Hello New World,
This is the third installment of this series. So, I am just going to go back, a little. We have planning, hopeful in excess, the perfect location, now what is next?
Well, I will be totally honest with you. I am not good with lighting, period. I am still learning how to position my lights. So, I really can’t go into detail on that subject. As far as what lights I use, I will say that I bought what a beginning student could afford. I bought the Neewer strobes, from Amazon. I am very careful to keep on the model light. This helps me to position the light. Also, a must have, in every photographer’s bag, should be a light meter. At least, in my opinion, if you plan on doing studio work. A light meter reads the light source and tells you what settings to put in your camera to get clean shots.
Also, just a little side note, double check the settings in your camera, and make sure the settings are on auto fine tune, for lens calibration. I found out about this little bit of info at PSW, in Orlando. By doing this, it ensures that you will be taking a clean shot. If you want to go in depth, with lens calibration, there is a kit, that is available for purchase. I believe it is called “LensAlign“. When I saw the demo, in Florida, it looked pretty decent. The creator of the kit, after calibration, shot very clean images. I was amazed.
Knowing Your Models
It is a good idea, prior to the shoot, to get to know your models. Guys, I am not talking about finding out critical dating facts, and the same thing for the ladies, as well. LOL! I mean find out who they are, so that you are getting the best shots, for your shoot. I mean, the saying goes that you are capturing a piece of this person, why not try to capture the best part of this person. Another reason, in my opinion, is that you want the model to feel comfortable around you. I am not big on telling a model how to pose. Any models, please do not take this the wrong way, but a model should have a vast amount of poses, set in their repertoire. Models should know what angles they look best at. A photographer is there to either guide, or enhance, what you already know. Besides, I love for a model to be in the moment. That is when “magic” happens. This is when the pose, scenery, and look, just come together. I am quite sure that if this was a paid shoot, then it would very different. At that particular moment, I would be spitting out commands. That is why a majority of my shoots, I usually try to make them TFF(Time For Files). I want my shots be relaxed, non forced. You know what I mean?!
At the end, if all is planned well, you should have great shots! I will say that, there are times that, even if you follow a plan, down to a “t”, and pardon the language, sh*t still happens. This is fine, because I have had this happen, many times over. It just a part of working on TFF projects. It happens.
Anyway, I do my shoot on June 23rd. I will show behind the scene shots.