I recently got to work with an amazing model to create some portfolio images for her – we decide to meet in the New Forest and at the worst time of day possible – midday in June, when the weather was lovely and sunny. For me though there was a fantastic opportunity to practice to overcome the lighting conditions to create a variety of images.
Most shots were taken on a 70-200 lens, with off camera flash either the AD200, the AD360 with the help of a softbox or #Magmods .
Lizzy was looking into the shade here, so an AD360 with a softbox was used to add light to her face, her hair was backlit by the sun – for me it was about using the available light to my advantage, using natural props to make the photo interesting and to create an image that you would be happy to have on the wall.
This photo was taken as a cloud passed over, and in the most overgrown location – there were nettles, prickles and foxgloves all over the place, but by challenging Lizzy to stand amongst the flowers enabled me to include a selection of flowers at a variety of focal lengths.
The location I choose had an amazing wooden tree stub carved like a dragon, the perfect prop – but it could not be moved – it was attached to tree root. I asled Lizzy to balance on it, and to add the sunlight shining on her hair, I used the AD200 with a Modmod and yellow gel behind to light her hair, with the AD360 in a softbox lighting her face.
The some composition but I darken the background down a little, changed the gel to a red one and added some smoke for atmosphere… the smoke went kind of wild, but it really added something different to the shot.
Under the trees, but moving to a different location, changing the background of the image – lit with a AD360 softbox – creates a totally different feel to the shot, and by Lizzy adding a jacket the image has a totally different feel – I always suggest it is a good idea to be able to change or adapt your clothes during a shoot as you can get totally different looks.
The area of forest we choose showcased some traditional New Forest crafts, by now the sun was quite bright, so avoiding the sky and adding a little fill light – to try and capture the story of the moment.
The AD200 only as a hair light with an orange gel, the light is a little warm… I love the effect but I need to match the colour temperature better – maybe a half CTO gel would have been better – what do you think?
The final shot – just lit with ambient and framed with foliage – I think it is a lovely shot, but I do miss the catch light that the flash offered and the shadow from the sun are quite strong on her face…. I love the shape of the chair though.
What do you think?