I can't believe it is already that time of the year again! Senior pictures and another group headed into that last year of high school! I had a great time shooting with this beautiful young lady!
I headed into this shoot with an idea of capturing something enchanting and almost fairytale. I didn't want it to be over processed, but I did want a couple of shots to lean toward something you may see in fashion rather than traditional "senior pics." I had seen some pictures of Sierra through her mom's Facebook prior to the shoot, so I knew her look would be perfect for the style I was looking for. I love her hair in these shots too!
Our session was actually cut short due to rain, and we only covered a couple spots, but I am very happy with the result! This was a very small amount of gear especially in the lighting sense, but I wanted to make sure and keep it simple and light for our first session together. My goal was to capture some drama and a cinematic look, making them more of a timeless piece of art rather then just another senior picture. I also shoot entirely in 16x9 which really helps with the overall way it hits the eye, as well as fit the Iphone and Ipad screens quite nicely.
- Panasonic GH3
- Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2
- Yongnuo Speedlight YN560 III
- F-Stoppers Flash Disc ( the only modifier I used )
- 1980's Vivitar 3200 flash (Shot through the window and used as rim light in a couple pics)
- Phottix Ares Triggers
- Holdfast Money Maker Strap
Here are a few of my favorites so far. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
So, if you follow me on Instagram then you have probably noticed the lack of color lately. I am seriously in love with proper black & white photography. (Well as proper as "digital" can be anyway) My style of shooting has always leaned heavily on the "street style" or "journalistic" and I would even say that most of that involves portraiture. So when I shoot everyday life, and I combine it with the emotion and solitude that high contrast black & white photography can produce, I can truly create a dynamic image that helps to translate a story.
Today I carried around the Panasonic G6 with the Panasonic 20mm f.1.7. It is truly a pleasure to shoot with the Panasonic Lumix line of cameras and this one is no exception. I actually turned on "electronic shutter" so that I could operate the camera silently, which is really cool with catching moments all sneaky like!
This Camera also has beautiful "Filtered" JPEG image processing that is very easily professional quality. I am an AVID raw shooter and always have been. But, I am learning sometimes the ability to speed a workflow up, for certain jobs, could be highly useful in a professional setting. I am talking about "EFFECTS" in camera such as "BLK/WHT" "Sepia" "Pumped Saturation" and so on. This means you can take pictures with effects already applied to the pictures. This can happen along with a raw image so you have the best of both. This is a huge thing for photobooths, blogging, sameday edits or whatever? So I have been putting it to the test shooting all black & white only. I am taking it in to Lightroom for a little touch and sharpening that's all.
I am very impressed with the GH3 and G6 cameras and shooting BLK/WHT in camera almost reminds me of shooting film... without all the hard work and waiting! haha
Working on some camera settings today and testing some lenses so I figured I would shoot a little portrait session with my Models. Right off the bat I feel like Bella and I hit it off. She really knows how to use her body to create drama. haha
Leon Phelps on the other hand...he was really camera shy. I had a bounce reflector but he was really not in to it, so All-na-tur-al we went! I really felt Leon reach down in to his soul and pull out genuine pain as i would not let him chase a cat during our session.
On a serious note I use a Panasonic G6 with the Pani 20mm f.1.7.