This week we bring you Mike Panic's "Ten Tips for Shooting Studio Portraits", who uses Helmut Newton as an example of a photographer who did more with less - just one light, in fact. Check out the post for ten thoughtful tips on how to use studio equipment to shoot portraits.
This week we bring you a post on getting the best portrait of your subject in a studio environment: "5 STRATEGIES FOR SHOOTING YOUR BEST IN-STUDIO PORTRAITS YET", by Kirk Tuck. As Kirk says in Tip #4, you can do a lot with a single white umbrella. Luckily the studio has both white and silver!
How do you make a Banner pic?
April 1, 2018.
I was given the job by our media people to make a banner photo for the studio website. That was the brief, apart from maybe showing the cyc curve.
That got me thinking, so I called up a favourite model and bribed her into posing for me: I had a vague idea.
Ages ago it got very hot, so I bought a large fan made in China, possibly from tank and aircraft parts. It is indestructible and the motor is incredibly powerful, with a propeller in black anodised metal. On full power, it moves by itself at speed. So, my notes below.
Not enough red fabric, black fabric needs an iron, don’t like stand & shot bags. Her legs wrong & maybe curve isn’t accentuated enough – unsure.
Better with props, black scarf looks dead & body shadow looks misshapen. Hair & face fine. Need more muscle differentiation. Needs to ‘strain’ more & tighter facial muscles. Still don’t like stand & shot bags.
Almost there. Body better, but lighten thighs a bit, bloody scarf really bugs me – get a lighter material perhaps, so it “flies”. Now hair’s dead. Maybe a 2nd fan? Tighter composition fits better, more compact. Red fabric bits still look too few. Buy more red fabric & tear into strips. Lighting perfect to show curve.
Not done yet – after the Easter break!
Hope you had a wonderful and safe Easter. Talk to you later about my next challenge!
Hi! I'm Apollo Bear. I live at Hire and Fire Studios and love to welcome the guests who come to visit. I'm excited to be writing this blog in celebration of all things photographic, and I hope to inspire your creativity!
So without further ado, this week will be focusing on my home in the Arctic and my friends who live there! I know my boss likes puffins, so expect to see some more of them in future, too.
Let's get started!