289/365(+1), a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr.
Lens: Voigtlander nokton 50mm f1.1
Camera: NEX-7, ISO100, f11, 1/125, raw
Today it has been a difficult day. I won’t (cause I can’t) enter into the details, let’s say that a lot of work we’ve done in last days proved to be useless due to the well known habit of clients to sudden and unforeseeable opinion revising.
At the same time, I’m getting nervous about the fashion shooting. The first one has been scheduled for Saturday the eighth of December, around ten days from now. While I feel that I’m getting the grip on studio lighting, I’m also aware that I still know very little about it. And I still don’t know much about what “looks” I will have to shoot. Point is, everything that I can’t plan in advance I’ll have to improvise, and I’m not comfortable with improvisation when it comes to studio lights. Not yet, at least.
The answer to my fears is again the same: study more, study better. I have this book, “Light science and magic: an introduction to photographic lighting”, by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, and Paul Fuqua. I bought it a couple of years ago and never really read it, I guess now could be good timing, wouldn’t it? If you fellows have any other book or website to suggest me, with tutorials on how to get super cool fashion looks with simple light schemes, I would be really glad if you could share it with me.
I returned home late together with Claudia and Julia, and I found that the third Elinchrom D-Lite strobe I ordered last week finally arrived. So I tested another light scheme with Julia for the other pose I have to master before the shooting of the eighth of December. This time I have a hair-light hanging over her, a main-light on the left, and a second light set at two thirds of the power of the main light on the right. The background is the white vinyl one.
Getting a decent studio shot helps me out of my fears, but it doesn’t work for long…