Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I need a fix.

I don't know about you, but if I don't have something to shoot every week or two I start to get a wee bit crazy and feel a little twitchy inside. Sure, it would be great to get my fix from paid jobs every week...paid jobs that are creative, fun, and exciting where I shoot interesting people in unique locations and the sunlight always looks like the golden hour! Well, that's not reality (for anyone) so if I want to shoot I have to make it happen!

So I think up some interesting themes and plan out the lighting I want to use, and contact some models and think to myself "cool, this is going to work out nicely!" And about half of the time it does. But then there are the times where the wind is blowing like a hurricane, or it's raining, or 20 degrees out, or the model cancels, get the drift. Sometimes all the planning in the world just doesn't work out for these trade shoots. So another week goes by without picking up the camera and the voice in the back of my head saying "shoot something will ya!" gets louder and louder and louder!

And that's when I remember that interesting concepts and lighting are great and all, but sometimes there's nothing wrong with just making some nice pictures for the hell of it! No specific wardrobe, make-up, or theme...just seeing what we can do with the available light on a (cold) sunny day.

All you need is a camera, a "get off your ass" mentality, and a trusting subject. I say trusting, because the subject really needs to trust that you're not just wasting their time, and that you're going to take some good pictures, especially since the theme of the shoot is so undefined. Trust is the most important thing.

On a side note, I'm really starting to develop an interest in black and white. It reminds me of the days of shooting Tri-X and Plus-X and brings back good memories of clunky metal cameras and darkrooms. I have been trying to get that look back in photoshop, and although I don't think I will ever be able to really replicate the dynamic range and that certain quality of black and white film, I like the way these turned out. I made my own photoshop action of the process, and I used it for all of these shots. Click the link below to download the B+W action!

GWC basic B+W action

Model: Pamela Bell

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