Shoot the Centerfold

Shoot the Centerfold

I wondered how long it would take … Jarmo and his buds have teamed up to do seminars on how they have make their images for “Playboy”. This is a chance to learn from the masters who have created such stunning images. Arny and Jarmo will show you how they make the images that have become classics in the industry. They will show you how its done and share some of their secrets.

Shoot the Centerfold Miami 2012

SHOOT THE CENTERFOLD SYLLABUS
MIAMI BEACH, FL • January 27, 28 & 29
Friday • Day 1
8:00- 9:00 Course Registrations – schedules and badges distributed
In order to enhance your learning experience. STC participants will be guided by our beautiful Shoot The Centerfold ambassadors.
9:00- 9:30 Introduction by Jon Paulsin
9:30- 12:00 
Arny Freytag • Arny addresses the group and give a slide show presentation featuring detailed descriptions on classic glamour set-ups and established lighting techniques.
Jarmo Pohjaniemi • Jarmo brings his unique view into focus as he presents a slide show with a detailed description of each images’ process from concept to final print.
12:00- 1:00 Lunch
1:15- 4:45  
Ric Moore • STC’s newest addition Ric is know for his advertising and fashion work as well as his work in Playboy Magazine Ric discusses his personal philosophy and how his images reflect his distinctive vision with a slide show and discussion of the formation of each photo.
Arny returns and discusses set design, production, and a very special chat on the perception, visualization and understanding of light.
Jarmo steps out from behind the camera and goes in front of the computer as he discusses and demonstrates Adobe Photoshop – Lightroom techniques and workflow.
5:00-6:00  
An analysis of the business side of photography and how to build a professional portfolio will be discussed by Gary Cole, Playboy’s Director of Photography for over 30 years, and Jeff Cohen, Playboy’s Editor for Special Editions and “Godfather” of Casting Calls. (Personal one-on-one portfolio reviews and critiques are available for an additional charge on Saturday)
Saturday •  Day 2
8:00- 9:00 Course Registrations – schedules and badges distributed
9:00- 9:30 Introduction – Welcome to Day 2 – STC participants will be divided into groups at this time. Each group will take in turns attending Arny, Jarmo and Ric’s presentations and sets over a two-day period on Friday and Saturday.
9:30- 11:45
A continuance of the first day’s schedule will have STC participants completing their seminar instruction.
• Arny starts with a detailed demonstration of a complex set using his signature multi-light production with a beautiful Playboy Playmate as his model. While doing so, he will also demonstrate how to direct the model and get various expressions, which are a most important part of photography.
Learn from a true master as Arny shows you how to pose your models. He has spent his entire career photographing non-professional, first-time models
• Jarmo demonstrates his signature style of delicately balancing a combination of available light and strobe while shooting. He will also be working with a beautiful Playboy Playmate. Jarmo, who also works with non-professional models, will be demonstrating directing and posing techniques used from Glamour to Fashion. It will be interesting to see the contrasting techniques used by Arny and Jarmo
• Ric will be demonstrating a simple 3 to 4-light set up, much as you would if you are shooting at home, on location, or in a hotel room. Ric will also explain how to get that beautiful light with the simplest set-up.
• Gary Cole and Jeff Cohen will be available for one-on-one consultations and portfolio reviews.
• Jarmo’s assistant, (?), will be discussing and demonstrating basic Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom workflow.
12:00- 1:45
NEW! Arny, Jarmo, Ric will display and demonstrate outdoor lighting techniques (weather permitting).
They will use natural light, portable strobe light and a combination of both to show you how to harness the sun and take control your light.
2:00- 3:00 Lunch 
3:15- 5:30
A continuance of the second day’s schedule will have STC participants completing the seminar portion of instruction.
Sunday, January 29, 2012 • Day 3
Here is your opportunity to shoot!
You will have the opportunity to shoot on Arny, Jarmo and Ric’s sets, all with their own individualized personal lighting and instruction!
In a great opportunity to practice and put to the test what you have learned for the past two days, fantasy will turn into reality as two beautiful Playboy Playmates and one of our gorgeous Shoot The Centerfold models will provide photographers with an experience of shooting their own images.
As you wait your turn to shoot:
• Arny’s assistant will be holding a demonstration on assisting, equipment and production.
• Jarmo’s makeup and wardrobe stylist will be discussing makeup techniques and styling secrets!
• Ric’s assistant will be discussing etiquette and how to approach and find models.
Plus, see the latest in Hensel, Leica, Lightware, McKenna, Color House, Ilford, Carousel Studio Samy’s camera and Sunbounce products.
And don’t forget to try out the new Leica S2! Yes, that’s right, you will have the opportunity to shoot with this amazing new 37 Megapixel camera!
(With your memory card).
Programs and times subject to change
The Discovery Channel drops by Peregrine Studios

The Discovery Channel drops by Peregrine Studios

It was a busy week. Discovery Channel filmed a segment of a new TV show here at our studio. We had models, models and more models along with makeup/hair, sound, props, food and  a crew of  thirty. Now we have a big place, but it was crowded. We had so much stuff in the studio it was hard not to run into something. This is the new show “American Guns”.  The Wyatt family who owns the local “Gunsmoke” store, purveyors of fine firearms were the stars of the show. It is still up in the air (no pun intended) if our segment will make it but at least we had fun! We attended the “premiere” and had a great time. It was hosted at the Wildlife Experience which is a great facility. Cocktails afterwards with lots of stories and laughs.

 

How to light a product with Speedlights and a FourSquare™

How to light a product with Speedlights and a FourSquare™

Paul describes in detail the ins and outs of lighting a product shot of a knife with speed lights. He uses a FourSquare softbox with only one flash inside and three more outside for edge, back, and side lights.

To download the lighting diagram, click this link. http://peregrinestudios.com/downloads/knifelightingdiagram.jpg

The higher res final shots are below the video.

Disclaimer: This is our first video with new equipment so please excuse the sub par quality. We have since resolved the issues. Instead of pitching the whole video, we decided to post it anyway due to the value of the content.

Product style shot of a hunting knife

 

In the second shot here, we spritzed the knife with water.
Product style shot of a hunting knife with a spritz of water

Preliminary Speedlight Still Life

Preliminary Speedlight Still Life

I had the studio all cleaned up from a recent party, so I took advantage of the free space and set up a still life shot before the space is in use on the next job. The goal was to use only speedlights for a studio product type of setting. The basic set has the FourSquare™ with a single speedlight inside as the key light. Second I have two speedlights, one on either side, for highlights, one with a Zoot Snoot. Last I have a fourth light on the background with a gel and a Zoot Snoot as well. Since it’s a small set, I put all the lights on manual to avoid any subtle variation in exposures that TTL might give you.  The Key is tripped by the sync cord and the other three are triggered by optical slaves. Below is a photo of the set. I’ll be posting a final shot as well as all the specs and a digram shortly so stay tuned.

Speedlight studio setup