I was recently contacted by Sam Beavan, Owner of One Vision Health to photograph Sam and his staff for the corporate website. Sam was exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC, so we arranged a photoshoot on location and decided on using the bright foyer area next to the Hall entrance, taking advantage of the fantastic natural light.
My second photoshoot with the X-Pro1 was with local model Beth through Model Mayhem. First try out with the fantastic Fuji 35mm F1.4 lens, along with the wider Fuji 18mm F2.
We shot in the same area as my first street shoot of 2014, but using different buildings as backdrops. Even though the photo shoot was mid afternoon with bright sunshine, the use of off camera flash enabled us to create a night time look in some of the images for a dramatic effect.
The use of natural light and off camera flash on a 2 hour street shoot enables the set of images to include a mix of moody and dramatic images along with bright and sunny examples.
A street shoot is great fun for model and photographer, and is a great option for an editorial piece for a blog or magazine.
A quick example shown below of a natural light portrait of my daughter Megan. Shot in my office next to a large window with my 50mm lens at f2.8 to give a sharp focus on the eyes but leaving the background blurred. I love this type of image as it is simple but very powerful and great for a family album.
Below is an image of my daughter Bethany, shot in the hallway of our house using only natural light and post processed into black and white.
Bethany’s back was to the front door, so all the light was coming from behind Bethany and bouncing off the white walls of the hallway to wrap around her. Natural light is lovely and soft, and although the light available is still relatively low, with a steady hand and a slow shutter speed images shot like this can really stand out as a treasured piece of photography that stands the test of time.
This shot could be taken in almost any house. Small or large, every house has a window to provide the lighting. No large backdrops or lighting equipment required.