After a couple years without working in the studio (not since I was a Meramec) I’m finally able to come back. Now that I am starting by courses in the School of Journalism at Mizzou one of the course I’m taking is Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism, “a course about light.” For our first assignment using studio equipment we had to make a portrait of a classmate, in my case Angela Hamilton. I’ve worked with tungsten lights for photoshoots at the music studio I work at in St. Louis, Jupiter Studios, but it had been a while since I had worked with flash strobes. Going into the shoot my mind didn’t know how to react, mostly due to the Oh man. Is this the right ratio for the lights? Adjusting the equipment was no problem, however getting the “light” I wanted was more difficult than I remember.
Here are some shots I liked from the single-light set up:
With not being able to get the light I wanted in the time for my multi-light setup, I came in the next day. I tried out a shot I wanted to do the day before but couldn’t because I didn’t have a wide enough lens. I got up on a ladder put some cords around Angela to create a form and framing device for the photo, put a soft box on a boom above her and to the right, and put a fill light on the ground near her head to get some light on her face. This is the final image and what I ended up choosing for my image to turn in: