Last week in photography we learnt about using two Elinchrom lights (if you read my Photography 2 blog I talked about using one light – Rembrandt technique). Using two lights is called the clamshell technique and it’s simply placing one light on either side of the model. They can be moved around for the effect you want but it just allows more light on the face compared to the Rembrandt technique where we only had one side of the face in light. I forgot to take a photo on the day but here’s one I found to show the setup.
Clam Shell Lighting Set-Up
(Photo found here: Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home)
The manual settings I used for this session were:
- ISO 100
- Aperture f/9.0
- Shutter Speed 1/200sec
I didn’t change them throughout the session because they were all turning out ok.
One of the things I need to work on would be as the photographer maybe giving some directions, different types of poses they could do. This would be good because by doing it in the studio while we’re learning, it will hopefully become habit and will transfer to when I’m working with models and clients if I ever have to do that. Also, on the flip side of that it would probably be good for me to try some different types of poses myself when I’m being the ‘model’ because I hate doing it and never know how I should pose. But if I’m trying out different poses I could probably help direct other people in different poses.
So I just went and had a look at some websites that offer tips
Posing To Perfection – 10 Crucial Steps To Pose A Model by Clay Cook (I just skimmed this one but watched the video about jumping photos at the end and thought that was interesting – about how many shots they had to actually take)
Dear Model: Posing Tips for How to Look Your Best in Photographs by Other Model aka Jen Brook
They aren’t really ideas for how to pose but they all had some good tips to be aware of. Now we just have to see if I remember them…
Here’s some of the photos I took:
In some of them I need to work on my framing of the model.Sometimes I’ve cut of the side of their arm or part of their shoe. The photos will probably still be usable if I crop them down but they would have been better or used for something else if I hadn’t cut off their fingers or their elbow in the photo.
We were running out of time but we had a quick lesson on the macro lenses. I found them really hard to use. There were two lenses – a 60mm and a 65mm MPE. With the macro lenses you get a better depth of field. They are good for extreme magnification.
A very close up shot of a dragonfly
(Photo found here: Macro Photography)
I think it was the bigger lens I was looking through and I couldn’t get the image to focus. It was just a matter of moving backwards and forwards until you could get it but I didn’t get it and it was making my eyes hurt a bit. Maybe next time.
Thanks for reading!