April 15, 2011 | People

Save the Dancers Part II

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Members of Contradiction Dance cleaning up with those tiny foil packaged towelettes  as they try to “Save the Dancers!” They have so much ground to cover before their campaign ends on 4/18…


Contradiction Dance has been fundraising for their spring production, The Disorder of Things which comes to Round House Theater on April 22 and 23. They have been working so hard! Here’s the original post.



L-R (above): Meghan, Melissa, Ayana, Carlos, Veronica, Drex, Makeyda and Eleni.




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April 6, 2011 | People

Photoshop World 2011

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Westcott Shootout


 



I spent most of last week in Orlando, FL at the spring edition of Photoshop World (PSW). This is a chance to get together with other photographers, graphic designers, authors, vendors and others in the photographic community. And also a chance  to press the flesh and put a real face to some recent Twitter and Facebook friends. This conference held by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is jam packed with educational opportunities and fun after hour events and of course vendor row where some of the latest gear is available to play with. There are much more classes and workshops given than can be taken so as a result it’s possible to schedule classes from morning till night most days and not see some of the side events that are going on all week long. That’s the path I chose.



 


Model:  Rebekah Corey/High Fashion


All Makeup by: Candace Corey


The opening keynote ceremony played off of Project Runways’ high fashion theme with Project Photoshop. It was very well done ending with a balloon drop with balloons that were filled with prizes but sounded like they were filled with gunpowder. As everyone clamored for balloons the sound pretty much drowned out what was going on, on stage. It was pretty comical.



 


Model:  Rebekah Corey/High Fashion


I was in classes most of the time but did have the opportunity to participate in the FJ Westcott shootout. Westcott provided several shoot sets with the new continuous Spiderlite TD6 lights. I think you needed to push your ISO up a bit using these lights to keep a workable shutter speed. Each shooting area had changing models and themes and caused the usually photographic frenzy that occurs when photographers see a set. Bravo to the models, make up artists, stylists and set designers and thanks to Wescott for all the lighting setups. They begged us to talk to the models but we just pointed our biggest lenses and CLICK…CLICK..CLICKED like there was no tomorrow. I can’t imagine how many thousands of the same pictures were taken. This was a VERY popular and fun area of the conference. I had a few very brief opportunities to guide a couple of the models. After the first day my schedule was very full and I took less time out to make pictures.



 


Model:  Rebekah Corey



Model: Andrea Wong/Geisha


One of the great things about Photoshop World is the openness of all the industry players and their willingness to share their thoughts and experiences. I had some really great and inspiring conversations and the instructors were top notch. I had a great time and kept a schedule that kept me running and exhausted… but it was a good exhaustion.


You can leave your  comments at the end of the post.



Model: Quan Nguyen/Samurai



Model: Hope Roberts/Phantom of the Opera



Model: Hope Roberts/Marie Antoinette



 


Model: Andrea Wong/Steampunk



 


Model:  Rebekah Corey/Red Riding Hood



Model: Heather Flora/Rapunzel



Model: Hope Roberts/Jester



Model: Rachel Todd


 


 



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Lori Esque: wow... WOW.... WWWOOOOWWWW!!! Such wonderful work here, Michael! Thank you for sharing this with us all! It's inspiring! =) (April 6, 2011 8:45 pm)

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April 2, 2011 | People

Save the Dancers!

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Contradiction Dance



 


Two weeks ago I got together with Kelly Mayfield the Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance along with several of the dancers to work on a fundraising project for their spring production, The Disorder of Things. Their campaign runs until April 18th so I encourage you to see what they’re about and how much they contribute to the community and donate to their production if you are moved to do so.


I think we all wished it was a little warmer but all of the dancers were so willing to do what we asked of them to get some amazing shots. This was a real collaborative effort. We roamed the streets of Silver Spring, MD the home of Contradiction Dance. Eleven of us in all, the Contradiction Dance crew, myself and Frantz a good friend and VAL (voice activated light stand) for the shoot.


Geek speak: For the shoot I used an SB900 triggered with radio-poppers since I rarely had a line of site to that flash from the camera position. Frantz feathered the flash into the scene and I was able to control the flash (in manual mode) from the camera position.



L-R, Dancers: Melissa, Eleni, Carlos, Drex, Ayana, Meghan, Veronica and, Makeyda. And that’s Kelly in front.



No Money Kept in Office, poor Melissa (Dancer and Director of Theatre: Melissa)



There’s No Such Thing as a Free Carlos



Dancer: Makeyda



Dumpster Diving: by Drex



Dancer: Eleni



Dancer: Meghan


 



Dancer: Veronica



Your Bread is our Brick and Mortar: starring Ayana



L-R, Eleni, Ayana, Drex, Veronica, Meghan, Melissa, Carlos, Makeyda



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