50/50 Friend #1: Wrestling Promos for Tom Juba

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I had the pleasure of shooting one of my good friends, Juba, this past weekend. He needed some photos for his wrestling promo posters. The photos are most likely going to have him cut out and composited with other wrestlers on event fliers and promotional material, so I opted for a grey background. The grey was easily removed in post-processing and the images look great when layered over something. This shoot was done with my Nikon Df, 50mm and 85mm lenses, and a single SB900 Speedlite in an octabox. Enjoy!

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50/50 Portrait Project: 1 year, 50 friends and 50 strangers.

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I came across the idea for this project online. It’s pretty straightforward. I want to shoot portraits of 50 friends, and 50 strangers. I’m encouraging all of my friends who come down for a shoot to bring someone that I do not know. Not only is it a great way to build up my studio skills, but it’s already turning out to be a great way to see people I haven’t seen in a long time and meet some new ones. I’ll be posting a few photos per post from each section here on the blog portion of the site. The first shoot I did was for my good friend Tom Juba, you can see those in the last post. He is starting his wrestling career and needed some promo pics for flyers and branding.

First Week with the Fuji X100T

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I’ve been drooling over the new Fuji X100T since it’s been announced. I kept telling myself that I should hold off and how much I didn’t need it, but when it came out I couldn’t resist. I wanted something simpler and smaller that I could easily carry around. The X100T has great colors and tones straight out of the camera and the built in wifi made publishing them a snap. I’ve had the camera with me everywhere for the last week, here are some shots that are all unedited, straight out of the camera. Enjoy!

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Headshot Shoot for Mike

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Mike has been a friend for a long time now, and we set up this pseudo-headshot shoot while he was home for the holiday weekend. Mike has been doing standup comedy for a while now, but we opted to go for something different than the standard “funny guy” photos.

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Lit from above with a reflector below, the black background and top lighting added a dramatic look to the photo. I especially like the lighting on his hands from the reflector.

 

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I like this one because it’s serious, but Mike’s face doesn’t look angry. Possibly my favorite close-up from the shoot.

 

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I wanted to try a black and white edit. Here it is.

 

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9/10 pictures of Mike have him giving the finger in it. this was a no-brained. I really like how the top lighting highlights his hand and the slightly shallow depth of field draws your eye towards it.