So last weekend Stephenie Ponist and I set out to add some more pictures to her modeling portfolio. This shoot had been planned for a few months, and finally when it happened it was well worth the wait. We had picked 2 locations to shoot at. We developed a few specific ideas in mind for the type of looks she wanted in her portfolio. She wanted a natural lit,outdoors look and also a business woman/serious look. We ended up shooting on a railroad in New Hope, PA area, then the second location was located in Lambertville, NJ. The entire shoot rolled smoothly, there were no elements that posed a threat, such as a moving train. The shoot took a total of about 2 hours, and it was a great experience. Here are some pictures to view from the shoot!
So my fiance and I thought it would be a great time if her and a couple of her friends dressed like zombies and did a photo shoot. So that is precisely what we did haha. A couple of these pictures actually even scare the hell out of me! Let me know what ya think. Here are a couple of shots from the set. To see more, visit this set in my Flickr webpage.
Now for a little technical background on this shoot. I had originally planned for this to happen with a little bit of ambient light. This would’ve made it a lot easier for the camera to auto-focus and just a lot easier to see in general. Well getting the outfits ready and getting the make-up done took a little longer than we all had planned. Either way in this shoot I knew I wanted to use off camera lighting. I only used 1 580 exii strobe with a small square softbox.
All of these shots with all girls in 1 picture the strobe was always about 4-5ft. high angled down and directly behind me while I was shooting. I did this because, 1- I had to figure a way to make best of this situation with no ambient light and only having 1 strobe. 2- I set the lighting up higher than usual because I wanted the light to fall on each of the models faces and kind of cast demonic shadows over areas such as the eyes and cheek bones. Having this happen I thought it added a more dramatic feel to the whole shoot.
So as I stated before, wanting some ambient light in order to help the camera auto-focus. Well this wasnt possible because we got out a little after sundown. My camera wasnt auto focusing properly, sooooo, I knew the lens wanted to see something contrasting or somewhat bright to help it focus. My solution, I had each girl hold my iPhone as the screen was lit up against their faces until my AF locked in.
If you guys have any questions or anything just post up in the comments section of the post and i’ll get back to ya!
- Shooting Challenge: Take Your Camera and Shove It [Photography] (gizmodo.com)
- Friday Fright (dcrblogs.com)
- How to: Track Ambient Automatically While Using Manual Flash (strobist.blogspot.com)
- Strobist: Lighting in the Dark: Summer Reading (strobist.blogspot.com)
- Studio Photography Lighting Techniques (brighthub.com)
Not to get sappy or anything, but I’ve been with my fiance for just about 5 years now. You would think me being a photographer and her being so beautiful that I’d have TONS of pictures of her right? WRONG! She never wants me to shoot her, even when I ask. There’s always some sort of excuse, such as the dreaded pimple. Better yet I love this one, “it’s not nice out…”. No matter how hard I tried, I was never able to get her out to do it.
So this weekend the clouds parted and the heavens shined down! I said to myself, “self, she’s looking out of this world today, just give it another shot, maybe I’ll get a new excuse out of it to add to the list”. This wasnt the case at all, she said YES! It was like there was no thinking about it either. It was great!! So we took off to go to Sayen Gardens in Hamilton, NJ. I actually got nervous because I knew if the pictures didn’t come out right that this opportunity would never happen again. She said she loves the pics, now you the reader be the judge of that. What do you think?!
For more pictures from this shoot please visit HERE