Post Process: enhanced saturation, curves, gradient on the sky.
Portrait of Charlene. During this shoot, we literally walked up the hill. I didn’t want to carry all the equipment with me, so I decided to just have one strobe light with me and used commander mode on my camera; meaning the light off my camera was in sync and able to trigger my flashgun.
Set Up: Nikon D90, sturdy tripod, and one sb-800.
Post Process: Charlene’s portraits came out really nice, I figured it didn’t need much editing. I just added some simple touch ups on the face and a little bit of gaussian blur. The last thing I added was a bit of clarity, and a bit of HDR.
Random night of working on bars while Andrew messes with his MPC.
Last Saturday, I took pictures for Silver Creek High School students (class of 2012). I took pictures for more people than I ever had in my life. My biggest obstacle wasn’t how many people there were though. Although that was sorta a challenge; my biggest challenge was that there were two groups/ two different places = Limited to time. Unfortunately nothing really went according to plan, so what I learned was to save one shoot for the whole day instead of scheduling two shoots in one day. Also another thing is, “to be prepared for the unexpected”. During one of the shoots after, I set up my strobe lights, the location changed; meaning I had to set up the lights again at another location close by, but like I said, I was limited to time. As you can see in the pictures, there are shadows, so Cross Lighting did not work for the shoot as well as I thought for the specific location due to one of my lights dieing, but what can you do at that point? I just worked with what I had and after I edited the pictures to an extent where I thought it was a pretty good picture. As for the photography aspect of shoot, I gave the pictures more clarity and darkened the colors.
Im not picking “favorites”, but this group was really cooperative, they knew there poses like they just knew right when they got in front of the camera. Short story, the shoot was done in less than twenty five minutes.
As for the obstacles i faced with this group, like I mentioned earlier one of my lights were out so again the cross lighting failed. I would have used the natural light better, but the environment / background wasn’t exactly nice; meaning there were too many distractions but, I think that would be it as far as obstacles.
Exactly what i’m trying to convey in my pictures is to capture the moment, and capture the the smiles. Another thing im trying to work with, honestly is to be more social and be able to make my clients comfortable with the way I work, and comfortable in front of the camera. In this case I socialized a bit to the prom dates and they seemed happy with how I was working and everything worked out smoothly.