Ashley [Fashion, Portrait]

This shoot was the second of the two I did in one day in my home studio.  Our goal was to create some portraits from the collar bone up, with some jewelry and wonderful expressions.  Ashley rocked it, and the make up by Bryana Doyscher was sublime. 

Though it took us a few photos to find our stride,  we eventually got rolling and having a lot of fun with the different jewelry, and added in wind and props.  Lighting was kept pretty simple: Clamshell in the front, and a single snooted strobe for the background.

I also asked Ashley to bring along a light coloured turtleneck sweater that she felt comfortable in,  as well as a few other clothing options. Here are the results of the shoot:

I put this photo up on 500px and it immediately started getting likes and favourites.  I hit the front page within 22 hours of posting it, my best showing yet on the site.  I'm sure there's something about a pretty girl, good light and a bit of camera gear that appeals to a community of photographers.

I did find a few things in the edit that I need to work on when shooting in the studio, including paying more attention to focus and sharpness.  I had a few photos that would have been my absolute favourites, but they weren't sharp where they needed to be.

Having my own space to help me refine my lighting techniques and create my own projects will be a great benefit, and I plan on doing more work like this.  Stay tuned!

Daily Photo: 01/10/13 - Ashley at the Dingle Tower [Portrait]

I'm very happy with this small two-light setup.  I used a 45" octagonal softbox on the right and feathered it out until it looked as natural as possible, then popped a beauty dish onto the background, which also meant it could do double duty as a rim light as well.  The effect is quite subtle.  The final piece of the puzzle is the reflector, held by Jacob and just off camera left.  This was a tight crop shot so he was able to get in nice and close.  

The way I've been lighting lately is a new thing for me.  Instead of just firing the light at the subject, I'm really spending time working on the way it hits them, and building a believable set up.  I've got a long way to go but I think every shoot gets easier and easier! 

Technical Information:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 85mm f/1.8 
ISO400, f/4.5, 1/100s
Location: Dingle Tower, Halifax, NS
Process: Apple Aperture for RAW processing, Color Efex Pro 4 for toning and film grain
Model: Ginger Snapzz (Ashley)
Assisted by Jacob Connell