A Portrait of a Butcher - Beltex Meats

In this post I will share some information on how I went about getting some portraits of a local butcher for SLUG Magazine and their upcoming Food Issue.

GEAR USED AT THE END OF THIS POST!! 

BEFORE THE SHOOT...

An opportunity to photograph a local shop owner for a feature about their new shop? I am in!

The information I was given is that there was a new butcher shop and meat vendor in the downtown Salt Lake area, the owner is my subject, a time and an address. I am told I have about 15 minutes to take some shots before the shop opens.

I arrived 10 minutes early, I park in front of the shop, take out my C-Stand and attach it to the wheel base, grab my bag and I walk up to the shop's entrance. Since it was closed that means I have the pick of any location in inside to make my images, no customers will be shopping, just me and my subject.

THE SHOOT...

I meet my subject, owner/operator Butcher Philip Grubisa, shake his hand and ask him if I can take a look around the shop to find a good place for the portraits.

The interior of the shop is open, not too large and has about 12' white ceilings. (See Video)

I decide the use two display cases, one shorter case more towards the entrance and the other just on the other side of the pillar that is taller.

As with all indoor shoots, the light available might not be the best for a portrait and or might not be bright enough for a photo at all. The below image shows before the addition of flash at usable settings.

 

I have Phillip place himself on the side of the shorter display case a sort of seated lean, super casual. I do not use a direct light source for this shot, seeing the large glass case and the narrow walkway, getting the position of the light stand just right would be impossible. I opt to use a 7' reflector to direct the light from the strobe away from the subject and toward the ceiling, they are low enough and will reflect the light downward, spreading it evenly.

I grab these two shots...

I move onto the other side of the main beam in the room to work against the taller display case in the shop.

Turning my C-Stand and light so that it fired on the correct side of the ceiling beam like so...

Using a diferent angle by holding the 5D IV over head. I used the touch screen I was able to get these shots...

At last I bring the angle back down to a shoulder to eye level shot. I ask Philip if he has any meats we can grab and put on the counter next to him.

I leave the light as is, and we capture a few more shots.

AFTER THE SHOOT... 

My final shots being submitted and 


Gear Used

I take with me the following gear, please follow these links to see the product details and if you purchase from them through these links, it helps me out a bit. Thanks!

Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 USM II

Xplor 600 Monolight with 7" Reflector

Impact C-Stand with arm

Kupo C-Stand Base with locking wheels

Neewer 43" Umbrella Softbox

Lowepro AW 200 Messenger Bag


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Portrait of a Brewer Part 1 of 2 - Bonneville Brewery

Magazine issue featuring beer and the people that brew it? I am in... Here is a bts look on how I went about capturing portraits of head brewer Dave Watson at Bonneville Brewery. And Hoppers Grill (& Brewing Co.‘s Donovan Steele. in Part 2 of 2).

BEFORE THE SHOOT...

Before each shoot, I was told the date and time available to the perspective brewers to capture a portrait. I pack my lighting equipment and upon driving to each location and inspecting the shooting area available.

1st up... Bonneville Brewing

Upon arriving, parking in the rear of the restaurant/brewery and entering the loading door, the first room available being used for supply and storage (pictured). Not exactly what I am looking for but have to look around more. 

First room/entryway to the brewery area. Bonneville Brewing.

After getting past the next wall you are opened to a small staircase and then a room full of vats and a brewing equipment. I knew that this room was obviously the one to shoot in. 

Brewing vats, brewery floor. Bonneville Brewing.

Brewing vats, brewery floor. Bonneville Brewing.

THE SHOOT...

I tell the brewer I am going to set up my light and then place him in a couple spots for a shot.

I set up a small light stand and attach my speedlight, battery pack (for quick recycle) and place them in a 31.5" Octagon Umbrella Softbox.

I want to capture the range of the room, I only need 1 final shot to be used, but a variety is always the best route. I spot a huge vat where the by product is being shoveled out, the tall vats towards the rear window(pictured) and the row of shorter vats on my left.

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I take a test shot as the brewer scrapes out the remnants of the vat, but instantly see that the overall composition is... A bit boring. I get to my knees for another shot and then climb a small set of stairs for the next, introducing more context and interest in the shot.

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Next shots, I want to include that sweet paddle, shovel tool that he was using. I ask him to strike a casual pose, only suggesting holding the tool or standing it to the side.

The tall vats in the rear are my first backgroud, and again I take a lower pov to accentuate the height and the glare off of the metal.

The next and final shot I move the brewer forward about ten feet and move myself to the right, I get a view of the row now behind my subject moving away, giving depth to the shot.

AFTER THE SHOOT...

I have my images that I need to submit for this new Beer Issue, I thank Dave for his time and pack up my things.

Here are the final result below.


GEAR USED

Canon 6D


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT Part 2 of 2!! With Brewer Donovan Stele from Hoppers Brewery. Coming soon!

http://www.slugmag.com/interviews-features/bonneville-bottles-beer-wall-hoppers-bottles-beer/

http://www.slugmag.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/330-June-64-Issue-Final_Web.pdf

http://www.slugmag.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/330-June-64-Issue-Final_Web.pdf

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Shooting Green Day - Some BTS and final results.

Green Day has been an almost household name ever since the 90's and their punk inspired garage rock sound infecting the ears of fans since.

The band returns to the Salt Lake City area to play a show at a local amphitheatre and I was lucky enough to be included in the photographers covering this show.

Below I have included some glimpses into my experience via Instagram Stories as well as my 'final product' for the publication I was shooting for.

The day was a mix of security, waiting, playing around.

There is always a line at seciurity, always arrive early.

Some venues, artists and tour personnel have rules about access before shows and in some cases strict camera out of the bag restrictions.

Just before the show is about to begin there is always a moment of a bunch of photographers just... Hanging around for a sec.

The crowd was more than harmoneous while singing part of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody before the band took the stage.

Check out the gallery here!!

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