Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Profoto

The Seduction of Día de Muertos

I think there is a certain seduction to what we call Día de Muertos, Day Of The Dead, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween. The seduction here created by Natalie Lyle. And the Makeup and Hair Styling of the seduction also created by Natalie. From our photo shoot.

Natalie Lyle


Can She Do That Or What!

Natalie Lyle is thinking about whether or not there will be enough days of Día de Muertos, Day Of The Dead, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween to show you the photographs from our photo shoot. Can Natalie do a Dia de Muertos Makeup or what!

Natalie Lyle


Just You Wait!

A behind the scenes look from yesterday’s photo shoot with Natalie Lyle. But I am telling you now, you are not seeing what’s coming! Just you wait!

Natalie Lyle


Photo Lesson With Jennifer Henry

Thank you for all the kind comments about my photographs with Jennifer Henry. I have been getting a lot of questions about how we did this shoot so I thought I would show you. It was actually very simple.

First starting with a gorgeous woman is a big step ahead! Thank You Jennifer! Originally my plan was to do this shoot on my outdoor studio set but the humidity was unusually high so it would have been really uncomfortable. So we set up inside, hey I have 8 tons of air conditioning so why not!

Lighting as you see, strobes by Profoto USA. I believe in high quality lighting systems putting out really great light. There are only a few brands of lighting equipment I would consider. The light coming in from the sliding glass doors on the right is irrelevant because it is over powered by the strobes. And then as you can see I have a lot of room and can even create much more inside if needed.

The details that make the photographs work are good exposure, sharp focus, good posing. A big point that people miss all the time is skin tone. Go through photographs from so many and you see skin that is orange in color. Yes sometime the tanning products does throw it off but it is really bad for the photographer to not adjusting the “white balance” in post processing to get real life skin tones. There are times when artistic expression might change that. But basically if you get orange skin you have photographs that are not acceptable. It is not real and contributes to a blurry look.

Another point to remember is that photographs are easy to make look good for Facebook or Instagram because they are so small. Take them up to full size and high resolution for something like a magazine and often times they fail. Blurry and no detail in fabrics, white or dark spaces that look like they were painted on also with no detail. Those are also not acceptable.

So there you have my photo lesson for the day. Just wanted to answer a few questions. And Thank You!

Jennifer Henry


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Nope This Was Not The Model!

Nope This Was Not The Model!

Nope, Jaime Klein was not my model yesterday. However he did stand in while I was setting up lighting for the photo shoot while my real model was getting ready for our last set up of the day. I have to Thank Jaime for the use of his photo studio yesterday in L.A. This is actually outside of the studio in the back drive up area.

Jaime is as well, a superb photographer specializing in portrait headshots for actors and corporations, law firms and such. If you are in L.A. and looking for a cut above, please visit Jaime. I am not even begin to tell you how long I know this guy!

The lighting I was setting up was a Profoto USA B1 wireless off camera strobe. For my photographer friends, I can tell you that this is one convenient strobe in a small convenient design. One small bag and you are good to go. Battery operated and wireless control from a little touch pad on the top of your camera. Very Cool. So I must Thank my friend Dan Cuny from Profoto for letting me try it out.

You will be seeing a photograph with the real model from this shoot here on my Blog and Website and Facebook tomorrow morning. I can tell you right now, it is nothing what you might be expecting. Very Fun! You will like this one!