Chris Carrillo - The Trumpet Man

Here's Chris Carrillo, a phenomenal musician and trumpet professor at JMU.

Chris Carrillo Trumpet 1

So first, the location. These were taken in a building commonly known in downtown Harrisonburg as the 'Ice House'. If you were to go to this location today, you'd find a much, much different place. As a matter of fact, the steps where Chris is sitting in the next photo didn't exist the very next day. The owners of the building are restoring it, and in this particular spot, a brewery is taking shape. A welcome addition in my opinion!

Chris Carrillo Trumpet 2

Second, lighting. In order to achieve the dramatic look, I cut out most of the ambient light just by shooting with a low ISO and manually dialing in the shutter speed to 1/160 sec or so. As many people would know, that leaves everything dark, and now we get to add some light. I used a medium-sized octagonal softbox positioned relatively close to Chris. The only shot the softbox couldn't be close to him was the wide shot, and you can see that the light is much flatter compared to the other shots.

Chris Carrillo Trumpet 3

Third, and finally, the editing. This isn't photojournalism, so I have zero problem using film simulators to create a unique look. Some photography purists argue that this is just a version of photo manipulation. And guess what, I don't care! Everyone has an opinion about this sort of thing it seems. On one end of the spectrum you have people who claim that altering an image at all after the image is captured is a crime. If you crop it, dodge it, burn it, convert to black-and-white, it's all cheating. As if its a game to be won. Others will manipulate the image to infinity and claim their creation as their original vision for the image. And honestly, it doesn't matter! You do whatever you want to your images and we'll just call it a day. Fair enough?

So as for the film simulators, they can be found everywhere online. They are usually available as Lightroom develop presets. They are awesome in my opinion - they let you shoot a clean digital image and try-out vintage analog film types in post-production. If you don't like a particular film's look, no harm done, just switch it out to another!

You can check out Chris' website here: