Portrait shoot by photographer Erik Valind using a 50" Westcott Apollo and multiple 12" x 36" Stripbanks.
Commercial, portrait, and lifestyle photography Erik Valind joins Henry's TV host Mark Shannon on the Henry's TV stage at Exposure Spring 2012 to share some tips and tricks about how to become a better photographer.
We have to start out this post with - WOW! Once again, B&H put on an amazing shootout in Central Park this year and it quite simply put - keeps getting better and better! Quick Recap With over 263 attendees at the shootout, some amazing instructors, mixed with amazing lighting gear and some excellent organization […]
Outdoor Portrait shoot by photographer Erik Valind using a Westcott Strobelite Plus, 5' Octabank and Silver/White Scrim Jim.
When I need a little more precise modifier these stripbanks really deliver. Because they are asymmetrical, they have a wonderful fall off that I like to feather down my subject. This beautiful light together with a more narrow and directional throw allows for some really creative lighting techniques.Erik Valind
Spring is now here and what better time of year than to have some KILLER deals - right in the St. Louis & Atlanta area! You will have the opportunity to attend some free seminars and meet the reps from some of the biggest companies in the photography industry. Creve Coeur Camera - St. Louis, […]
Scott Kelby is bringing Google+ photographers together for a history making conference to help photographers refine their photography skills, grow their online brand, and get the most out of Google+. This amazing conference brings together some of the biggest photographers on Google+, some of the best instructors of photography and some of the geniuses […]
This blog was written by Westcott Top Pro, Ambassador and Professional Photographer Erik Valind. If you have any further questions for him regarding this post, be sure to leave a comment below OR you can contact him through his Top Pro Page to visit his website. With the additions of the Orb and the […]
It's amazing how many different looks you can get out of single modifier. Whether it be a giant expensive softbox or super affordable little PocketBox. Light is still light after all and when we are in control the outcomes are limitless. I recently had the opportunity to shoot with a the new PocketBox that just came out designed by Erin Manning. At first look the box seemed straight forward enough, pop it on camera to soften the light a little and be done with it. After getting to really play around with it I think you'll be surprised by the diverse images we walked away with.
This post was written by Westcott Ambassador Erik Valind. Whether your in a new city or just want explore your own for new locations that you haven’t found yet, there are a number of ways to go about it. For starters, the internet is chalk full of great resources if you just know where to […]
Westcott was working to launch six new backdrops to the Westcott Modern Vintage line. In doing so, we decided to work with Erik Valind to put together a photoshoot featuring the backdrops.
You can’t beat the consistency of the 5’ Octabank. When I need a soft and even exposure on my subject, this is my go to light modifier. It delivers a beautiful quality of light and keeps me from worrying about hotspots or unwanted fall off around the edges.Erik Valind
Ever wonder how strobes fire from the slave cell on the back of the unit? And if you don't have line of sight of the cell, how it is possible to fire your strobe? This video touches on Wireless Triggers and how it all works.
It seems that everyone with a nice DSLR nowadays also has an iPad or some other tablet in their bag. Maybe we just like toys, who doesn't?! Tablets are an excellent way to show off your portfolio or latest favorite photo. The form factor is great, it's like having an unlimited stack of beautifully backlit 8x10's ready to share. The iPad has even become the main part of my portfolio as a professional photographer, allowing me to instantly update my book, for the particular client meeting I may be walking into. It also allows me to keep my portfolio current with the ability to just sync up my latest photos straight from Adobe Lightroom. After this obvious use of the iPad, what's the next step?
Headshots help form the foundation of many photographers report and can add a lot to a working pro's bottom lines. Some jobs make you dig deep for a creative concept or lighting solution, and others not so much. When picturing business headshots many of us envision suits in a studio with a standard 3-light setup... zzZZZzz.. and this is where a lot of shooters would hit the snooze button. I want to share a quick an easy way to impress your client by giving them more, while not breaking your back or the bank in the process. I believe in working hard AND smart as no one wants to sit for hours for headshot while you move tons of lights around.
Whether your in a new city or just want explore your own for new locations that you haven't found yet, there are a number of ways to go about it. For starters, the internet is chalk full of great resources if you just know where to look.
This blog is written by Westcott Ambassador Erik Valind. Headshots help form the foundation of many photographers report and can add a lot to a working pro's bottom lines. Some jobs make you dig deep for a creative concept or lighting solution, and others not so much. When picturing business headshots many of us envision […]
Photo Basics is excited to announce the addition of three more 5-in-1 reflector sizes to the product line. The new reflectors provide more options to the aspiring photographer at a very competitive price. Each reflector contains a slipcover with gold, black, white and silver as well as a 1-stop diffusion panel and comes in a […]
The backdrop behind me is Willow. It's a 9' x 12' backdrop with a 4 inch pole pocket running across the top making it convenient to hang on background stands you probably already own. You'll notice classical vintage patterns that go on there. It's made of a thick velour fabric that totally soaks up the […]
The background behind me is Legion. It's a 9' x 12' backdrop with a 4 inch pole pocket running across the top, making it convenient to hang on the background stands you probably already own. What I really love about it is the classic styling that it has to it. It's custom made and designed […]
The background behind me is Chantilly. It's a 9' x 12' backdrop with a 4 inch pole pocket across the top, making it convenient to hang on any background stands. Each of the patterns on this background are made out of velvet. They are really going to soak up the light when you are shooting high key or […]
The background behind me is Terracotta. It's a 9' x 12' backdrop with a 4 inch pole pocket across the top. All the patterns are actually made out of velvet, so it's really going soak up that light when you do shoot with it. It is a seamless background so you're going to get plenty of length out […]
Erik specializes in the creation of compelling commercial work and eregetic lifestyle imagery. Having grown up on the brilliant beaches of the sunshine state, Erik developed an early appreciation for the transformative energy that light prossesses. He is known for his unique approach of traveling light while producing impressive results, with minimal gear.
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