Watch out for the ghost of the Voodoo Queen!
What an amazing time Afterdark was in lovely New Orleans. It is full of character. First I must talk about what happened on Sunday before Afterdark. I went a day early to hang out with fellow Southlight Salon members Pierre and Nick. They were there for Herman Leonard’s 2nd Line. New Orleans has the most wonderful fine art photography gallery. A Gallery for Fine Photography . It was a little gem and I was able to see images that quite possibly I will never see again. Then while we were in the gallery in walks David Montgomery. He has 2 prints with him. Which he signs. This image was really impressive. The Cover image of Jimi Hendrix’s album Electric Ladyland.
Afterdark this time around seemed a bit more focused, possibly because it was in a smaller room and the teaching pod’s were organized a bit better I guess. If you do not know what Afterdark Education is and you are a portrait photographer please have a look at their page. Â There are some stories about a group of us out on the streets learning a Â Neil Van Niekerk on camera flash technique I was teaching. Yes we got harassed and I had to, well, handle it. Let’s put that one in the Afterdark archives. I had Gary and Jay covering for me.
On Camera flash. The other OCF – like Pork. LOL – Visit Neil’s site for all the info or buy his book. This is ON camera flash – ETTL.
The Graveyard shoot…
One thing about teaching is, for me anyway it is very hard to actually get a good image. I’m teaching and not truly focusing on shooting. I know there are some instructors that shoot and might not explain everything while shooting. I like to explain right on the spot and show the techniques and stuff, but it really hinders the creative process. I decided this time I was going to do a shoot for me. Of course anyone who wanted to tag along could come but I was going to do my thing and not think about teaching. I found a model and new good friend Anne on a website called Model Mayhem. We decided to go to the St Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans. There was a big group. Cherie Steinberg CotÃ© was also doing a shoot. She was also a mentor for Afterdark and a wonderful person and photographer.
I was able to get my shots before we all got kicked out. I’m quick like that.
So here is the technical details for this shoot.
I wanted to compress the mausoleums and the model to make it seem larger than it might seem. I used my 70-200 that I never use, lol. Â We shot around 1:30 pm on a very sunny day. I used the sun as my rim light and exposed to create a dark mood. My main light was a Alien Bee 800 with a beauty dish modifier. RadioPoppper triggered the set. Hope you like the photos. I think I got some cool stuff. Thanks again to everyone who was following, watching our equipment and holding the lights. If you were there and have shot’s I’d love to see them.