My first shoot for 2012! Thanks to Maria Storman for allowing use to use her creations and Olivia for me such a great subject!!
Working on my editing skills, the thing I had to learn was to be subtle with edits and move in very small steps. This was a shot from the 2008 cover for Space Coast Living
I was experimenting with a new lighting style/technique for a completely different look. Most of the time I would have a very dark shot with the background falling off into darkness. This time I wanted to do some thing more interesting an use high key light. I used two Hensel Integra 500 w/s lights and Canon 580 EX. The lovely subject was lit completely from behind. No light was in front of the model. I wanted to have the light wrap around her legs, to give a glowing edge effect. To get this effect I used a large diffusion panel between the subject and the light source. I wanted to place a reflector over the camera to bounce back some light to fill the subject, but I did not have the time.
This is a video I shot a while ago to show the time and effort it takes to get a few good images. The shoot took 3-4 hours from set up to break down. That did not include post editing time to get a finished image. I shot with Tina and her vintage VW. The car was totaled in accident with an un-insured motorist a few months later.
In the video I sets up lights, move lights, move more lights, get on the ground to take a shot, then get up again to move the lights again. Getting a single shot can be long process. I start with a base look and then work from there. Some times I can get the shot quick, or the idea is not working and requires changes to the approach.