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Socal Photog Shootout – December Shoot in Claremont CA

Alright really quick since I sorely need to update my blog, I’m going to just get right back on the wagon and blog a few images from TODAY’s  Photog Shootout event.  The theme was the roaring twenties, or something along those lines, I dunno I’m just a camera geek!  Follow Hanssie’s blog for all the fashion savvy-ness.

Many thanks to all the amazing models, makeup artists, and others who offered their time and skills to make this such an awesome photo shoot!  I had a great time and I’m excited to share the images.

Today I decided to do a little bit of studio lighting, so I got a couple (constant/hot) lights and we just played around with basic, rudimentary studio lighting techniques. Nothing fancy, in fact I’d say my studio lighting skills are pretty rusty since I almost always just use natural light, or bounced flash. But it was a refreshing change of pace, and if anybody wants to do it again I’d love the opportunity!

Then, later after dinner, we just stat around and talked about photography. The ~5 group leader facilitated a discussion on everything from autofocus techniques to business tactics. I had a great time…

By the way, photographers-  My D300 and a handful of other gear is/are all in for service right now, so I shot most of these images with my backup D200 and a rented 12-24 or an old 50 1.8 manual focus.  OR my Sigma 50-150 2.8, I do still have that lens.  Even though it really could use a trip to Sigma service…  But yeah, the D200 is the reason the images are a bit more grainy than usual, especially the low-light B&W shots.  But, I love grain!  Grain is a beautiful thing. :-)

Some of the images are RAW, some are JPG, all are processed in Bridge for simple color and contrast.  (Of course I used Photshop to batch the images with my watermark and proper sharpening, for blogging purposes.  To learn about all that stuff, check out the upcoming workshop I’m offering on basic photo processing techniques!  It’s oriented towards people who blog / Facebook photos and want them to look super crisp, colorful, and high quality…)

Take care,
=Matt=


Photog Shootout Cupcakes


Photog Shootout Cupcakes


Garrett Davis Studio


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Socal Photog Shootout, Claremont CA


Honestly if you’re not in the SoCal Photog Shootout Facebook group yet, you GOTTA join!  I just love it for the connections I get to make with other photographers and people in the business.  It’s totally awesome!

by Matthew Saville

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December 13, 2009 - 11:28 PM Kristin - Yes!!! I made the blog!

December 13, 2009 - 11:43 PM Gayla Elizabeth - Mother nature was great to us today. Awesome day with some great people! :-)

December 13, 2009 - 11:46 PM s h e r r y - Oh, these look fun! I think the grain adds to the feel of the 'roaring 20s!'

December 13, 2009 - 11:46 PM Emily - Utterly gorgeous, as usual...I don't know how you make the common look sublime, but you do!

December 14, 2009 - 1:49 AM Stephen Knuth - Great work. See you at the next one in San Diego. :-)

December 14, 2009 - 9:21 AM Mark Reynado - Matt - great session yesterday (as usual). I have one word to describe your pics above.... "CREAMY." Just like those cupcakes yesterday. Simply Creamy. See you soon!

December 15, 2009 - 11:48 AM Matthew Saville - Thanks everyone for commenting! Yeah, I was totally amazed at how the weather cleared up for us. It was originally a 100% chance of rain! I'm sure our luck won't last forever, but it was nice for this time... Take care, =Matt=

January 26, 2010 - 12:30 PM Kristin Rogers - I love these Matt... sweet job!

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