Erik Valind is a Sponsored Top Pro Photographer who specializes in the creation of compelling commercial work and energetic lifestyle imagery. People are the center of his photography and also serve as his inspiration. Having grown up on the brilliant beaches of the sunshine state, Erik developed an early appreciation for the transformative energy that light possesses. Now Erik uses light to add energy to every image, much as the Florida sunlight has energized him.
Erik is known for traveling light and producing impressive results, with minimal gear. You can catch him traveling the US and Canada teaching lighting techniques for FJ Westcott as one of their top pros and demoing some of his favorite lighting modifiers. When not on the road he runs the Detroit Strobist group and offers workshops to local photography Meetup groups throughout Michigan and Florida.
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I really enjoy your videos, appreciate it. But please check with your video shooters and editors, there's often a terrible shake (21:27) normally when you come back from a slide back to the speaker (seen this in many videos) like if somebody would actually punch the table in which the camera is sitting at, and also The time you leave the slides on screen once they're on is far too much (specially when stuff written is very brief or is not so important or like in other videos, while you leave the slide, we can't see what the speaker is actually doing)
Great videos, appreciate it. But please check with your video shooters and editors, there's often a terrible shake when you come back from a slide back to the speaker (seen this in many videos) like if somebody would actually punch the table in which the camera is sitting at, and also The time you leave the slides on screen once they're on is far too much (specially when stuff written is very brief or is not so important or like in other videos, while you leave the slide, we can't see what the speaker is actually doing)
You could've named the video "Broncolor lights" or something like that. Also I don't understand why you'd go to what you call "scenic locations" and have, in your words, a "shallow depth of field" and blur the hell out of the background. You'd then as well be shooting in your backyard and save yourself a lot of hassle. No wonder most of the shots you've taken lack any kind of character whatsoever. All in all, the video is a total waste of time and I didn't even watch it till the end. Those of you who are thinking whether to watch it, please don't even bother. Skip this one. There are many many better B&H tutorials online.
Soumya Paul you do realize that you can take multiple photos with very blurry backgrounds and some with less... Is not like you are allowed to take one type of photo per trip. But you are right indeed... you don't understand.
Cuban Paul why not be happy for him and hope that one day your work can open similar doors for you? Erik has given us so much quality education over the years and I’m glad that we have one less starving artist in the world.
Excellent presentation, lots of pretense information and examples of how to use light in portraits.
Too bad that filming is very poorly achieved on many occasions, and even when the presenter points to the screen and explains the image, the plan only apprehends the presenter without seeing where he is pointing.
Man, what a great presentation turned into mud by a AWEFUL editing of the video! They've got at least 3 cameras and most of the time they missed what the (excelent!) photographer was showing in the screen. It's not that hard to keep a picture-in-picture small box somewhere on the screen showing what's either on the TV set or with the camera filming the presenteur straight forward and ALWAYS we'd be able to SEE what he's trying to show. KUDOS for Erik Valind for the great presentation and a ZERO to the editing guys on this one.
This is a very good video. The only feedback I would have would be when Eric is referring to photos on the screen there are several times where I could not see what he was speaking about due to the camera only focussing on him. Had the camera been adjusted to show the screen at the same time as Eric this would have solved the issue if you didn't want to switch each time he refers to the screen.
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