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$20 DIY Rain Machine For Epic Fitness Imagery | Von Wong

By Anthony Thurston on October 21st 2014

We have featured Benjamin Von Wong and his amazing projects many times here on SLR Lounge. Today, Von Wong steps away from his usual shenanigans for a commissioned project from the team at Smugmug.


[REWIND: Fantasy Lighting 101 In Detail by Ben Von Wong]

The idea here was that Smugmug wanted some cool black and white portraits to hang in their company gym. This is Von Wong we are talking about though, so simple B+W portraits are out of the question. But you might be surprised to hear, it was a simple DIY $20 rain machine that gave this project the epic feel.

Over on this blog, Von Wong has shared his 7 tips for creating epic portraiture like this. It is a really insightful look at the sort of things to think about if you are going to be trying to meet a clients needs in this genre. I highly recommend checking it out.

Here are the images created for this shoot. Quite impressive, as we’ve come to expect from Ben.

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CREDITS: Photographs by Von Wong are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify, or re-post this article or image without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Von Wong]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Excellent article with great tips!!!

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  2. Keegan Carroll

    Yea! Power, passion and Prue grit! Great shots and better set up idea.

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  3. Duc Hong

    amazing photos, it’s great to see how those photos are made and how stunning the results turned out, really inspiring

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  4. John Cavan

    I always like the way he thinks… water, fire, etc. He just seems to be able to add that element that takes the image up a notch.

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    its the “small things” that matter….its awesome to see the great results I love the biker one the most

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  6. Kayode Olorunfemi

    Wow… I keep reminding myself, its not about the gear, its about being creative!!!

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  7. Matthew Kitchen

    Well, that’s my next DIY project!

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  8. Andrew Van Arb

    Awesome article Anthony! I now need to make a trip to Home Depot! haha

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  10. Brian Stalter

    Wow. He is great at being creative in setting up shots, and these are great images to have around as inspiration.

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  11. Raoni Franco

    That was quite a transformation!! Really impressive!

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  12. Daniel Thullen

    Ben Von Wong definitely knows how to turn the ordinary into epic!

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  13. Uday Arunachalam

    Amazing pictures…..

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