RTP Photo's Dark Fashion Event

September 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

RTP Photography (Flickr: http://goo.gl/FeBrpk, 500px: http://goo.gl/T46lYa) hosted an amazing Dark Fashion Event photo shoot in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 22, 2014.  It was the best organized photo shoot event I have ever participated in.  There were beautiful models, several make-up artist, stylists, six photographers including myself, and a DJ for the music at a venue in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It was so amazing to work with such a diverse group of talented artists.  The models were beautiful, talented, and very easy to work with.  Posing was effortless as the models brought their own style, attitude, and artistic vibe to each session I had.  The wardrobe was stellar and diverse with all types of looks for the models to choose from.  RTP Photography really thought out the organization of the event well.  Everyone involved was in formed and new exactly what to expect as the day progressed.  There were five designated shooting areas within the venue for photographers to use for photo sessions with models.  Each venue offered a different look and vibe which was excellent. Photographers were on a timed schedule to work with a model and then rotate out the model to work with someone else.  After one or two sessions, a photographer could move around to a different area with their lighting equipment to work with a model at that new shoot location.  I had my two Alien Bee B800 strobes with me, but after assessing the layout of the shooting locations I decided to work with my speedlights since they are more portable than moving around strobes within the venue.  My lighting options consisted of the following:

  • The Nikon D800 with the Nikon D200 on standby as a backup camera body
  • The Nikon SU-800 Commander - used to wireless control the power level and settings of the speedlights
  • The SB-910 Speedlight
  • The SB-700 Speedlight
  • Westcott 60" Optical White Satin with Removable Black Cover Umbrella
  • 48" White Satin with Black Cover Umbrella
  • Two Light Stands

Since I was indoors I was confident that the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) would be more than enough to light my subjects.  Nikon CLS works very well indoors, but it is dependent upon line of sight with the speedlights to function which could become an issue if you have to orient your camera in a certain way that disrupts the line of sight between the SU-800 Commander and the sensor on the side of the speedlight.  The reliance upon line of sight and use of infrared signals is one of the few drawbacks of using Nikon CLS unfortunately.  With practice, it is possible to learn to adapt to the limitations of Nikon CLS and employ the technology effectively with little problems.  I was able to work the entire event with just one speedlight on most occasions and at times two speedlights along with my umbrellas.

Below is a group shot of some of the models that participated in the event.


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Model: Meredith Brown, MUA: Marisa Ocampo Rhoades, Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Hannah Smith, MUA: Marissa Ocampo Rhoades, Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Jenn Ryan, MUA: Tiffany Beckler, Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
Model: Zoe Power, MUA: Jen Mathias, Stylist: Jen Mathias
Model: Alicia Link, MUA: Danielle Billingsley, Stylist: Cori Lee
Model: Emily Granito, MUA: Danielle Billingsley, Hair Stylist: Jen Mathias
Model: Annabel Lee, MUA: Marissa Ocamp Rhoades. Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Lady Saranade, MUA: Tiffany Beckler, Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
Model: Por Cel Ain, MUA: Krista Massey MUA, Hair Stylist:
Model: MissBliss Floccare, MUA: Jen Mathias, Hair Stylist: Jen Mathias

One piece of equipment I wish I owned was a light meter.  I've used light meters before in the studio so I'm well aware of their advantages.  Several of the photographers in attendance had light meters with them which allowed them to setup their shots much faster within the first one or two shots.  I normally had to take three to four shots to get my lighting how I wanted it to look before proceeding to work with a model.  The light meter would have helped me in working more efficiently with the models because we were timed as to how long we could shoot with each model before the model had to rotate to work with a different photographer.  It was a pleasure to work with everyone involved.  The models were very professional and talented at posing as well as taking the occasional direction in posing.

Below is a group shot of 4 of the photographers that participated in the event. 

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From left to right:  Natasha Johnson, Rodney Boles, Tom Winstead, and Dina Maria.  Eric H. Adeleye and RTP Photography are not in this photograph.

All of the photographers at the event are Nikon shooters which was surprising.  Most times when I am at an event I'm the lone photographer with a Nikon camera.  Rodney Boles was shooting with the Fujifilm X-T1 which is an awesome camera.  I was very impressed by the size and feel of the Fujifilm X-T1, I will probably buy one in the future as a walk around camera and use it for some street photography. 

RTP Photo's Dark Fashion Event was a tremendous success all around in every way.  I learned a lot from the photographers, models, and artists who participated in the event.  The event also served as an excellent opportunity to network with my peers and observe them in action too.

Visit my blog later to view some of the work from this photography event.

For more information about the participants in the event, visit the links below.  Thank you.
 

Eric Adeleye Photography
Website: http://www.eaphotography.us
Blog: http://www.eaphotography.us/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricAdeleyePhotography
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eha1990
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/eha1990
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/eha1990
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/EricAdeleyePhotography
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eha1990

RTP Photography
Flickr: http://goo.gl/FeBrpk
500px: http://goo.gl/T46lYa
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/rtpphotography

Natasha Johnson Photography
Website: http://natashajohnsonphotography.com/
Blog: http://natashajohnsonphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaJohnsonPhotography
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmjonline/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/natashajohnsonphotography
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nmjonline

Rodney Boles Photography
Website: http://rodneyboles.com/
Facebook: http://RodneyBolesPhotography

Tom Winstead Photography
Website: http://www.tomwinsteadphotography.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomWinsteadPhotography
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoninVision

Dina Maria Photography
Website: http://www.dmwphotog.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dmwphotog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmwphotog
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dinamariaphotog/

Model: Lady Saranade
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LadySinSaranade

Model: Brianna Ann
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandiann1014
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/796498

Model: Meredith Brown
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GratefulBelle

Model: Hannah Smith
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hannah.smith.5811

Model: Jenn Ryan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennRyanModel
Model Mayheh: http://www.modelmayhem.com/105382

Model: Zoe Power
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZoeGlowBug

Model: Alicia Link
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AliciaClaireL

Model: Emily Granito
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.granito.5

Model: Annabel Lee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabelleemodel

Model: Por Cel Ain
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genuineporcelain

Model: MissBliss Floccare
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missbliss.floccare

MUA: Marissa Ocampo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marissa.rhoades

MUA & Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
Faceboko: https://www.facebook.com/TiffanyBeckler

MUA: Danielle Billingsley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-Face-and-Fabulous-Sola-Salon-Studios/341876085892391

MUA: Krista Massey Mua
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misskchellemua

Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/crystal-shearz/250028874901

Hair Stylist: Cori Lee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atomic-Salon/70587960986

Hair Stylist: Jen Mathais
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJINSTUDIOS


 


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