I was not able to take any shots this day for two reasons. One was that all of the shoot areas were taken up and the other was that I needed to put more time in to the Photoshop part because I was having is sure with skin textures but then fixed it after awhile.
Well the idea was to get a side portrait profile and a back shot. I had a problem trying to get both because one model ended up being a model with other people at the moment I needed the subject so I didn’t want to bother her. The other model, was actually pretty tough to choose because I didn’t know who would be able to do a bare back shot as in taking their shirt off. I found a model that came in for another person that was will to show her bare back with no problem. I think the shots I got of her were great and I don’t there was a better model for it. Today was more of an success than a failure.
On the final shoot. I got to do exactly what I wanted and that was to shoot on black plexiglass. The only thing I wish I didnt get was camera problems. I was given a really old camera so I had to learn how to set it up. Then I was having issues with the lighting but that was an easy fix. Then the camera wouldnt focus so I had to use manual. Which was harder because wut looked clear to my eye, was blurry on screen. All in after all the problems I had, I got some of my best shots on the last day. The plexiglass did exactly what I was hoping for and they were my favorite shots. Towards the end I started working with gels and got a beautiful green colored photo. I got the silhouettes I was looking for but not to the extent of what I wanted. My weakness was lighting and trying to figure out the right aperture. I feel that took the most time for me to figure out and costed me most of my shooting time. My strength I honestly can not think of because I felt like I needed help in every aspect except for setting up the objects. But I can say majority of my best was from the final shoot because I had so much trial and error. So I already knew what I was looking for and didnt have to jump so many hurdles.
The second shoot was ok. I didn’t get different variations like I’d hope for because I was modeling for Peter, Khyriel, and Kelly but the shots I did get were nice and would work for an advertisement. I bought in a shot glass and limes and didnt get to play with them the way I wanted to. Next class I wont be modeling for anyone and I will focus on my work. For the next shoot I’m going to revert back to just the bottle and martini glass and do silhouettes because on the first shoot I started getting nice shots like that but ran out of time. I want to work with plexiglass because I notice that it gives a nice reflection of the glass and the bottle.
During the last class of shooting I got to shoot first so I had a lot of time to get everything just right. We played around with the different lighting to see which one came on the best the grid gave really harsh shadows the light box we tried after helped out a little but it still wasn’t what I was going for. The umbrella did the job the best with the addition of the reflector the portraits came out near perfect. The only thing I wish I had tried was adding a hair light even though in my final piece I didn’t want the hair to be seen completely, I am curious to see how it would of came out.
During the second class, I was so busy helping other people and being a model or holding the reflector for certain groups I didn’t get the opportunity to correct my photos, there was only 15 mins left in the class and I didn’t want to rush my shoot. So next week I was up to shoot first
During the first shoot I thought my pictures came out fine, but I didn’t even notice the harsh shadows around the nose area. That was do to the positioning of the the man light it needed to be placed at a 45 degree angle and brought down a little also I had to add the reflector to help eliminate some of the shadow.
During my third and final shoot, everything went well. I had my models arrive on time, the set up was great and i already had poses ready for them to do to speed up my production. I had to rush and shoot 4 models though because of lack of time but overall i think i did well in executing the photo shoot. Last thing i needed to do now was work on the photoshop aspect of my project
During the second shoot, I had help with the lighting and my models. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my images with me so I didn’t have anything to post for day 2. With that being said, I still feel as if i had a successful outcome even though i had to re-shoot the following week.
For my final shoot, I was fairly pleased with the quality of the images I got. Joseph and Josh were my models, and I was able to have them interact with the light in new and interesting ways. Joseph brought a more dramatic feel to the pictures because of his facial expressions and body movements, and the shots greatly benefited as a result.
I wish I had more time to push it even further, because I feel that towards the end I was only just starting to get the effects I wanted, but I loved this project so much that I really want to keep experimenting with this effect.