A kind of quiet month for me this time, with a few events covered in other blog posts and then 4 model shoots, 2 with photography clubs, and 2 solo shoots.
The events I attended which are covered in other posts are Daphne and Celeste, The Virginmarys and Brandy and Burlesque. Now we’ll get onto the model shoots, starting with the photography clubs.
The first event was held by Click Group Shoots and originally I didn’t know if I’d be able to get along to this shoot. Where the events normally take place, it’s about 30 minutes drive from where I work, and starts at the same time I finish work, so if I do have work during the day, I don’t go over there. This event was to be a bit of a messy one with the theme of ‘Holi Powder’, which would be thrown about, so the location was changed and was closer to where I work. While it would still start at the time I finish work, I really wanted to get along to this, so didn’t mind missing the first 10-15 minutes.
Finishing work, I quickly made my way over to where the shoot was taking place and I didn’t miss much as when I arrived they were just about to start shooting. There were two different setup areas and three models, and as we were working outside, this allowed the models to change round a bit and hopefully not get too cold. I’d worked with all three models before and as it worked out, I only ended up shooting with two of the models this evening.
Being a quite complicated and time consuming process to organise the powder throwing, the number of images taken was less than a usual evening out at a photography club, and it wasn’t the case of getting your lights setup and them you could quickly take the photos you need. After each powder throw you had to reset and get it all ready again. It’s definitely a subject I shall be revisiting at some point and I’ve got a couple of ideas that I want to try out involving coloured powder, but not so much of the throwing involved.
The other photography club was at Viewfinder Photography, where local photographer Scott Choucino was there to do a talk about lighting, more specifically, lighting on a budget. In photography, things can get really expensive very quickly, so for this evening, Scott was using lighting equipment which was on sale for £300, and when you look at lights and modifiers that can go into the thousands of pounds, this is very affordable.
I didn’t know if there would be a practical aspect to the night, but I took my camera along just in case. There were a few different setups where we were allowed to take a few photos, more of a reference to see how each setup was different, and I only took around 10-15 photos in total. It was a really interesting talk, gave me a few things to think about, there’s always more things to learn in photography. Scott holds other workshops from his own studio, and every time I look at attending one, I realise that I’m busy on the night, so hopefully it won’t be too long until I can find a free evening and go along to another one.
Now we come to the the solo shoots I had, and we’ll start off with my shoot with Demi.
I’ve worked with Demi many times before and the theme for this shoot was that I wanted to work more with coloured gels. We booked a studio which I thought would be perfect for this shoot as it has a black background setup, but also a more industrial feel with some brick walls around.
Coloured gels are something I want to work with a lot more, and over the coming months you’ll probably see a few more shoots where I’m playing about with colours. For this shoot, I had three setups in my mind for what I wanted to try out, and then we would work with anything else I could think of on the day. Demi had a few ideas of the type of outfits she wanted to wear, so I pretty much left that up to her, only really thinking which outfit would work best with which lighting setup.
Starting off with a more natural look using un-gelled lights, I quickly got the gels out and had a bit of fun. The time flew by and before I knew it we were into the last half hour and had to think about finishing up. Always really fun working with Demi, we created some fantastic images and I’m sure it won’t be that long before we work with each other again.
To finish up April, I had a shoot with Jadah, who I’ve worked with now on many occasions, but it has been a while since we worked together on a solo shoot. Over the past few months I’ve seen her at various photography clubs and we thought it was about time to organise a shoot of our own. For this shoot I hired a studio for a few hours and my idea was to do more experimenting with gels.
Jadah brought along loads of outfits and one in particular caught my eye. She showed me this sparkly red dress and while she said it was popular with other people shes worked with, I had some ideas on how we could make those images a little bit different and we saved that for the final setup.
Working through the first few setups, it was mainly lingerie/sheer clothing, and I was messing about with different colours to see what would work, we got some really good images from this. I’ve worked in this studio a few times now and it’s a great place to hire out for me, has plenty of space and the lights work perfectly for the type of work I am currently doing.
Getting to the final setup, Jadah put on the red sparkly dress and I wanted to use longer shutter speeds, along with a constant light, to create some light streaks in the image, while in theory the flash should freeze the motion and you don’t end up with a blurry photo. With these being a bit experimental, I did take quite a lot of photos, but I think the results turned out pretty well, considering it wasn’t that dark, so when I was using longer shutter speeds I was getting a lot of ambient light coming through as well. This is a technique I want to explore a lot more and I’m currently trying to work out where and how might be best to do this.