WOW! Guys... WOW!
We had hoped that it will be a success... but you have really cut us down!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Saturday was finally the opening of the lightGIANTS Studios. We have sent out many invitations and have hoped that you join to celebrate the opening with us. We have brought up food, we have filled the fridge with drinks, built the seating and played good music. But what happened this evening, we haven't had even expected...
The party started according to plan at 3:00 p.m. The first guest, John, was also the most widely traveled. John traveled 3 hrs by train from Aachen to our opening party. The youngest was the 2 months old Rafael. Overall we had more than 50 guests throughout the day. In part, we were concernes that we might even run out of standing room. Even at midnight we still had new visitors and the last guests left the studio shortly before 4 o'clock in the morning. Therefore we had full 13 hours of celebration.
We would have never expect that.
We have photographed everybody for our "guest list". We will show these images here at the blog, either in a gallery or a video. If someone wants to get his or her picture of the party, please contact us.
We have photographed the entire evening, everyone could have tried out the studio, the various light equipment and setups. We have explained a lot and were able to clear some confusions and take the "fear" of photographing in the studio, both before and behind the camera.
Many thanks to all of you at this place!
Thanks for the support, presents and donations!
You guys blew us away!
Did you have as much fun as we do?
We would appreciate a short summary of you in the comments!
This wasn't the last post of the opening party. However, we must first cope with the flood of pictures we've made. The results will of course be shown here in another post. But we wanted to thank you first. That's the reason for this summary.
Here are some news from the studio.
As some of you may have noticed, we have ordered some more soft boxes.
Last Saturday it was time to have a closer look at it and take some test-shoots.
We have ordered a 1,5 Meter octabox and two 1,2 x 0,3 meter strip lights .
Now we could finally test them...
At first we wanted to test the octabox. So we unpacked everything and carefully assembled all parts. Didn't look bad so far! Full of anticipation, we mounted the octabox to the flash head, a small twist to the right to lock it in the bayonet and...?
It didn't stay on (?!?!?). Ok, once again - slowly... slips of again?!?!
Long story short, after a closer inspection of the speed ring we recognized that the pivot for the bowens bajonet was too shallow and slips through the locking bolt. Because of the weight and the lever action of the soft box, it slips of the bayonet itself.
OK, so we disassembled the octabox again and returned everything to it's packing.
We start looking for another model!
But we still had the strip lights. We are 100% satisfied with them. They have a great haptic, they fit perfect and steady as a rock and are exactly as they should be. Highly recommended.
The label of the soft boxes is Quantuum (ordered from foto-tip.pl)
After all, of course, we made a little photo session to test the new soft boxes.
So here are some results.
|before & after @ t0m's blog & @flickr|
Since the setup was the same for all shots on this evening, the other images without separate setup.
@ Scott's flickr
@ Scott's flickr
@ Scott's flickr
This were the pictures of our test shooting.
At the moment we all stuck in the preparations for the opening party tomorrow. There are some more things to prepare and we are really looking forward to it. See you Tomorrow!
The opening party is coming closer.
We are delighted and looking forward to the August, 21th. ;-)
In the last days there came up a few questions and we slowly have to finalize the planing for the opening event.
For this reason we wanted to give you a little update...
First of all: Here is the original blog post for the opening party.
Are you with us? Yes/No
Now there are only a few days until the opening party. Therefore we slowly need to know, how many of you can we expect.
For this reason, we ask all those who have clicked "maybe attending" in the Facebook-Event to finally choose between "attending" or "not attending" if possible.
This point is quite simple ...
... there is no fixed program. So you can join us either right at 3pm or later that day in the evening. It's up to you. Music, food and drinks will be available the whole time (while stocks last )
Food: there will be hot sausages, baked goods, salads, cakes and snacks.
It seems the Google Map link in the last post got lost.
So here again the explicit hint. To be on the safe side, the address again:
Gablonzerstrasse 11 - 76185 Karlsruhe
If you arrive at the courtyard, it is the right building. The entrance can be found at the transition, the studio is located in the basement.
But you will find some guide signs in the yard.
To the photographers - think of your cams if you want to take some pictures. Everything can be tested ...
So, hopefully we'll see you on Saturday!
Two weeks ago, Scott had a meeting with DJ Overflow from Mad Heads Movement at the lightGIANTS Studio. The aim was to create new promotional and profile pictures.
Since there was a need for a helping hand, I joined the shooting and supported Scott both as an assistant and with some ideas. And now let us show you some results (some with setups).
The first Image was a very classic portrait. We chose a pretty unusual setup. Two flashes into softboxes as keys on one side, two reflectors at the opposite side for the filling.
|Analysis @ Scott's blog & @flickr|
The following setup was a spontaneous idea. Because Mario had brought nearly his entire equipment we decided to place some of his records as a music floor.
|"before and after" @ t0m's blog & @flickr|
The next setup was a DIY solution. We have used a beauty dish as a key light and had the idea to change the reflection in the sunglasses more in the direction of a ring flash. Therefore we used a record and attached it in the middle of the beauty dish (see the image below). We were pretty satisfied with the results.
|Story @ Scott's blog & @flickr|
Here are a few more pictures of the shoot
Do you want to know more about DJ Overflow?
Here are some links:
At monday it was time to build up and try our new flash setup...
We finally decided for various reasons to buy Bowens flashes. To be precise, we bought two sets of 2x 400W Bowens Gemini including tripods, reflectors and umbrellas.
Here, first, some pictures of the unpacking, setting up and admire.
Of course we had to test the setup extensively. We tried various setups, tested the limits of the flashe units and needless to say, we had a lot of fun.
Since that we have already used the flash units for a small shoot (but we can't show the pics here) and we are more than happy with our choise. The haptic, control and miscellaneous properties of the flashes have convinced us and sometimes even exceeded our expectations.
Now we have ordered 2x striplights and a big octa box as light modifiers and wait for their arrival at the moment.
In the next post we'll finally show you some results, including a setup for each subject. so stay tuned!
A note to our readers: We would be pleased if you could give us some feedback here on the blog. Whether these are suggestions, questions, or just a sign of life...