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New Years Eve!!

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

NYE is already here!! It felt like last week was Thanksgiving!! I can’t wait for 2011 already, I’ve got some plans!! The lower NYE flyer was another promo shoot that I did a few months back. A few flyers throughout Manufactured Superstars’ residency should be my photos as well, not that one however. The Manufactured Superstars photoshoot that I did was pretty epic I must say. Good things to come in 2011!!

Both TRYST and XS flyers were photos of mine as well, the TRYST flyer was later replaced with an ESTELLE flyer since she’ll be performing there tomorrow night (NYE!!!). Thanks again to Danny Mahoney over at XS for helping out with the shoot, some of the shots were his, some were mine, the lighting was done by me, NBD.

Heres a side profile shot that I took some time to edit. The original was pretty different, I’m glad I invested in that WACOM tablet! After all this madness is over I think a vacation is long overdue. I need to make an appointment with my sports therapist ASAP, and get my gyukaku/boiling crab fix!!

Not my favorite photo from the set, but definitely fitting for NYE and the giant blue Andy Warhol edition Dom P!!
On another note, I’m very thankful for my family and friends. I have the greatest family, and the best nephew! Everyone who knows me knows that I keep everything pretty close knit! I’ve grown close to new friends this year and closer to older ones, finding people you can trust and rely on in Las Vegas is pretty far and few between nowadays. Thank you everyone for a great year! 2010 went by a little fast, I’m still in shock its already over! See you guys’ next year, and please don’t drink and drive! Have a wonderful and safe New Year!! I’ll be at XS on the 1st shooting Manufactured Superstars, and Afrojack on Monday!!

-Brenton Ho

Help-Portrait 2010

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment


Dec 4th was the Las Vegas second annual Help-Portrait event at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. The group shot above was remote triggered via Al Powers, @PowersImagery who pretty much ran the event this year. Here is a link to last years post for those that don’t remember. Click!

I wanted to give out a big Thank You to all the hair and make-up artists that helped out again this year, Justin Wray for supplying the step-and-repeat backdrop, TRYST nightclub for letting us use their red carpet, and everyone that came out to support the event!

It was nice going out there again, weather was great, and even saw some familiar faces from the previous year!

I like to check out what other communities are doing, some places go to senior citizen homes, hospitals, special education centers, and some people seem to do it independently as well! Its quite unreal how big this became.

If anyone wants more info or wants to know how to help out, this is a WORLD-WIDE event! This is happening once a year in your community! HELP PORTRAIT WEBSITE

Tales From The Tryst

October 28, 2010 1 comment

I did a photoshoot for XS and TRYST nightclubs for the halloween promo/flyer. It was pretty last minute request and I wasn’t completely informed of how this would turn out, so i just found out what was going on in each scene and lit and shot them appropriately. It was last minute but the photos worked out, and I had a blast, if I were to do it again, I would have done a few things differently, but overall had a great time working with everyone! The flyers were not done by me, once the photos are shot its usually up to the art director/graphic designer for the final product, which the photographer has little to zero input 90% of the time 100% of the time.

This is my edit, of a similar photo used in the Tryst flyer.

Above photo is just cleaned up of small imperfections, but the tones were pretty much straight out of camera. This was the first time i got to use my new Paul C. Buff 86″ PLM v2 Reflector.

This was definitely one of my favorite shots….its just a cool shot even though we had some “wing failure”.

The theme from both XS and TRYST was awesome. Thanks to Danny Mahoney for bringing me in on this shoot. Had a blast!! check out XS Blog here!

and we took a bunch on white as well.

These can be found all around Town Square.

Tonight is Tales from The Tryst, perfect time for the blog post (I thought). Have a safe Halloween everyone!!!

M.I.A.

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

So I realize I’ve been MIA for a bit, but I’ve been slammed at work doing 10-14 venues per week and had a nice short 3.5 day vacation visiting my dad and friends all over Socal. Thao and Jacob were awesome as usual, I went to the best sports therapist/chiropractor ever in long beach, and had my Gyukaku, The Boiling Crab and my Pink Berry fix. Simply glorious!

So I managed to squeeze some time in for a shoot with Brooke. I told her I’ve been wanting to take some photos on the strip for quite some time now, since I basically pass these spots every night on the way to or from work. We managed to go to two locations, and get some decent shots. Lighting was very basic, nikon sb800 speedlight in a silver umbrella on almost all the shots, I figured there would be a lot of foot-traffic so i figured the less I brought the better.

I did realize a few things during this shoot however. I miss having prime lenses, and that I really can’t rely on my SU-800 outdoors, and its deemed useless compared to my radiopoppers. (RF>IR) The SU-800 is a great tool, its just for what I do and how much I make its really just another overlapping tool, and inconsistent (outdoors) at that! If they made an RF version of the SU-800 it’d be gold!!

I wanted to add in this black and white, I originally intended the set to be black and white but decided to go with color because it was so vivid straight out of camera. I really need to start shooting more portraits, I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment and need to figure a lot of stuff out still. Hopefully after a quick 3-4 day in California again for my birthday will help clear my mind. I know this was a short post, hopefully I’ll be able to follow up sooner than later! Thanks!

Jungle boogie! =P

March 9, 2010 3 comments

So, I did a photoshoot about a week ago with a local friend/model Mariel Mendoza. It went smoother than expected, she’s a blast to work with and I’m pretty happy with the outcome! I really don’t have a ton of portrait work in my portfolio, but I’m definitely ready to start doing this more. This was at a location I’ve wanted to shoot at for about half a year now. It was a last minute “guerrilla” type shoot. I almost could have bet money we would have gotten kicked off the property, but I guess we got lucky!!

Thanks to Danny Szeto for helping me out with the shoot, and lugging all my gear around since my multicart rf12 model blew up the sunday before. Since then, the r12 has been replaced with the no-flat r10nf model. I must say I’m a huge fan, and only recommend the “no-flat” version of these carts since the regular model blew up on its first use. The r10nf front casters also have brakes, which is what sold me the 2nd time around.

Most of these are shot with a white-lightning x1600 with a large gridded softbox or gridded beauty dish as a main and a bare sb800 or sb80dx as a rim. I’m liking the grids a lot, you get so much more control, I’m definitely excited for future shoots! I really need to start setting more of these up. I really like the look/feel of this set!!

Work has been killer!! (in a good way), pool season is about to start, so that means we’ll be even more busier!! hmm….I really hate wearing shorts..hmm…anyways! thats it for now, thanks for following and check back more!

Going back…way back…back into time..

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I remember when my brother first got his Nikon DSLR, it was a Nikon D70. I was pretty jealous as I think I had saved up for my first Canon powershot g3!! Talk about old-school! I remember it came with a 32mb CF type 1 card, and i paid about $80 for a one gigabyte card! Anyways, I didn’t know I’d end up having such an interest in photography as I do now. Nikon has always been “backwards” to me coming since my first DSLR was a 30D, from lens mounting to just the wheels in general. Thankfully the Nikon D700 has options where you can reverse the wheels, and tiny creature comforts that made the transition a lot smoother. Well, I purchased a 2nd hand D70s from a buddy on OTAP. He gave me a smokin’ deal I couldn’t pass up. I’ve been looking for a 2nd (crop/aps-c) body for family stuff, walking around, and the d700 is kind of intimidating to point at strangers (on both ends!), this one looks like I’ll be able to get away with more stuff, and shooting in certain areas as its not-so-serious looking.
Why a D70s? Why not? well, I guess it’s because I’m cheap and not made of money! When I need to start shooting 2 serious bodies, well I’ll think about it then. Right now this is perfect, the prehistoric 5 AF points, and the electronic shutter (which allows 1/500 sync speed) will suit just fine for a walk around body and high-speed-sync sun-killer. It kind of reminds me why I wanted a DSLR in the first place, which was mainly Image-Quality, off-camera flash abilities, and that narrow depth-of-field shots my brother used to always take which my Powershot couldn’t do for the life of it.
I decided to test it out, and do an outdoor “sportrait” during mid-afternoon. I think it came out decent, there are a few things wrong with these, but I’m kind of posting these a bit premature, I just shot these yesterday, so don’t mind my funky edits. This one is from the D70s.

I know I can light outdoors now which is good to know for future shoots. I believe that shot was at 1/500, I should have pushed it a bit more, and thats was with 3 strobes with diffusers on full blast!

That was with the D700, different edit/tones than the last, this pose looked a lot better in black and white, almost gave it more feeling. You can see a lot more detail with the D700, but thats to be expected. And lastly a set-up shot! I can’t believe I actually remembered!

On a more personal note, I started shooting for work again! I haven’t shot nightlife since end of December! This weekend I’ll be shooting the UNLV vs BYU game, I can’t wait! Looks like the rest of the week I’ll be at the SpyOn Open Bar events! Check it out, and get your photo taken! Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment if you like these behind the scene type shots. I’ll start to do this more if there’s a demand. Good ni….Morning! and have a great day!

NONSTOP!

January 12, 2010 1 comment

HAH!! This was a really cool last minute shoot with OLD friends Justin and Aries. We used to jam in my backyard back in 1999? (NSB!) OLD SCHOOL.

Anyways, I ran into both of them at the gym I go to a few months back, and set this up 4pm on a Sunday! This was a test shoot, I knew what kind of light I wanted, I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t too harsh. A large photoflex softbox and 46″ silver umbrella were used in a cross-light setup. Hopefully we’ll set up a proper shoot at a better location with more of the old homies!

Unfortunately, my White-lightning X1600 was being a POS, so I had to use an X800 and alien bee B1600. The WLX1600 is out for repair, hopefully it won’t cost too much!! I already miss it dearly!

Most of these shots were manual focused, it was dark, no ambient light, just a spot lamp from the building we were at. I can’t wait to do the real shoot later hopefully this month. All of our schedules are out of control lately. Just posting an update!!