Michael Grecco on Sun, Bounced Sun and Flash

Michael Grecco, working in LA for California Sunbounce, plays with a combo of strobe and bounced sun. It's neat to see how Grecco is shading his model from the sun, then overpowering the sun with a striplight and then reflecting some sun back into the shadow side for separation. A little commercialish, but worth a few minutes to watch.

If you are looking for much more inspiration and BTS check out Grecco's excellent lighting book, Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait.


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:: Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait ::
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Blogger Andrew Smith said...

David you so often post something just as I'm meant to be heading off to bed!

Good video and beautiful photos. Makes me cringe to think of working with all that equipment. It has been a year or more since I last did a large scale outdoors shoot and that video reminds me why I don't miss them. But I'm doing one next week... *sob*

I wonder if this video will provoke another anti-Grecco backlash in the Flickr group. Hope not. The way I see it, he gets the good jobs and he produces good work, so he's free to go about it however he wants. Loads of equipment, loads of crew... whatever, it's just good to see someone being successful.

October 04, 2007 12:27 AM  
Blogger bmillios said...

Funny... Did you notice the typo in the credits?


Michael Grecco, Photographer
(plus long list of folks)

I guess when shooting for the adult industry, there's a whole lot of people whose job it is to stand around staring.

October 04, 2007 2:43 AM  
Anonymous Jenson said...

well, that's what these guys call a "guerilla shooting"? ;-)

October 04, 2007 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A decent vid (thanks for posting, David) but that slide guitar track was killing me!

October 04, 2007 4:05 AM  
Blogger shelby said...

this inspires me!

thanks for posting this. oh and what happend to Chase's video? The one from photoshelter, that was my favorite video...doesnt play anymore for me.

October 04, 2007 4:12 AM  
Blogger Jason Joseph said...

I completly concur with Andrew Smith.... between that $250... ya pimped me for and these last minuite posts... Ill never get sleep with you in my life! :P
Listen this is what Im curious about... couldnt he simply do the same with two lights? Is this just a way of promoting a good product and cash in ( for Mr. Grecco.... Not yourself)
..... I know there are sometimes more than one way to achieve a result
.... And this would make sense.. less to carry... saving power for one srobe or if one fails.... or to simply better model the light and not have to previsualize.....
What do you think? I personally love using reflectors... the shot I have of the guy on the racetrack in the suit running... lit with a 4x6 silver reflector....FROZE him shooting at maybe f5.6 at iso 125....the blur added later in post......
In any event he got super clean images so I image thats all that matters... I love that he uses a buterfly or "Swatter" as the Sunbounce people call it... makes for a cleaner canvas from which to begin and makes it easier on the model.
How do you find this stuff!
Your strobist friend
Jason Joseph

October 04, 2007 5:33 AM  
Blogger mmdesign said...

Not to take anything away from Mr. Grecco but didn't Dean Collins say all of that 20 years ago (with the selfsame sales technique)?

October 04, 2007 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Will Brown said...

David thanks for posting this. Indeed it was worth the time to watch it.

October 04, 2007 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting video. Interesting to see different ways of getting similar results.

"Guerilla shoot". That's pretty funny. That must be some copy written for him to make the products seem edgy.

October 04, 2007 10:07 AM  
Blogger chris. said...

OT: Thought you'd get a kick out of this news piece.


October 04, 2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Anytime I get to see a photographer working and making images, it's worth my time to check it ou. Never know when you might pick up a thing or two.

Now if I can just find a band of travelling gypsies to assist me in my guerrilla shoots...

October 04, 2007 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could lose the guitar loop after the first 30 seconds; I could hardly concentrate on what they're saying with all the constant twang.

October 04, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

dear christ, I want a whole slew of helpers with me when I shoot, haha.

October 04, 2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger GeoWulf said...

I'd recommend reading Jimmy D's Blog if you want to know all about photography and the subject of 'naked ambition'. Grecco might even take a few lessons from JimmyD. IMHO

October 04, 2007 1:24 PM  
Anonymous tuthdoc99 said...

Interesting video, thank you for posting it. I did like seeing different ways of altering the light to get the results he was looking for. I got from the video that it is "guerilla" because they didn't have an RV and they weren't in a studio. I wonder how well those light modul....errr modifiers do in a stiff breeze. My guess is that they fly pretty well and are almost big enough to sub for a storm jib.

October 04, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger SeanMcC said...

whatever about the lights.. I gotta organise shiny wardrobe!

October 04, 2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey that's exactly where I just shot a couple of week's ago. Except I really did do it Strobist / guerilla style. Just me and the model. It's the main image on my page.


October 04, 2007 7:55 PM  
Blogger Don Giannatti said...

I just wanted to say something about a premise here. I know that Grecco is shooting a book about the adult industry, but I don't think this shoot is for that project. As fas as I know Ramona Soriano is not an adult film star, she is a legit model in LA. At least, that is what my research shows. If she is not an adult film star, the innuendo may not be warranted. I can find lots of references to her as a legit "Asian" model, but not to any adult industry work.

Grecco could enlighten us if he reads this.

October 05, 2007 8:48 AM  
Anonymous nika said...

Life is too short to be pissy about who did what first. I can still appreciate watching his work and hearing his perspective.

Thanks for sharing!

October 05, 2007 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don, you are right, Ramona Soriano is not an adult film star, she is a legit model in LA. This shoot was done specifically for sunbounce. The mention to his new book, was just that. Grecco has another cool behind the scenes video on the website for his new book here, www.nakedambition.com/press.php

October 05, 2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Serge said...

An interesting video. A while ago I tried the same thing, blocking the sunlight and using a flash. Of course, Michael Grecco's results are much better :-)

October 05, 2007 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Steve C said...

A Guerilla shoot with Police escort, eh?

(did you spot the black and white?)

October 06, 2007 4:41 AM  
Anonymous the empror has no clothes said...

I LOVE that Grecco is using a portrait of himself that is at least ten years old.

I've known Michael for ten years, would even call him a friend of sorts, but Michael is all about Michael.

This video is nothing but a pimp for Michael and Sunbounce. Sorry Michael, but you can do MUCH better than this.

October 08, 2007 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Denver Photographer said...

you asked about doing the same technique with two lights. you can, I prefer to do it with one and the sun. Of course that means my light changes as the sun moves, the only think I don't get is how the sunbounce can really be that much better than the old school calumet panel system that costs 1/5 as much http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/RM7360K/

I LOVE my panels except for their desire to sail away.

October 10, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger tom said...

wow, checked out those sunbounce products and holy moly....closed the window as soon as I saw the cost for a frame with some fabric attached. lol. $600 - $1000...give me a break!

October 10, 2007 3:35 PM  

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