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Brandon Iwamoto

Brandon Iwamoto



Brandon Iwamoto is a freelance photographer based in Aurora, Colo. Brandon graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and Technical Communications. He was a staff photographer at the Farmington Daily Times in 2011. In addition, he worked for three years at the Rocky Mountain Collegian, including time spent as the Visual Editor. His work has appeared in The Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Loveland Reporter Herald, Greeley Tribune as well as billboards, merchandise and promotional material for the Colorado Eagles Pro Hockey Organization. He has held internships with the Loveland Reporter Herald and Colorado Springs Gazette and participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop (XXII - Fuchsia) and Sports Shooter Academy (V), earning recognition from the faculties of both. Brandon is constantly searching for new stories to tell and is confident that the power of photography will prevail in this uncertain time. To remain relevant in a digital world, Brandon is capable of complementing his photography with audio, video, writing and social media.
  • Canon 1D Mark IIn
  • Canon 1D
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujinon 18mm f/2
  • Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.2
  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  • Canon 24mm f/1.4L
  • Canon 17-40mm f/4L
  • Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro
  • Canon 85mm f/1.8
  • Creative Light 1x4' Softbox
  • Alienbee B800
  • Think Tank Skin Gear
  • Lumopro LP-160 Flash(es)
  • Pocketwizard Plus II
  • Tiffen 77mm Neutral Density Filter(s)

Self Portrait

Published September 27th, 2011

So I've fallen nearly two months behind in my personal "once-a-week" projects and thought I ought to stop making excuses and just do it. So tonight, I experimented with self portraiture, something I've rarely, if ever, messed around with.

I figured, since I have an Alienbee flash now that's getting very little use, why not? I also experimented with the Creative Light strip light softbox I have as well. Also tried rim lighting and hair lighting with my two smaller flashes, but it turns out being precise and exact with no assistants and booms makes things difficult.

Still, no more excuses. I'm not happy with the result, but I'm going to post anyways, because you learn from failure and not every shot I'm going to be proud of.

My conclusion though: Stick to making *other* people look good.


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Strobist Info:
<br/>LP-160 - 1/2 power, 24mm zoom, snooted. Camera right, shooting through the upper half of the glass.
<br/>Nikon SB24 - 1/4 power, 85mm zoom, snooted, Storrao Red gel. Camera right, shooting down and across the base.
<br/>LP-160 - 1/8 power, 105mm zoom, 1\" gird spot, snooted, Scarlet gel. Behind and beneath the subject, shooting up into a white cloth doubling as a seamless.

No Deadlines

Published July 19th, 2011

That's what I love most about doing these independent projects. Without a deadline, without other assignments and without any pressure, I can really take my time and get it right. I spent three hours setting up and getting this particular photo the way I liked it. It still isn't something I'm 100% satisfied and happy with, but it will do for being a first project.

It's been a while since I've spent the time to really light something and get it right, so it might be a little clumsy, but we'll let you guys decide.

Now, to figure out what to do with the 11 roses I have left...


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Model: Bree (

New Day

Published July 19th, 2011

So I think since I have my main blog ( dedicated to my daily photojournalism things, I want this blog to be something different. And I realized recently that I had been getting burnt out shooting buildings with closed signs and other asinine assignments for the newspaper.

So here's what I'm going to do. Starting today, I will be doing something new every week on my days off to try and get myself back into photography. Be it making DIY beauty dishes, shooting photo illustrations that I normally don't consider, try picking up food photography, take a trip to the middle of nowhere to find something interesting or what have you. The idea is to shoot what *I* want to shoot, not what the newspaper wants me to shoot.

While I haven't shot my project for today, I will post an image I reworked from a trip to Albuquerque a few weeks ago, converted into black and white. I struggled for a while getting rid of the color, because Bree's eyes are just so intense and ...

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