A while back a friend of mine, Paul, asked if I wanted to help him out on a shoot. Me being the hungry learner of the photographic art agreed in an instant.
So today at about 12 I arrived at his house to observe and learn, and to my surprise, he handed me the camera and said “Here, you take over”. He later explained that the best way to learn is to do. In retrospect, this is why I started this site, and he was right.
The set-up was pretty basic, with a Octobox on the left and a nice wooden railing for people to sit on and a nice garden in the background.
We proceeded to take some photos of Lisa, Paul’s wife, and her mother in a number of poses against the wooden railing, after which Paul and Lisa took stage while I experimented with the lighting and angles. During all this I was also using Paul’s camera, a canon 7D with a 24-70mm F2.8 L Series Lens and I can say for certain, I’m in love.
We took a break while Lisa went to go get the kids awake so we could include them in our photo session. Paul and I hooked up a second light with a beauty dish to the right and played around with the light settings until we were happy.
I’ve never used a beauty dish before, but have researched it a number of times and have planned to make one for my strobist set-up. After today’s playing, I’m definately going to shell out some cash to get a decent one. They are well worth it. We later added a grid to the beauty dish which was a learning experiance to shoot with.
It was an enjoyable experience, and one I wish to explore more time with. I think I’ll spend more time around Paul and learn some more about Studio and model photography.