First photoshoot (of this year)

As you may or may not know, I’ve been into for photography since end 2009, which is not for a very long time yet. That’s also the reason why I haven’t done many photoshoots yet. But about two weeks ago, I did one of my first photoshoots and I had a great time doing it. It was very educative and a lot of fun. Read on to see the photos and read a little more about it.

So there’s this girl whom I’ve known for a very long time and I owed her a photoshoot. I offered her one, and it still hadn’t taken place. So in my vacation I found one single free day in my calender (needle in the haystack) and we planned it on that day.

The hardest thing for me was to find a suitable location, since the photoshoot had been on my mind for a long time already I was looking around very often but couldn’t find an appropriate spot. Eventually I figured that very close to my home, there was a wall with a very nice texture which could act as a background.

At the day of the shoot, we headed out to that particular place (a 3 minute walk) and I started unpacking all my gear and assembling it. As I said, the shoot was very educative for me as well, here’s the first thing: wind and reflection screens don’t go together all that well. Maybe with a couple of sandbags it would’ve worked, but this was horrible.

When I had all my gear ready to go, I started to look around to see where the light was coming from and had a close look on the model as to where the darker areas and lighter areas were. Then I placed my flash accordingly and from there on the playing around with all the settings started. Taking a few photos, changing the aperture, shutter speed and flash intensity around and re-positioning the reflection screen…

I discovered immediately that there was a ton to learn for me, especially with the technical aspect of flash photography but also another very important factor: working with models. It sounds easy, but it’s quite hard to have them pose the way you want. Especially if they’re not used to being a model.

After some testing around I shot these two images along with a few other ones:

Lena

Lena

Lena

Lena

Then I decided to go a little lower, which resulted in the following shot:

Lena from a low angle

Lena from a low angle

But then I decided I had to do something a little funkier, because I believe that’s very important in photography, but also in pretty much any other form of art. Do something creative, something out of the box. Now this maybe isn’t the best I could’ve come up with, but I kinda like it:

Funky overhead shot

Funky overhead shot

I am moderately happy with the results. For a first ‘real’ photoshoot, I think I can call it a success, but there’s so incredibly much to learn for me. I’ll have to do this many more times in order to achieve better results and there’s nothing I’d like to do rather than just that! (alright there’s a few things)

I wonder what you think about the shots and how your experiences in photoshoots are, so let me know in the comments below.

Note: I have asked the model permission for being put on my blog.
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