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07.21.2016

In the final third part of the Boudoir Video Series, Sigma Pro James Schmelzer uses low-key lighting to create beautiful portraits.

Check out some of  James’ end result images after the jump! 

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06.22.2016

In Part two of the Boudoir Video Workshop,  Sigma Pro James Schmelzer demonstrates bed posing technique with constant lights. James gives great advice on paying attention to detail, so check it out!  He uses the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens for this shooting session.

Also check out James’ video on basic etiquette on how to work with models!

Don’t forget to check out his first post on lighting!

04.25.2016

In Part one of the Boudoir Video Workshop,  Sigma Pro James Schmelzer shows how to use different lighting techniques for three different environments. He shoots with the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM to isolate the subject and blur the background.

Also check out James’ video on basic etiquette on how to work with models!

 

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08.19.2015
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© 2015 James Schmelzer | SIGMA 70-200mm @ 168mm | ISO 100 | Aperture: F8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200sec

Shooting on location in the middle of the day can make controlling the sunlight very difficult. I have chosen my canon 5D mk iii.  So if I want to shoot with flash off camera to control the bright sun I’m limited to a x sync of 1/200 of a second. This is going to make my aperture F16 and that is too much depth of field for my preference. I don’t like to use ND filters to open up my aperture because they make it difficult to see through the camera. I could use high-speed sync but this technique is flawed by the fact that the flash is at its lowest power as it pulses across the chip. Also, it would never give me enough power to overpower the sun in the middle of the day, so I only use this technique on cloudy days.

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07.30.2015

Many photographers have a certain style when it comes to photographing weddings, and that has a lot to do with their own personal tastes as artists.  Having the right equipment can help you fulfill your style. Cameras, lighting, and lenses all work together to help make your style the way it is.

I love photographing weddings and having the freedom to change my technique at each event, and I feel the thing that changes my look the most is the lens that I choose to use.  I have a selection of Sigma primes in my bag at all times, including the 35mm F1.4 | Art, 50mm F1.4 | Art, and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM.

© 2015 James Schmelzer | Being a professional photographer means paying attention to little details and fine-tuning them to make a better image. For this first photograph, I turned on the lamp in the background and placed the bouquet on the table for accent. I then placed the veil over the hanger so that it would be less distracting. To light the dress I chose to use a constant light so that the videographer and myself could shoot at the same time.  I used the 35mm 1.4 set to aperture priority because that lens gives me the ability to shoot in a smaller room and I am still able to get a full-length shot. I am also able to blur any distracting elements in the background with the 1.4 aperture.

© 2015 James Schmelzer | Being a professional photographer means paying attention to little details and fine-tuning them to make a better image. For this first photograph, I turned on the lamp in the background and placed the bouquet on the table for accent. I then placed the veil over the hanger so that it would be less distracting. To light the dress I chose to use a constant light so that the videographer and myself could shoot at the same time.  I used the 35mm 1.4 set to aperture priority because that lens gives me the ability to shoot in a smaller room and I am still able to get a full-length shot. I am also able to blur any distracting elements in the background with the 1.4 aperture.

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03.27.2015

It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings.  I have a couple of signature images I always love though.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One of them is the Bride sitting on her bed holding her wedding dress.  First, I have her sit on the bed and cross her ankles.  I then bring the dress up to her and have her hold it.  I always make sure the dress is all smoothed out and fixed nicely.  I place her bouquet in a vase next to the bed for accent.  I like to try to suggest clothing for the Bride when doing this pose, as jeans are not classy enough.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image, lighting!  I like to try to light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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