J Young Da Million $ Kid

posted by tucker

Yesterday, Paul asked me to help out with a shoot his friend had asked him to do. Turns out his friend was J Young, an up and coming Atlanta rapper, and I had a really fun time with it! I used a reflector for the first time, and I usually avoid lighting and flash at all costs, but the reflector was just simply awesome. We did the shoot on the roof of Paul’s building, and there was a great sunset that lit up the Atlanta skyline, and the reflector allowed me to bounce the flash off of it, onto J Young, and I was able to then expose exclusively for the background. Kinda HDR-y in a way, because everything in the shots has great tone. For some one who never does portrait work, this was really just a great chance to see how fun it can be. I was able to use not only my 580EX flash, which was a lifesaver, but also all of my glass, as the 70-200 and 100mm macro make great portrait lenses, while the 16-35 has those wide angles covered.. He told me he wanted to do a lot more work with me, which is great, and he has some awesome ideas for future shoots… who knows. Anyway, here are a few from what we did yesterday. I have not had time to edit them at all, but I shot all 9GB of pictures in RAW so I will be able to pull out tons more detail where it’s needed, dial back exposures, and remove powerlines, poles, and flash-reflections as necessary.

My favorite of the bunch.

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