Chris Garrison – Behind the Scenes Video

Today I received an awesome behind the scenes video from Kupo Pro Chris Garrison. Here are just a few of the unlimited options for rigging equipment with Kupo Grip. Even on location, Chris brings along a variety of pro grip gear to give him ultimate flexibility as well as the knowledge that his equipment is held securely in the elements, leaving him free to concentrate on what he does best, capturing pro athletes flying across the water, snow or air. I’ve included a timeline at the end of this post to highlight and link to each piece of Kupo Grip used in this video. Enjoy!

VIDEO DESCRIPTION

Go behind the scenes with Chris Garrison at the Projects in Orlando, Florida to see how he shoots rail riding on the water.  He has guest Professional wakeboarders; Todd Watson, Trevor Bashir, and an appearance by Shane Bonifay.  You will get some inside knowledge of how to shoot and keep your equipment safe around the water at the same time.  Be sure to watch for all the small things that will help make any shoot run smoother and safer.  The best part of the video is Chris will be using the Nikon 85mm f/2.8 PC-E (better known as a tilt-shift) for the first time!

 

The Projects Shoot from Alex Glass on Vimeo.

Here’s one of the still images from Chris’ shoot.

Copyright 2013 - Chris Garrison

TIMELINE

00:46 – 40″ Hex Grip Arm & Blog Post

02:04 – Master C Stand with Sliding Leg

02:09 – Master C Stand with Turtle Base & Video

02:25 – Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle & Blog Post

02:25 – Hex “J” Hook & Blog Post

02:36 – 3-Way Clamp & Video

02:36 – 108mm Long Baby Stud

02:53 – Grip Arm Support & Video

03:18 – Tilting Umbrella Adapter with KG000912 & KG001112 Studs

03:18 – Hot Shoe Adapter

To find out more about Chris and his photography, check out his Kupo Pro bio.

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Chris Garrison – Kupo Pro

Some photographers do most of their work in a studio in a tranquil controlled environment. They have an elaborate set built, their lighting just so and perhaps an espresso in hand to keep them at the edge of their creativity. But what happens when your subjects are extreme athletes flying down a mountain on a snowboard, or screaming across the water, being pulled by multi-engined watercraft, performing moves that make gravity itself stop and take notice? Chris Garrison would be the man to ask as this is how he makes his living shooting extreme athletes in their natural environment.

When I caught up with Chris, he had a few things to say about Kupo grip equipment:

“Kupo grip equipment and their C-Stands allow me to confidently place flashes in areas that may be prone to impact or high wind. I have yet to see any of the Max Arms move out of position or C-Stands fall due to heavy wind, even while placed on high speed boats!”

“The 3 Way Clamps makes it very easy for me to attach multiple flashes to a single light stand. I am constantly shooting athletes over long distances where I need 2 to 4 flashes. It is unreal to be able to attach them all securely to one C-Stand.”

“I love Kupo Grip’s unique C-Stand Turtle Bases. They make it super convenient and very fast to set up and break down. Weather can move in very fast when shooting outdoors. The fact that I can pick up the C-stand and pull up the locking mechanism and walk as it collapses the legs automatically is invaluable.”

Chris Garrison

ABOUT CHRIS

Chris Garrison is an action sports commercial photographer based in Orlando, Florida. He splits his year between shooting snow and water sports. Mostly known for always using large flashes for every photo he takes, Chris has been pushing the limits of flash photography and is steadily leaving his mark in all types of industries. Chris is a former athlete and knows what it takes to get what he wants. In the winter he can be found hiking and sledding up mountains with 200 lbs of photo and flash gear. In the summer you will find him on the water with boats, skis, and anything that will float to hold a flash in tow. Chris takes a lot of pride on bringing in a commercial like look to action sports lighting. He will do what ever it takes to get the flashes to where they need to be in the morning, sunset, night and even midday. Working for large clients such as RedBull, ESPN, The Bonnier Corporation, Kicker, Ronix, and many more; you will be sure to see him pushing photography almost daily.

 

CHRIS’S WORK

To see more of Chris’s photography or to find out more about him, visit his website.

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Kupo Grip Webinar #2 – Using Grip Equipment to Rig Off-Camera Flash

Join Jason Friedman as he shows you how to rig three distinct multi-light shots using off-camera flash while taking advantage of Kupo’s innovative, precision crafted grip equipment and Pocket Wizard’s wireless triggering systems. In this webinar you will learn how to rig, two and three flash setups, for an an executive portrait in an office environment utilizing some specialized grip gear and two studio shots, a beauty shot and lifestyle shot using the foundation of all grip equipment, the versatile C-Stand as well as a whole variety of grip gear. After this webinar, photographers will have more tools and tricks to rig their amazing off-camera flashes for a whole variety of shooting styles both for studio and location.

THREE FLASH SET-UPS

FLASH SET-UP #1 – EXECUTIVE PORTRAIT

In this executive portrait, I wanted to take advantage of our office environment using some Kupo grip accessories made specifically for this environment such as our Off-Camera Flash Alli Clamp and our Drop Ceiling Adapter with Baby Stud.

3 – LIGHT SET-UP

1 – Key Light in Umbrella Softbox: In this set-up, I used a Creative Light Umbrella Softbox on our compact and light weight Handy Stand as our key light. The umbrella was placed at a 3/4 angle to the subject about a foot higher than her head at a distance of about 3 feet. The Nikon SB-900 flash was rigged to our Handy Stand by using our Tilting Umbrella Adapter and Hot Shoe Adapter.

1 – Room Fill Light : For the fill light, I placed an Off-Camera Flash Alli Clamp to the arm rest on a chair and pointed it straight at the ceiling. Since this already includes a mini ball head and hot shoe adapter, the SB-900 flash mounted directly to it. This increased the overall room exposure.

1 – Kicker: For our kicker, or hair light, We rigged an off-camera flash to the drop ceiling using one of Kupo’s Drop Ceiling Adapters with Baby Stud, just behind our subject pointing towards the back of her head. The Nikon SB-900 flash was rigged to our Handy Stand by using our Tilting Umbrella Adapter and Hot Shoe Adapter.

Here are three photos from this shoot:

Executive Portrait - #1

Executive Portrait - #1

Executive Portrait #2

Executive Portrait - #2

Executive Portrait - #3

Executive Portrait - #3

 

FLASH SET-UP #2 – BEAUTY

In this beauty shot, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite lighting techniques, using 3 strip banks to create a soft “ring light” effect by configuring the strip banks in a triangular pattern and shooting through the center of the triangle.

4 – LIGHT SET-UP

3 – Strip Bank Key Lights – Here I used a combination of both 20″ and 40″ C-Stand Kits, that consist of a C-Stand, Grip Arm & Grip Head to rig our strip banks as well as our seamless background. With the help of our 5″ Grip Pin, we had the ultimate flexibility to position our strip banks. We also used just the base from one of our C-Stands with Turtle Base with a Butt Plug, the affectionate industry term for a Stand Adapter with a Grip Arm and Grip Head to rig the bottom strip bank. We used the Creative Light Speedlight Speedring (see Nikon or Canon models under “Techincal Data”) to support our Nikon SB-900 Flashes in the Profoto 1×4 Strip Banks.

1 – Kicker Light – We used a 40″ C-Stand Kit with a Tilting Umbrella Adapter and a Hot Shoe Adapter to position our kicker, or edge light behind our subject up above our frame pointing toward the back of the subject’s head.

For Safety, for all of our 3 set-ups, we used a bunch of our 15lb Sandbags, our “Silent Grips” to hold everything in place.

Here are three photos from this shoot:

Beauty - #1

Beauty - #1

Beauty - #2

Beauty - #2

Beauty - #3

Beauty - #3

FLASH SET-UP #3 – LIFESTYLE FASHION

In this fashion shot, I wanted to demonstrate how you can use top-shelf light shapers such as a Profoto Giant Reflector using only off-camera flash!

4 – LIGHT SET-UP

1 – Key Light – We used a Profoto Giant Silver 150 Reflector rigged with 3 Nikon SB-900 Flashes around a its central shaft using a Kupo 3-Way Clamp, 2.5″ Long Baby Studs for the 3-Way Clamp, Tilting Umbrella Adapters & Hot Shoe Adapters.

1 – Kicker – We placed a SB-900 in a Profoto 1×4′ Strip Bank and positioned it at an angle behind the subject opposite the key light.

Profoto Giant 150 - Flash Rig

Profoto Giant 150 - Flash Rig

 

Here are three photos from this shoot:

Fashion - #1

Fashion - #1

Fashion - #2

Fashion - #2

Fashion - #3

Fashion - #3

 

All flashes were triggered using the amazing new Pocket Wizard Plus III Transceivers with Quad Zone Triggering Technology. Each flash had it’s own dedicated Pocket Wizard, that way from the camera position, I could turn them on or off so I could independently meter the results. These super simple units with advanced functionality will give you freedom and dependable triggering, every time!

All exposures were derived by the incredibly small and accurate Sekonic 308DC DigiCineMate Meter. Whether you shoot stills, cinema, pro video or dslr video, this little meter will get you perfect exposures every time!

GEAR USED

To get a complete gear list, click below:

http://www.macgroupus.com/webinar/kupo/Kupo_Webinar_Gear_List_07262012.pdf

The video should answer most of your questions, however if you have any further questions, please shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help you out.

Jason

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