Paul’s Tattoo

Been sitting at home most evenings catching up on some Photoshop work, as well as doing some Google Hangouts (Make sure you check me out on Google+). For some reason, I felt like I just couldn’t put anything together yesterday morning – just felt off. Very tired. However, this Wednesday was Ybor Shootout night.

The Tampa Bay Strobist Meetup Group

I run a group in Tampa called the Tampa Bay Strobist and Photoshop Collective. I actually just hang and help out – my good buddy Kathy is the soul and energy of this group. An idea she and I started for just a few people to hang out at a Dennys and talk shop has blown into about 500 photographers and models in the area that get together for shooting. Every month, models and photographers get together at New York New York Pizza in Ybor city. Tonight – about 65 photographers would come and get paired with models – hit the streets and try to make an image.

What I like about this group is that the main idea of the group is to have photographers of all skill levels just get together and try stuff.  It’s a great feeling to see photographers helping other photographers figure out lighting, and try to work together to get a good shot.  Sometimes we get it.  Sometimes, its a bust.. but it’s a great time.

However, tonight, I wasn’t really there – energy wise.  Walking around Ybor with my group.. I was just going through the motions.  However, I saw that some photographers decided to run into Pauls Tattoos in Ybor City . Paul (the owner), saw them outside and offered for them to try some shoots in his place (with AC).  That’s one of the great things about Ybor – the community is very pro-art.. which rocks.

Let’s Give Meagan a Tattoo!

Meagan, pictured here, isn’t really a model – shes a photographer.  But people wanted to shoot her, so she decided to pull double duty on the shoot.  As everyone was making shoots with her in the studio, I thought it be neat to get something where it looked like she was getting some work from Paul.  Rather than light the whole place, I figured i’d spot light the two of them, and really drop the ambient in the place.  I wanted to give it this foggy “One Night in Bangkok” feeling… (even though the song’s about chess.. you kinda get what i’m talking about)

Shoot Info

Nikon D3S – SB900 high camera left aimed at Paul.  For Meagan, I took a Yongnuo 468 and had it set to about 1/128 power aimed at her (You can get those flashes on ebay for cheap.. like 100 bucks, cheap.  Light it light at some point)  I took a Rogue Flashbender and flipped it so the black logo side was facing the Flash.  Set like that, I was using it as a Flag, trying to prevent some spill onto the side and background.  Shot is then brought into Photoshop CS5 and some post work is done.  This should benefits from some effects from Nik Software’s new Color Efex Pro 4 – giving it the mood I was really looking for.


  1. Looks like you totally succeded RC. Nice shot, nice atmosphere. I can see why everyone wanted to shoot Meagan – she kinda vaguely resembels Angelina Jolie in this shot to me.

  2. RC, you make it look way too easy.

    Need to set up one of those strobist groups in Orlando, else I may just have to join the Tampa one.

  3. Hey! There are three people pictured here! 🙂

    There’s a guy hidden in the corner!

    Hugs from Brazil!


  4. got tatto here not by paul but other guy he completly made my tatto look like crap. lines are so crooked like if he was high now i got to go back so paul can fix he even traced over my cover up and made it darker, would not recomend to nobody hate tatto had to get my money back was on gasparila day. now i got to get this one covered up would like to sue the artist for messing my arm up that guy should not be working in a tatto shop.

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