Abel Tabares BTS

Recently I shot a portrait shoot for friend name Abel. He s a drummer who is very talented, so it was interesting finding how to shoot him. I decided to shoot him outdoors in a park field. Living in New Jersey means a lot of fields! image

We met at around 11am and started from there. I decided not to bring any lights it was beautiful outside. I took with me a reflector and diffusor. 

I shot using my Canon 5d Mark II and a Promaster 5in1 reflector. 

I took along with me an assistant, or better yet a human light stand. image

This is one of the final images of Abel we created. 

We placed him in the center of the field with the sun to his right.  

The camera was set to: F/4, ISO 200, 1/500. 

I used the my assistant with a diffuser to Abel’s right to block some light out. image

 ( Must ad, this photo is quite funny) 

I hope you enjoyed this BTS. Expect more to come in the future. 

Here are a few more photos from our shoot



This is your typical product shot. I chose the vodka bottle ZYR (try it. It’s amazing). The bottle in reality is a shade of blue and the vodka obviously clear.

For gear i used:
Canon 5d markII+24-105L+tripod
Alien Bee B800x2
20 and 10 degree grids
The black side of a reflector
White matte board
Petzl headlamp

I set up the plexiglass on two chairs. I set the bottle in the middle. Under the bottle I place the headlamp. The reason i used the headland was because the headlamp have off a bright blueish white light. It shined through the bottle lighting up the edges. I placed the backdrop (black reflector) about 5 feet behind it.

To the left of the bottle I placed one alien bee 45 degrees behind it. To the right I placed another 45 degree in front. The left one had a 10degree grid the other 20. Both set at about 1/4 power.

I use white matte board right above the bottle. I used it to reflect the light back down onto the bottle. This bought back the edges of the bottle. Usually the boar would be attached to a stand, but I only have two. So handheld it was.

I placed my camera on my tripod. Turned it vertical. Set it to about 1/10 f/4 ISO100 WB:flash. Processed it a bit in photoshop(CS5) . The left photo is the original, the right is the processed one.

Hope this was helpful. More to come soon