Online magazine Exclusive Collective took notice of Toy Photography and gave me the honor of attempting one of their themed challenges.  A themed challenge is where the folks at Exclusive Collective pick a random theme, and give that them to the photographer.  From there, the photographer is tasked with interpreting that theme into a series of photos, at least 5.  Then, he/she has to explain their thought process behind the shoot.  Well, I was given a "Doosie" of a theme.  My theme was "I Paused".  So, with that being said I went about brainstorming.  Below is where you can find my article.

I PAUSED - BY FELTON LIGHTY

Felton Lighty takes us on an incredible trip now as he takes on his themed challenge shoot entitled "I Paused" which has to be one of our vaguest and more challenging themes to date but boy does Felton deliver! Initial reaction: When I first received the theme's assignment, I honestly was stuck.

Gunplay on the Greenscreen

I've been working on a few more projects lately that will require some more VFX and Green Screening, so I thought I'd post a quick snippet of a little behind the scenes of the Before and After of some gunplay acting on the green screen.  I created the VFX for the guns and background using Adobe After Effects.

My Hyperlapse Attempt

I attempted to do my first hyper lapse in early Sunday August 1 , 2015 on the Lincoln Memorial.  Unlike a time-lapse, a hyper lapse has you move the camera at set intervals while maintaining a point of reference.  Although sunday was great for minimal traffic along the memorial in D.C.  I somehow lost track of my reference points the closer I got.  It's definently a technique that requires patience and practice.  For a first attempt it's not bad.

Catch Lights!

I've been practicing for a few months now how to get the catch lights in my video shoots to "PoP".  Catch lights, also knows as the halo of light in the models eyes can be difficult to achieve.  Thanks to my buddy Lorenzo Pickett of Lorenzo P. Photography I finally nailed it.  Although popular in photography, this technique and principles used to achieve also translate well to video.  Below is my outcome of a successful result. 

 

Aerial Videography

One of the most utilized tools in my arsenal is my UAV Quadcopter.  It's equipped with a H3-3d gimbal which stabilizes the video footage from my GoPro camera along each axis, giving you stable video footage in even the most turbulent flights.  Flight times are around 20-25 minutes. My controller is equipped with a 7" black pearl HD monitor, which allows me to view FPV while maintaining line of site on the aircraft.  I have the monitor equipped with one Planar antenna, and one Heliaxial antenna to maintain video reception on longer flights.  And lastly, below you'll see my Skyzone FPV goggles.  When you want to totally immerse yourself in the FPV experience throw these on.

My Home Studio

Practicing some lighting setups at home.  I find that this can be a great way to play with lighting on a subject, and understand how lights and shadows can work in both flattering and unflattering ways on your subject.   

Down Time

I decided to go back and work on my some of my sculptures that have been collecting dust .  This Gladiator character has been waiting for me to finish his armor and eventually airbrush him.  The other is my current progress on sculpting The Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.  I hope to at least have it finished before the new season starts.  This was a good time for me to also get him in the studio and take some snapshots.  


D.I.Y. Dual Shoulder Stabilizing Rig

I Thought I'd go ahead and post a solution for DSLR stabilizing rigs for videographers on a budget.  I built this dual shoulder rig with help thanks to the guys over at Film Riot, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOVswSEXsYk.   If you were to buy something similar to this from a manufacturer it would easily cost you a few hundred dollars.  I built this rig under $50.  My video is now noticeably more stable during the run and gun filming.  

 

Testing out some FX and Acting

In preparation for a short film I'm writing, I decided to mess around in After Effects with a few special effects that I'll be using, and at the same time test out gunplay acting.  The purpose of this is to simply test out my reaction to simulated gunfire, and nail the acting it takes to simulate the recoil.  As you'll see, my acting still needs work.  This is only the beginning!  I was both characters in this test.  

My DSLRs

    I finally got my hands on one of the most influential DSLRs, and I see why it's been so raved about.   Even though it's a  few years old it still holds up and has proven very reliable.  The full framed sensor allows me to get excellent low-light footage.  This is also my primary DSLR for photography, and a great addition to getting video footage.

 

I finally got my hands on one of the most influential DSLRs, and I see why it's been so raved about.   Even though it's a  few years old it still holds up and has proven very reliable.  The full framed sensor allows me to get excellent low-light footage.  This is also my primary DSLR for photography, and a great addition to getting video footage.

    I absolutely love the Canon 70D!  This DSLR makes videoshoots a dream.  I love the 19-point autofocus sensor and the Dual Autofocus System.  This camera has really been a valuable tool in both expanding my capabilities as a videographer and in my progression and continuous effort in learning the craft. 

 

I absolutely love the Canon 70D!  This DSLR makes videoshoots a dream.  I love the 19-point autofocus sensor and the Dual Autofocus System.  This camera has really been a valuable tool in both expanding my capabilities as a videographer and in my progression and continuous effort in learning the craft.