Camera-Hurlin' Mike Larson Tells All
There's no off-camera flash involved. So bail right nere if you are one of those hardcore purists that do not enjoy a little O-T how-to post. But I couldn't resist having Mike tell us how he does these things.
I am busy right now working on the L102 Cooking Light assignment discussion, and will have it up a little later today.
Hey, it's me Mike Larson, the guy who did the camera toss. I found this site through one of my mentors who was sharing with me where he saw it.
I use my Canon EOS Mark 2n or my Mark 1ds, and I use my 14mm. If I use the mark 2, I use an intervelometer. If I use the 1ds, (a full frame) it's easier to get it with one toss using the 2 second timer. Just throw it up 20 feet or so after holding for a second, with a little bit of rotation.
I use a 22.138 rotational degree axis 3mph spin. Just kidding.
On the photographer being part of the wedding scenery: This is something that must be reverent to the ceremony. Sometimes, you get a group of guys that beg for it. And you know, if you're shooting a dull portrait sessions where nobody wants to get into it, I have learned that it takes some crazy creativity to get the people into it.
Not for every wedding, but I can say that I have some high paying jobs where the groom is looking forward to it!
I Photoshop myself out of the shots sometimes. But you know, when you become friends with the bride and groom and develop a relationship, it's a different ballgame. So being in the photograph means you were part of their day. And I only keep myself in if the friendship I build means something to them.
Its new, different and out of the box. I am always trying new stuff. Its fun for me, and always relative to what the bride and groom want.
The camera throwing takes a little practice but it's an easy thing. I will be demo'ing this at during WPPI, where I'll be speaking and sharing more about having fun while shooting.
You can read more about Mike at his website/portfolio/blog at www.MikeLarson.com. You can see the camera-throwing video here.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving some details, Mike. We appreciate it very much.
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