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The Dirtiest Secret in Photography

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically….but wanted to do something a little bit different. A little stripped down. Straight talk. Heart to heart — just you and me. In fact, in this episode, I reveal the dirtiest secret in photography. Truth is: the most game-changing ideas come from influences outside our industry. But don’t fret. There isn’t something “wrong” with photography. This is true in EVERY industry. Just think about it for a second. In photography, we spend a lot of time talking about photography, right? Shop talk, gear talk, lighting talk, client talk and then there’s the talk about all those “other” photographers. That’s all well and …er…good, but it’s circular conversation. Very rarely – if ever – do new ideas form amidst it. If you want to… CHANGE THE GAME. If you want to… BE DIFFERENT. If you want to… STAND OUT, you must go beyond this circle. The best things in photography come from outside the industry. Listen to the Podcast   Watch the Episode […]

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The Dirtiest Secret in Photography

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically….but wanted to do something a little bit different. A little stripped down. Straight talk. Heart to heart — just you and me. In fact, in this episode, I reveal the dirtiest secret in photography. Truth is: the most game-changing ideas come from influences outside our industry. But don’t fret. There isn’t something “wrong” with photography. This is true in EVERY industry. Just think about it for a second. In photography, we spend a lot of time talking about photography, right? Shop talk, gear talk, lighting talk, client talk and then there’s the talk about all those “other” photographers. That’s all well and …er…good, but it’s circular conversation. Very rarely – if ever – do new ideas form amidst it. If you want to… CHANGE THE GAME. If you want to… BE DIFFERENT. If you want to… STAND OUT, you must go beyond this circle. The best things in photography come from outside the industry. Listen to the Podcast   Watch the Episode […]

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Photos of South Africa Show a Country Still Divided

Lens By Whitney Richardson

Joao Silva came of age chronicling South Africa's transition to democracy. In a new series of images, he looks at how the country's gap between rich and poor poses new challenges.

A Simple One Light Strobe Setup

Nicolesy Nicole S. Young

When I was creating stock photography full-time, I used my Alien Bee lights on a regular basis. I photographed a lot of people in indoor environments and needed to create my own light. I still create images for stock and have a growing portfolio on Stocksy, but until now my images have mostly consisted of food, landscape, and travel photography. But now that I’m in Nebraska—and living close to my nieces and nephews—I expect my portfolio to change.

This weekend Brian and I had the pleasure of hosting 3/4 of the kids, including two girls who love to be photographed (lucky us!). In the morning we had originally planned to do some outdoor photographs, but those plans quickly changed after an early-morning storm rolled through. So instead, I decided to set up the lights in our new (still in-progress) basement studio space and have fun photographing their portraits.

To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if we would be able to do any photographs at all. Not only did I have to search for the box with the lights (somewhere in the garage, still filled with plenty of unpacked moving boxes), but these are lights that I have not used in several years. After making my online store the main focus of my business, my photography has shifted so much that the two lights I was able to locate had not even seen the light of day during the entire 3.5 years that we lived in Portland. I wasn’t even sure if they would work! Thankfully, after I plugged them in, one of them was functional (unfortunately the other was completely fried). So the two-light setup I was hoping for now turned into a one-light setup. Sometimes you need to work with what you have, and in retrospect, I’m really pleased with how the images turned out.

Ashlyn, showing off her “guns” for the camera..


Here’s a quick breakdown of my lighting setup:

Studio Gear:

  • AlienBees AB800 (link)
  • AlienBees air-cushioned light stand (link)
  • AlienBees 86-inch White PLM (link)
  • Lastolite Tri-grip Reflector (link)
  • White foam board
  • Light meter

Camera Gear:

  • Fujifilm X-T20 (link)
  • Fujinon 56mm (link)

Setup:

  • Main light: I positioned the light-source to the left of the model and used the giant shoot-through umbrella (PLM) to give the light beautiful and wide soft quality. I moved the light as close as possible to the model to make the light as soft as possible.
  • Fill: I used either a reflector or a white board for fill light, positioned on the right and connected to a second light stand with a clamp.
  • Background: We have a nice dark gray wall on the basement walls, so I opted to use that as a simple backdrop for these portraits. The umbrella I used spread the light out enough to light the background so that it retained some of the gray tones (and didn’t go completely black). The model was sitting approximately three feet from the wall.

My one-light setup.

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