Wow! I am humbled and grateful to the ladies who volunteered and participated in my 1940’s Noir Photo Shoot last Thursday! What a fun night! I got some amazing photos of all the girls. They are beautiful ladies in and out! I am indebted to Daiana Adams, of http://daianaadams.wordpress.com/, my friend, coworker, and fellow shutter bug. Daiana volunteered to be the second shooter. Daiana shoots Canon, and I shoot Nikon. I can’t wait to see the shots she got. I especially want to give a big shout out to Amanda Trigleth of Mary Kay for doing everybody’s makeup. Great job. Please, please visit Amanda’s page on the offical Mary Kay website: http://www.marykay.com/adtrigleth/en-US/Pages/default.aspx. Buy something folks! Amanda is having a Mary Kay event on 1/18 at St. Lawrence’s Church. Countact her for details if you’d like to attend. It sounds like a fun event.
I’ve already private posted the images I took and have gotten some very positive feedback from the ladies. I’m happy to see several of the images being used as profile pictures on facebook. Beautiful! I’ll leave the posts up for the week. I have to bring them down because I don’t have unlimited storage on this sight. You’ll notice I didn’t watermark any of the images, that’s because my camera embeds my artistic signature and copyright information in the image’s metadata file. It goes with the image for protection. The pictures will come down by next Thursday, so everyone needs to pick the pictures they want before then. If you miss the dead line, don’t worry, the pics are posted privately on my flickr sight. You will be able to view, and access them there just message me for a link.
I had many favorites shots from the shoot, here are a couple of my soft-favorites, enjoy!
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So the girls got a fun night and some spicy pictures for themselves, or their significant others. What I got out of this session was priceless! I learned so much from this shoot about lighting (need another soft box), I’m going to acquire a posing guide for the girls to look at before we get started shooting, so we can get ideas. I can direct them from their comfort zones. I learned it’s very important to coordinate ahead of time with the second shooter to avoid having subjects looking away from you when you are shooting. And it helps keep you from overwhelming your subjects with directions coming from two people. The two shooters have to coordinate when one will shoot, and the other spot and direct.
Staging is important and saves time. I was going for a studio type shoot where my goal was to use lights for effect, and a camera on a tripod for most of the shots. All the post processing I wanted to do afterwards was cropping and applying black and white filters. And for the majority of the images, that is all that was need. I only had to touch up one or two images, but beyond this it was crop and desaturate! A seasoned photographer that reads this will probably think it obvious, but for me, who am just exploring how to work with lighting, I am amazed. Specific lighting will do away with 90% of post-processing. Love it!
I wanted everyone to mix up their poses within a predefined space so that I wouldn’t have too much camera adjusting to do. This didn’t always work out and several images were difficult to crop because the models’ bodies extended beyond the frame. I didn’t prepare for that, or the comfort of the models in holding some of the poses. I had to readjust my camera to focus on eyes quite frequently. Next time I would add draped stools for the models to prop their feet on and mark the perimeters so they will know to keep arms and legs inside a certain area. Or set my camera on a tripod with a wider angle lens, like I did on this shot of Cherie.
Every one of these elements will make or break the shoot. Although, the makeup was very professionally done, one girl’s make-up did not photograph well. Some of the poses did not work for everyone, and I would change one girl’s hair style. The number of girls for one evening’s shoot, should be cut in half. One or two girls at a time is ideal so you can really take your time to work with the girls. This evening there were 7 girls to shoot in approximately 3 hours. The evening started at 6 p.m. and we wrapped up by 11 p.m. We all had to go to work the next morning… this made for a Longgggg night! But I can’t wait to do it again!