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Dozens Of My Photo and Video Behind The Scenes Videos In One Place!

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If you like watching behind the scenes videos and / or want to see how I’ve put a lot of my big shoots together, head on over to my portfolio website (www.SondersPhotography.com) and check out my new “Behind the Scenes” section. I’ve posted most of my videos all on my site so you may watch at your leisure! Let me know if you want to see more or less of something!

Link to the BTS video portion of the site HERE


Behind The Scenes Video Of My Photoshoot With The A-Team Van And KITT From Knight Rider

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I’ve been working on a personal photo series capturing movie and television cars (real and replica)for about 5 years now under the title “The Unicorn Project”. Most recently, I had an opportunity to photograph a replica A-Team Van and KITT from Knight Rider while I was in Los Angeles. These happen to be two of my favorite television cars of all time. Watch the video below and read the full behind the scenes post here to learn how it was done on Fstoppers.com.

Check out ALL of my behind the scenes photoshoot videos on my main website HERE.





Video by the amazing Brian A. Peterson: www.brianapetersen.com

Special thanks to Alex Wong and Nathan Truman of Star Car Central: www.starcarcentral.com

Retouching help by Filip Osowski: www.filiposowski.com

Camera and raw processing software by Phase One: www.PhaseOne.com

Camera strap by Vulture Equipment Works: www.vultureequipmentworks.com

Check out my website and facebook page to see more of my photos and see more behind the scenes from my shoots.


I Never Thought It Would Be Possible To Love A Light Stand Like This: Manfrotto 1004BAC

Regular followers of my blog and various forms of social media already know I travel a LOT for shoots. We are talking over 100k miles and thousands spent in baggage fees a year! Thus, a streamlined effective travel kit loaded with gear that doesn’t waste space or weight is crucial for me. I’ve been spending the last month replacing old gear, cases, stands, lights, etc. A lot of my kit had become worn out, bent, and no longer worked properly due to hard use. During a recent trip to B&H in New York City, I discovered the most beautiful travel light stand kit I have ever seen: The Manfrotto 1004BAC stackable light stand kit.


Why do I love these stands so much?

  • They are light weight at only 6.6 lbs each and extend to 12 feet high and close down to 42.1″
  • They don’t flex and bend like a lot of other travel stands and have a max load weight of 20lbs, which is plenty for my Profoto D1 1000 heads with a huge light modifier.
  • The 3 stands in the kit literally stack and lock together for easy transport.
  • They have this cool “double braced” wide leg stance for more stability, especially when raising your lights really high. I’ve tested them and I am impressed how they don’t flex and feel like they want to topple over as much as other lights. This is great because I cannot always travel with sand bags so being able to walk off of a plane and head to a portrait session and not worry about a light with a softbox mounted onto it toppling over onto a portrait subject due to a weak stand.

My fellow photographer buddy Clint Davis was on set and saw these stands and we immediately lusted over these stands, which are honestly a steal for $329 for all 3 stands. Kinda funny considering all of the gear porn we had on set (Tether Tools, Phase One, Profoto). You can check out the stands on B&H’s website with free shipping here: LINK

Keep an eye on my blog the coming weeks. I have replaced a majority of the lighting, travel gear, and cases I was using earlier this year in hopes of streamlining a better travel kit with the most effective gear of the best value. This includes a new strobe case, camera bag configuration, light stand case and layout, and tether table.

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Meeting Cesar Millan And Spreading The Word On Pitbull Adoption Through “Not A Bully”

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For those of you that are unfamiliar with what Not A Bully is: I have created a new dog portrait series dedicated to telling the story of rescued/adopted bully breed dogs (particularly Pitbull and Pit mixes) that suffered difficult early lives, but despite their early challenges have returned to the community as wonderful service animals, family dogs, therapy dogs, etc. I want to show the public with this portrait series that Pitbulls are not the inherently evil monster the media makes them out to be. Blame falls on the shoulders of bad humans, not bad dogs.

Thank you to Cesar Millan and Junior for visiting Emma & me & being part of my Not A Bully campaign (www.NotABully.org – New Website Coming Soon) & involving us in your new Pitbull TV special! A proud career & life moment today. Also, thank you for the awesome shout out on the Cesar Millan Foundation page:

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Can You Power a Profoto D1 Air With A Vagabond Mini Battery Pack? (Video)

I recently started upgrading my Paul C Buff White Lightning flash heads with the Profoto D1 Air mono-flash heads. Being an on-location portrait photographer, easy power sources are very important to me. Sometimes I will land in a city and will need to go right to right to set and picking up a generator isn’t an option. Profoto has their own battery pack system, but I already have a few Vagabonds that can fit in my carry-ons very easily and someone once told me that you can run the D1’s off of a vagabond mini battery pack.

As you can see from the video, it does power up a D1 500 and fire. Power recycling is noticeably slower and the strobe sounds a tad strained, but it does work. Helps having the audible sound when the capacitor is recharged. Oh, and make sure the modeling light is turned off or that drains the battery very quickly!

I should try and field test on a couple of D1’s and Vagabond Minis. I’ll let you know when I do!

You can also put the D1’s in a “battery mode” which make them perform better when plugged into a battery pack. One of my readers M.D. Welch suggested this:

Plug in the unit, but leave the power off. Hold down the Model button, wait about 10 seconds while you hold it down, then on the LED indicator it will say “bt”. You are now in battery mode. The last thing you need to do is pull the power cable from the unit, wait a couple of seconds, and plug it back in. Now you can use the light. If you want to go back to wall power, you need to repeat these steps, but the LED indicator will say “- – “. If you don’t do this, you can blow the D1. These steps are in the D1 manual, under using the BatPack.


Fstoppers.com did a great review/description of the Profoto D1. See below to learn more:

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Behind The Scenes Of My Photoshoot With A Custom Transformers Bumblebee Edition Camaro (With Light Diagram)


Just had a fun quick 30 minute shoot shoot with this custom Chevrolet Camaro by Bubba’s East Coast Rods and Customs in Northern Virginia. Shot with this with my Phase One  IQ140 medium format, two 1200 watt strobes on battery packs, a circular polarizer filter to minimize reflections on the paint. Processed with the big help of Nik Photography Color Efex Pro & Viveza to even out exposure, bring out details, and add warmth. Happy how this came out!


I made sure the flash used to fill on the SIDE of the car was far enough away and angled in such a way that the light would hit both wheels. That's a quick easy indicator to use (identifying that the light is hitting both side wheels/rims)
I made sure the flash used to fill on the SIDE of the car was far enough away and angled in such a way that the light would hit both wheels. That’s a quick easy indicator to use (identifying that the light is hitting both side wheels/rims)




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Catch My Photo / Video Workshops At Profusion Pro Imaging Expo June 2013 in Toronto Canada

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Greetings fellow creatives and Canadians! I have been recruited to teach workshops at the upcoming Profusion Pro Imaging Expo taking place June 18-19 2013 in Toronto. Aside from doing some rad Phase One and Profoto demos, I will also be teaching workshops like: “The Power of Marketing your Personal Brand” and “Shooting a Music Video/Short Film – for Still Photographers”.

You can learn more here: http://blog.profusionexpo.com/video/meet-our-presenters-douglas-sonders/