Last week, I met up with a friend on London’s South Bank. She has had a digital SLR camera for some years but has never really gone beyond the automatic settings on it. We were both on a break from work and decided to have a day out together, taking photos. I offered to show her how to use her more advanced camera settings.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident, at Chernobyl in Ukraine.
I visited the exclusion zone earlier this year and have put together a personal photo essay of my trip there.
I hope you will find it interesting.
This photograph was taken near Waterloo station in London, in a railway underpass. It was a natural light shoot, so I was relying on the light coming in from one side of the arch to light Adam, the model.
This is the fifth and final image in this week’s segment on a studio lighting session I recently attended, where I photographed Angel. This lighting set up for this shot was very balanced. I should perhaps have posted this image first in the series, as it shows Angel at his most natural. It was really interesting to learn how different lighting set ups can create a completely different feel in an image. Each of the five photos are so different, just with fairly simple modifications to the lighting and poses of the model. I hope to get back to the studio soon to try out more techniques.
This week, I’m going to be posting a series of shots from a recent photoshoot with Angel, a model I worked with while I was learning more about studio lighting.
I find it fascinating that it is possible to create such different photographic looks with the same model by changing the position and intensity of lights, and combining that with light or dark backdrops, reflectors to thrown back light, and/or black boards to absorb it.
Of course, it helps having a model with amazing bone structure and who is comfortable posing and being photographed. If someone was trying to light my face, it would be a completely different story!
I have a lot yet to learn about studio lighting but this session felt like a good step forward in terms of my knowledge.