I have been shooting headshots of Edinburgh University Sports Union’s committee for three years now. Often I’m shooting the same people in different committee positions. Meanwhile my lighting has been evolving. I have more kit available and considerably more know-how. Here is a comparison of my shoots over the three years:
Got pain? Edinburgh Nocturne 20100
neil posted in Travel on July 11th, 2010
Someone elses idea0
neil posted in Travel on July 4th, 2010
This was Kirsty’s third graduation. However there was a photo she wanted. She passed the idea on and it was up to me to run with it. I enjoy the challenge of realising someone-elses vision, but the pressure is still on. The brief was basically: “I want the ‘Scottish Widows’ shot in my gown”
I used a combination of side light to give an edge to the image and on-axis fill. The on-axis light picks out her eyes and makes sure the black gown does’nt mix with the shadowy background. The fill E-TTL dialled down 3 stops and interpreting this quite generously in the first image (-1 stop if that…). We then got the gown moving for the next image:
In hindsight it looks a bit like Kirsty is handing off a relay baton… but to who?
Making this image to order would be troublesome with ambient light. The ambient is shafts of raw sunlight (like the one she is running through) and dappled light through the leaves. This means you have a mix of green light (ewww….) and enough white light to stop you compensating for the green. If you lose the raw sunlight you lose the interesting light and thus the drama.