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04/15/2011 08:13:41 PM · #1
DPChallenge has given me so much over the years
I have learned so much and have been time and again awed by the huge wealth of talent on this site

I want to publicly thank a couple of members who exemplify the spirit that is found in the people on this site.

Here is my story

Last Saturday I set about preparing for one of my annual dance school shoots. The shoot was scheduled for Sunday morning
I picked up my lights and softboxes and various flooring and background materials. I was pretty much set up by around 6:30 Pm

In an effort to change my set ( I wanted the look to be like the dancers were on stage, dramatic lighting and a very black background)
I knew that I would need help with the setup so I called on the DPC lighting GURU 21.gif lvicari
I was fortunate to not only get help from Leo but Max 21.gif quigley also arrived to help.

As I stated I had already set up my background and floor ... The only problem was (remember I want a black background for that on stage look)
my floor was black, however i had a paper background which was very white.

It did not take many test shots with the aforementioned GURU for me to realize I either need another GURU (LOL) or we better come up with a better plan.
As hard as we tried to vary the light set up, we could not get the background to go black. The dance studio we were in was all white so the light, when we took a shot, bounced all over the place.
It was getting late and the possibility of getting the desired look was becoming very bleek. The three of us brainstormed as to how can we get a black background at this late hour.
I think it was like 10:30 Saturday nite. Leo suggested painting the wall black but there really was no store open and not enough time.

Max finally looked at me and with a mock clip behind the ears and stated the following: Your a roofer Cole! Your truck is outside! There are rolls and rolls of tarpaper in it!

And with that we had a black background.

These two guys stayed and helped me until almost midnight . In the end I was able to achieve the setup I desired and the shoot went Sunday without a hitch

So here is my very HUGE thanks to Leo and Max for their patience and lighting knowledge and their help in a tough situation

Thanks again guys
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These are from the final set up
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04/15/2011 09:24:30 PM · #2
Thats awesome and the photos show the expertise paid off!!!
04/15/2011 10:34:06 PM · #3
Awesome story, awesome shots! Glad it all worked out for you. Leo and Max...way to help a friend in need!

Dave
04/15/2011 10:37:34 PM · #4
Those are the best Dance School Photos I've ever seen !
04/15/2011 10:39:27 PM · #5
Originally posted by kenskid:

Those are the best Dance School Photos I've ever seen !


Hey what about the group shot of us!!
04/15/2011 10:42:48 PM · #6
Originally posted by LVicari:

Originally posted by kenskid:

Those are the best Dance School Photos I've ever seen !


Hey what about the group shot of us!!


We just thought you were all the beginner dance group! ;)
04/15/2011 10:44:24 PM · #7
Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

Originally posted by LVicari:

Originally posted by kenskid:

Those are the best Dance School Photos I've ever seen !


Hey what about the group shot of us!!


We just thought you were all the beginner dance group! ;)


HA! Cole insisted on wearing his tutu, but we talked him out of it.

Message edited by author 2011-04-15 22:44:37.
04/15/2011 10:49:45 PM · #8
Originally posted by LVicari:

Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

Originally posted by LVicari:

Originally posted by kenskid:

Those are the best Dance School Photos I've ever seen !


Hey what about the group shot of us!!


We just thought you were all the beginner dance group! ;)


HA! Cole insisted on wearing his tutu, but we talked him out of it.


LOL..not THAT would have been a funny and great shot!
04/15/2011 10:53:35 PM · #9
Excellent use of "use what you have":-) Photos are wonderful Coley- great teamwork guys!
04/15/2011 10:54:43 PM · #10
What a fabulous story.
04/15/2011 11:24:58 PM · #11
Thank you for letting me help Cole, it was great fun for all of us.

As usual your photography is fantastic.

All the best to you and yours.

You rock my friend.

MAX!
04/15/2011 11:56:26 PM · #12
I think you need to come take pictures on my roof this year...and bring your background paper with you :)

Great shots and story.

Message edited by author 2011-04-15 23:56:41.
04/16/2011 12:00:03 AM · #13
Love the story and the photos!
04/16/2011 12:42:18 AM · #14
How awesome is that.......I agree this place is greeat. Great story, with a great ending. I just want to know if Leo ever takes he 'cool shades' off. :O)
04/16/2011 12:47:35 AM · #15
yeah man, i've not had much interaction with you other two but i can say Leo is always ready and willing to help when I email and asking lighting questions. Great story that exemplifies the spirit of this site!

Message edited by author 2011-04-16 00:48:10.
04/16/2011 08:12:12 AM · #16
Originally posted by njsabs:

How awesome is that.......I agree this place is greeat. Great story, with a great ending. I just want to know if Leo ever takes he 'cool shades' off. :O)


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If you look close on his new profile pic you can see that the light Guru forgot to switch out his old man reading glasses LOL
04/16/2011 04:47:05 PM · #17
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Here is a pic of the setup

the floor is black vinyl used for billboards and other sign applications It comes on a 48 inch roll
The background (as stated above) Tarpaper

1 - 7 ft octobox left
1 - large soft box right
1 unmodified 500 watt strobe above

All triggered by pocket wizards
04/16/2011 06:44:33 PM · #18
Very nice shots!

Just by coincidence, I just got back from a dance studio shoot about 20 minutes ago. I used a 10 foot by 20 foot white backdrop that extended forward onto the floor. This was the makeup day so I used the same setup that I used for the original shoot in which everybody really liked the pictures.

I love your setup, however. Black looks great, especially with the reflective floor.
04/16/2011 07:32:15 PM · #19
Just so that we know, where did this true Christmas story happen? NJ? good to know where your trusty friends are. The group picture is worth a thousand words!
04/16/2011 07:35:46 PM · #20
Awesome!! This kind of story makes me smile!
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