Collaboration with Katie

I finally decided to get my act together and start taking my photography to the next level. Since I fell in love with Portrait Photography I organized a photo shoot with a friend and aspiring model Katie. She did a wonderful job and made the whole experience smooth and great fun. Kudos to her for being patient with me while I fiddled with the lighting set up multiple times. All in all I’m super happy with the results and can’t wait to set up another shoot.

My set up consisted of two remote flashes which I used in a magnitude of different set ups (trial and error mostly). I found one flash lighting the background and one directly on Katie seemed to work best for that environment. The vast majority of the shoot was done with my 50mm prime lens as I feel most comfortable using this lens and it gives a crisp image.

Working on multiple shots of the same subject in the same environment really helped me find my style of post production. I found myself returning to similar settings completely coincidently. 100% of editing happened in Lightroom.

As I said I’m excited to partake in another shoot asap. I feel my second shoot will be even smoother than the first. With the knowledge of how my gear handles and a basic understanding of different lighting set ups, I can see it happening much quicker.

 

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Recent ongoings

I’ve been quiet recently as I’ve been unwell. I’ve used my down time to really practice my composition and framing for images. I’ve also invested in an Olympus OM10 35mm Film camera. When I started my journey into photography I dismissed film photography as redundant. As I’ve progressively got more comfortable behind the lens I’ve begun to see the value that using film could bring. Stopping to think about composition and settings and not firing off hundreds of ‘disposable’ shots to get the perfect one.

I want to use my film to document my journey into photography with physical photos for my personal collection. Collect the ‘memories’ of my shots onto a wall or into a book. This is a really romantic idea for me and will hopefully teach me a great deal more about the industry and subject.

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Learning Photoshop

Following on from my previous post, I’ve downloaded a photo-editing software. I’ve been playing around and watching Youtube videos on how to effectively edit pictures. I’ve still got a long way to go but here are some examples of what I’ve managed to achieve so far.

I’ve been concentrating on perfecting the model’s skin with a variety of tools. This action still takes me a while and I hope with time and practice that I can speed up this progress. I am starting to understand the immense value of Photo-editing software to Photographers and creating the per perfect image.