The simple truth is that I’ve been away from active shooting for almost two months now and it’s driving me insane. So rather than keep feeling lousy about it, I’m trying to live intentionally and am booking models for each weekend that I can moving forward into spring. The point is simple – use the camera, use the lights, nail down all the elements, and do a little experimenting so that when I get the next client gig, I don’t feel like I’m all thumbs.
This session was inspired by a photo I saw in the latest issue of Popular Photography. I’ve long admired this style of portrait lighting. It’s dark and edgy, offers a lot of creative lighting control, and seems to be popular right now. Does that make it overdone? Maybe – but people have been using Rembrant lighting since, well, Rembrant, and nobody complains that’s overdone.
All in all, I got it mostly right. The biggest problem was that the back light was too close to the model – it needed to be several more feet back, and it really needed to spread more, so some of the light hit the grass. Without that spread, there’s a distinct lack of dept to the photos, which bugs me.
This last photo here may very well be over done, but I’m still pleased with it. It represents the first step in a new direction or me – the direction of finally having a better handle on Photoshop. Up to now I’ve been confident in my basic image adjustments, but I stop shot of adding anything to photos, or crossing the line into digital art. But I picked up “The Complete Guide to Photoshop Layers” a while back and have been working through it. (Actually, I skipped to the final chapter to make this image.)