For my model portfolio shoot with Rita in downtown St. Petersburg, I finally had a chance to use a very small part of a building I had been wanting to feature in a photo shoot for a long time. Many times I walked past this spot while teaching 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons and kept making mental notes to use the features of the spot (long brick wall, medieval looking door) in a shoot someday. Finally, that day was yesterday evening with model, Rita (her official website).
Though we only shot in a space of about 10 feet, we were able to produce a variety of different shots by featuring the brick wall or the metallic door as the background as well as close-ups and wide shots. I also switched between using a 2-strobe setup like the one above, and a single strobe setup like the lead image.
Rita's style of changing poses after each time I pushed the shutter made for a flow that I had not experienced with a model before. I really liked it as it kept the shoot moving giving the process a dynamic feel.
I liked being able to make soft looking images, like the one above, along with gritty images in the same shoot as no matter how long or short of a shoot, I do like to create a variety of looks for the model. For the above shot, I thought the straight perpendicular composition looked too rigid, so I tilted my camera to remove the boundary feeling of the 90-degree angle framing.
I was again impressed with the lighting job my 43" brolly did. I will feature it in a proper gear review soon. As you can see it does not take a lot of lighting equipment to make an effective portrait. The above shot features a single speedlight off camera in the brolly. All I did was place it about 45 degrees to the left of the model on a light stand using inexpensive Yongnuo radio triggers (to be reviewed soon also). Of course it also helps to have a beautiful and talented model like Rita to work with!