On Sunday this past weekend, I participated in an all-day workshop in Old Town Alexandria hosted by New England photographer, Jeff Dackowski, which I committed to doing a year ago. It was a hands-on lighting workshop — not a ‘behind the desk and take notes” kind which I was happy to do but OH MY GOSH — outside, 44 degrees and rain, mist, cold feet. I am NOT a cold weather lover so I was dying pretty much all day. And when I am cold, I can’t contentrate and I’m very good at verbalizing how cold I am. Nevertheless, I persisted and wanted to post some photos.
We had about 4 models to work with and posed them in various way to ‘find the light” — whether that was to skim their face and create more of a flat-light look or for more dimension.
Here’s the crew with reflectors…..
and just b/c I like to play with effects….
This is the BEFORE photo…..
and the AFTER with reflectors…..amazing the difference in skin and catch-lights in eyes….
Here again using a BEFORE to demonstrate a slow shutter speed setting so more ambient light floods in…..augmented with artificial light.
and this one is a faster shutter speed so the background is darker = less light in camera.
When I studied photography, I did some “cross-processing” which was using chome/slide film and processing it in film chemistry or the oppositie – the results were always fun & unexpected but the intent was to get a color-shift in the prints. Now you can do it in photoshop with various actions. Here’s an example….
and this last one exemplifies what I want to do more of — and that’s shoot with off-camera lights…so in this shot, Jeff held a strobe up and to the left of the model.