Everything I ever learned about lighting…

Strobist LEGO tribute

Was probably from LEGOs and the Strobist blog. (Click the photo to see all the geeky comments on this super LEGO lighting rig.)

It’s fair to say I did learn something from my college courses with Craig Sheaks, and tinkering with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System to get the flash and the light off the camera’s hot shoe. I rigged and patched my school’s set of (maybe) 16 PAR64 cans and 6 ellipsoidal spotlights to light the auditorium for various assemblies, Christmas specials, concerts and video projects. All of it learn-as-you-go style. Photography and lighting go together like peas and carrots. And peas and carrots go together great with a pot roast.

One day long ago I was looking for something lighting related online and came across the Strobist blog and my brain all but exploded from the amount of ideas that flooded my head all at once. This site is a gold mine for using the flashes I already had (or lots of other ones that are far less complicated or pricey!) to get some amazing off camera lighting without hauling a studio strobe rig. If you’ve seen me on a shoot I still haul more than the LEGO rig above. 🙂

Though I’d seen his work for years and years in National Geographic I didn’t run across the writings of Joe McNally until this last year. This week his shiny new paperback arrived in the mail.

I don’t read a whole lot, not even camera manuals thoroughly. This one’s been hard to put down. (Click here to check it out if you like – The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes)

Gonna go play and put it all into use again this weekend.

the Rendition – March 7th debut

In addition to our Gallery Debut this weekend, Saturday night will also be a night of firsts for our friends The Rendition. This weekend brings their first show with the new band name, new music, and we’re thrilled to share the spotlight of “debut weekend” with Jess, Jess and Aaron!

From their announcement March 1st:

The Jess Strantz Band has been together for about ten months now. Originally formed around acoustic artist, Jess Strantz, who has successfully been stirring coffee shops and local venues solo for at least seven years now. She has incredible song writing ability, a voice that cannot be matched, and pure God given talent on guitar and piano.

With the addition of Aaron Busenbark on drums, keys, and percussion, the solo project began to take a turn in style. The duo brought in long time friend, Jess Stacy for bass guitar and synth.

As you can imagine, these changes have adapted the style and the band has “decided to sing a new song…” and taken the new name as of March 1st: The Rendition.

Aaron and the cymbal jungle

the Rendition band, now Von Strantz - Aaron and the cymbal jungle

Jess and the 5 string

then The Rendition now Von Strantz - Jess and the 5 string

Jess on keys / tambourine

then The Rendition now Von Strantz - Jess on keys, tambourine

Aaron and the bells

then The Rendition now Von Strantz - Aaron and bells

The magical practice room (featuring Jason on keys)

then The Rendition now Von Strantz - magical rehearsal room

Songs and shadows

then The Rendition now Von Strantz -

then The Rendition now Von Strantz - jam