If you’ve browsed around the Art section of my website, you probably already know I’m also into photography. Mostly just as an amateur and for my own projects. I’m really more interested in software engineering, and that’s what I do most of the time, but there are many other things I also do. Sometimes it’s so difficult to explain to people what I do for a living.
Two weeks ago I was on location at one of my clients to do a photoshoot with over 10 models for some projects we’re working on, which lasted about 6 hours almost non-stop. It was the first time I had such a long session and I was absolutely exhausted at the end. Someone took pictures while I was busy and I thought it might be interesting for people to see what it was like, so I’m posting some pictures below.
Since I’m an amateur, I don’t use very sophisticated or expensive equipment. I have a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 camera, Smith Victor KT900 3-Light Kit and two 42″ reflectors from Adorama. I also have a 36″ light tent from Lastolite for taking product shots. The great thing about this equipment is that it’s very mobile and I can easily go on location to work especially since I do not have my own studio. It takes about 30 minutes to unpack and set up everything, and that includes duct-taping large sheets of white paper to the wall to use as background as you can see from the pictures below 😀
The setting looks much brighter in real than it appears on the picture. I also had to put some black bars in two of the pictures to cover the model’s legs based on requests (demands, actually 😀 ).
I took about 1300 pictures in total that day, of which about 600 remained after removing unusable ones. What was also amazing was that I could do that on a full battery and it lasted all the way to the end of the session. So what I’m doing now is editting some of the pictures selected to be used, adding backgrounds and making the girls look prettier. Yeah, you thought all the women in those magazines and on websites really looked that way didn’t you? You’d be very surprised to find out how much editting went into those pictures to make them look perfect. It’s kindof deceiving in a way. Anyway, here are two of the pictures I already editted:
That’s it for now. I’m going to do another update when I have more to show. I might also put a before and after editting version of one of the pictures if my client allows it (but I’m quite sure they won’t 😛 ).