Light Fare From Martin Prihoda

A little while back I did some surveying on this site. Among other things, the survey told me that the readership of Strobist skewed male. Overwhelmingly, pathetically, ninety-four-percentingly male.

So I am thinking today that roughly six percent of you will react to Hamish's shotgunned beer burp with an "Ewww, gross," while about 94 percent of you will hold up signs with ratings from one to ten.

Vancouver-based shooter Martin Prihoda is back, squeezing a little end-of-day fun out of some lighting gear rental, and walking through the process of shooting a guy in a monkey suit against a sunset.

And when we say "monkey suit" we are not talking about a tuxedo.

(Thanks, Martin!)

Related, more serious lighting video:

:: Martin Prihoda Shoots Delerium ::



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Blogger Untitled and Unbridled said...

This is my life goal, getting drunk on the beach with my friends while shooting a man in a monkey suit. Seriously, Martin is living the life.

July 31, 2008 12:13 PM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

this shoot is right up there with 'getting your poo rolled away by dung beetles'. rock on.

July 31, 2008 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live about thirty miles south on the same beach down in blaine washington. if anyone would like to find a monkey suit I'll bring my vagabond, my white lighting 3200, and my beauty dish and we'll knock this one out :]

gimme a call 360.961.5291


July 31, 2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Oh, I wanted to see the drunk hookers in monkey suits... what a tease!

Loved it, brought a huge smile to my face as I work in dark, boring cube.

July 31, 2008 1:21 PM  
Blogger Robin Sarac said... no longer available?

July 31, 2008 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Photo Ole said...

He starts off picking his nose and ends up shooting a guy in a monkey suit drinking. What's not to like?

July 31, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger Alan B. said...

Seems to me he would have benefited from a bit of CTO on the strobe. Or maybe I just prefer my monkey's warmer...

July 31, 2008 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to do that survey again. I'm sure there are more than 6% of us coming here regularly! The burp didn't bother me one bit, wish I was there

July 31, 2008 3:05 PM  
Blogger MK said...

Cool. Damn impressive.

One thing though... what is it with these photo videos that are just the worst quality videos in the world? This one in particular! Ugh. Would love to see them try just a little harder in creating a video that doesn't look like a rank amateur made it. Just a little more quality!

OK that's all...loved it otherwise.

July 31, 2008 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, there are only 6% of us girlie types checking out the Strobist, I would have thought it to be more than that but ya just never know. The video was just fine, kind of liked the monkey picture is a strange sort of way. But really can't thank you enough for all that you do I have learned lots, many, many things I would never had a chance to learn. THANKS kathyt

July 31, 2008 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody that knows lighting well enough to be on strobist Ought to post a nicer looking video than that!
a camera is a camera dude!

July 31, 2008 5:37 PM  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

I'm holding up a sign that gives that burp about a 5.5. He gets extra credit for doing it on video, so let's go with 6 :-)

Cycle 61 Photography

July 31, 2008 5:50 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

Yeah... was not long enough. I'd give it a 5. Maybe a litlle gutter drag would fix it ;-)

July 31, 2008 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn, to bad this didn't turn into a TTMS (Trash the Monkey Suit) session

July 31, 2008 7:37 PM  
Blogger spencer said...

The video was awesome and the quality is what it needs to be. Sure they are pro photogs, but they are doing the videos for fun as a way to share info. The quality of video production doesn't need to be there as long as quality subject matter is presented. Thanks Martin and to David for keeping us learning new stuff or refreshing the old stuff.

July 31, 2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger Alven said...

Today's lesson:
More beer, and Holga for my pocket wizards!

July 31, 2008 8:23 PM  
Blogger Stephen White Photography said...

This is my first time posting and, I want you to know how much I enjoy your site. I learn so much but, posts like these make me hungry for the next one.

Oh and BTW, I thought the burp was weak...I give it a 4.5 :)

July 31, 2008 9:26 PM  
Blogger Callum said...

Is it just me that wants to see the Holga photos more than the ones Martin was shooting?

July 31, 2008 9:34 PM  
Blogger Dom said...


need I say more!

July 31, 2008 9:47 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

4.5...needed words. "west coast" or "monkey" would have been apt.

July 31, 2008 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to marry Debbi.

August 01, 2008 3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ow, would have liked being there! And that for a girl... ;) Serious, only 6%?!


August 01, 2008 3:45 AM  
Anonymous KevDo said...

Ha! Excellent, i love videos like these. Decent results too but i like my monkey a bit warmer as well.

A bit of Devendra Banhart thrown in as well.. good times!

August 01, 2008 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video no longer available?

August 01, 2008 9:20 AM  
Blogger esther cerise lin said...

what does it mean for me, if I'm a girl that thought that burp was mildly impressive? could've gone longer though, he dumped out most of that beer.

August 01, 2008 3:50 PM  
Blogger CDP said...

Girl viewer here! Ha- I love it! Why can't I get someone to dress up in a monkey suit for me? How fun!

August 01, 2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger Kat G said...

YEEEAH!!! I love being in the minority!! Did you know that apparently men prefer buying cameras from men?? Its been surveyed too. I learnt this when I used to sell cameras.... most of my customers were men!! Mysteries... I wonder what comes next in the monkey adventures? haha I give the burp a 7

August 01, 2008 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Mike Scism said...

OMG this vid suck!!!! well just in quality haha I think that shoot was pretty bad ass for just being a fling. I do say that the beer chug was a little slow so I will give him a 6.5. Photos were for sure a 9.5 plus and extra .5 for creativity. Great job to the guys up north

August 02, 2008 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia Wood said...

I have not participated in any of your surveys, but I'm a girl and I read Strobist...although I prefer to shoot with available light (and yet I want to learn more about lighting). Not sure how much I learned much from this video, in terms of nitty-gritty specifics, but it's cute and fun --assistant's belch notwithstanding-- and I especially enjoyed the Devendra Banhart soundtrack. (Hey, did you get his permission to use his song...?) ;)

August 02, 2008 12:00 PM  
Anonymous jamiec said...

Came here today on the recommendation of another photographer. If this post is an indicator of things to come, I LOVE it! I was expecting cold, technology: f-stops and shutter speeds. Pretty pictures, but numbers, numbers, numbers.

Instead, I saw this crazy video, and I heard a familiar accent, and was immediately homesick. Shot-gunning a beer?! Was it an Oly-pop? Monkey feet! Nose-picking. Oh and a HOT monkey who was WORKIN' it, in a beautiful sunset, somewhere in the north.

I had just gotten over my bi-monthly "F---it all, I'm leaving this suburban-insidious-mind-drain to move back to Alaska" rant, and now I see this. Don't know where they were, but the location is incidental. The mind-set makes me hungry.
Good pics, good place, good life. I want to go back to Anchor-town.

And, who doesn't love being the 7th chick among 93 dudes. Men are great. I love men. Think I'll hang here and learn about photography with a bunch of men. Mmmm. Men.

August 02, 2008 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm watching the video and just finished reading about how 6% of readers will say "Ew, gross"... Just as the burp completes, my wife turns to me and says "Ew, gross!" Strobist videos, zero dollars... Watching it in the same room with my wife... "priceless"!

August 02, 2008 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sweet way to finish off a long days shoot! Quality of the video sucks but it ad's to the ghetto-ness of it. My only beef with it all is at the beginning where he talks about removing some branches from the shot... way to potentially burn a location buddy! You might be able to swing that stuff out in the sticks but a city like Vancouver that is a hot spot for film and television, big brother see (almost) all. Especially when you push it out on You Tube. OH, and the same people that hand out permits to the film/television industry for locations are the same people that hand em out for the still photo crowd.
I know as an IATSE 669'er that if anyone on set did that (especially in a flipping park!) they would most likely be turfed if the PM cote wind of it.

August 03, 2008 6:39 AM  
Blogger Gregoire said...

Funny shoot video... But if you've got the gear and the tie, why not shoot a guy in a monkey suit? lol

I found myself wondering how the pics with the Holga/PocketWizard came out...

August 03, 2008 8:20 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hey, don't forget the 0.01% that's transsexual and going ... "forget the money suit, give me the bottle, preferably with the contents still in it!"

August 04, 2008 2:52 PM  
OpenID realitytourist said...

My teenage daughters belch better than that! I wish they'd shown the Holga shot in the video.

As for the video quality, what were they going to do, bring in hot lights?

Mike K

August 05, 2008 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great video. Luckily, I experience this sunset every night as I practically live at the top of the cliffs they climbed down!

August 14, 2008 4:23 PM  
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