Castaway - Lighting diagram

With this shoot I wanted to images to look like they were shot on a deserted tropical island and have a high contrast between the highlights and shadows, so we did the shoot in the hard mid afternoon sun. I wanted to slightly underexpose the background to capture the nice blue gradients of the water and sky. To do this I used a Cokin P 153 -2 stop ND Filter. For lighting I used the alien bees B1600 with the Paul C Buff large octabox coming from the same detention as the sun to enhance the highlights and contrast on the models. I placed the light slightly above aiming down and feathered slightly away from models to create some shadows on the other side of the models.  

Production Info:

Photographs by: Dan Cuellar

Model: John De Stefano Jr.

Model: Alyse Hrynkiw

Fashion By: Jenny lee Maas 

Website: http://www.jlmaas.com/

Hair & Makeup By: Heather Weiser 

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Moore's inlet beach Wildwood Nj

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6D 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

Lens Filter: Conkin P 153 -2 stop ND Filter. 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

aperture: f / 2.8 - f /4 

ISO: 100 

Lighting

Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Battery: Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Modifier: Paul C Buff Large Octabox

Power setting: 1/4 power  

 

Jute Magazine - VOLUME XII

I had a lot fun shooting this editorial back in June with the insanely talented Jenny Lee Maas and the beautiful Katie Shea Walters. I’m happy the issue of Jute Magazine is finally out! Go check it out at: http://www.jutefashionmagazine.com/

I want to thank everyone that helped out with the shoot! Jenny Lee Maas, Katie Shea Walters, Isabel Dreher, and Julia Gerson! 

 

For Production info and how the images were made checkout my previous blog post Princess Of The Wild

The Storm within

This shoot was another collaboration between me and fashion designer Jenny lee Maas. This was an continuation of an earlier shoot we did together called Princess of the wild. We wanted the same overall style and feel to the images. I have say that with both this shoot and Princess of the wild I made some my favorite images that I’ve ever shot. With every image I shoot the environment is almost just as important to me as the subject! I love when the subject and environment flow together seamlessly and it something I thinking about before every shoot. Theses Images from these shoots are a perfect representation of a style that I am most passionate about making!  

Production Info:

Photographs by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Stormy Jane 

Fashion By: Jenny lee Maas 

Website: http://www.jlmaas.com/

Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Valley Forge National Historical Park

How the images were made: 

We used the same location as Princess of the wild, the Valley Forge National Historical Park. I also used the same lighting setup as Princess of the wild. For the images I underexposed the background about 1 stop, but I also wanted to shoot shallow between f/2.8 to f/5.6. I accomplished that by using ND Filters. The filters I used were the Cokin P 153 -2 stop, & P 154 -3 stop solid ND Filters. This allowed for a nice mix of ambient light with the flash. This is also how I got the sky’s to look the way they do. For lighting I used the alien bees B1600 with the Vagabond Mini battery pack. The light modifier used was the Paul C Buff large octabox. I had the light placed slightly above aiming down and feathered almost away from Stormy to create the shadowy look.

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

Lens Filter: Conkin P 153 -2 stop & P 154 -3 stop solid ND Filters. 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

aperture: f / 2.8 - f /5.6 

ISO: 100 

Lighting

Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Battery: Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Modifier: Paul C Buff Large Octabox

Power setting: 1/4 to 1/32 power  

Neon Lights

The extremely talented hair and makeup artist Michele Rachael came to me with a crazy idea! She thought it would be cool to do a photoshoot using “glow water”… I had no idea what she was talking about, but I thought this sounded like a crazy concept, so we immediately started brainstorming ideas on how to do this. We decided to combine neon paint, glow sticks, glitter, fog, black lights, gelled studio flash, and a baby pool! The end result was some of the crazier images that I’ve ever shot. What made this shoot even crazier is that we did it during an epic thunderstorm, and also that we had an on duty police officer assisting us. When the police officer showed up I gotta say…. I was a bit worried! But he generously offered to assist with holding the lighting and/or fog machine lol. I think his willingness to assist had something to do with painted up fashion models in a baby pool… But I'm not really sure lol… 

Production Info:

Photographed by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Laura Brophy

Model: Nikki Rose 

Agency: MMA/Model Management Agency

Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Michele Rachael’s back yard…. And… 2nd bedroom… 

How the images were made: 

We did this shoot in Michele’s back yard. We set up a baby pool and filled it with water, neon paint, and broken non toxic glow stick fluid. I wanted the paint and the models to really glow so my main light source had to be the blacklight. Blacklight’s are not very bright and I wanted to hand hold the camera so I had to shoot wide open around f/1.8- f/5.6 and with a high ISO of 1250 to get the exposure I wanted. My Shutter speed was between 1/80th and 1/125th. I used an alien bees B1600 at it lowest power setting of 1/32 with an orange gel as a fill and or back light.  

Setup for the first image

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lenses: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II & Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/80th - 1/125th sec

aperture: f / 1.8 - f /5.6 

ISO: 1250 

Lighting

Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Modifier: reflector with orange gel

Power setting: 1/32 power