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Episode 2027/08/2009 - 7:54 PM
I finally got round to doing my first ever studio shoot yesterday. Unfortunately Ruby was not able to attend as she is still away touring Europe so it was just me and three models: Lucy, Sophie and Holly. We had the place to ourselves for the whole day so there was time enough to photograph each model in two outfits. Although I have done plenty of shoots with these models before it was interesting to see how they each approached the day. For my part, I thought I could either read up on studio lighting technique or I could just wing it. Guess which I ended up doing? As a result, I may have more photoshopping to do but I feel I learned more because I made more mistakes if that makes sense - plus all those lighting diagrams actually mean something now.
In addition to using the studio flash heads I wanted to try out a very basic flash kit I've put together for location work. So far this has cost £24 for two light stands, £20 for two old Jessops flashguns (that I already had but never used) and £32 for a Chinese radio trigger set off ebay. To my surprise it worked rather well. Not only that but the radio triggers worked perfectly with the studio heads. No misfires even over 30 feet which for such cheap triggers is pretty good after some of the stories I've read. My intention is to add some angled brackets, modifiers and a couple of more powerful flashguns with manual power adjustment to the kit and use it outdoors on very bright days and at night.
The whole day went without a hitch. I did six mini shoots (2 with each model) and got 6 sets of images that look different enough to make it worthwhile for everyone (I hope). To start with each model did a set with the plain white(ish) infinity curve. Holly then did a set by a large industrial window (using my basic location flash kit as fill), Lucy did a bedroom set and Sophie did a sitting room chair/table/phone/plant kind of set. It was a lot of fun, there were no fights and I hope to post a few photos from the day soon.
I will be going back to the studio during the next month or two to do a couple of shoots, that Ruby will be styling, then I will be using it it as and when necessary.
I did have a couple of other shoots planned for this month but both models cancelled. Such is life I guess. The next confirmed shoot will be with Hannah (Phoenix) at the beginning of September.