World Premiere: Hungry As A Hostage - Mask On | Mask Off Music Video

World premiere of the Mask On | Mask Off music video for H.A.H. AKA Hungry As A Hostage. As soon as I heard the artist wanted to do a Halloween themed video I knew I was in on this project. The video features an industrial location inside a metal shop with the artist portrayed as a horror film character set on revenge. Check out his music at hungryasahostage.com. (Contains language that may be NSFW).

(Digital) Lith Printing

I've been working on a new technique for creating digital Lith images for printing. With traditional wet darkroom printing, the trick to creating Lith prints was the combination of paper and special chemistry solutions used and the control of highlights by exposure time and shadows by development time. The end result is a grainy, but dream-like image that has a muted color tonal range beyond traditional black and white darkroom printing. Recreating that effect digitally is an equally experimental and time consuming process.

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Portraits with H.A.H. (Hungry As A Hostage)

I had a short break between filming scenes for a music video to shoot a couple of portraits with artist H.A.H. (Hungry As A Hostage). Check out his music at hungryasahostage.com. These were done in a dark living room in front of a grey seamless, there were 2 LED lights in front of him, 2 LED lights on the seamless and one LED light behind him. 

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Album Concept Photos

Did a few album concept photos for musician Chip McGuire. Had to work with light that was fading as quickly as we could set up the shots, sunset happened almost an hour earlier than it was expected. Went with a single AB1600 and an Octodome for the shots to keep things moving quickly before it became too dark.

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

Working With Leah

Quick wrap-up of the images from the shoot with fitness model, Leah. We were able to work through several looks quickly in the period of an afternoon. Leah was great, patient and awesome to work with. Working together, we were able to capture almost every look we planned out prior to the shoot with minimal downtime in between setups. 

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

©2015 Jacob Long

An Homage

Recently I had the chance to work with Leah, a fitness model, on some portfolio photos. The idea was to shoot some images that showed her feminine side as well as her commitment to fitness and strength training. After talking, I thought for a while about ideas that would work for her in that theme. One of the concepts was to do an homage to the famous Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Lisa Lyon, a female body builder from the early 1980's. I showed Leah the image and she agreed it would be a fun challenge to take on at the shoot. 

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

Leah was extremely patient as we set up the shot. It took myself and the stylist adjusting the veil about 20-30 times in-between shots until we were able to get it to make the correct shape around her face. The lighting was an Octodome in front of the model and a large Softbox behind the model to fill in the background for separation. There was also a silver reflector behind the model's head to bring some fill light into the black fabric. 

© 2015 Jacob Long - Leah on the left, Lisa by Robert Mapplethorpe on the right. (The jpeg compression in the image is from the app I used to create the side-by-side view)

© 2015 Jacob Long - Leah on the left, Lisa by Robert Mapplethorpe on the right. (The jpeg compression in the image is from the app I used to create the side-by-side view)

In comparison, it's amazing to see the amount of strength and beauty both models brought into the images. Leah has very sculptural, romanesque facial features so I made a decision to keep the lighting at a lower angle in order to make sure her face was lit. Leah recently got a tattoo of a peacock feather on her left shoulder, so I added one as an element to give the image a touch of her personality.  

Far Far Away

I had a great opportunity to run a second camera on Ben's set for the video shoot for Far Far Away's new song "Back Into Blue." We ended up shooting at a very cool 1970's mansion out in the hills. As we wrapped the last shot for the video, Jamey (the singer) was patient enough after a long day, to let me do a quick 120 second portrait session with him. The sun was beginning to set and the lighting in the room was great, making a softbox effect through the window covering. 

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Myrtle Manor Pt.2

Pt.2 featuring selected images of the season 3 cast of Myrtle Manor! It's hard to pick a few favorites, below I have selected images of Jessica, Kevin, Amanda, Anne, Roy & Roxy.

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long

© 2015 Jacob Long