I was a second shooter/assistant for this event. Red Bull brought in this awesome action sports photographer from California named Justin Kosman, check out his work here. Shout outs to him for teaching me so much! he should update his blog more =). Anyways, here are some of the shots from the event. Since I was second shooting. I focused more on the "behind the scenes" images, the "moments" and wide crowd shots. In addition I held lights for Justin and ran cards for him. Running cards meaning I "ran" to the back and offloaded images onto his computer. It was a great learning experience for me because I got to see how Justin worked and how his workflow went. I also picked his brain about the business of photography and how to work with clients. I learned....SO SO much. So again thank you Justin! Here are some of my images from the event.
This was one of the most intense Red Bull things I have shot! 9 hours of on the go shooting! It was a challenge. I had an awesome time though! Red Bull took the 3style DJ's on a tour of the major bars of Cinci. It was rather crazy! Here are some of the images from the event
These two people that keep giving me these red bull gigs. without them I would be red bulless, hah! Thanks sean and aaron!
I have been published! This was in Cincinnati's City Beat which is like a lifestyle's magazine.
A couple weeks ago, I drove over to Cincinnati to photograph the DJ's for the Red Bull 3Style event. This was my first ever editorial shoot with Red Bull and ever...in my photographic career. I was really nervous and excited at the same time. I had to work in conjunction with a video production team which was also a first. Check out Chad's videos here http://www.vimeo.com/user1472548. He's made some really cool videos.
The client (Red Bull) wanted simple portraits that reflected each DJ's image and personality against white seamless so they could add graphics later on if they would like.
There were many obstacles that arose during the shoot. First one was that I was working with speedlights. In a studio setting it's ok, but I wish I had monolights. I was able to borrow an alienbee 1600 as my main light which was a lifesaver. Thanks Frank! (check out his site at: http://www.tuttleimages.com/). I used a basic off left octabank with hair light while trying to blow out the background. I quickly ran out of batteries so the cycle was low. I was not prepared to go bang bang shooting with speedlights with 8 models which brings up a second problem. Therefore the background wasn't pure white which made my post processing a pain.
We started late and I didn't have much time with each model, about 5-10 minutes, so it was really difficult trying to get their personality in the images. Another problem I had was the group shot. I had to shoot wide with the group pictures because the shooting space was not that large. Therefore there was distortion in the group shot. Anyways, here are the images from the shoot. And the last thing is that I wish I had an assistant. Doing the setup/shoot/teardown by myself was very difficult. Overall, I think I did ok.
DJ Apryl Reign
Columbus Native CJ Thompson, there are some more hilarious pictures of him that I will put up later.
DJ Clockwork. Just found out that he is the official DJ for Talib Kweli and Hi Tek tour. Congrats.
DJ Ice Cold Tony
DJ Nati Kid