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Posing and Light - Lightenupandshoot Style
Subtle changes in "Light" and "Pose" can give a totally different look and help build confidence with your subjects. One of my secrets in developing an "eye" is to explore light and posing possibilities. Let's explore further...
The shot of the left was the what I envisioned. I used a white fabric scrim instead of a reflector to just give a hint of fill and softer fill (I liked the contrast for this shot) and asked Vivi to "fix" her hair. I knew there would be some movement and I pulled the trigger when my "eye" saw the shot. Knowing when something looks good is the key; I see a lot of photographers just "spraying and praying" and not really thinking about the final outcome. I think the digital era is to blame for this. Film guys didn't have the luxury of looking at the view finder; they had to rely on their vision and instinct.
Instinctively I knew I had the shot but decided to shoot a few more for "safety." I asked her to do more of the hair playing thing but she lost the vibe after the first time I asked. Sometimes when you ask a model to do something a bit unnatural you may only have one go at it. I also had my assistant bring in a silver reflector (2nd shot on right) It was too polished looking for my taste and the vibe was gone. The hard light from the silver reflector changed the feel completely.
Sometimes you know you have a shot and trying to reproduce the same results doesn't always work. But, playing and experimenting with theses type of subtle techniques is what will separate you from mediocre photographers. In essence you're playing with your vision through experimentation. I'm never afraid to try new things; it keeps it "fresh" and also gives the model confidence that you are a pro.
These are the types of tips that I share while shooting with attendees during my events. There is lots of "one on one time" CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE
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More experimenting from this series (I took about 10 shots in total for this shot before moving on to the next "look"):
I always start with natural light and maybe use just a scrim or reflector. I don't break out the lights until I feel as though the model/subject is warmed up. I also need a chance to get warmed up, just like an athlete stretching before the event. I'm getting in the groove and thinking of ideas for shots for when the light bust out.
Below is an example of a lit shot from the same day. I busted out two speed lights. The first shot is a test of the background light (BUTT LIGHT). You can see the silouette of Vivi. Then I added in the main light camera left. There is a reflector for fill camera right. Two lights (three light sources). I'm not exclusive with using lights, I actually tend to favor natural light now that I'm a more seasoned photographer. I'm constantly searching for or what I call "light chasing."
Which is better? natural or lit? I shoot both and give my clients "options"