Today I finally managed to get into the studio to recreate my ‘Audrey Kitching’ photograph. I borrowed mannequins from fashion and had obtained polystyrene mannequin heads on eBay to write ‘PLASTIC’, ‘BASIC’, and ‘NORMAL’ on them like in the pictures. I attached the heads to the mannequin bodies with tape as only the heads would be on show.
I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a photograph that immediately caught my eye. It’s visually beautiful and I saved it in my phone as I like it so much. I instantly thought about the studio pastiche assignment and how great and challenging it could be to recreate that particular photograph.
A few days after my shoot with Jade and I’m back in the studio; this time with my friend Deborah. I really enjoyed my first proper studio photoshoot and want to practice more often. This shoot had a ballet theme, and I was very pleased with the results.
As I understood how to use the equipment this time around I was able to get good photos right away. I used one softbox which was directed to the right side of the model, the shadows give depth and character which I really like.My main issue is that the backdrop isn’t wide enough as the room is too small so in quite a lot of photos the walls can be seen. This meant that most of the photos had to be edited to remove things in the background and side of the frame.
I booked the college studio to do a photoshoot with my friend Jade, I’d never used the studio and was left to my own devices and attempted to take some nice photos. I used one softbox that was directed on the left side of the model to begin with, this meant that there were shadows. She changed into different outfits during the shoot and used a variety of props to make the photos more interesting.
This is just a selection of the many photos I took, I was thrilled with the results, and so was Jade. I later edited them as some were a little too exposed for my liking, I should have adjusted my camera settings a little more.
This is the first time I’ve used studio lighting and equipment and as I have had some much needed editing to get on with for a job I don’t really get much time to use it myself. I listened in on my tutors instructions to my peers, such as how to use the light meter to get readings, which allow us to find the appropriate settings for our camera. Two softboxes were set up facing a pop up backdrop that can be rear lighted to illuminate behind the subject. It essentially works as a large rear softbox if preferred. We used a hotshoe trigger for the softboxes which allowed us to trigger the flash. Continue reading “Studio Photography – Entry 1”