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Digital Still Life Photography By Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography By Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, & Style by Steve Sint

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Steve Sint started using Dynalite flash equipment over 40 years ago with our original D-Series power packs. When we received his newest book Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, & Style, we were interested in seeing what he had to say. Physically the book is thick and comprehensive; his conversational writing style makes each topic covered easily understandable.

 

Although we appreciated images of his Dynalite equipment sprinkled throughout the book, we applaud Steve that he didn’t push any one perticular brand of lighting equipment but was more interested in creating unique lighting solutions making this book ideal for those looking to learn.  He also explained how to build custom studio accessories that repurpose traditional lighting and studio equipment in different ways. Many of them create lighting effects that cannot be duplicated with ready-made products. Not many books show a lot of behind the scenes images letting the reader know in more than words exactly how the image was captured.

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Being a professional studio strobe manufacturer, we found his chapter on business great! His breakdown of how many assignment days a year a photographer can work will open many aspiring photographers eyes and his ideas on marketing a photography business should fill them with ideas. Likewise, his point that photographers have to set a salary for themselves when figuring out the cost of doing business was especially important in todays photographic workplace.

This book created quite a stir around Dynalite’s home office. We feel that everyone who reads it, whether an aspiring photographer or an established professional, will find the information on its pages useful, inspiring, and ultimately refreshing to read. Congratulations on another fine book Steve!

 

 For more images, books, and information visit Steve’s website

 

 

Rob Van Petten

Rob Van Petten

“For an image to be successful, the mood must support the moment. Set the stage, and create that mood with the lighting.”

“Having distinctive lighting is about finding a finer degree of finesse. A little bit more contrast here, a little bit deeper there, keep refining, until suddenly you have found that magic factor. The dynamics of light and shadow move the readers eye exactly where you intended it. The lights are a fluid part of the process – continually being adjusted as the shot evolves. The 2040 heads are so light and simple, that adjustment is effortless. Having radio-sync built in was a brilliant stroke. The smaller 500 watt second packs have become my standard, since going all digital. I require less power and I have the advantage of faster re-cycle.

Dynalites have a clean comprehendible control system. Compact, fast, functional and a Variator too. They are durable enough for the hard road. They are consistent enough that printers have called saying ‘Whatever you’re doing, don’t change it.’ They are light enough that I can appear very generous and offer to carry the lights..”


Rob Van Petten had every intention of becoming a famous rock guitar player. Somewhere along the way he began taking pictures of rock bands and got more work shooting pictures than playing his guitar. Then 35 years went by.

Now Rob shoots fashionable pictures for advertising and editorials. Guitar music still plays continuously in the background. Metal textures, modern architecture and cosmic lighting contribute to the effects in these digitally manipulated images. The use of light energizes the images beyond just illuminating the scene.

Rob’s current portfolio, Near Future, is a colorful collection of fantasy illustrations — cosmic comix. These pictures tell a short story of whimsical future fiction. The toys are high tech. The action is fun and fashionable. The moment is when the techno and the trendy merge.

Rob Van Petten grew up in a Navy family and traveled extensively. He began documenting his families travels in Japan at age 10. At 12 he borrowed his father’s Nikonand never gave it back. He is convinced that the power of photographs is a force to implement global cultural tolerance.

Rob received a photojournalism degree from Boston University School of Communicationand was photo editor of the BU News.

He had an early introduction to the digital world, developing marketing images for Data General, Digital Equipment, NEC, and other computer giants. He produced annual reports for Gillette, and General Electric for several years. He helped build brand identities for Reebok, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Etonic, Robert Mondavi, Ray Ban, Rockport, Levis, Converse, Bose, Kodak and Polaroid. Rob has travelled worldwide shooting fashion catalogs for clients including Talbots, Carroll Reed, and Johnny Appleseed, Garnet Hill, Bob’s Stores and Foot Locker. He has recently shot a series of large format print images for Proctor & Gamble., shot a website for Reebok, and a series of images for Nikon’s new D3X camera.

Rob has won numerous Communications Arts, Art Directors Club and Andy Awards over the past 30 years. With a shift toward the internet, his website has won the FWA Award, the TINY Award and Yahoo’s Favorite Site. He has been featured in Photo District News, American Photo, Petersen’s Photographic, Studio Photography & Design, and Digital Photo Pro. He has endorsements with several equipment manufacturers including Nikon andDyna-lite. He is currently the host of Big Shot Workshops.

Rob speaks regularly on digital imaging topics for the Mentor Series, at the Photo Plus Expo and PMA. Recently his articles have appeared in Nikon World, Nikon Pro, Kodak Pro Pass and Digital Photo Pro.

He believes that the digital desktop is the global melting pot. The internet is the modern messenger of truth and tolerance. He believes that molecular formulas hold the key to good fashion accessorizing. Rob’s images lead us to a safer more whimsical vision of the future where modern is amusing and the future is more fun.

Ellen Denuto

Ellen Denuto

 

My unique and varied creative background began as a child who asked the universe to show her everything there was in the world. Never really able to express myself through other mediums, that world opened when I picked up a camera and it became my constant trusted friend. Now I could capture the concrete and invisible subtleties I sensed but could not put into words.

My mother recognizing my talent or direction for this different child, entered me into a relatively major juried exhibition where I won Best In Show. It was then that I realized that what I did mattered.
After studying Art and Education in college, I went on to represent and have professional affiliations with the Minolta, Agfa and Ilford Corporations, as guest Speaker and contributing photographer for their product publications and trade shows.

I have used Dynalite products since they were introduced to the photography market.  The small power packs and daylight balanced modeling light were just what I needed when shooting fashion on location.  I still have my original power pack, and use it with the additional packs, heads, and beauty dishes.”

An original contributor for The Image Bank – founder Larry Freed selected abody of my personal images at to be part of his International Collection which led to assignments with Japanese agents and publishers, as well as worldwide exposure. An exhibition at The Lever House Gallery in NYC won a review from Fred McDarrah of the Village Voice naming me “A brilliant punk fashion
photographer to watch”.

This caught the attention of city Art Directors and soon I was on the pages of magazines such as FOTO, Darkroom Photography, GRAPHIS, Minolta Mirror, Japanese Playboy and the face
of the new generation of photographers in the poster AMERICAN VISION for NYU’s Washington Square Gallery exhibition of the same name. While enjoying commercial success, I stay connected to my artist self through personal projects such as The Artist as Art and The Other America.

Ellen is a regular juror, guest speaker and workshop leader for the American Society of Media Photographers, Professional Photographers of America, Professional Woman

Lisa Sciascia

Lisa Sciascia

Lisa Sciascia has pursued her passion for photography for over 20 years and loves the life that goes along with it. Always excited by the daily challenge of developing an idea into a strong visual concept to a final beautiful image that fulfills needs of her clients with quality images that they want, need, and expect. Forward thinking Lisa and her team always embraces, tests, and master the latest technology.

Lisa grew up in New York and currently divides her time between New York, Atlanta, and Chicago. She enjoys travelling from one job to another to meet with clients. Lisa’s artistic interpretation combined with her distinctions of lighting allow her to create a unique image for each client. Whether its advertising, fashion, beauty, or a celebrity shoot, on location or in studio, Lisa brings her energy, enthusiasm, attention to detail and over 20 years experience all while having a fun shoot!

I think I have had my Dynalite’s for more than 15 years and they have remained my main source of lighting. They have been extremely reliable. I love the ability to vary the power in small amounts and that a power pack is light and easy to travel with. – Lisa Sciascia

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more of Lisa’s work on her website

 

 

 

Dynalite Helps Light Official Team Portrait Of New York Mets

Dynalite Helps Light Official Team Portrait Of New York Mets

Since 2006 Dynalite Inc. has been honored to work with New York Mets official team photographer Marc Levine in taking the team portraits from outfields of Shea Stadium to in the last few years at Citi Field.  Portrait sessions are always simple on the surface, but as any photographer can tell you there are many obstacles that need to be addressed and overcome to have a successful image.  If you thought shooting a family of four in a studio over the course of an hour is difficult, shooting a major leauge baseball roster in just a few minutes in center field might not be for novice photographer.

With most studio based portraits photographers are offered the luxury that is control of all the lighting and elements indoors, however in grassy outfield of Citi Field, you are subject to unpredictable winds and the sun, which makes you appreciate professional baseball players fielding each time Dynalite lights the team portrait.  With Mets official team photographer Marc Levine in charge of posing and capturing the image, it fell to Dynalite to balance out these elements to provide a even and controlled lighting environment.

To accomplish this, Dynalite utilized three of our SP1600 power packs, SH2000 studio heads, along with two Rime Lite 71″ Grand Series and a single 12×71 strip bank. The equipment itself might seem minimal, however the obstacles presented by shooting a professional baseball roster and team officials can be many.  And for the past 6 years, our gear has accomplished this difficult feat.

The time of day is always key in outdoor portraiture, especially when utilizing strobes to balance out ambient light with the sun.  Although this is an obstacle, it also is a favor as the stadium background in the portrait is purely ambient light, this allows us to concentrate on our subjects and foreground.  With this many subjects of varying size, complexion, attire including wearing baseball caps, shadow and light must be balanced on our subjects.

This balance is achieved by equalling the power of the sun in the foreground but not to the point of creating harsh shadows on our subjects.  This is achieved by using the Rime Lite Grand 71″ parabolic reflectors which not only distributes soft even lighting including no harsh shadows on the subjects.  With the sun behind and overhead, lighting for the players wearing baseball caps requires additional light modification.

To accomplish evenly lit faces of the players and personnel, we utilized the 12×71 strip bank from Rime Lite positioned low and horizontally between the two 71″ Grands.  With a lower position and the shape of the bank, this head is directly lighting the subjects, and the Grands filling balancing out the light and shadows on the foreground as well as the subjects.

Each SP1600 power pack has a built-in PocketWizard™ MultiMax receiver enabling wireless syncing to Marc Levine’s camera.  Although packed with 1600 watt seconds of power, the SP1600’s were in fact powered down to increase the speed of the flash duration for this image. In the end we were able to shoot at 1/125 ƒ 9.0 at ISO 200 on a Nikon D800.

Below is the finished image provided by Marc Levine that shall be the official 2012 New York Mets team portrait.  It is always an honor and a privilege for Dynalite to be part of what has become an annual tradition.  Special thanks to Michael Corrado for providing the candid images included in this post.

 

© Marc Levine Photography