Monthly Archives: June 2009

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Wow ‘Em

IMG_0279How many times have you heard it? You under-promise, and over-deliver. As a freelancer, under-promising is kind of hard to do; you have to let a potential client know that you’re going to put everything you have into the job. But there’s no reason not to over-deliver.  Magazine editors will love you when you toss in some extra comps, different setups, whatever you can produce. It gives them flexibility for when plans and layouts change. It’s not that you’re promising anything specific in advance; you just agree to do the job as it was described. But while you’re on-site, look for anything else you can do, anything different that catches your eye.

Case in point: I was recently called to shoot a headshot of the CEO of a healthcare company. keep reading after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Lighting a Staircase

If you follow my work, you’ll know that I have a staircase fetish. I just can’t stay away from them. To me, a good staircase is the richest subject around. They’re great metaphors, they’re visually stimulating, 3917_Greenwood_STAIRS_detailthey lend themselves well to vertical shots, and they’re technically challenging to light.

But I guess it’s the symbolism that works for me best. Stairs take you places. You can go up, you can go down….there’s all this mystery about the upper level, or the lower level, depending on where you are when you shoot them.

So anyway, I shoot them at every opportunity. And today I thought I’d walk through the process of finding a composition, and then lighting it. keep reading after the jump

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Packing Light

 

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We now continue with our original programming….

 

UPDATE: Link to SB-80 User Guide added!

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: what’s the best speedlight for shooting interiors? get the answer after the Jump

Waiting to Inhale

EDIT: This blog has MOVED. You’re on the old, dead blog. Everything (including this post) has been migrated onboard my website. Here’s the direct link:

http://scotthargisphoto.com/blog/

Update your bookmarks! See you there!

We now continue with our original programming….

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The man was amazing.
We were standing in water up to our necks. I’d say something like “One, two, three” and we’d both go underwater, me lying flat on the bottom of the pool, him in a classic track-and-field starter’s crouch, and I’d make 2 or three frames, then stand up again to take a breath. I was wearing a weight belt to keep me down; he was just standing in the starting blocks. Full shoot breakdown after the jump