Welcome to my selection from the second day from the 1:1 workshop.
In the previous post you have seen the images from Nirmala. Today it’s time for Marie.
During the second day of the 1:1 workshop I concentrated on more “Focused” light sources and filling in the shadows by using the light meter. But as you can see also on expression and posing for portraits. The first images started really simple with Marie standing in the corner and she was lit by a grid, the shadows were openend up by setting a large softbox 3.5 stops below the mainlight.
While shooting 3/4 bodies it’s often obvious that people coach the model to take different poses, however it’s also important to watch the posing with portraits, and this is often forgotten, or not given the attention it needs. So for the next setup we started with simple standard portraits and worked through till we reached a point were the portraits started to “life”.
Well ok, the stairs are always fun.
But I also believe it’s important to move closer and get some other angles and crops, because something is interesting as a shot it’s often forgotten that the closeups can be even more interesting due to the “forced” poses and the “options” the model has to pose on certain “props”.
For the final setup I used an old window which was used to place Marie behind.
Actually you are hardly seeing the window but by playing with the angle under which you shoot you can often make very strong compositions, in those cases showing less of the “prop” is more and can make a shot much stronger.
I have to add that I hardly do any Photoshop compositing, however because it was a 1:1 workshop and I wanted to show some neat Photoshop tricks this happened before I knew it (I combined several techniques in one image and I loved the outcome).