On Saturday, we had some improvisational photo shoots at the studio. How did this come to be? Well, simply, my wife put out a general call on her Facebook profile and a number of people responded. When it came down to the shoot day, I really had no idea who would show up or what style I was going to be shooting until I had a model in front of me.
On the morning of the shoot, Bunny, my wife bought some snacks and Redbull (Important as she promised cupcakes and RedBull in her call to arms); And we were off to the studio.
Liz was the first model to come down for a shoot. While she was getting changed into clothing and sat in the make-up chair, I was working diligently on setting up my lighting. Incident metering and test shots were coming out well and then a mini-disaster occurred.
I process of working with Liz, I was getting completely inconstant results; Some photos were showing the signs of shutter sync, other photos were under exposed and some were perfectly exposed. Step 1, I changed the power outlets I was using on my mono lights, and I still had no better results, reduced my lighting set-up to one light and still nothing. Last thing, I changed out the radio trigger with a tethered syn cable; Bingo, this was the issue!
Having spent a portion of time troubleshooting my lights and being embarrassed from the technical issues, my mind was drawing blanks; That is until Liz started doing some yoga! My world changed in an instant and I had plenty of fodder for shooting. We got plenty of good photos to work with.
Shortly after Liz left the studio, Phantom came in and we were off and shooting again. Thankfully this shoot went smoothly and was rather quickly.
In both cases, I was able to establish a dialog to start work on some other projects. Phantom wants to work with us on some horror concepts as well as life style. Liz indicated that she would love to work with us more on other shoots involving yoga. I am really excited by these potentials and I am looking forward to working with both them in the future.