Real Estate Photography | Palm City, Stuart, Jupiter Florida

Real Estate Photographer | Interior, Exterior and Aerial photography | Stuart, Palm City, Jensen, Sewalls Point, Jupiter and surrounding areas

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powerful impactful speed light strobist photography

What can I say...I'll take my little cheap speed lights over mono lights any day. Not that I'd want to do this with either one but...which would you want to drag out to this type of location, knock over and have it fall off that cliff? the heavy mono light that cost $500-3000 and weighs a ton carrying it across that sand with a big stand and battery pack....or 2 little $75 speed lights and a couple lightweight stands. Ok the question is kind of rhetorical...the thing is however, we as photographers have been convinced that power is king and that we can only get those impactful, powerful images with an expensive moonlight. Well, I left my mono light in the car for this one...went back to what I do best. Here you have 2 Yonguo 560 III speed lights -bare, no modifiers...simple, cheap and effective.

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more with the mettle 600w and a phottix 27.5" collapsible beauty dish

Took the Mettle 600w mono light and the Phottix 27.5" beauty dish out for a fashion shoot at night...here are some samples. The lights in the background are 560 III speed lights on low and bare...the main light here is the Mettle on about 1/8 into a socked Phottix beauty dish.

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fashion behind the scenes

simple and effective strobist behind the scene fashion shoot...working with simple and affordable gear to make a faux studio while on locatio

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fashion editorial on a chris craft launch 32

Fashion editorial shoot from the other night....simple gear: Canon 6D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L and believe it or not, some shot with a T2i and an 18-55mm! Most were done in natural light but those that are clearly done with a speed light were done with a single bare yongnuo speed light. Shot for Josh at Grande Yachts International in Palm Beach Gardens. Kaunis Hetki Photographer.

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High Speed Sync (HSS) with a single speed light

Recently picked up the Yongnuo 622c and having a 6D that has a sync speed limit of 180 before getting those 'black bars', I was looking forward to testing it out. The goal really for me was to be able to shoot with a pretty wide open aperture like F/2.8 to get a nice DOF while still using off camera lighting in the daylight. You can also get this effect with a ND filter but I wanted to go with speed lights. Below are a few examples from some recent shoots..all shot at least an hour before sunset so the light was actually still pretty bright out (and all shot with the sun behind the model)

 f/3.5, 1/500, ISO 250

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 f/2.8, 1/350, ISO 160

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A midsummer night's dream...an editorial

How to do a simple editorial with no team and basic gear

One model, one photographer, one hour shoot...no MUA, no stylist...no team. Strobist info: done with a single bare 430ex (no modifier). All 20 edits from this session done and back to client in 12 hours.

Shoots don't have to be complicated or have a whole team working on them to be great. I would MUCH rather work alone with a model and with simple gear....that said, there are some things that really are required. First, the right model for the shoot...and also one who knows how to come prepared with her makeup, hair and nails done. She also has to have access to the right wardrobe...in this case, it was a Sue Wong dress, Versace scarf, Tory Burch handbag and Louboutin shoes

Engagement session | It's all about the light

Just an example how when it comes to photography it really is all about the light. I only shoot during the last hour or so of the day when the light is just gorgeous for sessions like these. This session was no exception. 

South Florida Photographer (engagement, fashion, senior photography etc.) serving Stuart Florida, Palm City Florida, Jupiter, Florida and Palm Beach...also available for travel outside South Florida.

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real estate photography natural light vs. strobes

Shooting real estate interiors and exteriors on a regular basis, I thought I'd post some work demonstrating natural light vs. strobes. For interior work, I always use strobes...and can't think of an exception where I haven't. Strobes or speed lights just give it that extra pop that draws your attention to the room. I usually only use a single YN 560 III wireless speed light to light up an area. The exception would be in the case of the photo displayed of a very large room where I used 3 (actually just one moved around 3 times) since this is a composite image made up of 4 images. The speed light was in the upstairs and then 3 spots in the downstairs...the 4th image was an underexposed shot just for the window. I merged all 4 images in photoshop to produce this final result.

As for the outside image....100% natural light with some shadows and highlights managed in LR. Had I done this one at night, I would have again done a composite image and moved my single speed light around the pool area to light up every little plant and detail.

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Getting ready for a summer of senior photography sessions (serving Stuart, Palm City, Jupiter and Jensen Beach)

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miami skyline fashion shoot

I had meeting at Next Models in Miami in the morning and since it's a little bit of a drive, I decided I'd make the most of the day and book a couple models who lived in the area. It was around 1 when we started down on Lincoln Rd. and any good photographer knows this isn't the most ideal time to shoot...in fact, it's horrible. The 3 of us met up and walked around Lincoln Rd for awhile before one of the models suggested a spot along the water in an industrial area. Since I wasn't happy with what I had been getting to that point, I decided that we might as well try...very glad we did. The area wasn't much to write home about...pretty abandoned except for some city workers and construction going on about 200 yards away. The gate was open to this area so we parked and started shooting with the bright sun still high in the sky. Suppose just an example of making the most of the conditions you have to work with in the light that is available. You can find the rest of the edits from this session on my FB page at www.facebook.com/kaunishetki

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high fashion editorial in palm beach

The other night I had to shoot a band to get them some updated shots for their new tour and decided I'd try to squeeze in a short fashion shoot with a model I had been meaning to work with for a couple weeks. Turns out we only had a little time...in fact, when I looked back at the time stamp on the photos, it was 18 minutes from first to last. I called her just an hour before so there was no planning at all....we didn't discuss makeup, outfits and neither of us had even been to the exact location before...we never even met before. Gia showed up and within 5 min after a quick hello and a pick of which dress we should use that she brought we were shooting. We started with a few natural light ones as the sun hit the horizon over the city across the water and then moved to a banyan tree for a one light set up (Yongnuo 560 III bare to camera right).
That's it...super quick and super simple. Hopefully we got some shots for her portfolio her agent will love to add.


landscape twilight with a single speed light

For this post I thought I'd share a little before and after shots and some behind the scene how to regarding real estate twilight lighting 

Equipment used: Canon 6D, Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8, a single bare Yongnuo 560 III wireless speed light and the EOS remote app. 

With the camera set on the tripod, I waited until just before the sunset and then started going around the pool area being sure to set off the flash/camera on all the different areas to make sure everything was lit (probably around 1/4 power). I brought all those shots into photoshop and completed the image by blending all 40 shots together into one image.

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