This session deemed to be challenging yet satisfying. Full of different backdrops and a many wardrobe changes. I predominately photograph outdoors. This is do to my preference of shooting with a wide aperture (f2.8-f4). I do this to have my subject sharp and the background blurry. I find it difficult shooting indoors because of the lack of angles, backgrounds, and poses. However, my client wanted to photograph indoors. Keiana wanted a sexy but classy shoot that showed off her beauty and body.
We began the session with a white background with a 3 light setup. Two strobes were pointed on the backdrop and one main light on the subject. I was unable to use a wide aperture. Nevertheless, Keiana and I were albe to use different poses and anges to compensate.
Photo taken @ (f/7.1 @ 62 mm, 1/250, ISO 250) lens - f2.8 24-70mm
We then moved to a one light setup on a black backdrop. I feel the black backdrop limits me even more than the white backdrop. With the one light setup on black, I must ensure that the light does not fall onto the background. I used closeups and moved her as far from the backdrop as possible.
Picture taken @ (f/8 @ 56 mm, 1/250, ISO 250) lens - f2.8 24-70mm
After approximately 2.5 hours indoors, we decided to take the session outdoors. I WAS ELATED! We began by choosing a spot on the road in the shade. This was done for two reasons. First, the road was hot and the shade provide refuge to the heat. The second reason was also because of the sun. I did not want the sun to overly effect her exposure. I placed her back to the sun and it provide a great rim light around her hair. I attached my neutral density filter to my f2.8 70-200mm lens so that I could shoot wide open at f2.8. The filter reduces my exposure by 3 stops. Manual-flash was used on camera right to illuminate her figure.
Photo taken @ (f/2.8 @ 125 mm, 1/250, ISO 250) lens - f2.8 70-200mm
We then headed to the pond. This is why I prefer to shoot outdoors. I love the angles and the use of blur on the subject.
Picture taken @ (f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/320, ISO 100) lens - f2.8 24-70mm
Picture taken @ ( f/4 @ 48 mm, 1/320, ISO 100) lens - f2.8 24-70mm
This session made me a better photographer. I had to utilize my knowledge of both studio and on location lighting. Special thanks to Byron McKelvey. He assisted with Make-up, hair, and poses. Here is a picture of Byron assisting Keiana... Until next time... Live.Love.FoKAS