The majority of my blogs posts feature imagery taken by myself (and typically of myself), with the occasional "behind the scenes" shot a photographer or friend on set will snap. One of my goals for this year has been working on my own photography skills to add more to each blog post. I started really focusing on this at the end of last year when I decided to take a few pictures for a friend, followed shortly by my brother asking if I could take a few shots of a costume he had made. I quickly realized I loved doing location shots, but the second I was indoors, I'd start feeling stuck with what I should do. I was gifted a wonderful studio light that I've been practicing with, but I knew I needed a little more guidance when it came to the technicalities and questions that would pop up as I experimented.
Lucky for me, BlackAxePhoto also wanted to work on some studio lighting techniques, so we spent an afternoon shooting model Sydney in a homemade studio setting, using my light, my newly purchased reflector, and creating a fill light with one of his softbox setups.
Sydney was a great sport while I took my time figuring out what each and every change to my camera settings or light settings did, and I really appreciated the tips both she and BlackAxePhoto suggested during our time together.
I had a lot of fun being on the other side of the camera (and putting myself in odd positions like flat on my stomach or with my back pressed as far back into the wall as possible to get a range of shots with my 90mm lens), and it helps that the folks I was working with were fun too.
Thanks for the rundown on some important basics guys! I'm excited to apply these newly learned ideas to more of my blog posts.