Jim Grimaldi Photography: Blog https://www.jimshotme.com/blog en-us (C) Jim Grimaldi Photography [email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:33:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:33:00 GMT https://www.jimshotme.com/img/s/v-12/u586599683-o149941478-50.jpg Jim Grimaldi Photography: Blog https://www.jimshotme.com/blog 80 120 New camera! https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/new-camera Yea, so I am very excited to announce that I have purchased, but not yet received, a new camera!!!!   Will it replace the 5D Mark III?  Nope, it will be a totally different animal.  Is the suspense killing you?  Well, when it arrives I will do a full review.  Stay tuned...

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/new-camera Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:42:38 GMT
Oasis Fire https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/oasis-fire 20130621 Oasis Fire-120130621 Oasis Fire-1

What a tragic fire for the Oasis Senior Citizens Center.  This image pretty much summed up the emotion of the evening.

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/oasis-fire Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:39:43 GMT
What's in my Kit? https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/whats-in-my-kit Many people ask me what I shoot with.  Well, here it is:


     Canon 5D Mark III


     Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

     Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

     Sigma 12-24mm wide angle zoom

     Canon 85mm f/1.8

     Canon 50mm f/1.4

Other Stuff

     Sekonic L-358 Lightmeter

     3 Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlights

     3 Alien Bees Strobes (2 x 800 and 1 x 400)


At my home studio I also have a bunch of other lighting rigs, backdrops, and other goodies.  Too much to list.

So, there it is.  Just in case you are wondering, my philosophy is always invest in better glass over better camera bodies.  Good glass can make even a mediocre camera better, but the best camera is limited by bad lenses.  Until next time, keep shooting.

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/6/whats-in-my-kit Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:27:00 GMT
The Tattoo Photo Shoot Tech Specs https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/3/the-tattoo-photo-shoot-tech-specs Yesterday I completed my project that I appropriately named "Tattoo Photo Shoot."  Yea, I know, not very imaginative, but whatever.  It took place at Lincoln Ink Tattoo shop in Lincoln, IL.  I tried to stick to a theme of B&W with a black background and it turned out exactly as I imagined.  I used four different lenses for the shoot:

1.   Canon 50mm f/1.4

2.   Canon 85mm f/1.8

3.   Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

4.   Sigma 70-200 f/2.8

Each lens had a different effect and was selected depending on the look I was trying to achieve.  As for lighting, I tried to stick to a simple "One-Light" Approach.  Most of the shots were done using an Alien Bees B800 with a White Beauty Dish.  For a few shots, I needed to ad a 5-in-1 reflector to brighten up some areas.  For one shot, the 5-in-1 was not enough so I had to incorporate an Alien Bees B400 with a 20% grid.  

I shot tethered to my Macbook, so the photos were instantly viewable in Lightroom.  The photo subjects seemed to really enjoy the ability to see what I was shooting as it happened, it seemed to relax them and gave them the confidence to "let go" a little bit.  On import, I applied a Black and White preset I developed called simply "Jim's B&W Portrait - No Vignette"  It is a variation of a high contrast B&W Lightroom preset that I developed and saved late last year.  I applied the preset on import thinking that I just wanted to see a B&W version while shooting tethered, however, I was pleasantly surprised that I had to do almost no post-production tweaking once I got back home.  I only needed to play with the exposure and add some vignette in a few shots and the results we amazing.  That resulted in a very fast turnaround, final pics were up on the website the same night I shot them.

Overall, I was pleased with the outcome of the project.  Everyone involved had a great time and now I'm left with some great photos.  Till next time...20130309_Tattoo Photo Shoot-109 20130309_Tattoo Photo Shoot-40 20130309_Tattoo Photo Shoot-103 20130309_Tattoo Photo Shoot-9

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) B&W Black Tattoo White and lincoln photo photography portrait https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/3/the-tattoo-photo-shoot-tech-specs Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:14:22 GMT
Great Games, Bad Lights https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/3/great-games-bad-lights Wow, I had so much fun shooting the Lincoln Railer Boys Basketball team this past week as they progressed through the Regional Championships.  Great basketball, but the lighting is terrible in the Bloomington High School gymnasium.  It is some of the worst I have seen all season, and that includes Lanphier!!! Ouch...  I had to compensate by using my 50mm f/1.4 a lot more than I am used to.  Had to bump up the ISO's as well.  Any time I used an f/2.8 lens I had to shoot at 2000 ISO with the aperture wide open just so I could keep my shutter speed at respectable levels.  Even then, I had to increase the exposure on almost every photo when I got back to Lightroom to do my post-processing.  Hopefully the gym at Mt. Zion, where the Sectionals are taking place, will have superior lighting.  I guess I will have to adapt if they don't.

One thing is for sure, I can't wait until the OUTDOOR spring sports begin their regular season.  SOOOO much easier to shoot in good light.  I am really looking forward to capturing baseball and track.  Once again, I can't wait.

2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs UHigh-14 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs UHigh-17 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs BCC-46 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs BCC-62 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs UHigh-128 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs UHigh-123 2013 LCHS Boys Basketball vs UHigh-141

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) basketball lincoln photo photography sports https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/3/great-games-bad-lights Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:35:12 GMT
Big Sports Weekend https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/big-sports-weekend This is a very big sports weekend for me.  I am covering the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign, Illinois and will return to Lincoln to cover the last conference Boys Basketball home game of the season versus SHG.  

Some thoughts so far...I am really liking this Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens for sports photography.  I bought it mostly for portrait work, but that extra buttery bokeh and fast aperture simply translate well to action shots.  I had been using the 24-70mm f/2.8 exclusively, but the last few shoots I have gravitated to the 85mm and am liking the results.  

I don't know, I'm sure I will keep experimenting but for now that is how I feel.2013 LCHS Basketball vs SHG-82 2013 LCHS Basketball vs SHG-73

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) basketball photo photography sports wrestling https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/big-sports-weekend Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:52:44 GMT
Fire Department Photo Series https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/fire-department-photo-series I am excited about a new photography project I will be undertaking.  I spoke today with Lincoln Fire Chief Mark Mann and I will be doing a series of photos related to our fire department.  It will consist of four different projects.  First I will do a contemporary take on the "group line-up" showing the department's firemen with their main engine. I really want to make this photo unique, gritty, and modern. This will be followed by a pictorial history of the fire department.  Here I will use post-production techniques to age the photos to their date specific eras.  Third, I plan on doing an action shot depicting the firefighters on the job.  The key here will be to capture the intensity of the fire call.  Finally, I will be updating their traditional "mug shots" for the wall in the department. A little more tame, but I think they deserve well planned photos for display, it's a morale thing. The first three projects will not be your typical images.  My goal is to use modern lighting techniques and other methods to create conservation pieces for the Department.  This should be fun...  

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) fire department firefighter firemen photo photography portrait https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/fire-department-photo-series Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:56:17 GMT
Lincoln Wrestling Sectional Qualifiers Portrait https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/lincoln-wrestling-sectional-qualifiers-portrait So today i went to Lincoln High School for an "on location" shoot of the wrestlers that qualified for the Sectional tournament.  This was my first on location shoot with strobes, so it was a learning experience.  It was a pretty basic set-up.  I flew an Alien Bees B800 with the 64 inch Extreme Silver PLM Umbrella at about 45 degrees and 10 feet up.  I tried to compress the background by using my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.  I think it turned out ok.  The lighting diagram is below.

Lessons learned:  At first, I wanted to create some rim lighting by using two additional Alien Bees strobes behind the subjects.  The first problem I ran into was that I didn't have any way to power one light to the right of the subjects without running a 100 foot extension cord, which I didn't have.  The other problem I had was that I couldn't get the second strobe to fire in slave mode.  I guess that the angle of my key light wasn't direct enough to trigger it.  Solutions:  I immediately purchased two extra CyberSync receivers so I wouldn't ever have to rely on slave mode again.  I also purchased a Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack so I never have to worry about power outlets again.  The Vagabond will also allow me to take a strobe in the middle of nowhere, which is nice for outdoor portraits.

All in all, i think it was a good experience and the Photo turned out pretty nice.  Let me know what you think.K22A0746


Lighting Diagram

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) Lighting Diagram alien bees photography portrait sports wrestling https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/2/lincoln-wrestling-sectional-qualifiers-portrait Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:58:50 GMT
LCHS Girls Basketball Pics https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/lchs-girls-basketball-pics I took some photos of the LCHS girls basketball team last night and did some post-production in Lightroom 4.  They are now up.  I tried something different by dabbling with some high contrast black and white too.  Let me know what you think at [email protected].  All other photos, both B&W and Color are in their respective galleries, but I think these are my faves:2013 LCHS Girls Basketball vs Southeast-74 2013 LCHS Girls Basketball vs Southeast-60

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) basketball lchs railers https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/lchs-girls-basketball-pics Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:14:33 GMT
Lincoln vs. Chatham Photos https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/lincoln-vs-chatham-photos So i just posted photos I took at last night's Lincoln game.  A good game for the Railers all around.  I also enjoyed using my new 24-70 mm f2.8 lens.  It crushes in low light situations.  Barely pushed the 5D Mark iii's ISO capabilities.  I mixed that lens with the 70-200mm 2.8 to get some good shots, hope you enjoy...  

Once again, let me know where you'll be and maybe I'll shoot you too...

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/lincoln-vs-chatham-photos Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:19:21 GMT
Past events I've covered https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/past-events-ive-covered Here is a list of past events I've covered.  If you are interested in images from them, just let me know via e-mail and I may make them available.  Just let me know.  Here they are:

1.  2012-13 LCHS Boys Basketball

2.  2012 LCHS Football

3.  2012 LCHS Boys and Girls Golf

4.  2012 LCHS Boys Soccer

5.  2012 LCHS Girls Tennis

6.  2012 LCHS Volleyball

7.  2012 LCHS Wrestling

8.  Lincoln FC Soccer Tournament 2012

9.  LJHS Girls Basketball

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/past-events-ive-covered Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:41:34 GMT
Just Getting Started https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/just-getting-started Here we go...Let's see how this experiment turns out!!!

[email protected] (Jim Grimaldi Photography) https://www.jimshotme.com/blog/2013/1/just-getting-started Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:37:28 GMT