Fashion Shoot

One of the last shoots I did in 2009 was teaching a friend about photography. She had already arranged for a couple of friends to model for her and wanted me to help out and teach her a little bit about photography. We spent an afternoon in her parents house playing with a couple of lights and then as the sun was setting we decided to shoot a few photos by the train tracks. It was really cold, probably below freezing, and windy. Not the best conditions for shooting partly clad models, but they were really good about it. I also had a few problems with the battery pack for my big light. We were using an Alien Bees 1600 and a Nikon SB 800, unfortunately the Alien Bees light was only firing about half the time. After messing around with it for a few seconds in the cold I gave up and decided to shoot without flash for the last minute or two. In the end I like the natural light photos the best. Let me know what you think…

The natural light photos are all shot at daylight white balance, I adjusted a few of them to try to get more realistic colors, but that’s a fairly subjective process as the light actually was really blue that evening. I think I’ll do this again and shoot it Tungsten with CTO Gels on the lights and see how it looks, I used to enjoy messing with color like that.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that you need to be adaptable. While I had wanted to continue shooting with lights when the Alien Bee quit working reliably it was a very quick decision to abandon the lights entirely. When it’s below freezing outside and your model isn’t wearing much you don’t really have a lot of time to mess around with stuff that doesn’t work. Make sure you check your gear thoroughly before a shoot, and don’t be afraid to change your plans if you need to.