Behind the scenes of “Found Beauty”

Here is a behind the scenes shot of my fantastic crew on my recent project “Found Beauty”. The story of finding beauty in nature and a natural beauty.

Look out for this series of images to be published soon.


Crew credits L-R  MUA/hair ziicka, Model Teal, assistant Zoe Arthur.


3 models and 3 lighting setups in a 20 square foot space.

I had a fun challenge the other day shooting some fun creative portraits with my GC team and some awesome models.

We had a free night in our calendar and decided to get together to shoot some no pressure practice shots with three new models that needed some practice. To keep it casual we decided to shoot in Ziicka’s place, which is a tiny, basement suite with 6′ ceilings and hardly enough space for 2 people. So we decided to stuff three models, Ziicka doing makeup and styling, Jessica Holloway doing hair and myself with all my lighting and camera gear into that little space.

We ended up have a great time and shooting late into the night only stopping to eat some delicious Sal e Lemon tacos.


Here are a few of my favorites from the night.

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A crisp fall morning with Ravi

A couple weeks ago I had a great quick little morning shoot with local model Ravi Bansal. We met up at my local dog walking park and shot a quick couple setups before the rain ended our session. First we snapped some portrait shots for her commercial portfolio. There is a beautiful pond surrounded by trees and bushes that are in full Fall colors so we chose that as our background.

Here is one of the finished shots, it was real simple lighting. Just one medium softbox filling in the shadow side of her face, and putting a little glint in her eyes..


Next we setup for my commercial style shot. I was going for a fall catalog or print ad style photograph. I wanted it to be clean and simple and to display the clothing looking good in a cool fall setting.

Again it was a very simple setup, one medium softbox to the camera left and one small box up high over her right shoulder to give a warm rim light. In Photoshop I mostly played with the tone of the foliage and cleaned up the background a bit. I chose to crop to a wide cinema aspect ratio because I thought it placed her in the setting without showing too much distracting foreground or sky. And the real reason is because I have been walking my dog down this path for months thinking I would love to shoot a scene here for a film so I have imagined it in wide screen film format. Here is the shot.



















I will have a new shoot to post up in the next few days to check back often.



Early misty morning with Ziicka

A few days ago me and my favorite MUA/model/producer/creative director/blue haired friend Ziicka got up bright and early to shoot in the morning fog. I had a lighting setup I wanted to try out and Zii is just always game to help out in front of or behind the camera so we loaded up and went down by the water front to catch the morning mist and fall colors.

Turns out the fog wasn’t going to stick around for us but we made the best of it and got some nice shots in just a few minutes.

Here are a couple shots from the day and a behind the scenes look at the lights.

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Giving in to BaDD HaBBiTs

I had a great shoot a couple weeks back collaborating with Glass City wonder girl Ziicka, and the awesome local band The BaDD HaBBiTs. It was just a quick run and gun shoot in an east Van alley to create some new images for the band and to make some new friends. We had a blast goofing around and making damn good use of available colors and textures within one city block of alley.

Zii took care of the creative direction and styling while I concentrated on squeezing every ounce of light out of my poor little speed lights. Fighting daylight aint easy with small light sources and big modifiers covering a whole band.

Check out the whole photo set over at the Glass City blog

The BaDD HaBBiTs


Finally updating some of my current photography work.

Fire red in the wind.

Again it has been a long time between posts on here. I have been busy, what can I say. But the good news is now I have some content to show off. I just added a small gallery of photos from a practice session with Ziicka at the Glass City space in EVF studio called Blue with Ziicka. It was a fun little testing session to try out some new lighting ideas I had and Zii wanted to try out not having eyebrows. OK. But they turned out pretty cool and I have had great feedback on them from the few people that have seen them. Check that gallery out here.

Next I shot an evening with clothing designer Harrison Oswald modeling his own creations and Ziicka doing makeup and styling. Check that set out here.

We had a great time and finished up so quick we had time to get Zii in front of the camera again to model some Titans Eve tee shirts. Check that set out here.

And finally for today I am posting up a few shots from a shoot I did for hair stylist Lucy Lopez. We were working with a theme of blazing orange and red hair on three beautiful models, Marmar, Liz and Kayla. Again it was fun times had by all and I really enjoyed getting to play with light to showcase the amazing hair styling of Lucy. That gallery can be viewed here.

That’s it for now, I have a bunch of video work coming up in the near future so look out for a big post of links to music videos soon.



I just did a little update.

So I just finished up doing a little update of the look around the site. Nothing huge but I think it’s looking a little nicer over all. A huge thanks goes out to Noah Funk for helping me figure out the little code work that needed to be done.


Look around and let me know what you think.

It’s been a while but I’m keeping busy!

I kind of forgot about this place lately. I have been pretty busy with work and family over the past couple months not to mention filming and photographing a few projects.

The first big news is the web series I have been DPing for the last 6 months is almost ready to launch and we released the teaser just last week for it. The show has been a labor of love for the writer/director/producer/editor/lead actor Devon Ferguson and myself but it’s turning out really funny and pretty good looking if I do say so myself. It is a super low budget project but we have been adding a ot of production value by getting creative as well as calling favors. It has been a challenge for me because it is my first multicam shoot, we have been running 3 cameras for every setup which has been interesting for lighting, blocking, and trying to make every angle look good as well as catch the action. My B camera operator has been Lena Vinogradova for most of the series and C camera operator has been a locked off tripod. I can’t wait for the whole series to be out so I can share them but for now here is the teaser.

How to be an Actor

The other film I recently did was a short film for my work’s private film fest. It was really a friendly challenge among the locations of Sim Digital to shoot films on our gear to build some teamwork skills and get some hands on time with the pimp new gear. So when it came time for me to choose my dream camera/lens package to shoot on my choices were damn near limitless. Unfortunately the reality of our business is that if we have the gear and a customer wants it we rent it, so my “dream package” slowly went out the door on paying rentals leading up to the shoot day. Sigh…. oh well I guess I will have to make due with an Arri Alexa and the new Fujinon 19-90 Cabrio lens. (For those of you who don’t know what that means the Alexa has shot damn near every feature film and TV drama for the last 2 years, and the lens? Well just picture a Porsche Carrera Cabriolet, now picture a camera lens that is more expensive.) So I was still spoiled with gear way better than I would usually get to work with, and a great cast and crew made for a fun weekend of shooting. The other really cool part of the festival is that we are being judged by a panel of industry big shots most notably master cinematographer and academy award winner Guillermo Navarro who just completed shooting Pacific Rim. The results of the judging will be in next week but we feel pretty confident in our film to impress.

Here are a couple bts pics from the shoot.


I just posted up my Director of Photography Reel.

So it’s that time of year I guess where I start thinking about my accomplishments over this past year (aside of course from my biggest accomplishment, helping bringing my little boy Maxo into the world) and tying a neat little bow on it. This of course means editing a new reel of my most recent film projects and getting it out into the world to drum up some new projects for the new year. I think the difference between my last reel and my new one is fairly substantial, I know I”ve grown in my lighting skills over this last year and that has made a difference but I feel I am also working on better projects that allow me to shine as a film maker.

I hope my work continues to get bigger and better while working with more professional and creative people in the future.


Corby Martin – Director of Photography – Reel from Corby Martin on Vimeo.

Another great time laps film.

Here is another really great time laps film, this time of  Guangzhou China. I am more impressed with the architecture and flashing lights of the city but the film does a great job of showcasing it and amplifying the appeal.

Between this film and my co-worker David Wang bugging me I want to go to China now more than ever.


Guangzhou’2012 (CHINA)

Corby Martin Director of Photography