Flickr Group: “Lit by iPhone or iPad”

I love Flickr, but I think it’s been four years since I started a group there. I’m blessed to be busy with awesome clients, so I only participate in a couple existing groups. I mean, there’s a group for the Brenizer Method out there, and I didn’t even start it! But I’m a big Apple dork, and I know how many people out there love their iPhones (I shot for FOUR iPhone app developers last year!) so I’ve started a group for shots lit by these miniature softboxes. If you have any photos like that, feel free to join the party.

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Tonni Perez - Lovely Concept Mate!

Anthony Rudick - I bet its a trick question, but im going to stick with my gut saying its an iPhone. Mainly because the left and right sides are really close to the rings. The depth can be an iPad but who knows. Only you know Ryan.

Daniel Stark - gives me a great excuse to get me an ipad! great idea, ryan!

Kirsten - Ditto Daniel!

Thomas Lester - Great shot.

Gladstone - How cool is that?

Bernd Zeugswetter - very cool. what potential!

Chris Gosnell - Now that is cool! Way to think outside the box!

Michelle Simpson - Just wanted to say that I have been blown away by how creative you are in thinking outside the box. Keep it up!

Alex - Haha, that is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing Ryan!

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(Bonus) Photo of the Day: Warming Up to You

Warming Up to You

Since everyone guessed that I used the iPad yesterday, here’s one where I *did* use the iPad to create a textured, warm uplighting, using a custom color on the "Flashlight" app. After shooting in the unseasonably cold weather, Jamie and Phil were ready for some night, intimate scenes in a NYC coffeeshop (Café Grumpy, one of my favorites).

Steve Koo - Really nice, Ryan! I’m going to have to start using my iPad for ambient light!

Rae Marie - ahhh very tricksy! :)

I love the emotion and passion on his face :) Lots of love he holds in his hands.

Kirsten - I wasn’t 100% sold on getting an iPad till I saw this. Apple should send you commission :-)

Ryan Brenizer - Haha I hope they do.

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Pink-y Rings

Pink-y Rings

There were a lot of good guesses over at Flickr about how I put this together. No, they’re not resting on an iPad — that would work too except for all the fingerprints. This was a highly reflective black jewelry box, and behind it for the color and texture was the bride’s pink Netbook. I had fun with it when the bride’s mother walked in and said "Look at that! He’s using the computer!"

Daniel Stark - so awesome! one of my all time fav ring shots! way to work your magic!

Cara Carlson - What a great idea! I’m going to have to try this with my pink laptop.

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Photos of the Day: Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work @ Fordham U

I got my start in photojournalism and spent years working for Columbia University as a photographer, doing mostly documentary work, so I’m glad to intersperse my wedding work with institutional clients, and particularly my undergraduate alma mater and frequent client Fordham University. And there’s nothing more fun in the corporate photography world than being handed a broad assignment with “tell a good story.” So I had a great time covering the recent “Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day.” Fordham did their best to make this a great experience for the kids while keeping the cogs of the university turning, with tours and events all over campus to show them different facets of Fordham professional life. Here is a sample of the day:

Students wander the halls of WFUV, Fordham’s acclaimed radio station

Students, with new t-shirts, watch a chemistry demonstration

Goggles upon glasses.

A student makes sure his work is right as they test acids versus bases.

Rapt attention.

Students make their own races during the roll call.

Doing their best to put themselves in sugar shock at a “Make Your Own Cupcake” station

Students race at the ROTC demonstration

Reporting for duty

Kirsten - These. Are. Awesome. (the last one is my favorite)

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Photo of the Day: Love is Grand (Central)

From a session yesterday with Jaime and Phil. Methoded, 11 images with the 50mm f/1.2.

Cato - I love it! Makes me miss NY even more! Since it’s a 50mm 1.2, I’m guessing you went with Canon for this one?

Eric Kotara - Man, that is a great methoded shot Ryan. Bokehlicious!

Daniel Stark - heck yes! love it! did any security guards give you trouble? knowing you–i am sure you worked this out in 3 seconds flat. ;-)

Kirsten - Showoff ;-) LOL!!!!

Ryan Brenizer - No security guards, since I didn’t use a tripod, and I banged it out in about five seconds.

@Cato: I used the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS.

Wedding: Sameepa and Beeren. 4.3.10

I always love getting calls from Preeti, the head coordinator at Spotlight Style, because I know it will be an over-the-top gorgeous, meticulously planned South Asian wedding, with all the colors and fun and detailed ceremonies that entails. But this time, the bride Preeti’s own sister, so I knew it would be as gorgeous and wild a wedding as I had ever seen. And boy was it.

Like so many great love stories, Sameepa and Beeren’s begins in the dentist’s office. She was his patient, and apparently he did a great job, because Sameepa has a killer smile.

Believe it or not, all of the photos below are from only one day of three. It was wonderful to get to know the family during the sangeet and the mehndi, as well as the first birthday of Sameepa’s nephew, all in the course of a week. By the time the wedding started, it felt like I was among friends as well as clients. The ceremony and reception were at espace, a fantastic event space that made a perfect canvas for Spotlight Style’s design skills and incredible floral arrangements. The ceremony was a traditional Hindu ceremony, which I always love to shoot because so many of the tiniest gestures have incredible meaning, from light touches to the materials used to a sharing of the first meal.

And then it was time to party. From the moment the music started to the end of the night, the huge dance floor was packed to capacity, and it got just a *bit* wild, as you’ll see below. Congratulations, you two, and thank you!

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Jolene Oldham - You are such a remarkable photographer, Ryan!

Kirsten - So so so so so GORGEOUS!!! Not just the decor, your coverage of it is AMAZING.

gabe aceves - ryan- your work inspires. well played sir.

Maggie Rife - Wow, what a gorgeous wedding and couple. I LOVE the detail shots of her henna,hands, earrings, etc… Love the shot of the two dancing and the emotion in the mothers expression seen through her closed eyes.

Amber Hughes - Beautiful work as always Ryan! I love all the moments and details you’ve captured – I especially love the portrait of her in the car and the silhouette of them against pink. :)

Jolene Oldham - Remarkable as always, Ryan.

Timothy E Kaldas - Fantastic set Ryan. The colors are amazing and the Brenizer Method portrait is perfect. You caught so many great emotions and the storytelling throughout is fluid and captivating.

Vida Carson - WOW! Amazing work as always – I really love the emotional moments you’ve captured. The crying, the laughing, the dancing, the love. You got it all beautifully :)

Paul Butterworth - Amazing work – your skills are awe-inspiring, really enjoying looking through your work, I think you may just have picked up a new fan – wish I could access the EXIF data on these so that I can see what lenses you used.

Kevin Shahinian - Really amazing work, Ryan. Glad to be a part of this shoot with you. Looking forward to working together again soon! Best -Kevin

Az - Hat’s off to you sir, excellent work again and again.

Kelly - These are excellent, Ryan! I just love the emotion – both intimate and fun – that you captured.

Stefano Choi - Ryan, you Sir are killing it. Love the colors and moments, your images just pop!

Luis Godinez - Ryan!!! It blows my mind how with each post/wedding you get better & better. I think I need a CT scan to make sure I’m ok.

Danielle Daigle - Your work is so inspirational. Simply stunning!

Natalie Gibbs - Beautiful work, Ryan. You always have such great, bold color in your work. I love the one of her looking out the car window, and the one of their silhouettes through the frosted glass.

Tobiah Tayo - These are awesssssommmme! Absolutely amazing! Love the 3rd shot looking up!

Paul Rowland - Incredible (colorful!) set of images.

Nick - wow. the colors are awesome. they all POP! great coverage!

shipra - color…gloooooorious color!

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Amazing set, Ryan!I love the photo of their silhouette behind the glass doors. Very well done!

Csanad - All of the above said. this is absolutely awesome. i especially love the image with their silhuette behind the glass door.

Eric Kotara - Wow, what wonderful reception lighting. You captured some wonderful candid moments splendidly. BRAVO!

Jazz Virdi - Johara - Fantastic work, really well captured :)

Sarah - Lovely photographs, great colours and contrast throughout, a visual feast. Thanks for sharing.

Lilly Rivera - Gorgeous stunning photography. It really captured all the beauty.

BridalGal Multicultural Beauty - Gorgeous! You captured all the beauty.

HD Slideshow: Sameepa and Beeren

From some perspectives, I am a terrible businessman. I always approach my client offerings with “What would I want from a wedding photographer?” and often throw things in because I think they’re cool, for free. Photos want to be seen large. They want room to breathe, they want to run around on mountaintops and sing. So I decided to make my life a bit more interesting and design my post-wedding slideshows to be not just bigger, but HDTV compliant. And what a wedding to start with — the bigger-than-life multi-day Indian wedding of Sameepa and Beeren! See it here in 720p HD or see it smaller if it’s just too much of their awesomeness for your screen.

Rehan - This is just awesomely amazing.

brett maxwell - only 720p? why’d I get this stupid 1080p laptop?

looks great!

Kyle - Looks nice on my giant computer :) What slideshow program are you using?

Ryan Brenizer - The client version is 1080p, but not for web streaming.

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Rafael Javier - Ryan, as always…totally FABULOUS work!!! Totally love all of those shots and the slideshow HD is fantastic…Love the choice of music.

Jason - Ryan, honestly, you rock. These are such vibrant, colourful, creative and fun photos. You really do capture the emotion of the day so well. Awesome.

Pete - Loved the pictures, especially when the music burst into “signed, sealed, delivered” – Apt and fitting. This HD slideshow is a great idea, and I’m sure your clients will love it.

Chantale@labellebride - Almost cried at 1m30, so the song change is PERFECT too. such a cute wedding!

Phil - These pictures are beautiful! Awesome work!

Dennis Pike - That was pretty epic, Ryan.

Touché, Time Warner

If anyone out there was placing an over/under on what it would take to get me to break my stream of daily content, here is your answer: Time-Warner Cable. Having no Internet in the office makes it awfully hard to run a business over the Internet.

On the plus side, when I return, I’ll be returning with a gorgeous Indian wedding. And as always previews from recent shoots are featured at my Facebook page, including a fun engagement shoot in Park Slope from Friday.


jeff - I absolutely love this shot, Ryan!

Photo of the Day: Shaft of Light

I was again honored to have a great bunch of photographers attend my workshop on Saturday, and everyone seemed to have a great time. The full wrap-up is coming later today, but first I want to see if any non-attendees can pick apart the lighting here. Look for clues.

UPDATE: The recap is up with the answer. Robert and Lance are pretty darned close, but no one got the wordplay.

Jamie Guigno - The looks on their faces is so real. Almost as if it were at a very tender moment. I love this.

Dustin Finn - You say “Shaft of Light” I say ” Sledgehammer ” !!!

From above ?

Sorry I missed out – glad to hear from some new friends and old that the day was another huge hit!!

Connormcc - I’m going to say a light, low behind them, and a reflector just above their heads?

Rishi Shah - I gotta say Ryan… watching you do your craft takes NOTHING away from the impact of the final work.

Omi - I think you’ve bounced a light off a white background and used a reflector for top (and possibly front) fill.

Robert Kilmer - I also vote the “Sledgemamer of Light” low behind them; one off the ceiling/high reflector (?). And they’re in a corner of two light colored (?) walls. That’s my best stab in the dark. Hey, I made a pun!

Lance Ingle - I think it was indoors somewhere tight (close whiteish ceiling and walls) with a single sb low and bare..set on wide angle.. hitting the ceiling and walls. The bounce gave you the nice wrap.

My clues
All this was guessed from his button catching light from left. Her earring and the back of his ear catching from right. Tops of head with that nice soft ceiling light. Also under his arm is lit from below.

I’m probably wrong though.

As always great work.

André P. - I’m guessing some kind of translucent diffusers on the background (2 sheets of thick paper) set side by side with an opening on the middle and speedlight behind that out of camera sight. The light on the subjects it’s just available light.

Dennis Pike - I’m going with a speedlight on the floor, behind them, bounced at a the white wall behind them

Photo of the Day: Great Things Ahead

I am extremely excited to a) have my workshop coming up this weekend and b) have Sameepa and Beeren’s wedding in the pipeline. This is going to be fun.

Maria Landaverde - jajaja I’m so jealous about the weather of this workshop. :)

Photography tip: Fun with t-stops

Here’s a quick descent into geekdom. I’ve seen hundreds of new macro lens owners run to me with the same question: "When I focus closely, my maximum aperture closes a LOT! Is my lens broken? Was it made cheaply?"

Nope. In fact, your aperture isn’t really changing at all. All that happens is that to come up with a good, general-purpose macro design, there is a trade-off that at super-close distances, a "bellows effect" means that the lens is less effective at transmitting light. (Something that’s measured in t-stops) Note, though, that the aperture of the lens isn’t closing down (measured in f-stops). But new lenses and cameras are smart, so they let you know "Hey! You’re not getting as much light as you might think, and you’ll want to adjust for that!"

Confused yet? Maybe this video will help. We start out with a way-out-of-focus image of a nickel, and there’s a big ol’ blown highlight. Note that as I use the Nikon 60mm AF-S macro to focus all the way in, the exposure gets darker, and the blown highlight goes away. But the *aperture* doesn’t change — you don’t all of a sudden see more depth-of-field.

So don’t freak out when you buy a new macro, but adjust your ISO or flash power accordingly when shooting close-up.

Jolene Oldham - Pretty handy, Ryan. I didn’t know there was a name for it.

San Diego wedding photographer - Wow! Pretty cool!