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Back in the studio testing use of constant lighting & shooting some #actor #heatshots & #glamour #portrait #photography #mp #maxyphoto

Summer Fashion Photoshoots, #LoveJobs, TFP and #Socialmedia Marketing

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Summer Fashion Photoshoots, #LoveJobs, TFP and #Socialmedia Marketing

Wednesday before the shoot

Yep, I’d much rather shoot these shots in Bali or on some island in Pacific or Maldives but it’s not to be . Time and budget limits (ie TFP) means our Fashion photo-shoot location will be at our local Sydney beaches of Cronulla or Sans Souci (not that that’s always a  bad thing).

The client  is Naked Buddha Fashion , my partner Kim’s fashion shop at Ramsgate.  The shoot is  one of those #LoveJobs that will give Kim some new shots, me a chance to experiment with some new photography techniques and a TFP arrangement with the model to get new shots for her portfolio.

My model today is the lovely Elise, cheerleader and dancer from the Cronulla Sharks Mermaids.

In a nutshell this shoot should be a WIN WIN WIN for all involved.

The key, like all deals, is making sure all parties understand What’s In It For Them.

Saturday morning

Problem – It’s cold and windy outside – do we cancel? If we do it will be weeks before I get another chance to shoot.

Solution – I’ve been wanting to experiment more with our green screen and compositing images  – we should be able to shoot in the studio, edit out the screen and drop in a beach background.

Fashion photography on location in the studio
Fashion photography on location in the studio

I think the end result achieves the primary objectives.  That is

  • Creating higher level quality social content for the client
  • Model portfolio photos
  • Testing new lighting setups and composite photography techniques
  • Testing social media marketing and whether it increases traffic and sales.

Technical

Shooting for web (low resolution) and using the 5D (push ISO very hard) means I can use fixed lights (lower lumins)

  • 1 x Florescent strip lights either side (natural white) with light diffuser sheets
  • 1 x LED video lights both sides to light up legs

The aim of the lighting to replicate the summer sun but also enough cross fill that it’s not too harsh.

Any questions just ask?

The Essence of Uniqueness – Finding Your Own Style

My partner has headed off overseas for a couple of weeks – that means I can setup my temporary studio and be shooting and editing from 7AM to the wee hours of the morning.

The main objective is to get better at my lighting management; talent direction and post production composite creations.

The work I’m most inspired by right now are Commercial Photographers Dave Hill and Joel Grimes – they have this combination of creative design; technical lighting and Photoshop wizardry of stunning desaturated but high contrast images that I really love.

But, you can’t copy – the thing is you need to develop are your own skills and style and THEN see if there is market demand for that look.

It’s a conumdrum – do your create then market or market a look?  Where’s the opportunity?  Joel Grimes gave a great interview of his success – in essense – we are ALL unique – what you’ve got to do is take that uniqueness to develop your style.

From a business point of view I’ve been trying different styles to see where the market is – from landscapes (no money in that) to actor headshots, lingerie and fine art.  Below are some of the shots so far this week

 

Modelling shot – Tessa

Tessa - PortraitPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 Experimenting with tones.

TessaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 

TessaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

 

Getting more artistic – I’m liking these shots

Behind the MaskPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

Liar BirdPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

Shooting some high constrast black and whites – for the fashion market – the shots are OK but they don’t grab me.
ExposedPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia

I think this shot is pretty clich’d and would be in my stock shot bag if I was to focus attention on bodiour and lingerie photography. 

TakenPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia



 

 

Studio Lighting with PARs

It’s often said that photography is painting with light – as I personally develop my own style and detailed eye I’m conscious of how light strikes an object.

Last weekend was spent in the studio testing lighting.  Without a model for the day the bear stepped in.  Please note that I’m still learning so there is bound to be mistakes.

Lighting Setup

  • 2 x PAR 64’s as key lights with bar doors and tungsten to daylight filters (front far left and right). (#1 & 2)
  • 2 x PAR 56’s as front middle fills with bar doors and tungsten to daylight filters (# 5 & 6)
  • 2 x PAR 56’s with bar doors as backlights; (#7 & 8)
  • Lee LD201/ 251 filters to adjust colour temperature from tungsten to daylight.
  • I also had 2 x more PAR 64’s (3 & 4) setup to be used a chroma key backdrop key lights  but didn’t use them

Using a simple DMX lighting controller software, a DMX USB interface to a JANDS 12 channel DMX dimmer box I was quickly able to try different lighting configurations.

 Studio Setup

Camera set to Av mode (Aperture Priority) so only thing to change was the shutter speed to get correct exposure.  

Frame ISO Aperture

Result

Shutter


Result
Colour Temp & Tint

1

PAR 64 

2

PAR 64

5

PAR 56

6

PAR 56

7

PAR 56

8

PAR 56

EV
Photo exposures 11 800 f/5 1/100 3950K + 22

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

+8
12 800 f/5 1/25 4300K + 22 +6
14 800 f/5 1/160 3450K + 6

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+9
15 800 f/5 1/200 3450K + 3

100% power

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+9
16 800 f/5 1/250 3550K + 16

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+10
17 800 f/5 1/1250 3750K + 17

100%

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+12
18 800 f/5 1/640 3750K +11

100%

201 Gel

F/ 5.0

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

F/ 3.2

100%

251 Gel

F/ 5.0

100%

251 Gel

F / 4.5

100%

251 Gel

F/3.2

100%

251 Gel

F/ 3.6

+11

Frame 21 (below)  – ISO400 105mm f/5.6 1/125  I dropped power intensity on the left lights to create short side lighting.  If a person has a wide face then you have the face turned and light up the shorter (narrower) side of the face.

I think I then over-did the post production sharpening.

Learnings

The PARs are no where near as punchy as my flash (strobe) units -but should be OK for some video presenter work.  Will do some more testing on that later.  

Still some problems with colour temperature – I’d hoped with the filters to have these temps up around 6000K (daylight).