure images (one image is a 6.3 second exposure). flash was used to capture action (photography is about the light after all). If you would like to see what the bulbs looked like while exploding, I suggest you hit the link above and head on over to Scott's website. He has some excellent captures of the bulbs exploding.

Image captured using strobes

Image captured using speedlights
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Vacation in the Bahamas

This is the port of Miama just as we were leaving.

I really didn't get to take that many photos. The second stop was in Nassau, where we did some snorkeling. The snorkeling was probably the highlight of the trip, but I never did puchase an underwater housing for my camera, and the film camera we had that was water tight, died as I tried to load it with a new roll of film the morning we were leaving.

The trip was actually part of a Scentsy retreat for Anji that I was lucky enough to tag along. We met with some new and old Scentsy friends.

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The sequence diving sledding down a small but very steep slope of snow. She wasn't hurt at least not enough to stop her from trying the hill again and again.

It is difficult to see, but the distance she had air time is easily 6 feet.

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Clayton and Vivi

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Android photography #1

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<no title> Scott Smith. The link takes you back to his photos. It is interesting to see that even though we were shooting right next to each other we saw the light just a little bit differently.

Living so close to such a beautiful place, well I think I need to take better advantage of the beauty just down the street from my home.

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Little Jedi's Little late blogging but I needed to share how cute Vivian and Clayon were for Halloween this year. Of course Vivian isn't talking yet so no choice on what to dress up as. She makes a cute little Yoda (Clayton's side kick)...

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Smith family Scott Smith family. Scott had a location all picked out, all I had to do was show up with my camera and shoot everyone. Ohh and we hauled their couch into the great outdoors!

This photo was my one of my favorites. I find that I prefer portraits that look less posed and more spotaneous. Scott has such a beautiful family! It was a great way to spend an evening! Thanks Scott for giving me the opportunity and for showing me a new awesome location!]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) Outdoor photography Family utah portraits Scott O Smith Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:40:00 GMT
The restoration project

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Read a book

ISO 100, 85 mm, 1/250 sec, F 2.8

The camera settings are listed for the photo geek that may run across this post. I have the same picture both looking, neither looking etc. But this one just seems to capture more of what I feel is their personalities. The image is pretty much straight out of camera which seems to be best for stock.]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) senior Images photography people stock image reading Thu, 09 Sep 2010 19:47:00 GMT
Old stuff

Some old things, that screamed for B&W treatment. I don't shoot "stuff" very often (therefore I struggle seeing how to capture and frame things that aren't people). Print layout created in LR (love that program).]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) Outdoor photography utah black and white Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:22:00 GMT
Growing up I haven't shared a picture of Vivian in a while, she is growing fast, tall for her age.

She is holding her kitty. She drags the stuffed animal around everywhere and can't sleep without it. She is the cutiest little girl in the world (this is a fact)!]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) photography utah Portrait vivian Fri, 30 Jul 2010 20:15:00 GMT
Growing family
Baby James:

Baby Lily:

So much going on lately hard to keep up on the blog.]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) photography Family New born baby Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:30:00 GMT
<no title> iStockphoto's 7 millionth file. So what did I get for being Mr. 7,000,000?

$2500.00 dollars spending cash at my favorite photography store (Pictureline).

Thanks iStock!

Here is a link to lucky number 7,000,000.]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) photography 7 million istock nathan marx Sat, 24 Jul 2010 15:03:00 GMT
Relax a little

It is nice to get away from the hectic times in the busy city. I know I need more of that.]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) photography Family utah relaxation fishing Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:42:00 GMT
Flying high
Those dang busy summer months. Here is a quick shot, of my adorable son Clayton!

We made the airplane together (father son project), maybe not the prettiest plane, but we had fun! Had a dual purpose in mind, as this is being added to my stock portfolio.]]> (Nathan Marx Photography) stock photography utah airplane father and son Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:48:00 GMT