Saturday, April 14, 2012

Broken wall

After a quick walk to a new location, we shot some more with on-camera flash.

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Although it seems like it should just be an easy brainless technique, sometimes the on-camera flash look is hard to pull off. First off, you need the right subject (it looks best on younger thinner people with good skin). If you shoot your grandma with the on-camera flash it will look less-than flattering, and she will probably slap you for sticking that big camera with the bright flashy thing in her face! Second, you need the right setting. Since it's kind of a trendy style, I think it looks best in some settings (like a city street), and out-of-place in other settings (like in the forest at sunrise for example). That being said, I've seen some pretty good pictures with on-camera flash in all types of places, which brings me to my next point. The mood of the shot is probably the most important. This is not the lighting you want to use for "nice" soft portraits, or taking pictures of newborns, or cute family pictures. It's a kind of in-your-face lighting, unabashedly crude yet sexy too. Since the lighting is so simple, it lets you focus on the subject without breaking the flow of the shoot by having to adjust lights every 2 seconds. When I shoot this way, I am looking to capture those "in between" moments where the subject is not so self-aware, and this is best done with rapid-fire shooting. You figure out the basic look you want from someone then fire off a couple of frames and see what you get!

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More to come...

Model: Miss Te
MUA: Danielle Klatsky

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