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Yosemite – Landscape Photographer’s Paradise

There are not many places on earth as awe inspiring as Yosemite. Normally people photography is where I spend most of my time, and it’s always fun to show a sense of place with my people and event photography. Most of the same concepts apply to landscapes. Color contrast, removal of distracting elements, getting texture and detail in the right places at the right times. Your subject changes swiftly and you need to react quickly to changes in light and the subject itself.

Photography is so much fun.

The first photo is an HDR Black and White of Ribbon Falls and El Capitan.

The second is of Valley View, 55 second exposure @ f11 with a Cokin Neutral Density Filter.

The third is El Capitan in early evening with fog around the top of it.

The fourth is another variation on Valley View with a shorter exposure and a 2 stop Hoya Neutral Density Filter.


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April 22, 2011 - 12:22 am

Carolyn Bravo - What a fantastic photo.

Studio Portraits in Sacramento | Studio Setup Pictures

It was a pretty big day opening up the contents of an entire studio. I’ve already used the setup a few times and am really happy with it. Now the key is getting the wife to let me keep it in there! (it’s in the living room). I can set it up from scratch in about 20 minutes after a little practice, though it’s really nice to have it there and ready to go whenever inspiration strikes. It’s got great 20+ feet high ceilings, about 14 feet wide and 25 feet deep. It’s a good space for this type of thing, not perfect but it is very workable. I’m excited to do some more portraits in this space and really test it out. So far we have done kids and families in the space, and they have all been great.

I can totally see doing band photos and senior portraits in this space. Plus of course family and children’s portraits!


So here it is. The setup is based on Zack Arias’ tutorial which seems to be having some problems with malware right now. It’s too bad cause it’s a wonderful tutorial. There are three Einstein e640 flash units, two for the background and one for the main light. So far these lights have been very good, really liking the light output from these. The color is consistent shot to shot, and the recycle time is fantastic compared to hot shoe strobes. Each background light has a bi-fold door to flag the light off against the camera. I’ve got to do something about the window light if I’m going to do anything other than white or gray backgrounds.It’s nice to have it there sometimes (makes pretty window light portraits (but need to get rid of it other times. I’m thinking it might be a good idea to put a flash out there when the light sucks and just go with it. 🙂


The Paul Buff beauty dish is my new favorite light modifier. It’s large and softish, but with a nice punch to it that you don’t get from a softbox or umbrella. The big octabox is also really beautiful, I think in the right situation it could be really useful. It’s a big package and will be heavy to move around to jobs though. Also got a couple of parabolic umbrellas (PLMs) that I can’t figure out exactly how to put together yet. More to come on those guys. I got three of the c-stands, one with a boom. The boom unit is great for getting the light ‘up and over’ rather than just ‘up and next to’. I use the beauty dish like this, then the tri-grip reflector under the chin for a really nice, clamshell, over and under type of beauty light.

The Nikon SB and the pocketwizard are there to bounce a little light off the ground, but more importantly, to trigger the flashes via the optical slave. I was going to sync the pocketwizard right to one of the lights, but found that they use a 1/8 to 1/8 miniphone cable rather than the 1/8 to PC jack my other flashes use. One more thing to buy.

The beauty dish has a small reflector inside the middle of it that directs the light back onto the dish and out towards the model. It mounts in the top umbrella holder on the Einstein unit. You can adjust it in and out as desired. It’s a lot easier to take the beauty dish off and on the flash than the softbox or octa. The holding fingers that hold the modifier to the flash are adequate but not exactly confidence inspiring. It’s on there, but you wouldn’t want to bet the farm on it staying there. Trying to put the octa on the flash while on the stand and holding a camera is an exercise in futility. Zack would say ‘many curse words’ like the Dad in the Christmas story when fixing the furnace!

Comment any questions you have (on Facebook or on the blog directly) and I’ll be happy to answer!

March 28, 2011 - 2:51 am

Chelsea Marie - Looks great bud!! I wish I had high ceilings 🙁 so I could do that, but I like the setup very nice 🙂

March 28, 2011 - 3:15 am

Chris Schmidt - Crazy setup! Don’t know what it all does but it sounds sweet!

March 28, 2011 - 3:33 am

Kurt Kemling - Awesome!!! Love it. I do a similar setup in my garage and hate taking it down after all that work. 😉

March 28, 2011 - 6:56 am

Lou - Very nice setup man, good deal!

I love the PCB Beauty Dish. With the sock on it it’s incredibly flattering, it’s a great modifier.

Question: Why aren’t you using the reflectors on the bg lights?

March 28, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Beau Hause - Lou – the Einsteins didn’t come with any reflectors! I’m going to get a few an probably some 10 degree gridspots too. The reflectors are pretty cheap, and the big bifold doors work ok for now.

It’s all About Perspective | Graduation Photos in Sacramento

A little bit of perspective can be a powerful thing. Both in life and in photography. 🙂

In this photo I set it up to try to emphasize the great skies we have been having lately. To bring out the blues, I put a cut of CTO gel on my flashes, set up at 45 degrees and a bit wide to make sure we covered the grads and set my white balance to tungsten. That way the graduates are rendered with regular skin tones but the skies and other ambient lit sections go a bit more blue.

But what really makes this photo in my opinion is shifting perspective.
I put the camera on the ground and pointed it up toward the skies and the graduates.

This made the sky more prominent and accentuated the roofline. It makes the photo much more interesting.


March 26, 2011 - 2:53 am

Rachel Camarero - Yep I like the 2nd one, very cool!

Family & Kids Photography in Elk Grove Sacramento | Monica Smith

These kids were a lot of fun to shoot! As much fun as I have doing photography, they kids always have more fun because they are doing kid stuff. Remember when opening a present was the most exciting thing in the entire world? When getting ice cream was the central focus of your entire life? When you would bug Mom and Pop for an extra 5 minutes at the park to run and play? Yup. That’s why I love shooting kids. They live that kind of fun and excitement every day.

Monica’s kids were like that. They are sweet and fun and easy to get to smile. (Always good for photographers). I absolutely had a bunch of fun shooting their family portraits.

Nikon D700 with the 105mm macro lens and the 24-70 regular lens, flashes are my SB900 and SB26 with either the foursquare softbox and/or a shoot through umbrella at varying power settings. Triggered by optical when my batteries died briefly inside, then switched to pocket wizards for maximum reliability outside.


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March 13, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Monica Smith - They look awesome!!!! THANKYOU!!!

March 14, 2011 - 12:28 am

Beau Hause - You are welcome! More to come tomorrow or Tuesday! 🙂

March 14, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Jeannine Truiillo (Monicas Mom) - Thank you so much for coming over and taking our family pictures, that was so great! The pictures are sooooooo good! Love them!

March 14, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Beau Hause - You’re welcome! It was a lot of fun. I should have the rest up later tonight or tomorrow! 🙂

Sacramento Photo Studio | Babies & Smiles



March 10, 2011 - 7:07 am

Kurt Kemling - Nice man!

May 19, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Studio Portraits in Sacramento | Studio Setup Pictures » Beau Hause Photography - […] pretty big day opening up the contents of an entire studio. I’ve already used the setup a few times and am really happy with it. Now the key is getting the wife to let me keep it in there! […]

October 16, 2013 - 9:11 am

Studio ESSENCE - Cuba - bella niña y bellas capturas con la lente,
felicidades !!!

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