I have a mass photo shoot this Thursday in which I’ll be doing a whackload of corporate head shots for a marketing team.
Not to toot my own horn, but I kinda have no idea what I’m doing in this regard, as this if my first actual instance of doing a project with strangers, controlled lighting, and a specific style pre-required.
Luckily I have a very supportive and always helpful and never remotely cranky volunteer on hand to help entertain my silly notions and potential projects.
My main thoughts and concerns are around properly and evenly lighting the subject, and making sure the background is nice and non-distracting. Due to the spacing and decor of our apartment, the background portion of my concerns are a wash, as there’s only two spots with room to light/shoot, and background choices are between bookshelves, or kitchen/microwave shelves. I opted for the bookshelves in this case, which means if Lauren ever wants to use this picture, a pile of Xbox games and a framed drawing of my friend holding cans of beans and pineapples will follow. Score.
This was shot at night time, and there were minimal tungsten/halogen lights on in the apartment. With that in mind, I decided to shoot narrow enough to kill any environmental light. This way anything showing in the final shot would be a result of my flashes, and have a consistent colour temperature. I’ll probably have to combat with fluorescents and daylight on the Thursday shoot, so we’ll see how that goes.
Tomorrow will probably be spent studying poses and interaction, since the majority of these people will be camera shy and nervous, and I can’t be as rude and belligerent to strangers. It’s going to have to be a complete retooling of my previous methods.
For this shot I was using my 85mm f1.8 lens, shooting at 1/40 and f5.6, with ISO 100. I should have been shooting at 1/200, probably, but it wasn’t really a factor here since even at 1/40 nothing ambient was coming in, so it want only whatever was lit in the duration of the flash that registered to the sensor.
For the actual lighting, I had a key light high to camera right in a softbox, and a fill light low to the left shooting through an umbrella at half the strength of the key. I don’t think the umbrella was reducing the light as much as the softbox did, so it ended up resulting in relatively even coverage.