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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Geoff on Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:11 pm

Phoenix - fear not!
This will be a FUN day, for people of all levels of experience.
If you don't enjoy it, no one is holding you there..if you do..fantastic!
Gary will be 'running' the show, I'm just organising it, and Candy - our model for the day.
Bring along your camera and lenses and a sense of fun (not fear), we don't bite..but Gary might gnaw :).

Hope this eases your mind...I will lock you into your preferred afternoon session.

On that note, could all attendees please PM me with your email addresses, so that I can give you details etc.

This will be a PRE PAY event only - if u haven't PRE-PAID you don't get let in, and I have a ferocious bouncer :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby phoenix on Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:25 pm

I'm sure i'll enjoy it. I love this stuff and there hasn't been much i haven't liked since i started learning. I just didn't want to get in the way if it was more of a pro day or something.

Does anyone know a cheapish place to stay that is near the studio? I really don't know sydney at all, so the closer the better really.

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby W00DY on Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:42 am

Sorry Geoff,

I have to pull put of this (I'm not sure if I was counted for anyway as I was on the first list but not the second!!!). I am shooting a wedding that day so can't make it.

Hopefully next time.

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Geoff on Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:37 am

Thanks Andrew, sorry to hear you're unable to attend :(
Have fun at the wedding! :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby michael_ on Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:55 pm

i can tell you all this is going to be an awesome day, Geoff was thrilled with the space and i am sure everyone else will be its big :) you could easily have two sessions at once if you wanted to , just a pitty i am busy would love to be there as i enjoyed the last one with Benedicta. Ohh and the fans ;)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby phoenix on Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:34 pm

Ok i just found out we have a Sunday game on that week for footy, so i'll definitely be able to come to this! Very excited about it all too.

I have my D200, 17-55mm lens, 70-200 lens and a SB-600 flash. Is there anything else i need to bring?

Thanks!
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby gstark on Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:22 pm

phoenix wrote:Is there anything else i need to bring?


A belly dancer?
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby phoenix on Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:06 pm

gstark wrote:
phoenix wrote:Is there anything else i need to bring?


A belly dancer?


I'll see if she's busy :D
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby surenj on Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:02 pm

DISASTER!! I have been asked (forced) to work on Saturday 5th, Sorry guys, won't be able to make it for the workshop. Hope someone can fill my place....
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Geoff on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:34 am

OK..here's the list as at 25.03.08
There is now a spare spot in the afternoon session, as surenj has had to cancel.

Morning 8am-12pm
Gary
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Glen
David (dviv)

Lunch 12pm-1pm

Afternoon 1pm-5pm
Gary
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Jeff
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby feldy on Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:44 pm

Hi Geoff - I would be interested in pm session if you're still one short?

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Geoff on Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:23 am

feldy wrote:Hi Geoff - I would be interested in pm session if you're still one short?

cheers
Feldy


You're it Feldy!
Pls pm me your email address.
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08 or 06.04.08 TBC

Postby whitey on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:52 pm

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deadgoose wrote:Will the build in flash on my D80 do this triggering or do I need a transmitter and receiver too?


Yes, but we need to turn off the pre-flash. Otherwise, you'll trigger the heads from your pre-flash, rather than from the exposure flash.

Also, we generally turn the power of the on-camera flash way, way, way, way down for this.

Do you know how to do this on the D80? RTFM to be sure to be sure.


Well after a bit of experimenting I have sorted turning on the commander mode and either adjusting or turning off the on camera flash. So looks like we are good to go.
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby feldy on Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:04 pm

Just a quick note on Saturday evening - this was great; thanks very much to Geoff for all your work in organising this - it really was worth it!

PS downside is that i'm clearly going to have to buy that 85mm 1.4!!
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby phoenix on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:13 pm

Yeah i'll throw in my thanks too! It was a very fun day. Well worth the drive there and back from Canberra. It was one of the most fun days I've had in a long time. The whole thing was excellent. I learnt a hell of a lot today. Thank god i bought a light kit last week :D I'll be putting my name down for the next one!

Thanks to geoff and gary and anyone else that put it together. It was fantastic. Candy was terrific too. Very professional. :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby gstark on Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:54 am

Just a quick note of thanx to Geoff for organising this, Candice for her patience, Micahel for the use of the studio, and everyone else for attending. It was a great day, and a long one for Geoff, Bel, Candice, Michael, and me.

Looking over the shoulders of everyone, it was evident that a lot of good lessons were being learned, and that a lot of fun was being had. That was great, and it absolutely was the goal for the day. It was also great to catch with some older friends, as well as meet with some of our newer members.

A bit of a word about the room: great. A giant light tent! Seriously.

The studio is a unit in a typical factory/warehouse unit complex, but basically empty. Walls and floor painted white, with seamless curves added into the corners where the floor meets the walls, or where the walls' corners converge. Standing near the corner, and looking into the corner, can be quite disconcerting.

Hanging from the ceiling there's a large reflector too. This studio is frequently used for car shoots, and I can well understand why. As I said, it's a giant light tent.

Lighting this time consisted of some Elinchrom 1100ws heads, driven off battery packs into a couple of soft boxes. We also had another head into a snoot for some hairlighting, and later in the day we also used a beauty dish.

Those who have attended one of our portraiture workshops may recall that we've used, for instance, the lighting kits from Poon running at about a quarter to half power. By way of comparison, the Elinchroms were running at less than 10% power, which acts, for me, as a confirmation that the Poon kits are ideal for the small portrait sessions that we target them for. The Elinchroms go for upwards of Au$2500 each. Worth it if you're doing this sort of thing every day, and especially if you have much bigger fish to fry, so to speak. Stands are extra, so too are any shapers that you need.

The battery packs made these units portable: if you're doing a location shoot, you just drag them along and use them. It's that simple.

I'll post a few of my images later this morning.
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby gstark on Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:57 am

feldy wrote:PS downside is that i'm clearly going to have to buy that 85mm 1.4!!


Sorry, Ashley. :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby whitey on Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:10 am

feldy wrote: PS downside is that i'm clearly going to have to buy that 85mm 1.4!!

So its not just me then.

Thanks to Geoff for organising such a great day, Gary for letting me test out the 85mm 1.4 and everyone else for their advice.

Mark me down for the next one.
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Reschsmooth on Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:22 am

Sounds like a great day was had, pity I couldn't go! In the end, I would have time to go to the morning session but didn't find out about the time for the other function until Friday or so!!! Can't wait to see the images.
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby dviv on Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:06 am

A big thanks to all from me too! Especially Geoff, Gary, Candice and Michael.

Geoff, will you please let us know if any of our photos end up in the new portfolio? It would be nice to have some bragging rights :twisted:
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby dviv on Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:14 am

A shot of the giant light tent with my new 10-22!

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Geoff on Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:37 am

Guys,

I can only reiterate what has already been said. This was a fantastic day! The use of the studio, and it's size made it ideal for the enthusiasm for those who came along.

David - some of our shots from the day will DEFINATELY make Candice's portfolio, that I have absolutely no doubt about.

Everyone that came had a willingness to learn, share and have fun.

The good news is, that if we book the studio twice a month (this may be a bit difficult) for a whole day, the cost per member will be significantly reduced. For those that weren't aware, it cost each member $50. The cost would drop to around $30 per member if it was a regular thing.

I have a copy of most of everyone's images, but please feel free to post some of your best stuff from the day.

I was certainly knackered at the end of the day, but boy...it was worth it!

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm, and Gary for your ideas and teaching. Candice was really patient too. One last thanks to Michael (the studio owner). If anyone has a need to hire the studio, for a few hours, a half day or full day I can highly recommend Michael's services. He hung around for most of the day, and also shared his ideas etc. He implemented quite a few of the artistic ideas behind some of the various backdrops/scenarios we put Candice in front of. Thanks all!!

I too will post some shots some time today. Great wide shot of the studio David, nice new toy!!
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby stubbsy on Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:19 pm

Sounds like you guys had a great day - can't wait to see the shots
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby surenj on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:25 pm

Sounds like a great day was had by all.. I am so jealous as I was at work until 4pm. Can't wait to see the photos...
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Michaelm on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:45 pm

It was a pleasure to meet you all yesterday and equally impressed at your results! Top effort by all! :up: :up:

Geoff- Your a gentleman!

Gary- Your a world of information


Now there is not much more to say other than.........



show us ya pics!
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby gstark on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:50 pm

And a pleasure to meet you too, Michael. Tanx muchly for your help and hospitality.


Michaelm wrote:show us ya pics!


As I keep saying to Sue: You show me yours, and I'll show you mine. :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Glen on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:51 pm

Geoff, thank you very much for putting this all together, I had a great time as I would imagine most would. Candice was an absolute pleasure, taking direction from five photographers simultaneously and smiling all the while. One couldn't hope for a more pleasant person to work with. Teresa the make up artist did a great job, tirelessly working throughout the day. Gary fixed my white balance so many times it looked like his full time job.

A quick shot straight from the camera, shot at iso 1600 (I forgot) and f1.8. Click for larger.

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby gstark on Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:28 pm

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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby michael_ on Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:19 pm

Michaelm wrote:It was a pleasure to meet you all yesterday and equally impressed at your results! Top effort by all! :up: :up:

Geoff- Your a gentleman!

Gary- Your a world of information


Now there is not much more to say other than.........



show us ya pics!


welcome re :)
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Re: EOI Portraiture Shoot + Workshop 05.04.08

Postby Michaelm on Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:57 pm

michael_ wrote:
Michaelm wrote:It was a pleasure to meet you all yesterday and equally impressed at your results! Top effort by all! :up: :up:

Geoff- Your a gentleman!

Gary- Your a world of information


Now there is not much more to say other than.........



show us ya pics!


welcome re :)



Ela, thanks mate.


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