Studio Portraits

  • November 23, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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One of our group members, Simon, has offered his professional photography studio for a portrait session which will include artificial lighting and flash photography. Since the LF group has not done this type of a meetup before, this would be a good new experience for many of us. Thank you, Simon.

Here are few pictures of the studio (imotion photography):

If you would like to bring a model that you trust (family/friend or professional), please indicate you are bringing a guest when you sign up for the meetup.

Simon sent the following useful information about this meetup session at his studio:

First the logistics of my studio the shooting area is about 16 feet wide by 30 feet deep so not really enough space for more than one person to shoot at a time. There are sofas and a similar sized area others can wait and watch as well as set up their cameras.

I would think if you get more than 12 signing up we should suggest staggering the times.

The studio can be difficult to find here are my standard directions to my clients -

The studio is located in The Plant shopping center on the corner of Monterey Highway and Curtner Ave in south San Jose. While finding the shopping center is not too hard the studio does not have an exterior sign so finding me in the center is the problem. Make sure you you enter The Plant from Monterey Highway, The main entrance with a McDonald's on the corner. My building is across the parking lot from McDonalds, the studio is above Edible Arrangements. Please be aware I have had reports of gps units sending people the wrong way on Monterey Highway. If you have any problems on the day just call and I can help you find me. If you look on Google or Bing maps the studio is listed on both as imotion photography.

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  • Bruce D.

    I learned a bit about studio lighting that will make my photographs better! It was great to have a chance to work with Simon in his studio.

    November 26, 2013

  • simon b.

    I learnt lots and had a great time - looking forward to seeing some results soon.

    November 25, 2013

  • Bernice L.

    Thanks to Simon for hosting this event. Nice to have met and shared this interest with others on that eventful day.

    November 25, 2013

  • Mark

    Thanks for reminding me why I wanted to learn this art. Also thanks Bernice for helping me decide on a enlarger. For those of you wanting an enlarger let me know I have several that will be seeing a compactor very soon.

    November 24, 2013

    • Bernice L.

      Service / Owners manual for the Durst L138 can be found here:

      These Durst and De Vere enlargers are the best for a host of reasons. It is also worth noting that a good 8x10 enlarger is typically MUCH larger, heavier, requires a really powerful light source and more than the 138 (works for most any film format up to 13 x 18cm). In most all cases, far too large for a home darkroom. Yet, 8x10 contact printing is pretty easy and simple.

      This was another reason for me deciding on the 5x7 / 13x18 format, size of enlarger required and it's related darkroom.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Drew S.

    Thanks to Simon for hosting us.

    November 24, 2013

  • Atul M.

    This was a very different experience for many of us who primarily shoot outdoor landscapes where the light cannot be controlled. Many thanks to Simon for hosting us, setting up different lighting arrangements and making it very enjoyable.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Arun S.

    Something else came up and I have to skip this meetup. I apologize for the last minute cancellation. Have a great session and Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 23, 2013

  • Mark

    In the interest of space what should we not bring as far as equipment? I am also new to LF.

    November 19, 2013

    • Bernice L.

      I'll bring a tripod since it has the Sinar rail coupler on it. If there is a studio stand, it would be easier and nicer to use it over a tripod.

      November 22, 2013

    • simon b.

      no studio stand sorry - feel free to bring tripods... we will be pressed for space but with a little patience I think everyone will have a good time and get some cool pictures.

      November 22, 2013

  • Shailendra

    Would love to attend this, but will be out of town.

    November 22, 2013

  • Mathias S.

    Sorry for changing my RSVP on short notice but wife and I were juggling a couple of things that we needed/wanted to get done this weekend. She won. ;)

    Have a great session, and I would also like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 22, 2013

  • Amanda T.

    I will be bringing 2 young women to sit for anyone who would like to photograph them. One is my daughter, who has modeled for me many times and the other is her friend. See you all tomorrow!

    November 22, 2013

  • Tony S.

    My 8x10 view camera is not up and running yet. I'm trying to locate a film holder before the shoot. Can I attend if I don't have my camera operational and want to see others use their cameras?

    November 2, 2013

    • Atul M.

      Absolutely you can attend. We have had many group members attend our meetups before they bought their LF cameras.

      November 2, 2013

  • Bernice L.

    I'll bring the assortment of vintage optics along with a Sinar P2 (4x5 & 5x7) and sinar shutter for this event for those who might be interested to try them. This group consist of Kodak C. Ektar, Xenar, Heliar, Kodak Portrait, Imagon. They are famed for their out of focus rendition or soft focus effects. Ideally they do their best at about f8 for individual portraits.

    Here are some words about them.

    November 1, 2013

  • Bruce D.

    I have attempted some studio portraits with my 4x5 and 8x10 cameras. I learned that you need lots of light to get the depth of field needed. I am looking forward to learning more.

    October 31, 2013

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