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Young woman trail running in the Oakland hills by San Francisco Advertising photographer Robert Houser

At least twice a month we set up test shoots to work with new lighting, new cameras, new models or even new locations.  Last week we were using the new Canon 5D Mark IV with some lenses that had just be re-aligned by Canon for a fitness test. We put the camera and new fitness model, Julia from JE Models, to work under difficult light.  I was hoping for a beautiful fall afternoon, but instead we had nothing but overcast skies.  Using high-speed sync capabilities of the ProFoto B1 while shooting at 1/2000 sec allowed us to clean up the shadows.  

Two hours and some 2000 images later, I had quite a bit of homework to do on the plane to this week’s shoot in Dallas.  I think I most like the moody running shots on the road, but this test was just plain fun. 

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I recently did a dance shoot on the farm where we used the new IQ250 from Phase One.  The new CMOS sensor made this possible as we were shooting outdoors using available light through numerous silks.  We had the ASA up to 800 and 1600 for the shoot, firing off between 1/2500 and 1/3200 of a second around f5.6.  The files were great, though focus was a challenge given our subject matter.  Some behind the scenes shots with the camera.

Still diving into more of the files, but here’s a preview.

Studio Dance Portraits

 

Studio Dance Portraits