Category Archives: Celebrity

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Crown The Empire – Alternative Press Magazine Cover Shoot June 2014

Want to see how a music magazine shoot happens? Check out this behind the scenes vid of my Alternative Press Magazine cover photo shoot with the band Crown The Empire. This would be my second time photographing the band for the cover of this magazine.

Images captured using my Phase One IQ140 medium format and Profoto D1 flash heads. Power for the flashes were provided by Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini power packs.

See more of my behind the scenes videos on my website: http://www.sondersphotography.com/Behind-The-Scenes/

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Behind The Scenes Video From My Dale Earnhardt Jr Nascar Photoshoot

Read and learn more about this shoot on Fstoppers.com

If you want to see many more of my behind the scenes videos, check out my website: http://www.sondersphotography.com/Behind-The-Scenes/

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My Robocop Photoshoot – Part 1 (Preview)

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Well I wrapped up 2013 with the ultimate personal photoshoot (well, my definition of it anyhow). I’ve always wanted to do my own retro Robocop-themed photoshoot and I flew to Phoenix Arizona to do just that. Why Arizona? How did I get a Robocop suit and Robocop 1990′s Ford Taurus police car? I’ll be releasing a full post with all of the details, behind the scenes video, edited set of images, and will even be giving away posters! Stay tuned guys.

Happy 2014!

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Preview: Shooting Dale Earnhardt Junior’s Official 2014 #88 National Guard Nascar Team Photoshoot

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Just wrapped the 10+ hour official 2014 photoshoot for Dale Earnhardt Jr and the #88 National Guard Nascar team down in Hammerhead studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was awesome! I’ve always wanted to take Dale Jr’s portrait. He’s one of my favorite NASCAR drivers, so I was really honored when I was contacted to do the team’s new photos for 2014. I can’t post the final photos yet, but I can tell you a bit about my setup…

The photoshoot day required a combination of individual portraits without car, portraits of people with the race car, and the race car from various angles. We had to cram in a LOT of photos in a short amount of time. Many of the photos would be used for future composites and promo material throughout the year so the lighting had to be clean and even on a lot of the images. I noted the ceiling in the studio was black, which is not conducive to clean in-studio car photos. I hired a local grip with grip truck (essentially a truck loaded with c-stands, reflectors, extension cables, and everything support-related that I would need) to show up and build me a 20 foot by 20 foot white panel to hang from the ceiling. I would fire some of my Profoto D1 Airs up into the 20×20 panel to create a beautiful soft even light onto the car, essentially treating it like an oversized bounce card. I should also note that the power output in the Profoto D1 Airs can be remotely adjusted from the Air Remote on my camera’s hotshoe, which REALLY helped make my life easier since all of the lights were placed so far apart. I’ll show the results in greater detail when the official photos come out!

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I shot all of the images with my Phase One IQ140 digital medium format with my favorite 75-150 Schneider leaf shutter lens, which is incredibly sharp and one of my favorites. I shot while tethered to the blazing fast new brand new 2.3ghz 16 gig Retina Macbook Pro using Capture One Pro software. I used my Tether Tools kit to setup my laptop (the “tether table”) and backup hard drive underneath. I also used Tether Tool’s iPad mount (Wallee Case and Wallee Connect) on an extra tripod so I could transmit the image previews as I photographed using Phase One’s Capture Pilot software for life client review.

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Preview: My New Panic At The Disco Alt Press Magazine Covers

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Last month I was in Las Vegas shooting a cover feature on Brendon Urie, the lead singer of the band Panic At The Disco. I’m so pleased with how the entire shoot panned out. I can’t show you all of the photos until the magazine is out next month, but here are a few approved teasers.

The cover on the right is funny, because we’d move my lights and Brendon out into the middle of the street between traffic passing through essentially risking our lives (see photos below). The cover on the left, Brendon is sitting on the same Chevy they used in their most recent music video.

One of our epic locations was the Neon Museum, which is a beautiful graveyard of former famous Vegas casino signs (see the iphone photo at the bottom). I cannot wait to share with  you the rest of the set.

Images were captured with my Phase One IQ140 digital medium format.

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LL Cool J Photoshoot Behind The Scenes

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Last week I had a photoshoot with rapper / actor LL Cool J. This was another fast session, only having about 10-15 minutes with the artist, but this is nothing new for me! LL was a true class act. Friendly and warm with  myself and the entire crew. It made my job very easy. Some of you may recognize the door location. I have a great corporate client that trusts me to shoot a lot of their celebrity projects. It’s been a great opportunity to meet some great talent!

For those of you curious about my setup on the shot above: I used a raised strobed large octobox with a fabric grid as the main light and a strobe with 7″ reflector and 40 degree grid on an even plane as a slight fill light on LL. Images were captured using my Phase One 645DF+ with IQ140 back and the 55mm and 75-150 Schneider leaf shutter lenses.

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Behind the scenes by my buddy Erik Motta http://www.erikmotta.com/

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My Rod Stewart Portrait: 3 Minutes Of Setup And 2 Shutter Clicks

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My portrait of Rod Stewart: 3 minutes of setup (due to multiple location and schedule changes on the talent side, which is normal on a portrait taking place the same day as a concert) & literally 2 shutter clicks before the shoot was wrapped. Taken with my Phase One IQ140 with their brand new 75-150 Leaf Shutter zoom which looks pin sharp!

I wrote a blog post on Fstoppers about what it’s like to take celebrity portraits for a living: LINK

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