Beautiful brides make beautiful pictures – easy…

Bridal sessions can be my favorite thing, especialy when the bride is as pretty as Helen. I was shooting with another photograher so it did not offer much flexibility and he did not want to spend time on lighting, nevertheless I made do and managed a few shots worth posting. In these situations I’ll experiment with gear and in this case I actually used a Canon 300mm f/2.8 II in addition to a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II and Canon 85mm f/1.2. These all produce pretty “bokeh” at wide aperture though the 85mm is very touchy on precise focus at f/1.2. I make sure to get a few extra frames since at shorter distances the depth of field can be only millimeters – but worth it as seen in the sample photos.

All the images were post processed in Lightroom 5 and some were then manipulated further using OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8.


Photos by Joel Spring /

Canon 1Dx
Canon 600EX-RT
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS EF II USM LENS
Canon 85mm f/1.2 II
Canon 300mm f/2.8L EF IS II (USM) LENS
Canon WFT-E6a


Questions, Questions and More Questions

I had the opportunity to participate in a video project for Neiman Marcus in Houston. As part of a corporate assignment, a number of associates were asked a series of questions on camera and responded with their impressions regarding a newly adopted training program. They were all well prepared and the PR director was a task master, getting them ready, organized and on queue. We quickly made it through nearly 100 clips that were identified by name, job position and question number.  The added advantage of having hair and makeup specialists on staff made everyone look great.  I connected one of my camera outputs to a 46″ HD TV and the stylists could make quick reference to the appearance of the subjects on camera. I wish I had them with me every time I recorded.  The HDTV also made it convenient for quick review of the performances .

I never know exactly what to expect on a project so I try to bring a variety of options to cover the bases.  In this instance I decided to bring along some recently purchased LED par units for whatever might come up. The store has several visual display designers who put together two separate sets. In this I was able to accent the sets with color. Much easier than gelling tungsten lights. LED pars allow selecting color and output levels with simple button controls not to mention no heat output and silent operation.
Photos by Joel Spring /

Sample clip:

Sachtler 0480 FSB-6 with Soom and Tri-Spreader
Sony PMW-EX3
SmallHD DP7-Pro OLED HD Monitor

Avenger A4050CS 16.4′ Steel Boom Stand 50
-The Avenger A4050CS 16.4′ Steel Boom Stand 50 is a heavy duty, chrome-plated steel support that can be used traditionally as a light stand, or converted to a boom via a pivot in the first riser. The A4050CS also features a leveling leg for rough or uneven terrain. An optional counterweight is strongly recommended when using the stand in boom mode.

Arrilite 750 Plus
The Arrilite 750 Plus from Arri is an enhanced version of the tried-and-true Arrilite open face line. Arri started with the basic design of the Arrilite 800 and optimized the reflector to increase output 21% using a 750W HPL lamp which uses a compact filament that concentrates the most light where it is efficient. The result is almost double the output.

HHSP144 is a Full 3D HDMI® Splitter
The HHSP144 is a Full 3D HDMI® Splitter which uses a single HDMI® source, accessing to multiple HDMI® sinks. This splitter allows one HDMI® device to be split easily to four HDMI® compatible monitors or projects. It can also be placed at the end of a long HDMI® cable to regenerate the HDMI® signal.

-”Real-Time” 3D LUTs
– Perfect Rec.709 Color Gamut via 3D LUT
– True black levels – infinite contrast ratio
– 1280×800 high definition display resolution
– High-res full-screen waveform & scopes
– 8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys
– “X-Port” expandability port

Manfrotto RC Clamp LANC Remote Control
The Canon RC Clamp LANC Remote Control is used with LANC (Canon/Sony) cameras and can be clamped onto round tubes with 0.47-0.9″ (12-23 mm) diameters using a quick-lock fastening clamp. It can be easily attached to a pan bar. With efficient quick lock and speed controls, the unit enables quick camera set up. A max-speed zoom potentiometer allows you to adjust the zoom speed of the camera.

Chimera Video Pro Plus Small Softbox 24 x 32″
The Chimera Small Video Pro Plus softbox is designed for use with a hotlight but may also be used with flash. With fabric intended for the heat of a continuous light, the Small Video Pro Plus with silver interior is ideal for work where maximum softening of the light is desired.

The “Plus” designation of this softbox means the front face of the softbox is removable. Chimera makes different strengths of diffusion material for front face applications. This softbox comes with three diffuser fronts. These will allow more light transmission and help to make the light more specular, or “less soft.”

This softbox also has a built in “lip” around the edges to help control light spill. This lip also facilitates the attachment of optional honeycomb grids, fabric grids, and louvers.
– Ideal for 3/4 length shots of adults.
– Recessed front helps to control light spill and facilitates the attachment of an optional fabric grid
– May be used with hot lights up to 1,000W. Can be used with strobes of any W/s rating.
…with 40 degree grid.

Photovision 24″ One Shot Digital Target
The Photovision 24″ One Shot Digital Target folds to just 10″ to fit easily into any camera case and features a highly efficient, white reflective fabric on the backside. The 24″ Target is popular with many location photographers for events, sports and portraits due to its convenient size.

The Neutral 3-Tone Panels of the One Shot Digital Target allows for custom white balancing, accurate metering and exposure monitoring through the camera’s histogram function – all with a single shot. Thereby, vastly improving setup time, and minimizing the need for post correction to your image files. Reduces workflow on the back-end by getting it right on the front-end.
– Achieve Perfect Exposures and White Balance Every Time
– The Target Folds to One-third of Its Open Size to Fit Easily Into Most Camera Bags
– Reflective White Fabric on Backside



Annual Christian Senior Services Appreciation Luncheon 2014

For several years now we’ve volunteered for the appreciation luncheon providing photo coverage and photo booth with onsite printing. It’s always a privilege to return something to these selfless volunteers and they enjoy the photo opportunity as well as the recognition. We’re already looking ahead to next year’s celebration.

The Senior Companion Program is a peer-to-peer program where caring senior volunteers befriend homebound seniors in their community. The program is designed to foster independence among seniors by engaging them in community service, providing them companionship opportunities, and offer respite to both professional and family caregivers.


Photos by Joel Spring /