Mike Rayburn * Guitar Aficionado Magazine

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Shooting portraits for Guitar Aficionado has been a goal of mine for quite a long time. So, when the opportunity came, I jumped at it eagerly. The writer reached out to me after a client of mine in Las Vegas let him know I would be traveling there for another assignment. They needed a few images to accompany their Effects Profile article on Mike Rayburn. A Las Vegas based writer, performer and speaker. The images needed to be environmental portraits, shot horizontal with space for copy if they decided to run that on top of the image. They also need the image files as soon as the shoot wrapped in time to make selections for the print run. Rush big time, but not impossible. Normally, I’m not a fan of rushing off images right after a shoot as I like to get a chance to pick out the best, do a quick edit and sit on it for 24 hours before sending a selects folder. This schedule didn’t allow for that, and knowing that going into the shoot, I just made extra sure all set ups looked great without much post production help.

Being a guitar player myself, I always love a set full of vintage and high end instruments like these for props. The Van Halen Guitar was the most interesting one to me, although the Martin was a close runner up.

Mike Rayburn for Guitar Aficionado Magazine

Mike Rayburn for Guitar Aficionado Magazine

Las Vegas Bound- 2014 ESPN World Series of Bowling

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Time again to gear up for what has become an annual trip to Las Vegas for our portrait shoot with the champion bowlers of the PBA for the 2014 ESPN World Series of Bowling. This is one of my favorite shoots and I feel so lucky to be a part of this event. The images we create are used thru out the year in many formats to promote all the PBA events worldwide. It has been such a gift to be welcomed into this family and to be able to create such fun portraits-WIN-WIN=)

This year I’m hoping to not only shoot for the clients, but also take the next step and fully complete these images with my retouching and deliver the best work to date. Here’s a couple looks at our past work with before and afters.

I will be in the Las Vegas, Moab and Denver areas November 1-3rd, available for short assignments-by estimate only. Contact us thru the website if you’d like to inquire about availability while we’re in town.

Retouching school pays off

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This spring, I decided that it was time I reviewed my strengths & weaknesses in Photoshop after using the program for over 12 years. A lot has changed over that time to say the least. It has been incredibly fun, albeit frustrating at times to learn, then master many of the techniques needed to step up a level or two. My main focus was on retouching people as well as compositing and blending techniques. Along the way I’ve mastered, like a ninja, more than I set out to, including the ability to make perfectly transparent liquid, smoke & fire outlines. These skills are huge for me, not for the show off factor-but for the ability to really get into a shot and create a vision in the minimal amount of time with maximum effect for myself and my clients. I was happy to share these skills on my latest branding project with IOS.

Editorial Shoot-Office Line Magazine feature on Jason Player from IOS

JTP_3738Office Line Magazine recently looked to us to create a series of “real world” looking images for an article about a Minneapolis CFO, Jason Player of Innovative Office Solutions. This was a real treat for me, as Jason is not only a fun client, but also a good personal friend, photographer and beer aficionado who can make a great portrait himself. no pressure there……

To get a natural look (as natural as an office can look=) I used indirect lighting, bouncing the set ups off the celing. We were shooting inside of a glass office, so much like a fish bowl, it was just a matter of using cards and white walls. The final image was a close head shot, not a bad choice. This one was my favorite of the set ups. We also shot in the warehouse and tried a few slow long exposures with the flash and workers moving behind him. The set ups will follow once I have a chance to post the other images.

 

Innovating new portraits

IOS201415EditProofStrip_W This year we had the great fortune to work with a really terrific local business that sets the bar high in every way. Innovative OS is a leader in it’s industry and it’s my honor to shoot their branding images for 2015. Here’s a little in progress sample. I will share the finals very soon and they will ROCK!

See more at the website and thanks for stopping by.