With all the bad weather we have been having over the last few weeks the chance of finding any sun was beginning to be the biggest problem that I was facing in relation to this exercise.
I am also working long hours in relation to the Olympic Games so fitting work in was proving difficult. A work colleague said his daughter, Katie, wouldn’t mind acting as a model, so we set off looking for a location that I could use.
I have used Katie as the model for a few of my exercises as you will see.
For this exercise I had to produce a series of images (between four and six) of the models head and shoulders in different lighting conditions.
I decided to try and capture Katie in the following ways:-
- Sunlight with shade
- Using a reflector to add light (White side)
- Using a reflector to add light (Gold side)
- Electronic Flash
This would be the first time that I had used a reflector so I was interested to see what the results would look like.
Looking at the images when I got home I was pleased with some of them and I have to say a bit disappointed with others.
You can see the difference with the different types of light, which I suppose is the purpose of the exercise but i didn’t like the quality of my shots.
Problems I later identified
1.Eyes not in focus, by using a very shallow depth of field this has produced a poor image
2. Hairs in the shot, eliminate by photoshop, or even better checking before I take the image and getting the model to make a little adjustment
3. Sunlight passing through hat onto face, causing unsightly marks, eliminate via Photoshop?
This was the first time that I had taken images of a model on a one-to-one when not under supervision.
The day went well and we got on very well. I used a zoom lens (70-200) to take the initial shot so I could shoot from a little further away and as things settled down I changed to an 85mm
which meant working a lot closer to the model.
This was a valuable exercise that I learnt a lot from.
By the way, Katie was great and she (and her parents) liked some of the images. That’s the main thing I suppose.