Holga Fashion Photography - Carlie Renee

Amy, Ashley Rose, Ashley (not Rose) and Carlie asked me to come down and light a fun fashion photography shoot they wanted to do of Ashley Rose... with wonderful makeup and styling (as always) by Carlie. I brought the Alien Bees down to Ladera Ranch, we climbed a hill... and photographic adventure ensued. I wasn't really there to shoot, just sorta show them how I'd light the various things they wanted to shoot... since they are all wedding photographers they wanted to learn a little about fashion lighting when it's dark. Lighting is just one of those things that isn't the most obvious thing to figure out, and having a little guidance from someone who does photographic lighting often can make a big difference.

I brought my Holga which I had just cleaned out and loaded with film the day before... and decided to take a few shots of Carlie while we were all set up. I didn't bother dialing in exposure or trying to get anything perfect... just had Carlie pose how she wanted and I snapped off 11 shots. These are the 5 I like. No PS, just Lightroom adjustments because the exposure was WAY off. I didn't even remove the dust.

I see more Holga Fashion Photography in my future.

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Holga photography is a lot of fun. You get unexpected results, not just from the camera but from yourself. Through the crappy little plastic viewfinder things look a little different, and so you look at things a little different. Also, looking through a square is a different experience as well, your cropping is completely new and fresh. Basically what I'm saying is that you should go and buy one. Just PLEASE don't buy one from Urban Outfitters with their flashy colors and $45 price tag.

Go to Freestyle Camera and get one for $28 or click the photo below to buy from Amazon (it's the same price as Freestyle but I get like $1.20, which is cool) and have some FUN.

Buy a Holga on Amazon

The Douches

I picked up the Nikon D90 specifically to play around with the video features. I ended up selling off my Canon gear and switching entirely to Nikon for a few months... at which time I'll be picking up a Canon 5D mark II. I won't be selling off the Nikon, most likely... keeping it will allow me to help others who have the camera get the most out of the video features of it, and how to use both video and photo to deliver new products to their clients that were previously pretty much impossible.

Lan, Carlie and I took a trip to San Francisco last week to do photo shoots of Veronica Belmont, Schlomo Rabinowitz, Neha Tiwari and Sarah Lane. It ended up being a great trip, and the shoots went fantastically. Results will be posted to The Bui Brothers site... but not just photos... we also shot tons of great video on the D90 AND the 5DmkII. After reviewing the footage for the past couple of days I have to say I am in love with these cameras.

This is a quick fun clip from inside the parking garage of our hotel show with the Nikon D90 with Sigma 20mm f/1.8. The lens is fantastic, even though it gets mixed reviews. I would have bought a Nikkor but they don't have any fast wides! Light was pretty much crap in the garage, but these things shoot in the dark. Check it out, it's silly... but you will probably laugh. That makes it all worth it. Really, it does.