Monday, 7 May 2012

Low-Key with Jack Howell

Seeing as I have finally got a working, none broken, strobist set-up now, one of the first things I wanted to do was a low-key portrait shoot. I've been wanting to do this ever since I saw Rick Nunn's 'How I Shoot' Article and finally I got my self a model and went and shot him in the face.

Me, Jack and Cubby headed down to Soldiers Field at around 8:30pm just as it was getting dark to do this because it's the widest open space I know so there was no chance of accidentally getting some trees and such in the background. After getting the camera exposed so there was no light coming in, I set up the flash and after diving to safe it from falling and smashing, we got on with taking some pictures. 

Here is the rough set-up diagram of what was going on, obviously in some the flash was on the other side/directly in front but you get the idea from this. 
I'm glad Cubby came along; firstly he helped by holding the flash and saving it from death by wind a few time and secondly because he reminded me that I should try some other styles of pictures instead of just shooting them all like the 3 above. So I shot some full face closer up ones and a couple portrait. 
So that's pretty much it really, this shoot I feel will be one of the most important to me because it's the first time I've been taking pictures of someone I don't know (haven't seen in 6 years) and it's really taught me a lot about communicating and all of that sort of stuff. As always, if you'd like to ask anything/give any feedback on the picture, this article or the blog in general please comment or check out my Flickr and comment on there! Thanks for reading. 

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