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The day before my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar in New York City last week, I rented a photography studio in Manhattan that is set-up to look like a trendy New York loft. It was completely furnished with 150 set pieces that were arranged into different rooms, for different looks. I hired two professional male models and a female model for some location shots for the book I’m working on: Volume 2 of “The Digital Photography Book,” (This isn’t an update of the first book; this is a totally new book that picks up where the last book left off, and adds chapters on off-camera flash, building a studio from scratch, and a lot more).

Anyway, here are a few shots from that shoot [click on any of the bottom three for a larger view]. These aren’t shots that will actually make it into the book, but it gives you an idea of what the shoot looked like, and what kind of look I was going for. This was a daylight studio, with windows on all sides, but since a lot of the shots would be backlit, I brought in a 7′ Elinchrom Octabank (the single most glorious, marvelous, and wrapping light I’ve never seen–you can see it in the third shot above) as my main light source. I shot with both a Nikon D2Xs and a Canon EOS 1D Mark III (the shot of me shooting above was taken by Dave Moser).

The floors in this loft studio were white, the ceilings were white, the walls were white, but the furniture was very cool (and that made it a bit hard to maneuver that huge Octabank and power-pack around sometimes), but we had a blast at the shoot, and then wound up at B&H Photo (as all good New York trips do), and finally at Carmine’s on W. 44th for an incredible family style Italian dinner. The next day was my seminar, and right after that I caught the last flight home. What a great way to spend a few days in the city. :-)