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Creative Live

I have heard so much about this Creative Live. It is the talk of the nation when it comes to photographers. I am honored and excited to have been asked to be a part of CL this Sunday. All info click here:

I’ll be covering some basics to start with but not much. It is assumed that you will already know a lot of this stuff like, Inverse square law, light patterns and how flash exposure works.

Mostly I will be shooting and doing stuff I normally do with not much equipment. That is why the class is called Hack Your Light. I’m looking forward to reverse engineering some of my images that the folks over at CL picked out. That is a great way to learn. I want you to see that interesting lighting does not have to be complicated and that a lot of time, photographers try and overcomplicate things just because they feel like they have to I guess.

I hope you turn in this sunday.




MrLJune 16, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Explanation for the picture being lit completely when using shutter speed much faster than sync speed:
the strobe you use illuminates for 250 ms (or close); this is how the strobe works – it starts with high power and then discharges slowly; so when the shutter curtains move there is still light coming from the strobe (but less compared to the initial light – you can see the picture is not uniformly lit).
The speedlight works differently: it discharges practically instantaneously compared with the strobe (1/10000s range)
If you use a higher quality strobe (with smaller discharge time) then your trick will not work anymore.

What’s New Chuck?

I feel like it has been a long time since I have posted anything here. So for those that might follow this blog let me fill you in. First I have discovered Tumblr. It’s easy and lets me put up a picture with little text easily. I like it and I have been posting there regularly once a day or so for a few months now.

It all started when I was looking through some old negatives and realized that I have lost the idea of just taking pictures for myself of things I love. Mostly nudes  with a touch of fashion and fine art.  The site can be looked at here. Why Anton? I wanted to go by my middle na,e for this more personal work and the direction I am going now with my photography.

Blue tone silver – 1989

As for myself I have been shooting a lot. Mostly commercial and personal. I have done a few seniors and one wedding this year. My focus is really on the music industry and a bit of fashion. I have also been teaching and lecturing a lot lately. I love meeting all of the photographers across the country and being able to share whatever it is I might know about photography. Always learning though and then sharing.

I really enjoy teaching. I’ll be on the WPPI road show “On the road” this summer at all four locations

I’m also teaching at three of the Sandy Puc tour this late summer and fall.

I hope that I get to meet some of you out on the road.

Well, that is whats up with me. Please go follow my tumblr page for current work and very old work. I seem to go back and forth.

I’ll post more here as I get less busy. Busy is good right?

Thanks for the support everyone.


BobJune 16, 2013 - 9:16 pm

I watched you on creative live today. Fabulous! And I am completely fascinated with your vision and how you see shadow, as much as how you connect with the people you shoot. Incredible, and I want to reverse engineer everything you shoot. Where can I see more of your lighting set ups so I can learn from them?



First, Thank you for wanting me to come back with the “photo booth” this year. Had a great time again. is my senior photography website.

I do this to let you know you’re senior pics can be different and more unique than going to a studio or by a tree and flipping your collar. I also don’t like over-saturated no skin images.

Who am I? A music industry & fashion photographer I also teach all over the country.

My commercial website is. If you want to check it out. I put most stuff on my Facebook page though.

I am only really marketing my services to BVHS. The reason for that is I am alumni back in 1988. That does not mean I wouldn’t love to take your senior pics if you are from another school! If you like us please share.:)

I’d love to take your senior pics if you like what you see.

Ok, on to the photos. Share these, download these, print these. Do whatever you want. Have fun.

Photo booth images:

Thank you all again. Please share link and video.

Making a Poster for a High School Play Part 1

Poster for Alice in Wonderland

I have had enough photographers ask me about this I decided to do a blog post about it.

First. Why bother doing this? I am pretty new to the area and I wanted to create a buzz about my High School Senior photo business. if you would like to visit.

I have a friend that is the drama teacher at a local High School and I asker her if she would let me photograph some posters and then get some free advertising plus the buzz I’ll create if I do a good job.

I have done 3 posters now and they have done exactly what I had hoped.

Here are the 1st two that I shot.

So on to Alice in Wonderland & Back Again…

The first thing I do is go out to the web and look at some of the imagery that has been created. I found a few images that seemed pretty cool but one stood out to me.
It was a promo for the TV movie back in 1985:

Alice in Wonderland from TV show in 1985

This gave me the idea to have Alice going around a big mushroom. This past summer I had photographed a “set” consisting of plants I bought at Home Depot and a lot of dirt. It is for an photographic series that I am currently working on based on what is below us. To read more about that take a look at my other site. I Wanna Photograph You. Here is the blog post containing one of those images.

I had a little success with that shoot and though I could do something like that again.

What I needed:

1. Home Depot – for strange plants. What I bought here.

2. Michaels – Moss and a fake tree and green styrofoam.

3. Whole Foods – Exotic mushrooms. Yummy

That’s about it.

The first thing I did was schedule some time to photograph the actors at the high school. My wife and I met up with the students right after school. My wife does the makeup for me. (I’m lucky)

I had a sketch drawn out already so I knew what I was going to do. Preplanning or storyboarding is essential to make things go fast. I am able to shoot quickly. Here is the sketch I used. (such the artist. lol)

Sketch for poster. With Hatter and Alice in environment and Queen looking over in the clouds

Lets take a look at the actual shots.  The first was of the Mad Hatter. We just went outside with a couple of other students and I had him lean up against a brick wall of the high school.

Here is a screenshot from Lightroom of the raw file.

Mad Hatter lit with a speedlight in the back and a AB800 with grid strip box in front.

For the next shot of Alice I had a student hold a trash can to act as the mushroom stalk that she would be running around. I wanted her running because the wig she was wearing was very plain and I thought some movement would spice up the image.

Alice running. One speedlight as rim light in back and the AB 800 with strip-box as main light

The final shot was of the Queen of Hearts. This was basically a beauty shot since the image would feature mostly her face in the clouds. Again I just ran outside and found an empty part of sky and shot into it. I switched lenses from the 50mm to a 70-200. We added a beauty dish as the main light and a silver reflector underneath her to even out shadows.

The Queen of Hearts basic shot. One light and a reflector that the Mad Hatter is holding. See his arm in the shot.

Next up was to get the set built and hope that the actors would be easy to cut out. I went ahead and cut out Alice and the Mad Hatter and positioned them with some screen shots from the web. I went out and found a mushroom and a playing card. (I ended up using the playing card because it was so cool looking. I printed it out and made a card out of it.) The background is a photo of some trees I shot a long time ago.

I was pretty happy with the way they cut out and I was excited to put the set together.

I just set up in front of an open front door and I put my 580 flash outside to act as the backlight. To light the main area I got a AB800 and just put a 20 degree grid on the reflector and pointed down at the set.

Unfortunately I do not own a macro lens and I think that would have come in handy. I tried shooting with a 50mm a 70-200 and ultimatly went with the 17-40 so I could “get into” the set.

Above shot of the set in the hallway.

My son holding up the dry erase board.

Trying out a different point of view, different lens

Trying different angles and perspectives with lenses

The perspective I liked and trying out the scale of the actors


Poster for Alice in Wonderland

I’ll talk about how I put it all together in the next post. Let mw know your thoughts on this and these kind of posts.

ChristineJanuary 27, 2013 - 6:45 pm

This was fun to see the step by step. I, too, have done a lot of similar publicity shoots for our high school and regional theatre companies. It is fun to shake up the day to day business of photography with something different like this.

I look forward to seeing your next!

DanJanuary 27, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Kick butt, especially the tiny set!

Heather ColeJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:31 pm

This is beyond amazing. I was in awe how you did this and the finished product is a true masterpiece. Bravo!!

ChuckieJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Thank you. It’s really not that big of a deal. Just preplanning, makes all the difference in the world.

ChuckieJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:38 pm


TonjaJanuary 27, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Brilliant work as usual! Thanks for sharing I was wondering!

Elena HernandezJanuary 28, 2013 - 1:31 am

Beautifully photographed and executed! Love that you did a storyboard idea first then implemented your idea. It cuts down on wasted time of trying to think of something on the fly when you have a game plan to begin with…Thank you Chuckie for sharing!
The piece came out fabulous!

jkheigle@excite.comJanuary 28, 2013 - 5:52 am


Once again, you’ve gone over the top with excellence, and you are an inspiration. Do you mind if I use this as an assignment in my digital class???

Well done!

ChuckieJanuary 28, 2013 - 5:55 am

Not at all, should be fun. I could demo something like this.

Nick VerbenecJanuary 30, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Great write-up on the behind the scenes on how you did this poster. I really enjoy looking at all of you work. Its all very inspirational. If you ever need an intern to lug your lights around for a day or be a VALS, Id love to be a fly on the wall of one of your shoots.