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Just for fun, another recent portfolio shoot – christopher kilkus chris kilkus fashion photographer that works in santa monica

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Went out and did another little shoot for my portfolio recently… again going for the retro California sunshine look, this time with 1973 Corvette added for a little more flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

Can’t beat the California Sunshine! A recent shoot for the portfolio…

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I had a couple free days recently and I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful California sunshine to do a shoot for my portfolio.  We met up in Santa Monica to prep and from there spent the afternoon driving around in the hills above Malibu taking photos.  I was going for that backlit sun look and also wanted to try out a bit of a retro 70’s vibe. It was nice to just go out and take photos just for fun after being on so many big productions for the last 6 months…. just a simple and relaxed day really.  And I even got a bit of a tan! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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May 22nd, 2012 at 7:59 am

A Recent Shoot by christopher kilkus

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Here are some still pics from a recent motion shoot I did. It’s going to take a little while longer to finish editing the video but thought I would post these stills in the meantime. Enjoy 🙂

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August 1st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Happy Fourth of July!! by christopher kilkus

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Here is a test I did last week, a little fun before the 4th of July weekend!

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June 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am

Trying Out a Lighting Concept by christopher kilkus

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Photo by Chris Kilkus

A few days ago I posted some images from a recent editorial shoot that had clean and classic studio lighting.  Here are some unretouched images from the light test I did the morning of that shoot to show the client a completely different direction we could take it.  The client chose to go for the more classic lighting which totally makes sense because that is their market.  But it was great they gave us the opportunity to play around a little and show them some other options.

My number one goal on a job is to make the client happy……  that means that sometimes I don’t get to shoot each job exactly the way I want. It’s  just the reality of being a working photographer.  But it’s fun to play around a bit when given the opportunity.  After all, deep down we are all artists in the photography world no matter how commercial our work is, so having the opportunity to push the creativity is really satisfying.

That is why one of the best ways to develop as a photographer is by doing as many shoots just for yourself as possible. Test, test, test!  Nick Onken wrote a great post about this subject on his ShopTalk blog.  He calls it Always Be Shooting, or his ABS Philosophy.  Also here is a great interview with Nick from Rob over at aphotoeditor.com I definitely need to adhere to this philosophy a little better, it’s tough to follow when you are busy with jobs.  But more than ever it’s really the way to develop your career.

For you techies, the look in these images was created by using a mix of strobe and tungsten hot lights with a slow shutter speed.  We were probably shooting around a 2 second shutter speed which captured the ghosted movement of the model in the tungsten lights, and then we would manually pop the strobes once or twice during that exposure to get that clearly frozen image.

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June 10th, 2011 at 10:17 am