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Event Photography Special

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Are you throwing a holiday party this year for your clients and/or staff? Do you want to capture some key moments to post on social media? Would you like something with more polish and flair than simple iPhone snapshots?

From now until the end of the year Astral Projections Filmworks is offering a special offer for event photography and videography. Get a free hour of coverage for any event between now and the end of the year (minimum booking 2 hours). That’s a $150 value! It our way of saying thanks for a super successful 2014.

Packages include 50+ edited and color corrected images at full resolution, available online within 72 hours of the event. If you need to get images online right away rush service is available. We love themed events so if there’s anything special going on let us know and we can tailor our coverage to compliment what’s happening.

For more information contact info@apfilmworks.com or call 415-787-FILM (3456). We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a great 2015!

Events

This website is going to be undergoing a major overhaul shortly. I’m happy to say I’ve just been too busy to get to it until now.

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I’ve been doing a lot of event photography recently and with each shoot I learn another trick of the trade. Ways to save time, better ways to interact with people, ways to get just a little bit more out of my equipment. As they say practice makes perfect, and I’m happy to be improving every day.

Look for the new web site soon!

Make me Laugh

Shot some promotional images for a local comedy show called The Mission Position. It was a rushed lunch hour shoot on location but fortunately we found some interesting backdrops and comedians know how to ham it up.

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I also shot some photographs for Stella the Good Witch who besides being a great astrologer is also my ever supportive girlfriend.

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Upcoming shoots I’m excited about include some for a tango dancer and a retro pinup themed shoot. Stay tuned!

As always if you’re an artist, a professional, a performer or any other sort of person who’d like some custom creative photographs, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I love helping people to create exciting images and can work with any needs or budget. Let’s make art!

Networking

Last week I found myself called at short notice to cover a business networking event in San Francisco. I gladly took them up on the offer and set about preparing for the shoot. It finally gave me the push I needed to build the flash bounce I’d been meaning to make for the past couple of months. New piece of gear in hand I set out for the job.

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The space was lofty and beautiful with big windows that created some challenges around lighting, but after some experimentation with fill flash I got that under control. The new flash bounce worked wonderfully creating nice soft light to photograph people with. The discussion at the end of the night posed some challenges as well since the speakers weren’t well lit, but again I managed. More experience for me, and some great shots for the organizers.

Down in the Mud

This past weekend I had the privilege of shooting for the Terrain Mud Run outside of San Jose. The Mud Run is part of a growing field of “adventure racing” where runners have to contend not only with a 3 or 5+ mile run (in this case 6.9 miles), but also a slew of obstacles that range from walls and ropes to mud pits and jumping over fires. Some people wear costumes, some are serious athletic competitors and everyone has fun.

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I’m pretty sure I got hired because of my experience at the Montreal and Toronto Spartan Races, though the weather was immeasurably better in San Jose than it was when I did the Montreal race. Thank goodness.

PULSE 1 Year Anniversary

Went back to BoomBox this month for another PULSE event, this time with a 24-70mm f2.8, a 50mm f1.8 and my new flash. Got some great shots and learned a lot of new things about how to shoot in the dark.

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I also got some video footage that should be coming out soon.

Well Rounded Hoops

Before leaving Montreal I shot a few short videos for my friend Sadie who is a professional hula hooper based out of Toronto. Her company is Well Rounded Hoops. Here’s one of the videos.

I’m really happy with the lighting on this one, I only wish we’d shot in HD.

PULSE: Nightclub Photography

Did a job shooting PULSE with Laughing Buddah on Friday the 13th. Great party with great music and great people. The focus of my “assignment” was mostly to capture the vibe of the event rather than the typical photobooth style shots that most nightclub photographers do.

Since my 50mm broke when I was moving I was running with my 28-105mm and 10-22mm both of which worked well despite the low light and use of fog machines. Also used the monopod as a boom pole to get some cool overhead shots of the DJ and crowd.

Post processing in Lightroom saved me from the noise inherent in shooting at high ISOs but I’m definitely going to be replacing my 50mm ASAP as well as adding a strobe or six to my arsenal. I’ve got some neat ideas for rockin’ these kinds of events even more in the future. Stay tuned.

SPARTA!!!

This summer I took on the job of being an official shooter for the Montreal and Toronto Spartan Races for Nuvision Action Image. For the uninitiated a Spartan Race is sort of like a triathalon, only instead of riding bikes you have to jump over bonfires, crawl under barbed wire and battle past gladiators with foam staves. I hear at one event there were even paintball snipers. Its pretty extreme, but also in a spirit of great fun. Lots of people get dressed up in costumes and for every extreme warrior out to win there’s probably a dozen others who just want to have a good time doing something physical.

The first day in Montreal it poured rain for almost the entire race. They went ahead anyways and I shot, squatting in the mud with my camera in a plastic shopping bag. I think I endured about as much as the runners, muddy, wet and sore as hell after six hours of continuous shooting. At the end of it the sun broke through, we had a BBQ and headed home. Toronto was better weather, but there I got a sunburn after forgetting my hat at home. Still, great fun and great events.

Now because I was sub-contracting with another company and because they sell their images to the racers I can’t post many photos, but I’ll give you a teaser, just so you get an idea of what it was like. I plan to shoot them again next summer.

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PoeCirque!

Just did a shoot for PoeCirque today and I’ve gotta say, circus people are always a blast!

Portraits/headshots are often an awkward, somewhat stressful affair, even for experienced performers. Its hard to know what to do with that unblinking glass eye staring at you. If people are nervous or unhappy it shows in the photographs. My job is much more than picking the right settings on the camera and snapping the shutter, its all about putting the subject at ease and making sure that everyone has a good time. Fortunately PoeCirque was all about having a good time.

Its was a simple, casual shoot, just the way I like it. A big piece of paper as a backdrop with plenty of natural diffused light from the windows of the dance studio. I brought my portable lighting setup but it was hardly necessary. My 50mm f1.8 gave beautifully sharp images within a nice shallow pool of focus. Shooting so many photos in RAW did tax the T2i‘s single processor a bit and I did have to switch memory cards at the very end to snap the last few pictures, but all went smoothly and we’ve got some killer images for their website.

All in all a great time! I hope I get to work with them again!