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Matthew Blassey Photography | Burglar Concept Shoot

I recently did a personal shoot. The original concept was sparked during a movie I was watching. There was a particular scene in this movie where the actress was standing in a dark living room and there were car lights outside that were coming in through the window and illuminating the woman with a hard shadow, contrast rich light. So I created a concept shot of a burglar lurking in a living room setting. I chose a similar style of lighting along with the addition of a second blue gel grid light to provide some edge detail in my subject as well as to cast some color onto the background walls. After I did the first shot I had originally planned for, I decided to have some fun and go for a mood that was a little more on the humor side showing a burglar taking a lunch break.

Shot Details:

Nikon d200

Sigma 17-35 lens (at 35mm)

F 5.6

s 1/250

ISO 100

Key: norman stobe with grid at 800ws

Rim Background: norman strobe with blue gel & grid at 400ws

Instaproofs | Selling prints online

I came across this great website I found called which allows you to upload your photos to online albums that make it easy for your clients to view and order prints. The best part of it is that Instaproofs provides a variety of services that make it easy for you without all the hassle on your end. The way it works is Instaproofs does not charge you setup cost, storage fees, or monthly fees for that matter, which makes it easy for you to get setup and start selling as quickly as possible. What they do charge you for is a fair commission on the prints you sell. Your commission then is paying credit card processing fees, merchant account fees, image storage costs, site improvements, unlimited uploading and downloading bandwidth, tech support, multiple order management tools, automated email marketing, etc. Its a streamline hassle free way to create galleries and sell your prints to clients. Check it out

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Photography Gadgets | 10 Buck Flash Barn Door

Studio Systems makes a mini barn door set that can snap directly onto your nikon, canon, or sigma flash, and the best part is that its ONLY $10 BUCKS. The barn door opening mounts right over your flash and there is a rubber padded screw on the side that can be used to secure and tighten it. The barn door flaps are made of metal with metal hinges holding it to the firm plastic mount. So far this item has worked out great for me. I’ve attached it to my nikon sb-800 flash and mounted it to a stand with my pocket wizard for and editorial shoot i was doing over the weekend. It has proven to be a great lighting modifier for my flash.

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Pittsburgh Photography Events | Richard Kelly Workshops

A colleague and former teacher of mine, Richard Kelly, is teaching some upcoming photography workshops that will be occurring in late July and throughout August in Pittsburgh, PA. These workshops be focusing on Basic Digital Photography, Asset Management, Adobe Lightroom Techniques, a Photo Expedition and Portfolio Development. Richard Kelly is a Pittsburgh based editorial and corporate photographer. He is also an instructor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and is the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) National President.

I have included a detailed description of his courses below from his blog:

Photo expedition
Spend an evening photographing an urban corner of Pittsburgh. Explore how changing light alters the textures and perspectives of a single location. Students should bring their own cameras and preferred equipment. Will have a chance to do landscapes, environmental shots or still life over two hours, using available light, with one-on-one instruction and consulting time.
This outing will be limited to 6 people. $35
This Expedition is subject to weather.

Historic West End
Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Portfolio and Photographic Project Development (Starting August 10) 3 sessions
This workshop series is for advanced photographers, students and professionals, creating and refining their personal and commercial projects or portfolios. This is a conversational and discussion class. Limited in size to ten participants. Portfolio review required. This group will meet every other week on Monday Evenings from 6-8 p.m. starting August 10, August 24 & August 31. $180 for 3 sessions.

Hands-on digital asset management
This laboratory course will help individuals organize their ‘digital shoebox’ of photographs. People will bring their own computers and software and learn how to store and organize them. This 3 hour session will include instruction on using Adobe Photoshop Lighroom and Expression Media. Including a light lunch.
Limited to 8 people. $75/each

Sunday, July 26, 9-noon

Getting the Most out of your digital SLR camera
Basic course for getting over your fear about using your digital SLR camera. Will go over basic functions, have one-on-one time to review camera settings, and end the class going out to take photos and test drive with a professional on-hand. This 3-hour session will include practical and personal advice about your camera, as well as hands-on time taking photos with help making adjustments.
Limited to 6 people. $60/each

Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m. -noon

Adobe Lightroom Advanced
This laboratory course focusing on the advanced workflow of Adobe Lightroom. Students will bring their own computers and software. This is 3 hour session. Including a light lunch.
Limited to 8 people. $75/each

Saturday, August 8, 9-noon

Sign Up Today: Space Limited

or call 412-370-0582

Unless otherwise noted all workshops are held at the Richard Kelly Studio
Riverwalk Corporate Centre • 333 East Carson Street • Bay 33 • Studio #437 • Pittsburgh PA 15219 (SOUTHSIDE)

To make reservations:
Gift Certificates Available
Cash, Check and Credit Cards are accepted.

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