It’s that time again, the time of dread, the time I have to step out in front of the camera myself. I had a couple of things I wanted to try and the only
victem subject available was yours truly. Before we continue I would just like to point out that these shots were inspired by Andy Gotts, who was brought to my attention a few posts back by Rob over at creativesplurges.com.
So, I had gotten a couple of ideas I wanted to try and, woe, only myself to try them on. Unfortunately I was also in somewhat need of both a haircut and a shave, both of which seemed like way to much work at the time. I guess I should apologize for that. Fear not, however, for I’m still a ridiculously handsome fellow. Let’s get to it.
First shot (above) is very simple; two LP160 in an octabox from camera left. Done. The rest of the look comes from the processing, which I won’t describe in detail here (it’s the same basic technique as was discussed here). I’m fairly satisfied with how it came out. The whole “emerging from darkness”-effect comes in part from the black background and shirt and in part from the editing. I simply made the whole frame go almost black and then painted in the exposure on the face with a large brush in Lightroom. One thing that could definitely be improved is the transition from focus to defocus though. It’s the first time I used the Focal Point module in Perfect Photo Suite for something like this, so I’ll just blame that this time.
The second shot is pretty much the same, except for a YN560 on the background – and the hat, of course, we mustn’t forget the hat. I was actually planning to convert both of these shots to black and white but the first one looked better in colour. I also think the first shot is better than the second and I still feel that it’s very difficult to get black and white to look the way I want it to – which isn’t to say that I can get my colour shots to look the way I want them to, far from it. Still, as experiments goes, it wasn’t a complete failure.
There’s one more thing that might be worth mentioning about these shots. I shot them with my 35mm instead of the 85mm I’ve used almost exclusively since I got it. The reason for that was that the shift in perspective from moving closer gives, in my opinion, a more intimate shot. I have to remember to vary myself a bit more, it’s key to improving.
See you again next week.