Creating images for new client Inventables has been a privledge. Inventables a Chicago based company founded by Zach Kaplan…. is a leader in 3D modeling. They receive projects from its clients that need images to tell the story of their creations. Commercial photography specifically product is about the details and lighting. To do it efficiently it takes practice, practice, practice as with any skill set. I use several props to create the story along with my 50mm 1.4 as the primary lens on my Canon 6D.
Here are a few of the images
The Chicago Bulls has been an inspiring NBA team since the days of Michael Jordan and before. Members of the current Cities team today still keep the hype alive by their persistence in the game. Towards the end of 2015, Taj Gibson lead a Pro Camp for kids and showed them the art of the game from his perspective. He shared with the campers the skills to help them in life and on the court. He told the story of his dream to play for the NBA as a young athlete. The notation to never give up was stressed to all his campers that week. Taj stated that most fans don’t truly understand the dedication and sacrifice it takes to play for a league like the NBA. Yet he also stressed that if there is a will, and dedication and persistence, there is a way. Procamps like these help kids and parents gain the opportunity to get up close and personal with famous athletes from any sport.
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Scales Off Media covered the draft party with Chicago Bears WR Kevin White and passionate fans. It was a great evening at Mike Ditka’s Steakhouse in Downtown Chicago. We were hired to take capture the night and create portraits for fans. Scales Off Media will also be capturing the action at upcoming football camp on May 21 – 22.
On March 2016 I had a session with hardworking single mother Sondra Nielsen. Sondra expressed her fears of this being her first photoshoot. She was well aware of my style since, I have photographed her model/bodybuilding son Chaney for the last couple years as he builds his portfolio. I still was diligent in preparing Sondra for the day. Her apprehension soon was a thing of the past after the first click of the shutter.
Here are some of the images from the session
Know one wants to take the time to learn anymore, Its true technology has allowed many including myself to purse opportunities to create stunning visuals. However the latest 4K camera has little to do with your ability to execute shoot the will capture the audience and tell a story. Practice Practice Practice is the key. You have to continue to learn and hone your skills. Once you understand the basics of lighting, aperture, ISO, Composition and Framing the type of camera you use become irrelevant. You have to be able to understand the directors vision for the film and grasp the story as a whole.
Are you tired of people telling you, it is not about the equipment! The ability to execute visually stunning imagery comes from the person behind the camera. Honestly it does make the project go smoother when you have the proper tools to accomplish your vision, but never allow that to be an obstacle to your creativity. Hone your skills on your current tools.
These were all shot on my iPhone 5S and edited, proof is not about the equipment
Capturing Mixed Martial Arts is how I started! After reviewing the line up for the night, I was shocked to see about 20 fights. Ed the promoter of this MoreMMA line up some great talent for the night. Here are a few of the images from the night. I primarily used my Canon 27-70mm 2.8 L and Canon 7D Mark II. I occasionally used the 50mm 1.4 on my 7D Mark.
I was asked once if I used the sports mode(little running man) when I shoot sports, I replied why would they need to hire me if that was the case. What I enjoy about sports photography is the every changing dynamics of the subjects. As a professional photographer, I just expect most fight situations not to have the perfect lighting so you have to adjust and make the camera.
Opening season of Westminister Christian High School girls soccer opened against the Elgin Maroons. I primarily use my Canon 7D Mark II paired with Canon 70-200mm 4.oL. My shutter speed and ISO varies as the light changes as the game progresses.
Photographing properties has become a passion for me. Because I feel every home has its own character my approach to creating the images can not be the same as the last home. I strive to capture the best in each property thus allowing perspective homeowners to visualize themselves living in the home. This log cabin was beautiful designed to bring in plenty of natural light and a spacious layout.
Here are some of the images created
Havoc is a character series of man dealing with his current life choices. Amar Havoc is one of the best in his given field. With his decisions comes circumstance and feelings that challenge his existence. This short was a script started out as a remake of a character piece I filmed early in my career called Remorse. After speaking with talking it thru with the main actor Anand Bhatt and the reaction to the film we are considering a web series.
As a cinematographer, I really wanted to create imagery that made it personal and intimate. Havoc should feel alone and abandoned by the locations chosen. I used the Black Magic Cinema 2.5k and the Canon 60D with an assortment of glass such at the Rokinon 35mm T1.5 and the 135mm T2.2
Amar Havoc —– Amar Havoc
Frank Meconi —- Jay Grinnell
Second Camera —– Michael Knaul