Teamlab Clothing Shoot

We've been fighting that cabin fever this week. There is only so much pixel pushing that you can do before you go insane. It definitely doesn't come as a shock, sitting in a room with the lights off and the windows covered. Starring at LCDs and intermittently at the middle gray walls. It's a strange coincidence that there was a VFX labor rights protest at the Oscars this week, even with all the fun that this job can be, sometimes it feels like a prison.  It must be the weather talking. I shot some clothing for TheTeamlab.com a little while back. This was a good fit, because I designed and printed the stuff too. I can't resist getting my fingers into every aspect of a project, it's a bit of an obsession.

These were quick and dirty, although there was a lot of time making the wrinkles look right. One light, in a 3'x4' softbox, directly above the top of the frame. We shot tethered into aperture with a 28mm lens. You can buy any of these designs and several more HERE.

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More to come. -J.H.

Going Big in The Bay

I missed out on the official Midwest opening day at Trollhaugen on Saturday, but I did make it out to Going Big in The Bay last weekend in Green Bay. There should be a story on THETEAMLAB.COM shortly, but for my part, here are some pixels.  

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Mike Altobelli, The Teamlab / RVCA

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Jason Contreras The Teamlab / Candy Grind

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The Teamlab / Chemish Clothing Co. Tent.

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The most people I have ever seen at a Wisconsin skate comp.

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Quite a few kids stopped by to check out the booth.

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Chemish vinyl

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Unknown. Somebody find me a name.

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More Unknown

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Jason, Max Boileau. The Teamlab

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Zach from Chemish Clothing Co. and his lady, Lauren hanging out at the booth.

More to come. -J.H.

Going Big In The Bay Sticker Contest

TheTeamlab.com crew and myself went up to Green Bay this weekend for the skatepark fundraiser. Tons of people stopped by the booth to check in and pick up some of the new TheTeamlab.com  and Joe Horvath Photography stickers.

Zach from Chemishlifestyle.com was there as well.  Here is a quick video of a young skater attempting a 5 minute headstand for some Chemish and The Teamlab stickers.

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More to come. -J.H.

Cottage Portrait

I've been shooting a lot of  stuff outdoors in the last couple of weeks, following my usual pattern for this time of year. Things generally look pretty nice outside going into fall, it's that time when the kids who left their senior portraits until the last second start to scramble to get them done, and I am sick of living in a hot, uncomfortable studio. Location shooting is a sort of blessing Traditionally, I would be shooting with a bag full of speedlights for many of these shoots, but this year I am trying something a little different. On many shoots I am using a single Alien Bee AB800 in a 3x4' softbox with a 2 stop diffusion and powered by a lithium battery/inverter.

When I purchased my first set of big lights I kind of jumped all over the Norman pack & head setups mentioned in THIS post. They were rugged and powerful, and people were practically giving them away on ebay (sadly, no longer the case). But they were also very heavy and kind of a pain to set up on the fly. They are still my go-to setup for shooting on white seamless or indoors, but I picked up a pair of the Alien Bees and 2 Vagabond Mini's in June, and I have been giving them workout over the last few months.

Below you can see the result of that single 3x4" softbox boomed overhead and slightly to the left of camera. There are a few reasons for doing this.

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The most obvious reason is the light fall off. Josh is on the far left of this photo, his sister Bekkah is on the far right, and their parents Jim and Wanda are in the middle. If I had positioned the light just out of the frame, Josh's shirt would be blown out (it nearly is now) and Bekkah's face would be underexposed to a noticeable degree. By moving the light further back, you get a more even exposure across the frame, but you end up with an effectively harder source (I promise to shoot the setup next time). The other reason to move the light further away that it gives a little more of a punchy look and not as much of a beauty wrap. I would liken this setup to using a beauty dish in close on a single subject, a technique that I like to use very often. The physical size of the light is bigger than a beauty dish, but it's effective size is very similar. The light from this setup is fairly dramatic, but not what I would call particularly flattering. It is best used with full length shots, some subjects may not like the sort of "depth" this light can create on their face.

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As you can see, this also scales pretty well for larger groups. The above shot was done with the same light setup and a Tokina 16-28 to fit the group in (I'm standing with my back to a wall). Again, it's not a beauty light, but it does look very dynamic with a very simple setup. You can see that the shadows are pretty hard here, the only fill being the ambient in the scene. I kind of like this look, but you could lighten the shadows by raising the ambient exposure. Alternatively, if you like the darker background, you could use a bare speedlight on-axis to lift the shadows on the face slightly.

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Here is a third example, same setup as the other two images. Like I said above, this technique lends itself to a full length portrait the best, it is possible to do a shoulder length image (we did just that on this shoot) but you have to be mindful of the contrast on the face if you are going to try it.

More to come. -J.H.

Dairyland Surf Classic

Myself and THETEAMLAB.COM shooter Jeff Koehnke took a day trip to Sheboygan last Saturday to check out the Dairyland Surf Classic. It was pretty flat, but we got a chance to talk to Ryan from Coldwar about the new Ion Air Pro wearable HD cam, and meet some really cool people and see some cool products. A few of you may already know about the changes coming to THETEAMLAB.COM this year, I will give that topic it's own post but it was cool to trade cards with a few local companies trying to make it happen in Wisco. Even with the disappointing surf it was a good time, and it was rumored that Sunday would be more like 6-8' so it made sense to drive back the next day. Below are a selection of frames from Sunday.

More images from the day can be downloaded HERE. You can order a print of any of those images HERE. Thanks for your support.

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More to come. -J.H.