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Kaila | Milwaukee Photoshoot

So I know it been a while and I know I keep saying I will post more. Well darn it, it will happen!  As of late things have been super busy around here. I have had a storage hard drive go back, Something go wrong so I had to wipe by system and reinstall everything ( Don’t worry I had backups! Thank goodness for 3 location backups! ) Had to re edit a wedding, had a few shoots, even headed down to Northbrook, IL for a day with Simon and Jake from Valo photography.  Oh and I forgot we adopted another Scottish terrier named “Luke” ( He will have his own post soon )

So I have been trying to setup a shoot that is not a paid gig, something to just let me shoot and not worry about if I am making someone else happy, do my own thing. Ya know?

So after some subordination with John G (Milwaukee John) we setup a shoot with a co work of his, Kaila.

We met her downtown and headed over to a few locations that we had scouted earlier in the day. Had some amazing light for about 20 min or so.  Did our thing and I made some goodness.

Check some out, enjoy

Hmmm, So I am in need of some new music to edit to..  Leave some suggestions of albums before if you feel so inclined. K thanks!

Jessica Horton - September 23, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Great light, she looks so pretty!

Marianne Taylor - September 23, 2010 - 12:54 pm

You’ve really captured something precious that comes from within, a certain sweetness and gentleness.

Bobby Ketchum - September 23, 2010 - 1:53 pm

Nice shots. She’s pretty. I like the large size of the images, too.

Eric Kotara - September 23, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Yeah, that light is wonderful!! Great images.

Kristi Wright - September 23, 2010 - 8:48 pm

She is gorgeous. Great job rocking the light.

Milena - September 23, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Such gorgeous light and she looks so beautiful :)

Heather - October 29, 2010 - 1:45 pm

I love that last shot the most- it has such a cool vibe to it.

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photo Shoot | Brenizer method

So where are a few more photos from the photoshoot with Melyssa a few days back. But these photos are a little different. Both of the two photos posted below are made up of approx 25-40 photos each. A technique made popular by New York City photographer Ryan Brenizer, so much so its been named “The Brenizer Method” .

You might be asking right now “Why the heck would I want to take a whole lotta photos and make one photo out of it?”  Well, here is the answer.   Doing so gives you a more shallow Depth of Field ( Background and Foreground “Blur”).  This method allows you to achieve a look that is not possible by taking only one photo shot with a large aperture.  No lens exists that would able to provide you with the same results.

Both of the below photos were taken approx 7ft from Melyssa using a 50mm lens at 1.4f. Being this close normally would not allow you to get a photo that looks like it was taken with such a wide angle lens. This can also come in handy if you need to take a wide angle photo and only have a standard or zoom lens in your bag.

This method is also fairly easy to perform. Will need a few things to make sure it will be done right; A camera of course, a lens when a large aperture (1.4f or lower is the best) – 50mm and greater focal lengths with best , a steady hand, and a computer with photoshop on it.

Start by taking a photo of the subject, If a person make sure they hold their pose for a few moments.  Lock the aperture, exposure, and focus so they stay the same through the entire time you are taking the photos. After you have your first shot down start taking photos of the area around the subject in a trailing motion getting a larger ways away from the subject with each around.  I normally do this taking anywhere between 24-60 photos.  Make sure they are in a lower Jpeg setting so your computer can handle them when it is putting them together. Raw files are a big no no for this!

After you have all of your shots, and have them on the computer.   Fire up Photoshop.  File > Automate > Photomerge.   Select your files and put it on Auto and watch this puppy got to work. (Its not a fast process, even on my i7 overclocked to almost 4GHz and 16GB of ram). When it is done it will spit out a raw panorama looking photo. Crop as you see fit and enjoy.

Please feel free to comment if you have any questions.


Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photo Shoot | Fifth Ward

A week back or so I received an email form a former client of mine. Ritesh, you may remember I photographed his E-Session and his Wedding Reception a few months back.  He had emailed me asking if the “Milwaukee Strobist Group” was having anymore meetups and if he would be welcome to join.  Of course my answer was yes, because thats what we had formed the group around. Teaching out what we know to others to help improve their skills in off camera lighting.  I suppose you are thinking “What the heck is strobist? Why is there a group? and where do I find it?)

Ok… to back track a little bit here.  In October of 2008 I was learning about off camera lighting from a good buddy of mine, Alvin. I had always not liked on camera flash, It was stupid and not creative. So I sold the SB600 I had at the time and thought good riddens! Until I met Alvin through flickr and started hanging out and shooting a few times a week with him. He eventually introduced me to the concept of Strobist.  The concept of Strobist is easy, Off camera light, normally used with older flashes and Do it yourself equipment. Triggered remotely from the camera via wireless or optical slave triggers ( Basically something to send signal from point A to point B). If you have questions just ask.

So seeing that Milwaukee did not have a “Strobist” flickr group, and I had met alot of people in the area involved in it I thought I would created one. We our first meetup on Nov 8th 2008 at the Chancery in Wauwatosa. From there it became a monthly gathering. Some large (Over 50 people), some small (Maybe 5) but it was always a great time.

Recently due to myself and others being busy to the point that we had not had a meet up in a while. I thought I would offer a little shoot to show Ritesh some of the basic and have some fun out and about. I had emailed Melyssa, a model I had worked with before and she was definitely up for the task of modeling for us for a bit.

So here we are, 08.12.2010, 5th ward, My studio space, Great light, Strobes, Cameras, Pocket Wizards for all, and some hot humid weather ( 90’s at 6pm) Yuck!

I want to thank Patrick for inspiration for a shot or two!

Also the second image down is a Flash composite. I will post an other blog showing how this is done and explaining it a tag better.

Here are a few of my fav shots from the informative evening.

Please feel free to leave some comments on here and enjoy!


PS I forgot some stobist info for you guys

B800 Mono light

Paul C Buff large foldable softbox

4 Pocket Wizard Plus ll’s

Paul C Buff Vaga Bond portable battery pack

Nikon D700

Nikon D300s

50mm 1.4f G

50mm 1.2f MF


35mm 1.8F

70-200mm 2.8f VR

That is a list of all the wonderful items I used:)

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Melyssa G | Rob Gustafson Photography

Kristi Schneider - August 13, 2010 - 11:05 am

Great stuff! I never thought of creating a MeetUp group! Cool! My friend Andi just pulled together a group of 12 of us to learn, ask & bounce ideas off of. Looking forward to the composite explanation!

Teresa K - August 13, 2010 - 12:29 pm

super sweet session!

Mark - August 13, 2010 - 5:36 pm

Great stuff Rob, particularly the B&W’s – More strobist meet ups please! :)

Paul Rowland - August 13, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Wonderful use of OCF, esp. the sunset shot. Zack Arias would be proud.

matt shumate - August 13, 2010 - 9:47 pm

Great work Rob & Ritesh. Especially love the 2nd frame. Strobist FTW!

kristi wright - August 14, 2010 - 8:34 am

Pretty! My favs are the 5th/6th one down. Love the B&Ws.

Liz - August 14, 2010 - 12:18 pm

Like! Especially the dreamy quality to some of the shots…

Kat Braman - August 15, 2010 - 9:19 am

great ocf work! the first two are particularly intriguing

Leon Steber - August 18, 2010 - 12:07 am

You’ve got the OCF thing nailed – I wish my attempts were something like this! I really love the first few shots

Ritesh Keskar - August 18, 2010 - 9:58 pm

Rob, needless to say, these are cool pix. I like the composite one but I have to say the silhouette one is one of my favs. With the hint of blue of the shirt and almost perfect darkness, that is cool.

seth goodman - August 19, 2010 - 10:25 am

Great lighting! This is a wonderful set of photos.

Annika + Pat | Milwaukee Wedding | Villa Terrace | Photo Booth

Sooo I did want to make the last post so ridiculously long so I saved some crazy jowlin’ photos for the post, and well only for this post. So please, I invite you to sit back and enjoy a face melting experience.  Some crazy, photo booth photos from Annika & Pat’s Villa Terrace Milwaukee wedding!


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Leo Druker - August 12, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Those are hilarious! Great series :)

Matt Stanton - August 12, 2010 - 10:51 pm

I agree, these are definitely hilarious!! Great concept.

Rob - August 12, 2010 - 11:08 pm

Thanks guys! It was a total blast!

Chris Lin - August 14, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Dude. I was seriously confused until I saw a few as to what was going on. The face shake does make for a hilarious series; I can totally see why they wanted a book made.

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