Another one of the wonderfully talented "Photographer's Assistant" I get to work is Hannah who is about to graduate from High School. I really wanted to add another "Senior Portrait" to my portfolio and Hannah was willing to step in front of my lens and lights. Such a brave soul!
I wanted to start early before the sun had any time to burn off or sap any colors. We started at 9am which gave me a nice slanted light from the sun and it wasn't too hot...yet. I had scouted the location earlier in the week to make sure I had several choices and angles to choose from. When scouting locations make sure you have several walls and backgrounds facing in different directions so you can work with a variety of sunny and/or shady angles. I also brought the same camera and lens for test shots.
Some technical info for my students. For the top black and white shot I used a 2 1/3rd China Silk flags that measure 24x36. I was using them to bring the backlight down a couple of notches and decided to shoot right into them. I thought it looked like a studio shot but it's outside in full sun. The second photo down, I used one Alien Bee from camera right set at 1/4 power through an umbrella. I used ISO 200 all morning and kept my shutter speed around 1/100th of a sec and just worked with the f stop (aperture) and the power on my strobes. When working with so many variables (equipment, light modifiers, natural light, wind, etc.) try and limit your on camera choices to one or two variables so you can make quick decisions based on your constants. The rest of the shots were lit with a Nikon Speedlight set at 1/2 power with a small diffuser over the lens.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Hannah's boyfriend, Adam, who served as my on the job training grip or as we like to call them VALs (voice activated lightstands!) Great job, you're hired!
Hannah was a great sport and was willing to play with one of the props I brought along, a 10ft piece of gauze which flapped and flailed in the wind and I had fun time playing with the back light that resulted in a couple of interesting pictures.
I think a splendid time was had by all so a big thanks to Hannah and Adam for a rather productive morning!
And a tip of the hat to you for stopping by.