Shooting From Memory

April 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday I did a shoot. No way, you say. Yup, I did. It was a particularly inspired shoot. I had been sitting on my couch watching a webinar from Photoshelter about marketing when it hit me. I really don't know what the person speaking said, I just know that all of a sudden I had this idea in my head for a shoot.

 

After talking my girlfriend into being the model for it, I got to setting up the lights. It is funny how things go from the mind to reality. Your mind has no limits, walls, boundaries to confine its vision. My apartment does. You see, I don't have a dining room, I have a studio and office. Lucky for me, the dining area is slightly wider than the space I need to set up my 9' seamless backdrop. So with that in place my next mission is to get the lighting in my head to my studio. I can't always see that very clearly. You see, my mind, like many, is a strange place full of movement and colors. It took me close to 40 min to get it just the way I wanted it. Yet I am still not sure that is how I saw it in my head at first. What with all the limitations of walls in the way of where I wanted to put lights.

 

In the end I got just what I wanted to see. Something me, something different.

 

For those of you that are fellow photographers or just interested in how I did it... With the background in place, I set up just about all the lights and reflectors I have. Then I slowly took them all out until I was left with just 1 medium soft box to the models right, a large bounce to her left and a large black board to her right. Sometimes I just like it simple.


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