Guest Tip – Mike Allebach on Challenging Yourself

Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography (also known as “the tattooed bride photographer”) is a unique Philadelphia photographer specializing in weddings and portraits for “quirky, colorful and awesome people,” and was the first wedding photographer to discount his services for brides with tattoos.

Recently, I challenged myself with a personal photo shoot with the goal of “getting it right” in camera.  The object was to get the photos as perfect as possible without any Photoshop or Lightroom. In a world of over-Photoshopped images and photographs that rely on processing to look right, I wanted to focus on good lighting and interesting posing.

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I think one of the hardest parts was seeing slight errors in photos and throwing them out completely because I refused to retouch them.

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I used AlienBee / Paul C. Buff lighting with the PLM modifier and the beauty dish for hair light. The direct flash images used an off camera Nikon SB800 with a MagMod grid. I exported the jpgs straight from Photo Mechanic into Fundy Designer. Most of the black and white conversions were made inside Fundy itself.

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Below are images of the album created from the shoot (Playbook by Finao).

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To see more of Mike Allebach’s work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.