Welcome to this month’s Backstage Pass.
The idea is pretty simple: press record during a shoot.
And talk loud if you’re able to. Just simply say what’s going through your mind.
Many times this will come from me. But I hope we’ll get to see behind the scenes from others as well. From everyday family shoots to commissioned shoots, there’s so much to learn just from pressing record and then trying to talk through your thought process of the shoot.
One of our first Practice Shots (PS) here was to take a portrait of someone in your garage. We hoped folks would catch on that they didn’t have to actually clean their garage due to rapid light fall-off and open apertures.
The results didn’t disappoint. We had STUNNING and AMAZING submissions!
For my garage portrait PS, I simply pressed record.
Be on the lookout for a few ideas in the video:
- Lighting. If you want a dark background (or don’t want to clean up), you’ll need to place your subject near the edge of the light. We might study this more in depth in an upcoming Master Class.
- Reflector. I used the white side of my reflector and propped it up under the face, just to try and get a tiny bit of fill coming in from the sunny sky (open shade though!).
- White Background. I used a soft box (not firing) simply because it was my quickest option. You can rig up a white sheet or even a piece of poster board if you frame your subject tight enough. What’s important is that the subject MUST be directly in front of the white background in order for it to remain…white. Even a couple feet back will render it gray. Again, this might be a good Master Class topic (inverse square law).
- Perfectly White Background. I did a few shots firing the strobe to get a perfectly white background. I think I want to press record again but fire an inexpensive speed light through a white sheet so that we can make a beautiful white background look accessible to more of ya’ll (nothing terribly expensive).
Here’s the video:
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