Jay Kan's picture


February 19, 2016

True story: I used to hate studio photography or shooting people. At the time, I felt like photography is most fun when I was discovering a new appreciation for something that people walk by everyday. Of course, now I can't even stand not photographing a person for more than a week or two. I recently had a trip to Hong Kong, and it was fun shooting street photography, but I was literally dying from not doing any portrait shoot for almost two months. I also ended up turning into a flash nerd. I love lighting, it just adds so much possibilities and creative freedom.

Anyways, got back a few weeks ago and remembered that I haven't done a studio portrait in a long, long time. So what you say good people of stoppers? Am I rusty? haha

85mm f/8 | 1/250th | ISO 100
4 lights
-1 light camera left slightly behind subject for rim # 1. Deep Octa 39"
-1 light camera right slightly below him, pointing slightly behind for main. Softlighter 46"
-1 light camera left few feet next to camera bounce onto a circular reflector for fill.
-1 light camera right behind subject for hair light. Bare
Photographer: JayKan.com
Model: Kyle Cooley
Studio space courtesy of: James Kwak (amazing photog and graphic designer)
The Joker: Island Huynh

85mm · f/8.0 · 1/250s · ISO 100
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Junior Robles's picture

woo hoo!!!

Jay Kan's picture

Thank you Junior! :3

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Jay Kan's picture

Thank you so much! I am humbled to be able to share this image!

Win Mag's picture

awesome Jay! can you send me your lights so i can play with it?

Jay Kan's picture

or or or or or or or! COME TO AMERICA ALREADY!

benny sufrin's picture

you truly deserve it (while most are striving for at least 1 POTD)!! great job

Jay Kan's picture

LOL stop it Benny! Thanks anyhow tho!

Nat Nichols's picture

stellar composition!

Jay Kan's picture

Thank you Nat! Appreciate the kind words!

Brian Barthel's picture

Love the lighting and composition!

David Lok's picture

If this is you being rusty, we need a 6 star rating for the non-rusty photos.

Studio 403's picture

Great shot