Part of this project, for me, is getting beyond my comfort zone to do some new shooting. This week ended up being a great start along that path, first with a studio lighting workshop then a parade and shooting more people shots. Three rolls with three different cameras. Not a single shot without some person in it.
My local photo gear store hosts a number of workshops over the course of a year, and they had one this past weekend entitled “One Speedlight, 16 looks” taught by a somewhat local studio photographer, Robert Harrington. It was a workshop based on his self-published book of the same title. I had no idea what the heck I was getting into as I have never shot in a studio setting and never shot with models before. Nerves. Breathe.
I brought my digital Pentax, but also brought a pair of my film cameras, one I never shot before an Olympus OM-2n and my Leitz-Minolta CL. All my decent shots are in a flickr set including the digitals. So I had a couple issues with all the shots–in motorcycling I have heard it called ‘target fixation’. Anyone who rides a motorcycle knows that when you look someplace, you end up going there. So if there is a big pothole in your path and you stare at it, guess what? You hit it. I believe this also well documented amongst new fighter pilots–they would follow their target straight into the water or the ground. Well with shooting models, I ended up looking and focusing on the model without thinking about the rest of the composition. With sometimes tight light umbrellas or reflectors and a few narrow backdrops, that resulted in some serious problems that I had to crop out. Dang.
One of the other problems I had was the speed sync of my cameras. They all maxxed out at 1/60 of sec for flash sync, but all the flashes were set at 1/125. Without really thinking, I just adjusted the exposure as though it was a constant lighting situation. Whoops. Flash sync problems, though in the case of one lighting situation, because of how the flash was setup, just underexposed. Those studio guys use leaf shutters (and medium format) for a reason.
I did get some decent ‘behind the scenes’ shots, some showing the lighting and reflector setups.
And now for something completely different. My small city held their 1st annual St Patrick’s Day parade this past weekend. One of the reasons they did it early was to get more groups signed up to march. If they held it this coming weekend or on St Patrick’s Day itself they would have fewer participants because of scheduling conflicts. Since my house is within a stone’s throw of St Patrick’s Cathedral, I was a bit surprised this was the first year they’ve ever done a parade. But it was great fun and well attended with lots of young families and children.
So it was a great week, with a few firsts, so I hope to continue the journey next week. We are heading into the ‘what the heck is it going to do today’ weather pattern, so I will be shooting when I can. I had hoped to get a few sheets of 4×5 for this week, but that will have to wait. Perhaps this upcoming week.