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.
Ellen contacted me recently to get a set of new images for her modelling portfolio with her agency. I have worked with Ellen on several shoots now, and it is always a nice session to do. The planned environmental shoot changed to a warm studio shoot thanks to the British weather, but we managed to create a great set of images, and even had time for some fun shots at the end.
A recent shoot with the wonderful Alex (on her first ever shoot) allowed me to test a few new lighting setups within the studio. A rarely used pink paper roll has been hanging in the studio for a long time, watching me and begging to be used. I decide to see what I could do with it, so used a single gridded beauty dish to light Alex and throw a distinct shadow onto the pink backdrop.
Second setup was against the white infinity cove, using a single gridded reflector on a Bowens head and shooting through a standard set of window blinds. You can just see the shadow it creates on Alex’s shoulder and chest.
Third image is the same setup as above, but with different lighting levels to enhance the shadow effect from the blinds.
Alex is a great model and for her first time did exceptionally well. Looking forward to working together again soon.
It is great to be in the studio during the Winter season, escaping the poor and unpredictable weather. The studio allows you space and time to build a careful lighting setup that will meet your vision of the photoshoot.
Below are 3 examples from a recent photoshoot with an up and coming model to help build her portfolio to take to agencies. We did a handful of lighting setup changes throughout the shoot, along with outfit changes, to get a nice selection of images for the portfolio. A mix of Octabox, strip box, gridded beauty dish and reflectors helped create strong images showing the model’s potential.
I did a test shoot recently in the studio with Grace, a new local model with a great look and who is very easy to work with. I used the opportunity to try out some different lighting setups with Octaboxes and gridded beauty dishes, whilst Grace was able to start building up her modelling portfolio.
We had a very successful couple of hours in the studio trying out a mixture of low and high key lighting with a variety of poses in a relaxed environment. I am looking forward to working with Grace again in the near future.