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Todd Holbrook – Small Strobes

Todd Holbrook

A photo of a sexy woman standing by a window wearing leopard print underwear taken by Todd Holbrook.

How long have you been photographing?

My grandfather gave me a Pentax K1000 in my early teens, along with the Seattle Filmworks Photography School books and audio cassettes.  I learned the basics that way, but with film being expensive to develop and having other interests as well at the time I put the camera away for 15 years.  During that time I had a few point and shoot cameras, but never felt the same connection to the camera that I had with the K1000 until someone gave me a Nikon D40x a couple of years ago.  Having an SLR camera with no shutter lag and good lenses rekindled my interest and I’ve been shooting regularly again since then.

What inspired you to get into photography?

I’ve always be interested in creating things, and photography is another aspect of that.  I write software for a living, and I like to have an artistic creative outlet which balances that.  When I started shooting portraits about a year and a half ago, I found that the social aspect is also a good contrast for the solitary time I spend in front of the computer most days.  The balance of technical, artistic, and social aspects to photography are a perfect mix.  I also love the reactions from people when you deliver beautiful photographs of them!

Describe your photography in three words.

Intimate, sexy, dramatic.

What is your favorite lens?

My most used portrait lens by far is my cheap Nikon 50mm 1.8, but I love my 70-200 2.8 for its versatility – it would be really hard to shoot roller derby without it!

What is your favorite camera?

Nikon D300

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Some is from seeing the amazing images other photographers locally and around the world are producing, both the big names and random, unknown photographers on Flickr.  I don’t usually have a solid image in mind when I start shooting -  I tend to improvise and take inspiration from the model and location for each shoot.

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favorite picture that was in one of our shows?(above)

This one was from my first boudoir shoot.  A friend from highschool offered to model for me, so I headed over to her apartment one evening.  I’d done a couple of bellydancing shoots for her before, but this was my first attempt at a more intimate shoot.  I really like to use high contrast and rim lighting accent shape and texture and I’d seen other similar boudoir shots I liked using diffused light coming in through a sheer curtain.  Unfortunately, it was about 9pm and totally dark outside so there was no natural light, but I thought I’d give it a shot with flash.  To get this shot I took my SB900 and a medium softbox outside on the porch and used CLS to remotely trigger it through the window.

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