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  

The Maid of the Mist! - DO HARD SHIT!!!!

It's important as a photographer to constantly try things that challenge you! I try and fail at things all the time.... All the time.. But it's in those failures where you learn how to handle new challenges. This shoot was one of those times where I challenged myself and my past failures allowed me to succeed. This shoot was another one for fashion designer Jenny Lee Maas. The dresses Jenny made for this shot were inspired by waterfalls. So naturally we decided to do the shoot in a Waterfall. 

Production Info:

Photographs by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Rachel Johnston

Agency: Reinhard Model and Talent Agency

Fashion By: Jenny lee Maas 

Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Glen Onoko falls in Jim Thorpe, PA

How the images were made:

We decided that glen onoko falls in Jim Thorpe, PA  was the best location for this shoot because the waterfall was really accessible. Doing a photo shoot in a waterfall is really challenging. It’s loud, slippery, and water & electronic equipment don't mix well… You cannot just place the model, lights, and your self wherever you want. With every setup we had to really think about where the model, lighting, and myself were going to be in order to get the shots I was looking for. I wanted the images to have a moody / darker style them so I underexposed the background about 1-2 stops. I also wanted to shoot shallow between f/2.8 to f/5.6. I accomplished that by using an ND Filter. The filter I used was the Cokin P 153 -2 stop stop solid ND Filter. This allowed for a nice mix of ambient light with the flash. 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.

setup

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

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

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: 1/2 to 1/8 power