Landscape Workshops with Jason Lanier- Next Up, Colorado in 2 weeks!

I always say that the best photographers in the world are landscape photographers.  Why?  Because we have to work around so many elements that are out of our control.  Rain, snow, sun (or lack thereof), whether or not we are blessed with the right amount of clouds etc.  And then those who decide to incorporate landscape photography into their fashion, wedding etc. have even more of an advantage.

Well, this image was taken at my Yellowstone landscape workshop in June.  Shot with a slow exposure during sunrise to capture the mist and spray coming off of a geyser.

Next up!  Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 weeks!!!!

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 4 sec at f/20, ISO 50, flash did not fire.  Taken at 5:46am.


Using MeFoto Tripods as Light Stands

This production image was taken at my Miami workshop in May of this year….

Earlier this year at WPPI I bought 4 new Rotolights that I love.  After buying them I asked myself, "How in the world am I going to use these when I'm shooting solo?"  I HATE using lightstands because they just don't work (for me) since I travel so much.  It seems that if I use one that's light enough to take "on the go" it's too flimsy.  If I take one that's very durable and steady, it's WAY too heavy.  So what did I do?

The hot new item at WPPI were the MeFoto tripods made by Benro.  I already own a Benro carbon fiber tripod and LOVE it.  So I felt comfortable buying the MeFoto's and using them as lightstands.  My friends laughed at me at the time for buying 4 of them, but I am SO GLAD I did.

Since WPPI 2013 I've taken the MeFoto's with me to Miami, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and all over California.  The combination of the MeFoto's with my Rotolights or an off camera flash with a Pocket Wizard just can't be beat.  

The Ticket Taker at the Warner Theater in Morgantown, WV

This image was taken at the old Warner Theater in Morgantown, WV for my workshop there in April.  We did a pin up style shoot, found some old ticket stubs, and put the beautiful Jennifer Blosser behind the counter. I wanted her to have a look like you'd see on someone's face who was bored of working at her job….and I believe she pulled it off.  Fun times!

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/60 sec at f/4.0, 35mm at ISO 4000, flash did not fire.  Taken at 4:34pm.

Hollywood Starlet in Morgantown Warner Theater

This image was taken at my workshop in Morgantown, WV of the beautiful Megan Ward.  We had the privilege of shooting inside the theater that is no longer in use, and we had a great time.  This image was taken using my Rotolights with some side lighting to give it a real dramatic look.  We had a great time and I can't wait to go back!

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/60 sec at f/4.0, 16mm at ISO 3200, flash did not fire.  Taken at 2:56pm on April 17, 2013.

Shooting Behind a Movie Theater Screen

This production image was taken of us at the Warner Theater in downtown Morgantown.  We were granted exclusive access to the theater that is no longer in use.  We were able to get behind the movie screen and shoot which was AWESOME!

East Coast Summer 2013 Workshop Series- the following dates could be used for workshops in your area. If you are interested please let me know and if there is a big enough group we can make it happen!

*Myrtle Beach, SC- August 12-17
*Savannah, GA- August 12-17
*Knoxville, TN- August 19-20
*Morgantown, WV- August 21-24
*Moundsville, WV- August 21-24
*Pittsburgh, PA- August 21-24
*Harpers Ferry, WV- August 26
*Washington, DC- August 27-31

If you are interested please comment back or let me know via message which one you'd like to attend and how many people you have…thanks!!!

A Day at the Park

This image was taken at my family shoot for the Huang family in Westlake Village two days ago.  James and Kathryn were my wedding clients from a few years back and they (as do many clients) asked me to take their family portraits.  I love how the very gently swung Mia back and forth as they walked down the bridge of the Pagoda.  I really do love doing family sessions!

Camera settings: Nikon D800,  1/800 sec at f/5.6, 18mm at ISO 50, flash fired.  Taken at 12:08pm.

Mermaid in Maine

This image was taken at my workshop in Maine/New Hampshire just last week.  We didn't have a mermaid outfit, so this dress was the closest thing we could find to it.  I just loved how it matched the tones of the background rocks and seaweed.  It was an awesome shoot and I can't wait to share more!  This image features the beautiful Belle who was one of our models.

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/160 sec at f/4.0, 17mm at ISO 250, flash did not fire.  Taken at 7:06pm.

Greystone Mansion Cape Neddick, Maine

This production image was taken at my Supernatural Shoot workshop yesterday at the Greystone Mansion in Cape Neddick.  We did an amazing supernatural shoot there, and right on cue a huge Thunder and Lightning storm came in, and I ended up shooting the models in the rain.  Just amazing.  This shot is from me doing my intro about the house.