Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

New Lights, New Background!

Picked up a westcott 7' parabolic umbrella.  Puts out nice light, too heavy for my umbrella bracket and it wants to point down.  Also purchased a 46" octa from westcott as well. LOVE IT!  Throw in a portable background with seamless white and I have something to keep me busy for a while.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

DIY Mini Cyc

After viewing some Mini Cyc's out of the B&H magazine, I thought there could be a cheaper alternative.

Fast forward: Stopped by Walmart to pick up some totes and saw this:

 Decided to make a few adjustments:

Took a trip into the boy's room.  Placed the Cyc on the porch in full sun and shot this.

Used lightroom to bring more contrast and clarity.  I"m sure with a little PS work the shadow of the domed bottom would be of little significance.

As done below, and throw in a little B+W for fun...

(Disclaimer: My monitor sucks, and I can't see the shades of white.  After 10 uploads, I think I have it as close as I'm gonna get it.  New Monitor is placed on my Wish List. If it doesn't work this time, I"m painting my mini-cyc black!) p.s. close enough for now, got a kid on my lap and work is waiting...still like to fix the shadow and make it more natural, but that'll have to wait.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wish List

Well, tore down the studio from the back building. Real bummer, didn't work out like I'd hoped. Moved stuff to attached garage. More practical, but i'm having a few more difficulties. Looking to move away from constructed wall to get a portable background. Next on my list is more lights. I was hoping to save money with the constructed wall and spend my money on my lights.

(I think i'd be chipper, but my kid is running a fever, and that's no fun)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Garage to Studio Remodel

Here it is Finally! 
If I've learned anything about makign a how-to video, is to watch how-to videos on how to make a how-to video.  You'll see what I mean. ;)

Some Portraits taken in said studio

BTS description to accompany video of studio build part 1

The lamp I made that is used in the video

Reason I keep saying Part 1, part 2 would be the adjacent wall drywalled and painted. Extending the floor out another 4 feet and trying to make it all seamless.

Now on to the video!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Studio Portraits

Aly stopped by after hanging out at Huber winery for a photoshoot.  Still putting the new studio through the ringer.  Hopefuly going in the morning to lowes to pick up some more material. Once I get the video processed, i'll have a video to see me in action!

in the meantime, heres another bts!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Studio Build Pt 1

1 gallon of Flat paint (already owned, walmart about 16 bucks)
1 box of drywall screws (already owned, Lowes about 8 bucks)
Landscape timbers cut (already owned from picket fence)
Sheets (already owned, 5 bucks each at walmart)
Closet Doors (taken from my kid's room)

5- 2X4's @ 1.95 each
1 box of drywall patch@ 5.80
2- Dry wall, 1/2" 4X8 @ 3.59 each
1 white paneling 1/8th, 4X8 @ 11.86
1- 7/16th OSB 4X8 @ 6.52

Total: 49.26

Video will soon as I get a program to handle the video. But in the meantime, here's photos!
Reflective wall too much!

Tried a black sheet, turned background grey, then moved to white. Much Better.

Rotten Kid
Look forward to Part 2 where I'll complete the cyclorama and stumble through ways to get rid of the seems in the corners!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Google plus

Made it to google plus. Enjoying the circles. Not sure how to link to me just yet, but find me at Chad Goldman. :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

All new

New Computer, New 'Studio,' Renewed energy.

Photos and instead of a How-to a How-I-Did.
Coming soon.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's been a month now that I've set up, and about 3 weeks since I've let it go live.  As of right now, I stand at 25,990 photo views.  I'm pleased with that number. Now, the trick is keeping it up! There is a couple of things I wanted to accomplish with the website. 

1. Since I take many photos of folk who are not from my immediate area, I have had difficulties showing them photos and delivering prints. The website would take care of that aspect.  Personally, I'd rather meet with the individuals and discuss what they like and what all I can do for them but sometimes convienence trumps. 

2. Nature photos.  In my little world, I'd love to see a few prints purchased of my nature photos. Those are the ones that bring me the most joy.  I just hope others will enjoy them as much as I do. 

If you have not stopped by the website yet, please check it out.  I'm still developing things as I go.  Learning a little CSS, working in new platforms for editings, and extending my skills.  One of the most exciting things I have coming up is the renovation of my workshop into a photoshop (ya, i know.)  It's been cleaned and prepped, now for the additions. I'm hoping to have a lot of fun in there.  The plan is building a 8X8 curved corner wall, that extends 10 feet high. A floor would extend out to 8X8 as well.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve, we'll see how they play out.  For now, look forward to my next post of the construction process.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Set up

Here's the set up for the shots I took:

The photos of Wes were taken in the afternoon and a cloudy day.
no edits.

The background had to be smoothed out in post because nails holding the sheet to the wall.
In addition I used two foam core boards, a white board was on his lap and a black board was held camera right, just out of view.

The doors are the folding doors from my kids closet doors.

Sb-600 full power, 55 mm
D90, f14, 1/100th, iso400, 85mm macro

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blackhawk Hall of Fame

I was lucky enough to be able to take this photo of Dennis Weikert for the Blackhawk Hall of Fame. Springs Valley Community Schools, French Lick Indiana.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Megan and Evan

After I started Goldman photography facebook page, I posted that the 100th person to "Like" my page would get some free photos...well, here they are!